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Adams, William Davenport, 1851-1904
William Davenport Adams Correspondence
Manuscripts Division
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Consists of correspondence between British journalist and critic William Davenport Adams and well-known British authors and poets.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

Consists of 71 letters from several well-known British authors and poets addressed to William Davenport Adams and to his wife. They are mainly responses to requests made by Adams to grant him permission to either publish some of their works or to quote them in his various dictionaries of English literature and authors. ‡b Some of the prominent correspondents names include Aubrey De Vere, Francis Hastings Doyle, Emily Faithfull, Norman Gale, Joseph Hatton, Lucas Malet, William Hurrell Mallock, Charles Marriott, Robert Bright Marston, Gerald Massey, Sir Lewis Morris, Sir Walter Alexander Raleigh, Sir George Otto Trevelyan, William Watson, and William Aldis Wright.


Arranged alphabetically by correspondent.

Collection Creator Biography:

Adams, William Davenport, 1851-1904

William Davenport Adams was a British journalist and author, son of William Henry Davenport Adams. He was an editor of provincial papers, and a dramatic critic from 1878 to 1904. He compiled an unfinished Dictionary of the Drama (1904) and other literary works, such as Dictionary of English Literature: Being a Comprehensive Guide to English Authors and Their Works, With Poet and Player: Essays on Literature and the Stage, and Latter Day Lyrics: Being Poems of Sentiment and Reflection by Living Writers.

Collection History


Purchased on October 31, 1968 (AM19688).


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

Finding aid written by James Flannery in January 2006. Folder Inventory added by Hilde Creager (2015) in 2012.

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Credit this material:

William Davenport Adams Correspondence; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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