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Letters from Elizabeth Jenkins to A.L. Rowse

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MS. 12052
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Letters to A.L. Rowse from Elizabeth Jenkins, 8 Downshire Hill, Hampstead, London. Some letters are [briefly] annotated by Rowse. The letters refer to the work and interests of Rowse and Jenkins, news on mutual acquaintances or Jenkins' family, and health (Jenkins often refers to having flu). Four folders, comprising:

  1. Letters dated 5 Jun 1960-14 Nov 1963. With references to: Elizabeth and Leicester; Rowse's biography of William Shakespeare; the Jane Austen Society; and Brightness.
  2. Letters dated 11 Sep 1964-1 Oct 1968. With references to: Rowse's Christopher Marlowe, William Shakespeare, A Cornish Childhood, A Cornishman at Oxford, Shakespeare's Southampton and Bosworth Field; Jane Austen; lecture about Dr Dee for the College of Pyschic Science; Baliol Holloway; George Eliot; visiting Washington D.C.; Jacob Isaacs; Honey; and the Bravo Case.
  3. Letters dated 15 Feb 1969-28 Dec 1984. With reference to Dr Gully; Jane Austen; Rowse's The Elizabethan Renaissance: the Life of Society, The Tower of London in the History of the Nation, articles on Swift and Mary Stewart in The Spectator, Jonathan Swift: Major Prophet and A Cornishman Abroad; books on King Arthur and the Princes in the Tower, Neil Cream and Daniel Dunglas Home; and Barbara Pym's novels. (Letters dated 24 Jan 1980 and 4 Sep 1983 = closed)
  4. Letters dated 4 Feb 1986-12 Jun 1993. With reference to: Rowse's Quiller-Couch: a Portrait of "Q", Stories From Trenarren, Reflections on the Puritan Revolution, A Quartet of Cornish Cats, Friends and Contemporaries, Discovering Shakespeare, and Four Caroline Portraits; Agatha Christie; Barbara Pym's novels; George Eliot and Daniel Deronda; [novelist] Elizabeth Taylor; Stevie Smith; Ouida; Cyril Connolly and Barbara Skelton; replastering the house front; the Stracheys and Woolfs; book on Daniel Dunglas Home; burglaries; Salman Rushdie; Auberon Waugh; Rosie Johnston's Inside Out; Evelyn Waugh; Rowse's poetry; Rosamond Lehman; Gillian Olivier's The Broomscod Collar and Elizabeth Tey's play Richard of Bordeaux; and Jenkins' A Silent Joy.


  • Creation: 1960-1993


1 box

Language of Materials

  • English

Conditions Governing Access

Some material (two letters) is closed.

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. 12052].

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MS. 12052

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 12052


Letters from Elizabeth Jenkins to A.L. Rowse, 1960-1993.

Biographical / Historical

For full biographies of (Margaret) Elizabeth Heald Jenkins (1905–2010), novelist and biographer and (Alfred) Leslie Rowse (1903–1997), historian, see Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.


The letters were arranged by Elizabeth Jenkins into chronological order.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated to the Bodleian Library by Elizabeth Jenkins, May 2001.

Related Materials

Bodleian Libraries

  1. MSS. 15051 - Literary papers of Elizabeth Jenkins, 1962-1982.
  2. MS. Eng. lett. c. 759, fols.166-168 - letters to R.W. Chapman from Elizabeth Jenkins concerning his work on Jane Austen, 1951, n.d.
  3. MS. Eng. lett. c. 780, fols.65-67, 188 - letters to K.M. Chapman from Elizabeth Jenkins, 1951, 1960.

Cambridge University Library

  1. MS.Add.8900 - Femina Vie Heureuse Prize, English Committee, 1919-1940 [2 letters].
Catalogue of letters from Elizabeth Jenkins to A.L. Rowse, 1960-1993
Finding aid prepared by Rachael Marsay
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Catalogued with the generous support of the Roy Davids bequest

Repository Details

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Weston Library
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Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom