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Collection Level Description: Papers of Sir Herbert Grierson relating to John Donne

Reference: MSS. Eng. poet. e. 92-3; Eng lett. d. 363
Title: Papers of Sir Herbert Grierson relating to John Donne
Dates of Creation: 1906-50
Extent: 3 shelfmarks

Language of Material: English

Administrative/Biographical History

Sir Herbert John Clifford Grierson (1866-1960) was a scholar of English literature; he became the first professor of English at Aberdeen in 1894, and was later Professor of English literature at Edinburgh University from 1915 until his retirement in 1935. Further details are provided in the Dictionary of National Biography.

Scope and Content

The poems of John Donne (2 vols., Oxford, 1912) interleaved and annotated, plus letters to Sir Herbert.

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Given to the Library by Sir Herbert in 1953.

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Further Information

Finding Aids

M. Clapinson and T.D. Rogers, Summary Catalogue of Post-Medieval Western Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library Oxford. Acquisitions 1916-1975. (Oxford, 1991), vol. II, nos. 46483-5.

Publication Note

See the chapter on Donne (written by Grierson) in the Cambridge History of English Literature ; his two volume edition The poems of John Donne for the Clarendon Press, published in 1912; his anthology of Metaphysical Lyrics and Poems of the Seventeenth Century, (Clarendon Press, 1921); and The Oxford Book of Seventeenth Century Verse which he co-edited with G. Bullough (Clarendon Press, 1934).

Access Points

Metaphysical poetry | Criticism and interpretation

Poetry, English | 16th century

Poetry, English | 17th century

Donne | John | 1573-1631 | Dean of St. Paul's and poet

Grierson | Sir | Herbert John Clifford | 1866-1960 | knight and Professor of English literature at Edinburgh University

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