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Le Gallienne, Richard, 1866-1947.
Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
Richard Le Gallienne Letters
Manuscripts Division
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1 box and 0.2 linear feet
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Firestone Library (mss): Box 1


Consists of letters of Richard Le Gallienne, who was a British poet, essayist, and literary critic. A member of the Oscar Wilde circle, Le Gallienne contributed to the illustrated quarterly magazine The Yellow Book that is associated with Aubrey Beardsley, Max Beerbohm, and Ernest Dowson.

Collection Description & Creator Information


The collection consists chiefly of twenty-nine autograph letters and three postcards sent by Richard Le Gallienne to Frederick Turner. Other correspondence includes a letter to Paul Lemperly, one to "Mr. Mathews," two letters to Silvanus Phillips Thompson, and one to William M. Van der Weyde. The subject matter of the letters range from friendly topics to new books, proofs, photographs, or articles in The Yellow Book. Also included is an autographed photograph portrait of Le Gallienne by W & D Downey, a very small portrait of Le Gallienne inscribed to Turner, a photograph of a library at "Waggoner Wells," and a photograph of a garden captioned by Le Gallienne as "The Mulberry Tree."


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Collection Creator Biography:

Le Gallienne, Richard, 1866-1947.

Richard Le Gallienne was an English man of letters. As literary critic and contributor to the illustrated quarterly The Yellow Book, he was associated with the fin-de-siècle aesthetes of the 1890s before becoming a resident of the United States. He joined the staff of The Star in 1891, and wrote for various papers over the signature of Logroller. His works include the poems Volumes in Folio (1889), the novel Quest of the Golden Girl (1896), and two books of reminiscences, The Romantic '90's (1925) and From a Paris Garret (1936). He was the father of teh actress Eva Le Gallienne.

Collection History


Letter to Van der Weyde was purchased in December, 1946 .

Letter to Lemperly was a gift of Mrs. W. Floyd Nichols in April, 1953 .

Letters to Thompson were purchased on July 25, 1961 .

Letter to Mathews was purchased on March 13, 1958 .

Letters, cards, and photographs to Turner were purchased on August 9, 1955 .

Custodial History

The collection was formed as a result of a Departmental practice of combining into one collection material of various accessions relating to a particular person, family, or subject.


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Dina Britain on May 18, 2006. Finding aid written by Dina Britain on May 19, 2006. Folder inventory added by James Clark '14 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:

Richard Le Gallienne Letters; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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