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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Eng 1479

Sir Edwin Arnold papers


Compositions and letters of English author and translator Sir Edwin Arnold.


  • Creation: 1861-1950 and undated

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

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There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.


.06 linear feet (1 box)

Includes letters, two poems, lyrics, and notes of Sir Edwin Arnold with correspondence between his son, Julian Biddulph Arnold, and his biographer, Brooks Wright.

Biographical / Historical

Sir Edwin Arnold was an English author and translator of Asian literature. He was principal of the British government college in Pune, India, then joined the staff of the London Daily Telegraph in 1861, becoming chief editor in 1873. His epic poem, The Light of Asia (1879), recounts the life and teachings of Gautama Buddha. His other writings include poetry and travel books. He was knighted in 1888.


Arranged alphabetically.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

99M-60 Gift of Brooks Wright, received: 2000 May 25.

Processing Information

Processed by: Melanie Wisner

Arnold, Edwin, Sir, 1832-1904. Sir Edwin Arnold papers, 1861-1950: Guide.
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