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Edgell Rickword Collection, 1920 - 1999

Reference Code: GBR/0269/DCPP/HOL/1

Scope and Contents

From the Fonds:

This collection mainly consists of the Edgell Rickword collection, deposited by Holbrook in the College Archive.


  • Creation: 1920 - 1999


Conditions Governing Access

Open access.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright in Rickword letters and any unpublished work belongs to Rickword executors.

Biographical / Historical

John Edgell Rickword (1898-1982) was, according to F.R. Leavis, one of the most important figures in English poetry after the First World War. He was not a Cambridge man, in fact he went to Oxford, and his main connection to Downing College is his friendship with David Holbrook, who donated these papers. He was also however an inspiration to Leavis and his Scrutiny colleagues, who took the name of their journal from the series of Scrutinies in Rickword's journal: The Calendar of Modern Letters.


c. 15 item(s) : Paper

Language of Materials


Immediate Source of Acquisition

The Edgell Rickword collection, which includes numerous books now forming part of the library, was donated in two parts to Downing College by David Holbrook in 1988 and 1999. The donation correspondence is included in the catalogue. The manuscript material was assimilated into the archives from the library in October 2001.

Related Materials

See Downing College Library catalogue for a list of the books donated; which include the anthologies of John Donne poetry which Rickword carried with him in the trenches.


Hobday, Charles: Edgell Rickword - A Poet at War [Carcanet 1989]

Finding aid date

2001-10-18 12:40:29+00:00

Repository Details

Part of the Downing College Repository

Downing College Archive
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