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Personal Papers of Odette de Mourgues, 1928 - 1991

Reference Code: GBR/0271/GCPP de Mourgues

Scope and Contents

The papers of Odette de Mourgues listed here include correspondence; drafts of some written work (published and unpublished); lectures; and a miscellany of research papers and personal records.


  • Creation: 1928 - 1991

Biographical / Historical

Odette de Mourgues was born in 1914 in Le Puy-en-Velay in France, the daughter of Pierre de Mourgues, physician, and Hélène Terle. She attended the Lycée in Le Puy, and then studied law at the Universities of Grenoble and Aix-en-Provence before practising briefly as a barrister. She married in 1934 but the marriage was dissolved in 1943. Odette de Mourgues held teaching posts at Valence, Digne, Marseilles and Aix-en Provence between 1942 and 1946 and was a member of the French Resistance before arriving at Girton College in 1946. She was a research student at Girton from 1946-48, working on French and English poets of the late 16th and early 17th centuries (she was awarded a PhD in 1950). She later published literary criticism, essays, novels and numerous articles, writing mostly on 17th century French literature. Odette remained at Girton for the rest of her working life, undertaking teaching and research and holding various appointments at Girton and in the University of Cambridge. She held a Personal Chair in French in the University of Cambridge from 1975 until her retirement in 1980 and she was a Life Fellow at Girton from 1980 until her death in 1988. [Information drawn from Girton College Register Volume II and from an obituary in Girton College Review 1988.]


3 archive box(es) (3 boxes) : paper

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

These papers were found in a store at Girton College in September 1990. There was no indication of the date at which they were put into storage, nor of the circumstances under which they were left in the College's keeping.

Related Materials

See also GCAS 2/9/9 for a programme for a concert held in memory of Odette de Mourgues; also GCPP Garrod 3/3 for a sketch of O[dette] de Mourgues taking a supervision in 16thC French literature.


Mourgues, Odette Marie Hélène Louise de, 1914-1988, literary scholar

Finding aid date

1998-09-03 13:40:49+00:00

Repository Details

Part of the Girton College Archive Repository

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