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Allan Monkhouse Papers

Date range: 1892-1949.

Papers of Allan Noble Monkhouse (1858-1936), playwright, novelist and newspaper critic.

Monkhouse was a novelist and dramatist in his own right (several of his plays were produced at Annie Horniman's Gaiety Theatre), but he is best remembered today as the dramatic and literary critic of the Manchester Guardian from 1902 until his retirement in 1932. During this time he developed extensive contacts within the literary and theatrical worlds.

The collection primarily consists of letters sent to Monkhouse by friends, authors, playwrights, actors, directors and publishers, relating to literature in general, their own work, Monkhouse's writings and his work as critic.

Correspondents include such figures as H.E. Bates, Arnold Bennett, Joseph Conrad, John Galsworthy, Harley Granville-Barker, Annie Horniman, Arthur Ransome, Sybil Thorndike and Virginia Woolf. In addition there are cuttings of reviews, along with a smaller number of theatre programmes and photographs.

There are letters from Monkhouse among the papers of Samuel Alexander.

Finding aids

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