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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Eng 1293.1

Osbert Sitwell letters from various correspondents


Letters to English author Osbert Sitwell from William Somerset Maugham and others.


  • 1958-1967

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

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There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.


.5 linear feet (1 box)

Letters inform Sitwell of his election as Governor of the British Institute of Florence, including an explanation of aims and objectives of the Institute, and thank-you cards for books written by Sitwell that he sent to friends. There are also several Christmas cards to Sitwell from the royal family, including family pictures. Also includes a letter from friend William Turner Walton of his difficulty with his second symphony, and of the death of Walton's father-in-law in Italy. Also contains 7 pictures of the Castello di Montegufoni in Florence.

Biographical / Historical

Sitwell was an English author.


Arranged alphabetically by correspondent

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

72M-62. Gift of Mr. Frederick R. Koch, 101 West 12th Street New York, New York 10011; received: 1973 May 9.

Sitwell, Osbert, 1892-1969, recipient. Osbert Sitwell letters from various correspondents, 1958-1967: Guide.
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