Collection of literary manuscripts of the Victorian poet, Arthur O’Shaughnessy (1844-81) comprising chiefly of some 21 annotated notebooks of poems, prose and verse composed by him, c 1860-70, and appearing in his published works, ‘An Epic of Women’ (1870), ‘Lays of France’ (1872), ‘Music and Moonlight’ (1874) and ‘Songs of a Worker’ (1881). Other notable items contained in the collection include notes and book lists prepared by O’Shaughnessy on the work of others, a volume entitled ‘Trifles in Verse’ (1825) containing copies of 40 short pieces by various authors, and a small notebook of views of the Isle of Wight (N.D.). Some papers relating to the actual acquisition of the manuscripts in 1916 are also to be found.
The collection is particularly strong for illustrating the work processes of a fairly capable Victorian poet and for representing the Pre-Raphaelite style of writing to which O'Shaughnessy subscribed.
The O’Shaughnessy Manuscripts consist of approx. 30 items, 1825-1916 comprising 26 notebooks of original literary manuscripts and other working notes, correspondence (1916) and auctioneer catalogue (June 1916).