Papers of the author, poet and journalist, Rachel Annand Taylor (1876-1960), consisting largely of material for her published works.
MS.20404-24 Renaissance France
Mrs Taylor was working on her book 'Renaissance France: a description' from about 1938 to 1948. It was never published although the possibility was considered both during and after her lifetime (see correspondence in MS 20433).
MS.20424 Miscellaneous notes for 'Renaissance France'. 425 ff. Quarto and under.
Manuscript, typescript and printed texts of articles, reviews and poems by Mrs Taylor, and notes for these publications.
MS.20425 Printed reviews and articles by Rachel Annand Taylor, 1948-53. Most of these are reviews published in the Spectator and its Literary Supplement, but her articles on Gilles de Rais, published in Everyman 3 and 10 November 1933, are also included. 122 ff. 2
MS.20426 (i) MS fragments of reviews published in the Spectator, 23 July 1927 and the Spectator Literary Supplement, 10 March 1928 (f.1).
(ii) Notes for and drafts of 'Gilles de Rais', 1935 (f.3).
(iii) Bibliography and notes for and drafts of Mrs Taylor's articles on mythological figures in Cassell's Encyclopaedia of Literature, Lond., 1953 (f.757).
(iv) Outline plans for a book on the English Renaissance, nd. (f.91). 97 ff. Quarto and under.
MS.20427-8 Notes on classical mythology. These are undated but some were probably written from 1951 to 1953 when Mrs Taylor was working on the articles for Cassell's.
MS.20429 Miscellaneous notes on classical mythology, France arid other subjects, nd. 180 ff. Quarto and under.
MS.20430 Manuscripts and typescripts of poems by Rachel Annand Taylor.
(i) Manuscript of 'Revised version of Poems (1904).' It includes all the poems in the published text with the exception of 'The Vanity of Vows', 'Ora pro me', 'Outworn' and 'Spring' (p.110). (f..1).
(ii) Typescripts of poems written between 1943 and 1954 and apparently transcribed from a MS autobiography (f.69).
(iii) MS and typescript poems and fragments of poems, 1942-56, n.d. (f.97). 189 ff. Folio and under.
MS.20431 'Extracts from hooks not possessed by me at the time of transcription', copies of poems and a little prose made by Rachel Annand Taylor from 1893 onwards. 44 ff. Octavo.
MS.20432 Prose and poetry copied by Mrs Taylor, with some notes and fragments of articles, 1903, nd. 16 ff. Quarto.
MS.20433 (i) Copies of poems by different authors in several hands, 1892, n.d. (f.1).
(ii) Correspondence, 1901-65, nd., including a few accounts and photographs (f.25). Many of the letters are written to Mrs Taylor's nephew, Walter Annand, on the possibility of publishing parts of 'Renaissance France', 1962-5. 104 ff. Quarto and under.
MS.20434 Loose-leaf notebook containing a book list, nd. 20 ff. Octavo.
MS.20435 Press-cuttings, 1910-54, nd., consisting largely of reviews of Mrs Taylor's works. 165 items. Various sizes.