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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 1164-1164.5

Robert Hillyer compositions


Manuscript and typescript compositions by the American poet and novelist Robert Hillyer.


  • 1931-1942

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.


.3 linear feet (6 volumes)

Manuscripts and typescripts of various works by Hillyer, including Riverhead, a novel published in 1932; My Heart for Hostage, a novel published in 1942; introduction to an edition of the poetry of John Donne and William Blake, published in 1941; chapters from an unfinished novel; and "A note to Granville Hicks," an unpublished poem replying to an attack on Hillyer by Hicks, published in the New Republic in 1937.

Biographical / Historical

Hillyer (A.B. 1917) was a poet, novelist, and essayist. He taught English at Harvard (1919-1945).

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

*41-1754,*44M-228F, *44M-229F, *44M-230F. Gift of Professor Robert S. Hillyer, Adams House, B-11, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts; received: 1941 November 14, and 1944 December 12.

Hillyer, Robert, 1895-1961. Robert Hillyer compositions: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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Repository Details

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