RepositorySpecial Collections Archives (GB 0029)
Ref NoEUL MS 78
Date1961
LevelCollection
Extent1 item
TitleHenry Williamson: letter to Robert McKeown
DescriptionOne copy letter from Henry Williamson to Robert McKeown of Bolton, Lancashire relating to war novels and to the works of Williamson, 19 November 1961.
Admin HistoryHenry Williamson (1895-1977), writer, was born in south London and educated at Colfe's Grammar School, Lewisham. He fought in the army in the First World War and gained a deep sense of the futility of conflict as a result. He worked as a journalist for a short while before writing his first novel, 'The Beautiful Years', in 1921. This became volume one of a quartet, named 'The Flax of Dreams'. At the same time he moved to North Devon and, in 1927, wrote there 'Tarka the Otter', the book on which his fame most heavily rests, and 'A Patriot's Progress' (1930), based on his trench experiences. After 'Salar the Salmon' (1935) he became an outspoken supporter of German reform and British fascism, which led to his being briefly interned at the start of the war. His postwar work, which is arguably his most important, is a cycle of fifteen novels entitled, 'A Chronicle of Ancient Sunlight', which was completed in 1960.
LanguageEnglish
Access StatusOpen
Related MaterialThe Henry Williamson Society Book Collection consisting of all published works of Williamson is also available for reference at Special Collections and is listed in full on the Library's online OPAC.

The following Williamson archive collections are held at Special Collections: EUL MS 43, 71,74, 78, 91, 106, 111, 126, 239, 282, 356, 374, 402.

Papers relating to Henry Williamson are also held at the following repositories: Dartmouth College Library, USA; Savage Club, London; Reading University Library; King's College London; Royal Society of Literature; and Hertfordshire Archives and Local Studies.
Access ConditionsUsual EUL arrangements apply.
Finding_AidsSingle item only.
Creator_NameWilliamson; Henry (1895-1977); writer
Mgt_GroupLiterary papers
Persons
CodePersonNameDates
DS/UK/48Williamson; Henry (1895-1977); writer1895-1977
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