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John Galsworthy letters and other material

 Collection — other: 2 manuscript boxes
Identifier: 11-MWalB02135

Scope and Contents

The collection has two important components to it. The first is the letters from Galsworthy to Max Meyerfeld, who translated several of his plays into German. These letters illustrate Galsworthy's own feelings about his plays and what the critical and public response to the plays was.

The second important component of the collection is Galsworthy's letters to Joseph Conrad. These letters provide a unique insight into the relationship between two of the pre-eminent writers of their time. The correspondence includes Galsworthy's literary criticism and advice to Conrad, along with sympathy for his personal problems.

The rest of the collection includes various miscellaneous correspondence, several letters written by Ada Galsworthy, and a few newsclippings and memorabilia.


  • 1907-1970, undated
  • Majority of material found in 1907-1970, undated


Conditions Governing Access

Access to the collection is in accordance with the policies of the Robert D. Farber University Archives & Special Collections, Brandeis University.  Please contact the department for more information.

Conditions Governing Use

Requests to reproduce or publish material from the collection should be directed to the Robert D. Farber University Archives & Special Collections Department, Brandeis University.


1.00 Linear Feet

1.00 Linear Feet

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Arranged in five series: 1. Galsworthy-Meyerfeld Letters, 1907-1931; 2. Galsworthy-Conrad Letters, 1919-1924; 3. Galsworthy Letters, 1910-1930; 4. Ada Galsworthy Letters, 1910-1943; 5. Clippings and Memorabilia.

For more information about each series, please consult the series description in the box and folder listing.

Other Descriptive Information

Addenda to this collection may not be listed in the finding aid, but may be available for research use. Please contact us for more information.

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Repository Details

Part of the Brandeis University Repository

415 South St.
Waltham MA

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