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Series I,Correspondence , is housed in Boxes 1-2 and contains alphabetically arranged letters to and by Landor and other family members. The letters from Landor to his children, located in folders 48-54, present his view's of the family's quarrels and their financial burdens, while the letters of Elizabeth Sophia Landor discuss Landor's problems and Browning's attempts to assist him in Florence. Other correspondence includes many brief social notes from his friend and admirer Rose Paynter and business letters from several advisors.
Series II,Other Papers , is housed in Boxes 2-3. Folders 84-99 contain a variety of fragments in Landor's late hand, many of them apparently quotations from his own work or attempts at versification. Other material includes genealogical notes and a partial description of some items in the collection.
- 1838-ca. 1880
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The collection also contains approximately 300 manuscript fragments by Landor, including drafts of letters, short poems, statements concerning his legal affairs, and memoranda.
WALTER SAVAGE LANDOR, 1775-1864
Landor was acquainted with some of the notable literary figures of his time, including Charles Lamb, William Hazlitt, Leigh Hunt, Charles Dickens, Robert Southey, and John Forster, but both his literary and his personal relationships were often marked by quarrels and difficulties. He married Julia Thuillier in 1811; the Landors and their growing family lived in Florence until 1835, when Landor separated from his wife and returned to England. In 1857, after a series of legal and financial entanglements culminated in a costly libel judgement against him, Landor fled back to Florence, where he made several unsuccessful attempts at residing with his family before he was eventually settled in an apartment by Robert Browning and given an allowance by his brothers at Browning's request. In the last year of his life, he was visited by Algernon Charles Swinburne, who dedicated his "Atalanta in Calydon" to him. Landor died in Florence on September 17, 1864, survived by his four children.
- Authors, English -- 19th century
- Boyle, Carolina Courtenay
- Browning, Robert, 1812-1889
- Families -- England -- Domestic relations
- Fathers and daughters
- Hare, Augustus J. C. (Augustus John Cuthbert), 1834-1903
- Inheritance and succession
- Landor, Arnold Henry Savage, 1865-1924
- Landor, Elizabeth Sophia
- Landor, Julia Elizabeth Savage
- Landor, Robert Eyres, 1781-1869
- Landor, Walter Savage, 1775-1864
- Milnes, Richard Monckton, Baron Houghton, 1809-1885
- O'Donnell, Luizinha
- Paynter, Rose
- Thuillier, Lucy
- Guide to the Landor Papers
- Under Revision
- by Diane J. Ducharme
- December 2001
- Description rules
- Beinecke Manuscript Unit Archival Processing Manual
- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English.
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