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Florence Marryat collection

 Collection
Call Number: GEN MSS 994

Scope and Contents

The collection contains correspondence, literary manuscripts, printed ephemera, photographs, drawings and watercolors, scrapbooks, and other papers documenting the life and career of English author and actress Florence Marryat. Visual materials include a wide selection of portraits of Marryat, and drawings and photographs from her time living in South Asia with her first husband; among those are a watercolor portrait of the martyred Sergeant-Major John Lilley (died while imprisioned in Mhow, 1862). Many of Marryat's correspondents were figures in the British literary and theater communities, including Charles Dickens and George Augustus Sala; a scrapbook of letters holds several portrait photographs of those who wrote to her. Also present is material related to Marryat's father, novelist Frederick Marryat, and some third-party correspondence of the London publisher Richard Bentley (1794-1871) and Florence Marryat's writing partner Herbert McPherson.

Dates

  • 1833-1905

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The Florence Marryat 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.

Arrangement

Organized into four series: I. Correspondence, 1833-1905. II. Writings, 1837-1898. III. Performances, 1889-1890. IV. Personal Papers, 1858-1902.

Extent

1.25 Linear Feet (3 boxes)

Language of Materials

English

Catalog Record

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

Persistent URL

https://hdl.handle.net/10079/fa/beinecke.marryat

Overview

The collection contains correspondence, literary manuscripts, printed ephemera, photographs, drawings and watercolors, scrapbooks, and other papers documenting the life and career of English author and actress Florence Marryat. Visual materials include a wide selection of portraits of Marryat, and drawings and photographs from her time living in South Asia with her first husband; among those are a watercolor portrait of the martyred Sergeant-Major John Lilley (died while imprisioned in Mhow, 1862). Many of Marryat's correspondents were figures in the British literary and theater communities, including Charles Dickens and George Augustus Sala; a scrapbook of letters holds several portrait photographs of those who wrote to her. Also present is material related to Marryat's father, novelist Frederick Marryat, and some third-party correspondence of the London publisher Richard Bentley (1794-1871) and Florence Marryat's writing partner Herbert McPherson.

Florence Marryat (1833-1899)

Florence Marryat, English author and actress, was born in Brighton on July 9, 1833, the youngest of the eleven children of English naval officer and novelist Frederick Marryat (1792-1848) and his wife Catherine Shairp (1791-1883). She was married twice, first to Thomas Ross Church (1831-1926), with whom she lived in India for six years, and later to Colonel Francis Lean (1832-1902). Marryat published her first novel in 1865 and produced more than seventy-five titles before her death; most of her books were popular romances featuring strong-minded professional women, including teachers, nurses, and actresses, as their heroines. She also edited the monthly periodical London Society from 1872 to 1876 and published a two-volume biography of her father (1872). Late in life Marryat took to the stage, appearing in roles she created for herself and giving dramatic readings of works by other authors. She died in London on October 27, 1899.

Processing Information

Former call numbers: Uncat MSS 104, Uncat MSS 538, Uncat MS Vault File
Title
Guide to the Florence Marryat Collection
Author
by Beinecke Staff
Date
2007-05-16
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

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