Wilson, Angus, 1913-1991

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Born August 11, 1913, in Bexhill-on-Sea, East Sussex, England, Angus Wilson was also a short story writer, editor, critic, biographer, and playwright. Wilson was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 1980 for his contributions to literature and the arts.

While working at the British Museum during the 1940s Wilson began writing short stories and other short pieces, most of which were portraits of postwar Britain. He has been ranked among the best short story writers of the twentieth century.

By the 1950s Wilson became impatient with the short story form and in 1952 his first novel, Hemlock and After, was published. The characterizations in two of his novels, Late Call (1964) and No Laughing Matter (1967) are discussed in this letter.

In addition to being knighted, Angus Wilson received the James Tait Black Memorial Prize in 1959, for The Middle Age of Mrs. Eliot ; the Yorkshire Post Book of the Year Award in 1970, for The World of Charles Dickens ; and honorary degrees from a number of universities including the University of Leicester, University of East Anglia, University of Liverpool, University of Sussex, and the Sorbonne. Angus Wilson died on May 31, 1991, in Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk, England.

Sandra Kent (Harris) was an undergraduate student at Leicester University from 1966-1969. In her final year at Leicester she wrote a dissertation related to Angus Wilson, exploring the "wild garden" theme in his work. She received this letter in response to a letter she had written to Wilson.

"Angus Wilson." Contemporary Authors Online (reproduced in Gale Biography In Context). http://ic.galegroup.com (accessed July 2011). Derived from Sandra (Kent) Harris, e-mail message to Timothy Murray, November 12, 2010.

From the guide to the Angus Wilson letter to Sandra Kent, 1969 February 20, (University of Delaware Library - Special Collections)

Biographical Note: Angus Wilson is a British novelist, critic, and biographer.

He was born in Bexhill, Sussex in 1913. He studied at Merton College, Oxford (1932-1935) and afterwards took a position at the British Museum. During World War II, he was a member of the intelligence branch of the Foreign Office. A collection of short fiction, "The Wrong Set," was published in 1949 followed by several novels and works of non-fiction. Wilson also enjoyed a career as teacher and lecturer including an appointment as visiting professor in 1974 at The Johns Hopkins University. Angus Wilson was knighted by Queen Elizabeth in 1980. He resides in Suffolk, England.

From the description of Angus Wilson letters, 1954-1970. (Johns Hopkins University). WorldCat record id: 49301991

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referencedIn John Cushman Associates Records, 1965-1978 Columbia University. Rare Book and Manuscript Library,
creatorOf Wilson, Angus. Letters to Gilbert Phelps, 1971. University of Iowa Libraries
creatorOf Wilson, Angus. Letter to A.B. Mason. St. Remy de Provence, France. 1987 Jan. 31. University of Iowa Libraries
creatorOf Wilson, Angus. Angus Wilson letters, 1954-1970. Johns Hopkins University, Sheridan Libraries and the Milton S. Eisenhower Library
referencedIn McDowell, Frederick P. W. Fred McDowell collection of literary correspondence, 1965-1992. University of Iowa Libraries
referencedIn Curtis Brown, Ltd. Records, 1914-2006. Columbia University. Rare Book and Manuscript Library,
referencedIn Donald and Katharine Foley Collection of Penguin Books, 1935-1965 The Bancroft Library.
referencedIn Hoopes, Ned Edward, 1932-1984. Ned Edward Hoopes papers, 1959-1984. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
creatorOf Glenville, Peter, 1913-1996. Peter Glenville Papers, 1914-2001 (bulk 1933-1993). Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
creatorOf Wilson, Angus. The wild garden : manuscript, [ca. 1963] Harvard University, Houghton Library
referencedIn James O. Brown Associates. James O. Brown Associates records, 1927-1992. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn Bradbury, M. mss. II, 1949-1993 Lilly Library (Indiana University, Bloomington)http://www.indiana.edu/~liblilly
creatorOf [Miscellaneous newspaper clippings by, about and related to Angus Wilson]. Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn John Cushman Associates. John Cushman Associates records, 1965-1978. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
creatorOf Schwarzbach, F. S. (Fredric S.), 1949-. Letters from Tony Garrett and Angus Wilson, 1981-1985. Washington State University, Holland and Terrell Libraries
creatorOf Brooke-Rose, Christine, 1923-. Papers, 1893-1992 (bulk 1957-1992). Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
creatorOf Angus Wilson letter to Sandra Kent, 1969 February 20 University of Delaware Library - Special Collections
referencedIn Papers, 1947-2001. Houghton Library, , Harvard College Library, Harvard University
referencedIn Gore Vidal papers, 1875-2004 (inclusive), 1936-2000 (bulk). Houghton Library, , Harvard College Library, Harvard University
creatorOf McArthur, Bill. Bill McArthur letters received as editor of Cleft and Gambit literary periodicals, 1962-1964. Pennsylvania State University Libraries
referencedIn New Yorker records, ca.1924-1984 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
referencedIn James O. Brown Associates Records, 1927-1992. Columbia University. Rare Book and Manuscript Library,
referencedIn Curtis Brown Ltd. Curtis Brown Ltd. records, 1914-1992. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn Trocchi, Alexander, 1925-1984. Alexander Trocchi collection of papers relating to the Edinburgh international writer's conference, 1962-1967. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
creatorOf Wilson, Angus. [Articles by and about Angus Wilson] Northern Illinois University
creatorOf Wilson, Angus. Letter to [Charles] Erdman. Bury St. Edmunds, Eng. 19731 Oct. 21. University of Iowa Libraries
creatorOf Wilson, Angus. Letter to Jeannette Eyerly. Iowa City, IA. 1971 Nov. 13. University of Iowa Libraries
referencedIn News and Information Services (University of Michigan) Faculty and Staff Files, 1944-2005, 1960-1995 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
creatorOf Wilson, Angus. Letter to Paul [Engle] [Iowa City, IA.] 1978 Mar. 10. University of Iowa Libraries
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Death 1991-05-31

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