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Archive of Joanna Richardson


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The archive consists of personal and professional correspondence and papers of Richardson. Series 2 contains material used by Richardson when writing Enid Starkie (1973). Further material used by Richardson can be found in the archive of Enid Starkie, MSS. 12035/1-94.


  • Creation: 1925-2007, n.d.


1.54 Linear metres (22 boxes)

Language of Materials

  • English
  • French

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. 6251/1].

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MSS. 6251/1-22

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 6251, 12036


Correspondence and papers of Joanna Richardson, 1928-2008, biographer, translator and French literary critic.

Biographical / Historical

Joanna Richardson (1925-2008) was a biographer, translator and French literary critic. She was born in Golders Green, London, and was the eldest child of Fred Samuel Richardson, and his wife Charlotte Elsa Richardson. Richardson attended St. Anne’s Society, Oxford, graduating with a degree in Modern Languages in 1946 before becoming a graduate student of Enid Starkie. Though her DPhil submission was rejected, she was eventually awarded her doctorate in 2004 when she was made a DLitt for her published works.

Richardson’s biographies include many nineteenth-century French writers and public figures, such as Paul Verlaine (1971), Victor Hugo (1976) and Charles Baudelaire (1994). In 1989 she won the prix Goncourt for biography for Judith Gautier (1987). She wrote the official biography of her friend, and former tutor, Enid Starkie (1973).

See Dictionary of National Biography for further details.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The material was gifted by Richardson in 1976 after being placed on indefinite loan in 1973.

Catalogue of the archive of Joanna Richardson
Francesca Miller
Language of description
Script of description
Catalogued with the generous support of the Carnegie Corporation.
Edition statement
First edition.

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom