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Martin, Robert Bernard.
Robert Bernard Martin Papers
Manuscripts Division
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23 boxes and 9.2 linear feet
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ReCAP (scarcpxm): Box 1-23


Consists of two distinct groups of papers of author Robert Bernard Martin: material relating to his scholarly research and writings on the English novelist and clergyman Charles Kingsley and manuscripts of eight of Martin's published novels and works of non-fiction.

Collection Description & Creator Information


The collection consists of two distinct groups of papers: material relating to Martin's research and writings on the English novelist and clergyman Charles Kingsley and manuscripts of eight of Martin's published books unrelated to Kingsley. The Kingsley material includes photostats and microfilm of correspondence, transcripts of correspondence, many with notes and corrections by Martin, and photographs. In addition, there is correspondence between Martin and various publishers, dealers, and libraries, as well as research notes, transcripts, galley proofs, pre-publication and publication copies of Dust of Combat (1959), a biography of Kingsley, and An Edition of the Correspondence and Private Papers of Charles Kingsley (1950), Martin's doctoral dissertation from New College at Oxford.

The other group of papers include typed manuscripts, proofs, and Xeroxes of five of Martin's scholarly works-- Enter Rumour (1962), an examination of four early Victorian scandals, Victorian Poetry (1964), The Accent of Persuasion (1966), a study of four Charlotte Bronte novels, Triumph of Wit (1974), an exegesis of Victorian comic theory, and Tennyson, The Unquiet Heart (1980)--and three mysteries he wrote under the pseudonym "Robert Bernard": Death Takes a Sabbatical (1967), Deadly Meeting (1970), and Illegal Entry (1972).


Arranged in this order: Charles Kingsley material--photostats, transcripts, and microfilm of his correspondence, photographs of Kingsley, and Martin's correspondence about Kingsley; Martin material--published manuscripts.

Collection Creator Biography:

Martin, Robert Bernard.

A graduate of the University of Iowa, Robert Bernard Martin pursued additional degrees at Harvard and Oxford after World War II. From 1951 to 1975, he taught literature at Princeton University. After his retirement he moved to Oxford, England. His published works include books about the Victorian era and mystery novels under the pseudonym of Robert Bernard. Martin died in 1999.

Collection History


The collection was deposited by Robert B. Martin in 1974.


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Folder inventory added by Nicholas Williams '2015 in 2012.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

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:

Robert Bernard Martin Papers; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Storage Note:
ReCAP (scarcpxm): Box 1-23

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Existence and Location of Copies

Publications by Martin: Dust of Combat (1959), Enter Rumour (London: Faber, 1962), Victorian Poetry (New York: Random House, 1964), The Accent of Persuasion (London: Faber, 1966), Death Takes a Sabbatical (New York: Norton, 1967), Deadly Meeting (New York: Norton, 1970), Illegal Entry (New York: 1972), Triumph of Wit (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1974), Tennyson, The Unquiet Heart (New York: Oxford University Press, 1980)

Subject Terms:
Clergy -- England -- 19th century.
Detective and mystery stories, American -- 20th century.
English poetry -- 19th century.
English wit and humor -- 19th century.
Novelists, American -- 20th century.
Novelists, English -- Biography.
Poets, English -- 19th century.
Genre Terms:
Biographies -- 20th century.
Correspondence -- 20th century
Manuscripts -- 20th century.
New College, University of Oxford
Princeton University
Brontë, Charlotte, 1816-1855.
Kingsley, Charles, 1819-1875.
Tennyson, Alfred Tennyson, Baron, 1809-1892.
Great Britain -- History, Comic -- 19th century.