A rare opportunity to see the Maugham Library and Hugh Walpole’s outstanding collection of English literary manuscripts.
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The Hugh Walpole Collection, donated by Hugh Walpole in 1938, is a superb collection of literary manuscripts. Most of the major writers of the nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries are represented. These include: Lord Byron, Charlotte and Emily Bronte, Lewis Carroll, George Eliot, Rudyard Kipling, D.H. Lawrence, Christina Rossetti, Sir Walter Scott, W.M.Thackeray, W.B. Yeats, a selection of First World War poets, and many more. There are also some books from fine presses, including the Kelmscott Chaucer and Eric Gill’s Four Gospels.
The Maugham Library and Maugham’s manuscripts were gifted to the school. Maugham’s experience at King’s was not a positive one and is considered to be, at least in part, reflected in his autobiographical novel ‘Of Human Bondage’. However, it was the friendly and mutually beneficial relationship between Somerset Maugham and Headmaster and Canon Frederick Shirley that later secured the gift of the Library and his manuscripts.
The visit to the Archives, led by the School Archivist, Peter Henderson, will be followed by an optional visit to the School Library (a short walk away from the Archives), where tea and cake will be served.