RepositorySpecial Collections Archives (GB 0029)
Ref NoEUL MS 38
Date1910-c 1945
Extent4 boxes
TitleJan Mills Whitham literary papers
DescriptionThe papers include the manuscripts of most of his published works, including 'Starveacre', 'Swings and Roundabouts', 'Broom' and 'Wolfang', annotated copies of his first editions, plus some texts which remain unpublished. These include 'Cry Havoc', a wartime diary 1939-1945, 'A philosophy of recipience', 'Journal of an obscure man' (fiction), and 'Gunnar'. There is also a bundle of his letters, 1928-1942.
Admin HistoryJohn Mills Whitham (1883-1956), novelist and historian, also known as 'Jan' Mills Whitham, was born in Folkestone in 1883. He was educated at Liverpool College, and became an architect before turning to writing. In 1912 his first novel, 'Broom', was published by Stephen Swift and Co under the name J Mills Whitham. This was followed by 'Starveacre' (Methuen, 1915), 'Wolfang' (Methuen, 1917) and a further seven novels over the years 1919-1925. He then published two biographical works on the French Revolution under his full name in 1930 and 1933. His final novel, 'Swings and Roundabouts', was published by Duckworth in 1937. He married Silvia Frances Milman, and lived at The Cottage, Holdstone Down, North Devon, until his death in 1956.
Access StatusOpen
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Access ConditionsUsual EUL conditions apply.
Creator_NameWhitham; John Mills (1883-1956); novelist and historian
Mgt_GroupLiterary papers
DS/UK/43Whitham; John Mills (1883-1956); novelist and historian1883-1956
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