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Shiel, M. P. (Matthew Phipps), 1865-1947
Matthew Phipps Shiel Collection
Manuscripts Division
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1 box and 0.2 linear feet
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Firestone Library (mss): Box 1


Consists of correspondence of Matthew Phipps Sheil, a prolific British writer of fantasy fiction, with editors, literary agents, publishers, and other authors.

Collection Description & Creator Information


The collection consists of fifty-two letters and cards by Shiel to authors, editors, literary agents, and publishers. Subjects include his manuscripts, his publications (novels and short stories), publishing in America, and royalties. There are eleven letters to his literary agent Morris Colles, and thirteen letters to the publisher Henry Davray, most of them in French. Other correspondents include Curtis Brown Ltd. concerning Shiel's book Lord of the Sea; Philip Unwin of the publishers Allen & Unwin; Ernest Benn Ltd.; The Dailey Herald; Percival Presland Howe; Edward Harry William Meyerstein; author Walter Owen; Thomas Weston Ramsey, President of the Poetry Society; Sidgwick & Jackson, publishers; and Alan Tytheridge.


Folders are arranged alphabetically by correspondent.

Collection Creator Biography:

Shiel, M. P. (Matthew Phipps), 1865-1947

Matthew Phipps Shiel was a prolific British writer of tantasy fiction, remembered most for supernatural and science fiction, published as novels, short stories, and serials. Shiel was born on the island of Montserrat in the West Indies. He moved to England in 1885, and after working as a teacher and translator he broke into the fiction market with a series of short stories published in The Strand and other magazines. By the early nineties he was contributing stories to penny weeklies and associating with such writers as W. T. Stead and Arthur Machen. In 1895 Shiel published Prince Zales, and The Rajah's Sapphire and Shapes in the Fire appeared the following year.

Collection History


Purchased on July 26, 1954 (AM17066).


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Dina Britain on July 23, 2007. Finding aid written by Traci Ballou-Broadnax on July 30, 2007. Folder Inventory added by Hilde Creager (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:

Matthew Phipps Shiel Collection; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Storage Note:
Firestone Library (mss): Box 1