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COLLECTION — Box: 1 Identifier: MS Eng 1887

Perceval Gibbon letters to James B. Pinker


Contains seventeen letters from author Perceval Gibbon to his literary agent, James B. Pinker.


  • 1903-1923

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.1 linear feet (1 box)
Contains letters from Perceval Gibbon to his literary agent, James B. Pinker, with regards to his writing; the challenges of living on payments for individual articles; the publication of his books with publishers such as Little Brown and articles with magazines such as Collier's, McClure's, and Everybody's; payments for his work; as well as his experience during World War I, including the challenges of writing while in the field and a friend's experience with trauma from an explosive.

Biographical / Historical

Born in Trelech, Wales on 1879 November 4, Perceval Gibbon was an author and journalist. He attended the Moravian School in Germany, and served in the merchant navy aboard British, French, and American ships. He travelled extensively throughout Europe, America, and Africa. Gibbon worked with the literary agency J.B. Pinker and Son, and his stories were published in magazines such as McClure's Magazines and Collier's Weekly. He published novels, collections or verse, and short stories, many of which were impacted by his experiences traveling. Gibbon was a war correspondent with the Italian Army for the New York Times during World War I, from 1917-1918, and from 1918-1919, he served as a Major in the British Royal Marines. He died in 1926.


Materials are in the order in which they were received from the dealer.

Physical Location

Harvard Depository

Immediate Source of Acquisition

2020M-82. Purchased with funds from the Harmand Teplow Class of 1920 Book Fund, 2020 January.

Related Materials

Houghton Library holds multiple additional materials relating to James B. Pinker, including MS Eng 268 (Letters : to James B. Pinker, 1912-1933), MS Am 1237.14 (Letters sent to James B. Pinker concerning Henry James, 1905-1930), and multiple others.

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Processed by Betts Coup, 2020.
Link to catalog
Gibbon, Perceval, 1879-1926. Perceval Gibbon letters to James B. Pinker, 1903-1923 (MS Eng 1887): Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard University.
2020 February 12
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Finding aid written in English.

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