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SPECIAL COLLECTIONS REPORT: THE GALSWORTHY COLLECTION AND ITS FATE By Ian Small (University of Birmingham) Until recently the Special Collections Room at the Library of the University of Birmingham housed nearly all the major bibliographical material (manuscripts, typescripts, revisions and proofs) necessary for future editions of the work of John Galsworthy. (The principal exception is the manuscript of The Forsyte Saga.) It also housed in the same collection a comprehensive and unpublished body of biographical material and a large, varied and very important collection of correspondence to and from the Galsworthy family, including a substantial number of letters from Joseph Conrad to both John Galsworthy and his wife Ada. Recently the collection was broken up by circumstances beyond the control of the university, against the desire of most of the interested parties, and almost certainly against the wishes of Galsworthy's widow as expressed in her will. I have found no reference to or account of the breaking up of this collection (nor to its subsequent sale or relocation) in any recent scholarly or popular work on Galsworthy, in ELT or (understandably, certainly) in Stevens's bibliography of Galsworthy. The new location of this manuscript, typescript and proof material, the various correspondence and personalia, and a brief description of it (as well as a summary description of the material that has been retained by Birmingham University Library) will be of vital interest to those working on bibliographies, editions and biographies of Galsworthy, both now and in the future, particularly to scholars in the U.S.A. Un 26 July 1962, Birmingham University Library was presented with the first of its two collections of John Galsworthy's manuscripts, typescripts, proofs, letters, diaries and personalia. It was a substantial body of documents and amounted to what is certainly the most important single collection of Galsworthy materials anywhere, for it included the manuscripts of all his significant work. (The manuscript of The Forsyte Saga Galsworthy himself presented to the Library of the British Museum during his lifetime.) The presentation, by Rudolf Sauter, the author's nephew, was in accordance with the wishes of Ada Galsworthy, expressed in her will, that her husband's manuscripts, proofs, letters and other documents should be housed as a special collection, and be made available to scholars and critics. (The collection was later enlarged by gifts or loans by Rudolf Sauter and Ralph Hale Mottram and included many family portraits.) The collection was made up of well over two thousand items. In the first place were those of the novels: The Country House, The Da r k Flower, Flowering Wi lderness, Fraternity, Maid In Wai ti ngTThe Pat ri ci an, and TPs t o i c. Tn addition there were the manuscripts of the prefaces ot the 236 237 Manaton edition of Galsworthy's work (including the manuscript of the preface to the Manaton edition of The Forsyte Saga). The collection also included the following manuscripts, typescripts and corrected typescripts of Galsworthy's plays: The Civilised: Manuscripts and typescript with correct!ons. The Disinherited Typescript with manuscript ___ Manuscript of part of last act. FFagments of manuscript and typescript. _______ Manuscript and typescript with manuscript correct!ons. The F a m i 1 y corrections. The Eldest Son Escape: Exiled: 1, IV. scene ι _____________Man : Manuscript of Act Typescript, The Fugitive: Manuscript of Acts, I, III, The Golden Tggs: Manuscript fragment. The Roof: Manuscript and typescript with manuscript corrections. The Si 1 ver Box: Typescript prompt copy. The Si 1 ver Spoon : Manuscript fragment. Smiles: Manuscript (unfinished play). The ¥i nte r Garden : Typescript with manuscript correct!ons. The collection also contained 89 manuscripts of Galsworthy's poems, including those of "Mr. Colummy," "When God Made Man to Live His Hour," "Ladies and Gentlemen — a Horse," "Praised be the Sun," "Old Year," "Lost," "To Beauty," "Out of the Fields I See Them Pass," "Vision," "God Save the Common Man," "A Green and Swelling Upland Rise," "Wing-spurt at Dawn," "To Liberty," "Voice in the Night," "The Spring has Strayed Far," "God Send Us Wit to Banish War," and "Clovelly Asleep" (typescript). Other manuscripts in the collection included those of A Commentary, Danaè', The Island Pharisees (typescript witF manuscript...

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ISSN
1559-2715
Print ISSN
0013-8339
Pages
pp. 236-238
Launched on MUSE
2010-05-21
Open Access
No
Archive Status
Will Be Archived 2021
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