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R. Brimley Johnson
papers relating to
Manuscript Collection Number: 216
Accessioned: Purchased in 1979.
Extent: .33 linear ft., 1 box..
Content: Correspondence and manuscript materials.
Access: The collection is open for research.
Processed: Origionally processed in 1984 and revised in 1992 by Suzanne Hoffmann.
Special Collections, University of Delaware Library
Newark, Delaware 19717-5267
Table of Contents
The romantic poet Percy Bysshe Shelley and Leigh Hunt met in London in 1816, and grew to be close friends. From 1816 to 1820, Leigh Hunt edited the Examiner, The Literary Pocket Book, and The Indicator. By the end of 1821, Lord Byron and Shelley convinced Hunt to join them in Italy to write and edit The Liberal. Within a few days of Hunt's arrival, Shelley drowned in a boating accident leaving Hunt devastated. Shelley's wife, Mary, Lord Byron, and Hunt published a few issues of The Liberal, but it quickly folded.
R. Brimley Johnson, in connection with his work editing Shelley-Leigh Hunt, collected correspondence related to the period after Shelley's death. The epilogue of his book is devoted to letters written by Shelley's circle of intimate friends during this time.
Sources:Cheney, David R. "Leigh Hunt" in Dictionary of Literary Biography. Vol. 96. British Romantic Poets, 1789 - 1832. Second Series. (ed.) John R. Greenfield. Detroit: Gale Research, Inc., 1990. pp. 157-173.
Johnson, R. Brimley (ed.) Shelley-Leigh Hunt: how friendship made history and extended the bounds of human freedom and thought. London: Ingpen & Grant, 1928.
Scope and Content Note
Manuscript materials from Shelley-Leigh Hunt include the original manuscripts for the dust jacket note and the epilogue. There are also typescript copies of a letter by Count Pietro Gamba and a diary entry by Marianne Hunt (Leigh's wife) with autographed corrections by Johnson.
This collection also contains an extensive assortment of letters and cards from R. Brimley Johnson to Eric Grant and Roger Ingpen. These letters pertain to copyright and other topics related to publishing. The letters are arranged in chronological order.
The collection includes a first edition of Shelley-Leigh Hunt, a later edition of which is available in the Library's circulating collection at call number PR 4811 J6 1972.
F1 Letter, 1822 Typescript copy, Edward Trelawny to Leigh Hunt, edited by R. Brimley Johnson F2 Letter, 1823 Typescript copy, Thomas Jefferson Hogg, edited by R. Brimley Johnson F3 Letters, 1823, Jul-Aug Jul 13 Typescript copy, Mary Shelly to Lord Byron Jul 23 Typescript copy, Mary Shelley to Jane Williams Aug 07 Typescript copy, Mary Shelley to Leigh Hunt F4 Letter, 1824 Typescript copy, Leigh Hunt to "the Author of an Article in Blackwoods Edinburgh Magazine respecting a visit paid to Lord Byron at Genoa" F5 Copy for Jacket Original manuscript for jacket note Typewritten manuscript for jacket note F6 Epilogue manuscript title page Epilogue manuscript Epilogue proof F7 Diary entries, 1822, Nov Typescript copy, "The Last Page from the Diary of Marianne Hunt," edited by R. Brimley Johnson F8 Letter, n.d. Typescript copy, "A Narrative of Lord Byron's Journey to Greece," edited by R. Brimley Johnson F9 Letter Autographed letter, "Copyright queries" by R. Brimely Johnson F10 Letters, 1928-1931 18 autographed letters from R. Brimley Johnson to publishers 5 autographed cards from R. Brimley Johnson to publishers Book Johnson, R. Brimley (ed.) Shelley-Leigh Hunt: how friendship made history and extended the bounds of human freedom and thought. London: Ingpen & Grant, 1928.
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