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Egerton, George, 1859-1945
Princeton University Collection of George Egerton Correspondence
Manuscripts Division
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Mary Chavelita Dunne Bright (pseudonym George Egerton) was a writer and translator in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. She was influential in the late-nineteenth century "New Woman" movement as well as the early modernist movement in English-language literature. The collection primarily consists of correspondence between Bright and various friends, family members, and literary and theatrical colleagues. The collection also contains a small number of manuscripts which include prose, poetry, and biographical notes.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

Consists primarily of correspondence between George Egerton and various friends, family members, and literary and theatrical colleagues, in particular, John Malcolm Bullock, John Lane, Richard LeGallienne, Seamus O'Sullivan, and Louis Napolean Parker. The collection also contains a small number of manuscripts which include prose, poetry, and biographical notes.


The collection correspondence is organized by incoming correspondence, which is alphabetized by correspondent surname, and outgoing correspondence, which is organized chronologically.

Collection Creator Biography:


Mary Chavelita Dunne Bright, better known by her pen name George Egerton, was born in 1859 in Australia, though she spent most of her childhood in Ireland. In 1887, Bright eloped to Norway with Henry Higginson; she went to London in 1890 and began her literary career by translating Knut Hamsun's book, Hunger, from Norwegian into English. In 1893 and 1894, she published two books under the name George Egerton, exploring themes of gender, sexuality, equality, and power.

In 1901, Bright divorced George Clairmonte and married Reginald Golding Bright, a drama critic, at the same time as she shifted her literary career to translating and writing plays with feminist themes. Her last published play was "Camilla States Her Case" in 1925.

Collection History


The collection was formed as a result of a departmental practice of combining into one collection manuscript material of various accessions relating to a particular author.

The collection consists of a purchase made by the Princeton University Library in 1958, and of a gift from Eaton Cromwell, Class of '16, in memory of J. Harlin O'Connell, Class of '14. The accession numbers associated with these acquisitions are AM 16289 and AM 17781.

Processing Information

Processing decisions for this collection prior to 2023 are unknown. In 2023, metadata enhancement was completed by Emma Paradies and Amy C. Vo to prepare materials for digitization. The finding aid was revised by Amy C. Vo in July 2023.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. To cite or publish quotations that fall within Fair Use, as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission is required. For instances beyond Fair Use, it is the responsibility of the researcher to determine whether any permissions related to copyright, privacy, publicity, or any other rights are necessary for their intended use of the Library's materials, and to obtain all required permissions from any existing rights holders, if they have not already done so. Princeton University Library's Special Collections does not charge any permission or use fees for the publication of images of materials from our collections, nor does it require researchers to obtain its permission for said use. The department does request that its collections be properly cited and images credited. More detailed information can be found on the Copyright, Credit and Citations Guidelines page on our website. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us through the Ask Us! form.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

For preservation reasons, original analog and digital media may not be read or played back in the reading room. Users may visually inspect physical media but may not remove it from its enclosure. All analog audiovisual media must be digitized to preservation-quality standards prior to use. Audiovisual digitization requests are processed by an approved third-party vendor. Please note, the transfer time required can be as little as several weeks to as long as several months and there may be financial costs associated with the process. Requests should be directed through the Ask Us Form.

Credit this material:

Princeton University Collection of George Egerton Correspondence; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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