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Papers of Elspeth Huxley (1)


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Miscellaneous background papers relating to White Man's Country: Lord Delamere and the making of Kenya, etc. (London, Macmillan and Co., 1935), 1902-1934; miscellaneous background papers relating to The Sorcerer's Apprentice. A journey through East Africa (London, Chatto & Windus, 1948); miscellaneous background papers relating to No easy way. A history of the Kenya Farmers' Association and Unga Limited (Nairobi, East African Standard, [1957]; miscellaneous backround papers relating to A New Earth. An experiment in colonialism (London, Chatto & Windus, 1960).


  • [1902-1959]


4 boxes

Language of Materials

  • English

Preferred Citation

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MSS. Afr. s. 782

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 2548

Biographical / Historical

Elspeth Josceline Huxley (1907-1997) took the post of Assistant Press Officer to the Empire Marketing Board, London in 1929. After leaving the Board in 1932 she travelled widely in Africa, America and elsewhere. During this period she published her first book, White Man's Country: Lord Delamere and the making of Kenya, etc. (London, Macmillan and Co., 1935). Since then she has produced a number of novels and factual works with African settings, including The flame trees of Thika. memoirs of an African childhood (London, Chatto and Windus, 1959). She has also contributed a great deal on African affairs to both press and radio. She was a member of the BBC General Advisory Council from 1952 until 1959 when she was appointed U.K. Independent Member of the Advisory Commission for the Review of the Constitution of the Federation of Rhodesia (Monckton Commission).

Other Finding Aids

Listed as no. 189 in Manuscript Collections of Africana in Rhodes House Library Oxford, compiled by Louis B. Frewer (Oxford, Bodleian Library, 1968). A handlist is also available in the library reading room.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The papers were deposited at the library in 1966

Related Materials

The library holds two later sets of Elspeth Huxley papers (refs. MSS. Afr. s. 2154 and 2332).
Papers of Elspeth Huxley (1)
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Repository Details

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Weston Library
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Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom