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A. E. Coppard collection

Call Number: GEN MSS 815

Scope and Contents

Collection consists of correspondence and writings by A. E. Coppard. There are 47 letters from Coppard to Earl E. Fisk, accompanied by 3 letters from Coppard's second wife, Winifred May Coppard, Christmas cards, clippings from book catalogues, and publishers' advertisements. A snapshot of Coppard accompanies a letter of August 19, 1931. There are seven letters to Thomas Moult; a letter dated January 25, 1923 refers to the death of Katherine Mansfield. A letter from Jacob Schwartz to Earl E. Fisk has as an enclosure a letter from Coppard to Schwartz. Also present is a folder of publishers' rejection slips for stories submitted to various American magazines.

The writings consist of drafts of his short stories "Ahoy! Sailor Boy," "The Ballet Girl," "Count Stefan," "Dark Knowledge," "The Fair Young Willowy Tree," "Fifty Pounds," "The Gollan," "The Higgler," "Luxury," "Ninepenny Flute," "Nixey's Harlequin," "Polly Morgan," "Ring the Bells of Heaven," "Simple Simon," "The Smith of Pretty Peter," "Three-Handed Reel," and "The Tiger." The Collected Tales of A. E. Coppard is boxed separately, and contains the printer's copy and proofs, with corrections by the author.


  • 1919 - 1951


Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The A. E. Coppard collection 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

Materials acquired from various sources, as noted in the contents list.


Organized into two series: I. Correspondence, 1919-1951. II. Writings, 1935-1948.


1.5 Linear Feet (3 boxes)

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

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

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The A. E. Coppard Collection consists of correspondence and writings by A. E. Coppard which were acquired from various sources. Correspondence primarily contains Coppard's letters to Earl E. Fisk and Thomas Moult; a letter dated Jan. 25, 1923, refers to the death of Katherine Mansfield. Also present are a few letters from Coppard's second wife Winifred, and a letter from Jacob Schwartz to Earl E. Fisk, enclosing a letter from Coppard to Schwartz. Writings contains drafts of several short stories, some with printer's proofs.

A. E. Coppard (1878–1957)

Alfred Edgar Coppard was a British short-story writer and poet.

Processing Information

This finding aid was produced from a previously existing card set in the Manuscripts Catalog, or from another inventory. All pertinent bibliographical information has been retained.

Former call number MS VAULT SHELVES Coppard

Guide to the A. E. Coppard Collection
by Beinecke staff
July 1996
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

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