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C.E. Montague Papers

Date range: 1874-[1979].

Papers of Charles Edward Montague (1867-1928), novelist, playwright and Manchester Guardian journalist. He was on the staff of the newspaper from 1890 until 1925, except for the years 1914-1919 when he served in the First World War.

His most prolific period as a writer was the 1920s with works such as Disenchantment (1922), Fiery Particles (1923), The Right Place (1924), Rough Justice (1926) and Action (1928).

The collection contains material reflecting the whole of C.E. Montague's career as a journalist and an author.

Volumes of press cuttings include Montague's varied contributions to the Manchester Guardian, 1890-1928, as well as his writings for other journals and newspapers.

There is also some correspondence relating to his journalistic career and his retirement from the paper.

His literary career is represented by the numerous notes, drafts, manuscripts and typescripts of his books.

There is also correspondence concerning his books with publishers, writers and artists.

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

Finding aids

  • Catalogue available online via ELGAR.
  • Keith Grieves, 'C.E. Montague, Manchester and the Remembrance of War, 1918-25', Bulletin of the John Rylands University Library of Manchester, vol. 77, no. 2 (1995), pp. 85-104.


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