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Watts-Dunton, Theodore, 1832-1914
Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
Theodore Watts-Dunton Collection
Manuscripts Division
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1 box and 0.2 linear feet
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Consists of selected correspondence and a poem by the English critic and poet Theodore Watts-Dunton.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of selected letters and a manuscript poem by Theodore Watts-Dunton. There are twenty-eight letters (1906-1913) to his friends Mr. and Mrs. Walter Jerrold, with a signed Christmas poem Watts-Dunton wrote for them, titled "A Gypsy Child's Christmas." There are eight letters (1905-1910) to editor Sir John Alexander Hammerton in which Watts-Dunton writes about George Meredith's tribute to Swinburne and gives Hammerton permission to reprint Swinburne's sonnet on Dickens and Watts-Dunton's own sonnet "Dickens Returns on Christmas Day." In his four letters (1913) to critic Francis Bickley, Watts-Dunton discusses Bickley's articles on Swinburne and on Matthew Prior. In a letter (1911) to the booksellers Henry Sotheran and Co., Watts-Dunton discusses his work Aylwin. Other correspondents include Ruth R. Chadwick, George Alexander Dewar, and Roden Noel.


The collection is arranged by accession number.

Collection Creator Biography:

Watts-Dunton, Theodore, 1832-1914

Theodore Watts-Dunton was an English critic and poet. He is best remembered as the friend and caregiver of poet Algernon Charles Swinburne, whom he rescued from alcoholism. Later, he became a good friend of pre-Raphaelite poet and painter Dante Gabriel Rossetti. Watts-Dunton contributed regularly to the Examiner and to the Athenaeum from 1875 until 1898, being for more than twenty years the principal critic of poetry in the latter journal. He wrote widely for other publications and contributed several articles to the Encyclopedia Britannica.

Collection History


Material in the collection was purchased from different sources over a period of several years.

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

Folder inventory added by Nicholas Williams '2015 in 2012.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. To cite or publish quotations that fall within Fair Use, as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission is required. For instances beyond Fair Use, it is the responsibility of the researcher to determine whether any permissions related to copyright, privacy, publicity, or any other rights are necessary for their intended use of the Library's materials, and to obtain all required permissions from any existing rights holders, if they have not already done so. Princeton University Library's Special Collections does not charge any permission or use fees for the publication of images of materials from our collections, nor does it require researchers to obtain its permission for said use. The department does request that its collections be properly cited and images credited. More detailed information can be found on the Copyright, Credit and Citations Guidelines page on our website. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us through the Ask Us! form.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

For preservation reasons, original analog and digital media may not be read or played back in the reading room. Users may visually inspect physical media but may not remove it from its enclosure. All analog audiovisual media must be digitized to preservation-quality standards prior to use. Audiovisual digitization requests are processed by an approved third-party vendor. Please note, the transfer time required can be as little as several weeks to as long as several months and there may be financial costs associated with the process. Requests should be directed through the Ask Us Form.

Credit this material:

Theodore Watts-Dunton Collection; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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