RepositorySpecial Collections Archives (GB 0029)
Ref NoEUL MS 41
Datec 1850-1900
LevelCollection
Extent4 boxes
TitleR D Blackmore literary papers
DescriptionThe collection amounts to four boxes of literary fragments, exercise books, completed drafts and corrected proofs. These include poems in progress and finished, whole manuscripts (e.g. 'Craddock Nowell') and part manuscript novels, plus typescript novels (e.g. 'Alice Lorraine') and a number of short stories in proof. There are also a few letters.

In addition there is a set of 21 printed pamphlets of editions and transcriptionsof Blackmore's work donated to the University of Exeter Library by R D Blackmore's relative, David Blackmore in 2018. These include a comprehensive overview of Blackmore's writings, transcriptions of Blackmore's letters to his sister, still owned by the family and his diary (original in the British Library). The transcriptions include many items held in the archive. Please ask for more information.
Admin HistoryRichard Doddridge Blackmore (1825-1900) was a novelist and poet of the second half of the nineteenth century often referred to as the 'Last Victorian'. He was educated at Blundell's School, Tiverton, and Exeter College Oxford. He began his career as a lawyer, but occasional epileptic fits impeded his progress and instead he worked firstly as a schoolmaster and later as fruit-grower at Teddington, where he lived for the rest of his life. Besides 'Lorna Doone', which was published in 1869, he published thirteen other novels, plus a number of short stories, poems and translations from the classics. He married Lucy Maguire, but had no children.
LanguageEnglish
Access StatusOpen
Related MaterialOther papers relating to Blackmore include a set of 21 printed pamphlets of editions and transcriptionsof Blackmore's work donated to the University of Exeter Library by R D Blackmore's relative, David Blackmore in 2018. These include a comprehensive overview of Blackmore's writings, transcriptions of Blackmore's letters to his sister, still owned by the family and his diary (original in the British Library). The transcriptions include many works held in the archive. Please ask for more information.

are held at the following repositories: University of Virginia Library, USA; Princeton University Library, USA; National Library of Wales; Library of Congress, USA; Huntington Library, USA; Devon Record Office' Westcountry Studies Library, Exeter; The King's School, Canterbury; Richmond Local Studies Library; Bristol University Library (Special Collections); National Library of Scotland and the British Library.
Access ConditionsUsual EUL arrangements apply.
Finding_AidsListed
Creator_NameBlackmore; Richard Doddridge (1825-1900); novelist and poet
Mgt_GroupLiterary papers
Persons
CodePersonNameDates
DS/UK/46Blackmore; Richard Doddridge (1825-1900); novelist and poet1825-1900
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