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Sherard, Robert Harborough, 1861-1943 (author and journalist)



  • Existence: 1861 - 1943


Robert Harborough Sherard Kennedy (he dropped 'Kennedy' as a young man) was the son of the Revd. B.S.C. Kennedy (illegitimate son of the sixth and last Earl of Harborough) and his wife Jane, granddaughter of William Wordsworth. He was educated in Guernsey and at New College, Oxford then the University of Bonn. After the break in relations with his father he spent many years from 1883 living in Paris as a journalist and man of letters where he became a friend and admirer of Oscar Wilde and was Wilde's first biographer (1906). In later life wrote several books and pamphlets defending Wilde's reputation. After publication of 'The Life and Evil Fate of Guy de Maupassant,' Sherard was created a Chevalier of the Ordre national de la Légion d'honneur by France in 1929.

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Robert Harborough Sherard: letters to Douglas William Gray

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.8271
Scope and Contents This is a collection of letters, transcripts and other papers kept by Douglas Gray of Perth, all relating to Sherard and his writings on his friendship with Oscar Wilde in Paris in the 1890s and his aggressive defence of Wilde by means of various publications. The whole collection has been calendared to provide short summaries of the contents, including some direct quotation. The catalogue has retained original historic language that may be offensive, inaccurate or inappropriate. In order to...
Dates: 27 Sept 1933-Apr 1980
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