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Letters of Nevill Coghill to Graham Binns


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The letters (mainly holograph, some typescript) contain much information about literature and drama, Oxford university and college life, and personal matters. They include several sketches and caricatures by Coghill.

For further details, see Bodleian Library Record, XVII, no. 3 (Apr. 2004), 283-8.


  • Creation: 1948-80


0.44 Linear metres (6 physical shelfmarks)

Language of Materials

  • English

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. Eng. c. 7125, fols. 1-2].

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Full range of shelfmarks:

MSS. Eng. c. 7125-7128; Photogr. c. 185, fols. 35-8

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 15611


Letters of Nevill Coghill to Graham Binns, 1948-80.

Biographical / Historical

Nevill Coghill, fellow of Exeter College, Oxford, 1925; renowned for his productions of plays at Oxford; Merton Professor of English Literature, 1957-66; translated Chaucer and Langland for BBC radio, and later published his translations. For further details, see Dictionary of National Biography.

Graham Binns was an undergraduate at Corpus Christi College, Oxford. In 1949 he and Coghill co-produced The Tempest in Worcester College gardens. He worked in the arts and the media, including the Arts Council, early 1950s, Radio & TV Malta, and Radio Jamaica, late 1950s-1970, founder, and director, of Capital Radio, 1974-82. See Corpus Christi College Oxford, Biographical Register 1880-1974, compiled by P.A. Hunt, ed. N.A. Flanagan (Oxford, 1988), pp. 424-5.



Immediate Source of Acquisition

Given by Graham Binns, 2003.

Related Materials

A few letters from Binns to Coghill, 1948, 1973-4 (MSS. Eng. lett. c. 798, fols. 85, 92; c. 803, fols. 112 -71 passim) are in Coghill's papers in the Bodleian, MSS. Eng. lett. c. 798-809; Eng. misc. a 32, b. 442, c. 1013-22, d. 1435, d. 1437-8; Photogr. c. 8-10, g. 5. A play by Binns, 'Lady of Vergi', is in the Library of Corpus Christi College (CCC Office: Pamphlet), and the production-book for the play (programme, press-notices, photographs and producer's notes) is CCCO Archives E/50/1.

Catalogue of letters of Nevill Coghill to Graham Binns, 1948-80
Finding aid prepared by Tim Rogers
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Repository Details

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