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Henry Savage papers

Call Number: OSB MSS 200

Scope and Contents

The Henry Savage papers consists of writings, correspondence, and other papers relating to English author and editor Henry Savage. Writings feature printed versions of shorter works by Savage and several drafts. Printed versions of essays and reviews appear to have been assembled for possible publication as a collection or selection of writings. Other writings by Savage include drafts of a late work of reminiscences, "Promenade picaresque," and page proofs for a work of verse entitled Winged phallus.

Series II. Correspondence includes correspondence with authors, booksellers, publishers, literary scholars, friends, and family. The Henry Savage Correspondence includes all incoming and outgoing letters between Savage and others. There are incoming letters from Armin Arnold, William Heinemann Ltd., René MacColl, Burns Singer, Wilfrid C. Thorley, and Colin Wilson, and outgoing letters to "Bess" Greville, Guy Rayne Savage (Henry's son), and Valentine Watts. Some letters to and from Guy Rayne Savage document his service as executor of his father's literary estate. Additional correspondents include Bertram Rota Ltd. and E. L. McAdam.

Other Papers contains clippings, journals, photographs, printed material, and personal papers. The series features a run of 26 handwritten journals spanning three full decades from 1933 to 1963. A photograph album and photographs contain images of Savage, family, and unidentified others.

Collection material is chiefly in English; with some materials in Spanish.


  • 1896 - 1990

Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The Henry Savage papers is the physical property of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. For further information, consult the appropriate curator.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased from Maggs Brothers Ltd. on the James Marshall and Marie-Louise Osborn Collection Fund, 2015.


Organized into three series: I. Writings, 1911-1964. II. Correspondence, 1896-1990. III. Other Papers, 1900-1980.


8 Linear Feet (12 boxes)

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Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

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Henry Savage (1879-1965)

English author and editor Henry Savage worked for various literary journals in London in the years before World War II. Savage is perhaps best known for his biography of his friend, poet Richard Middleton, Richard Middleton: The man and his work (London: Cecil Palmer, 1922). Other works written by Savage include a novel, How to manage our women (London: Humphrey Toulmin, 1930), an autobiography, The receding shore (London: Grayson & Grayson, 1933) and the poetry collections, Escapes and escapades (London: The Pomegranate Press, 1915), Songs and satires (The Renaissance Press, 1946), and Winged phallus. Works edited by Savage include Richard Middleton's letters to Henry Savage (London: The Mandrake Press, 1929) and The love letters of Henry VIII (London: Allan Wingate, 1949). Savage retired first to Winchelsea, in Sussex, England, then to Capri and Tenerife.

Biographical information taken from Moore, Harry T., "D. H. Lawrence to Henry Savage: An introductory note," The Yale University Library Gazette 34, 1 (July 1959).

Guide to the Henry Savage Papers
Michael L. Forstrom
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Finding aid written in English.

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