This is a synthetic collection consisting of manuscripts, correspondence to, from, and about the author, a diary for 1867 and 1868, and legal documents. The manuscripts include holographs of stories, bibliographies, and notes for various works, as well as a manuscript copy in the hand of an amanuensis with holograph sections of "The Lighthouse." The correspondence includes letters, dating from 1849 to 1888, from the author to George Bentley, Richard Bentley, Peter Cunningham, George Smith, and others. Also included are letters relating to the author, dating from 1862 to 1898, between various correspondents including Harriet Elizabeth Bartley, Sir Walter Besant, Sir Hall Caine, Samuel Lucas, Harriet Martineau, the literary agency A. P. Watt & son, and others. There are letters to Collins from George Bentley, Charles Collins, Charles Dickens, A.P. Watt and Son, and others, dating from 1859-1891.
Biographical/historical: Wilkie Collins was an English writer of short stories, biographies, and novels.
Content: Inventory list and card catalog available in repository.
Ownership: The bulk of the materials was formerly owned by W. T. H. Howe, the literary agency A. P. Watt & son, and Henry W. and Albert A. Berg. Other materials were previously owned by Oliver R. Barrett, Frederick Douglass Underwood, "The Lighthouse" contains a manuscript note: "This was given by Wilkie Collins to Emile Forgues his French translator, Leon Forgues gave it to me in 1866. [signed] H.L.E."; and inscribed on verso of p. 98 of an incomplete holograph of "Iris": "This manuscript came from the library of my father, Eugene Field. Nov. 9, 1931. Eugene Field II."
Acquisition: This is a synthetic collection, created from materials acquired through gift and purchase from various sources.
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