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Landor, Walter Savage, 1775-1864
Walter Savage Landor Correspondence
Manuscripts Division
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1 box and 0.20 linear feet
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Walter Savage Landor was an English poet and prose writer. This correspondence includes some of his letters to family members and friends and a collection of transcribed letters to and from Landor.

Collection Description & Creator Information


The collection contains some of Landor's correspondence with family members and friends, including holograph letters (1836-1864) to his brother Henry Eyres Landor, to his sister Elizabeth, and to his nieces Ellen and Kitty, as well as several letters to Lady Blessington, Leigh Hunt, and John Edmund Reade. There are also original letters by Matthew Arnold, Lady Blessington, Shirley Brooks, George Jacob Holyoake, and John Morley, and 20 letters (1865-70) by John Forster and his wife to Landor's niece on the subject of Forster's biography of Landor.

In addition, there are about 200 pages of letters to and from Landor (1795-1864), transcribed in 1930-1931 from the originals when they were in the possession of Rev. Rasleigh Edmund Hungerford Duke, a relation of Landor. Most are addressed to or from family members, and approximately half relate to Landor's brother Henry.

Further accessions include additional correspondence and manuscripts connected with his contribution to The Atlas newspaper. Correspondents include Landor's daughter, Lady Blessington, G. P. R. James, William Charles Macready, and Edward Moxon. Also included are transcripts of original letters (1797-1862) which, formerly in the possession of the firm of Walter T. Spencer of London, were lost when the ship carrying them sank on its war to Princeton, N.J., in December 1940.

Collection Creator Biography:

Landor, Walter Savage, 1775-1864

Walter Savage Landor, an English poet and prose writer, is best remembered for his work Imaginary Conversations.

Collection History


Gift of Prof. Robert H. Super '35.


No appraisal information is available.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to RBSC Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.

Credit this material:

Walter Savage Landor Correspondence; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Firestone Library (mss): Box 1