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Archive of E.R. Eddison


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Papers of E.R. Eddison, including:

  1. Letters, 1922-1945, concerning The worm Ouroboros, published 1922, and A fish dinner in Memison, published 1941
  2. Correspondence and agreements with Jonathan Cape, 1921-1941, concerning the publication of The worm Ouroboros (1922) and Styrbiorn the Strong (1926)
  3. Correspondence with English and American publishers, 1940-1945, concerning A fish dinner in Memison, published by E.P. Dutton & Co. Inc., New York, May 1941
  4. Letters from friends, with some draft replies, 1939-1945
  5. Literary papers, including papers relating to 'The saga of Vemund Kögur Fjorleif's son', The Mezentian Gate, Egil's saga, and stories written by Eddison as a young man, ca. 1900-1945
  6. Drawings by Eddison, some of which were used in his published works, 1892-1958
  7. Notebook containing words and phrases from 16th-and 17th-century authors, collected while writing The Mezentian Gate, 1941
  8. Albums containing newspaper cuttings of reviews, 1922-1941, including reviews of The worm Ouroboros, 1922


  • Creation: 1892-1958


1.13 Linear metres (13 boxes)

Language of Materials

  • English

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MSS. Eng. misc. b. 105, fols. 1-2].

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Full range of shelfmarks:

MSS. Eng. misc. b. 105, c. 456-457, c. 469, d. 654-656, e. 598-599; Eng. lett. c. 230-232

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 13640


Archive of E.R. Eddison

Biographical / Historical

Eric Rücker Eddison (1882-1945) was an author. Details are given in Who Was Who.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The papers were given to the Library in 1968.

Related Materials

The manuscripts of Eddison's published works are in Leeds Public Library.

Catalogue of the archive of E.R. Eddison
Collection Level Description by Emily Tarrant; EAD version 2019 by Alice Whichelow
Language of description
Script of description
Edition statement
Second edition, 2023.

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom