Papers relating to Louis MacNeice and Mary Wimbush

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Papers relating to Louis MacNeice and Mary Wimbush


Letters and papers of Louis MacNeice (1907-1963) and Mary Wimbush (1924-2005).

Extent: 0.44 Linear metres, 4 shelfmarks
Language(s) of Material: English

Biographical history

Frederick Louis MacNeice CBE (1907-1963) was a British poet and playwright, and part of the Auden Group. Mary Wimbush (1924-2005) was an English actress who worked in film, television, theatre and radio. MacNeice and Wimbush were in a relationship from 1958 until MacNeice's death in 1963.

Scope and Content

Letters, manuscripts, photographs and miscellaneous papers of Louis MacNeice and Mary Wimbush, 1929-2002.


Purchased from Mark Todd in 2006-2007.

Preferred Form of Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Library MS. Eng. c. 7879

Personal name(s) (NCA Rules)

MacNeice | Frederick Louis | 1907-1963 | poet and playwright
Wimbush | Mary | 1924-2005 | actress


English poetry -- 20th century

Descriptive List

Letters from Louis MacNeice to Mary Wimbush
Date: 1960-1963, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 7879
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 26 leaves

Scope and Content


Letters and papers of Mary Wimbush
Date: 1962-2002, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 7880
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 103 leaves

Scope and Content

(fols. 1-87) Letters of condolence after MacNeice’s death, arranged alphabetically by signature, including:

Newspaper cuttings, 1962-2002, and undated, including:

Miscellaneous MacNeice papers
Date: 1937-1963, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 7881
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 170 leaves

Scope and Content

(fols. 1-5) Five MacNeice manuscripts and typescripts, n.d.:

(fols. 6-7) Faber and Faber Christmas card signed T.S. Eliot, 1959

(fols. 8-9) two letters to MacNeice from Peter du Sautoy, 1950, accompanying a proof copy of The Agamemnon of Aeschylus (Faber, 1936)

(fols. 10-121) Six BBC scripts, cyclostyled typescripts unless stated otherwise; transmitted 1963:

(fols. 122-33) Miscellaneous MacNeice manuscripts:

(fol. 134) a copy of MacNeice’s birth certificate, 13 Sep 1957

(fols. 135-63) Photocopies of two MacNeice British passports, issued in 1937 and 1960

(fols. 163a-170) Photographs of MacNeice, 1937-1955. Folios 166a and 170 are negatives

Louis MacNeice books and pocket diaries
Date: 1929-1962
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. d. 4007
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 4 items

Scope and Content

Two books and two pocket diaries:

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