MS 294 - Robert Aickman Collection
|Title||MS 294 - Robert Aickman Collection|
Robert Fordyce Aickman (1913-1981) was a distinguished British author of stories of the supernatural. He published a number of books including The Late Breakfasters, Cold Hand in Mine, Intrusions, and an acclaimed autobiography entitled The Attempted Rescue. The grandson of the noted Victorian novelist Richard Marsh, Aickman won the World Fantasy Award in 1978.
He received some training in architecture (his father's profession), but he was more at home in the worlds of literature, theater, ballet and music. He had served as theater critic for The Nineteenth Century and After as well as Chairman of the London Opera Society. He was active in the London Opera Club, the Ballets Minerva and the Mikron Theater Company.
Aickman acted on a life-long interest when in 1946 he founded the Inland Waterways Association, dedicated to better maintenance and increased use of England's rivers and canals. He is widely credited with saving the British canal system for future generations.
Aickman's diverse interests led to personal friendships with talented and interesting people in all walks of life. In his youth, for example, he was befriended by playwright Clifford Bax and actress Meum Stewart. Many of the books from Miss Stewart's library bearing her distinctive bookplate went to Aickman upon her death and now, in turn, form part of Bowling Green's Rare Book Collection.
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The original manuscripts of many of Aickman's stories and plays form the basis of the Robert Aickman Collection. Also included are Aickman's appointment books and journals for the years 1943-1946 and 1949-1980 which give brief, tantalizing glimpses of his private life but, unfortunately, little in the way of concrete information.
The almost illegible nature of much of Aickman's handwriting makes the holographic portions of these materials difficult to use.
In addition, the collection includes correspondence, which provides some indication of Aickman's varied circle of acquaintances. Completing the collection are hundreds of news clippings, brochures, book catalogs, tearsheets, and other items collected by Aickman between 1930 and 1980. The quantity and character of these items testify to his careful attention to detail and to his diverse interests which encompassed nineteenth and twentieth century literature, drama, and art; the supernatural and religion; politics and world affairs; royalty; economics; education; population control; and travel and transportation.
The collection is most illuminating for the study of Aickman's works, in particular, and of fiction of the supernatural, in general. It is also strong in its reflection of British literary and artistic life during the years 1880 to 1980, with a special emphasis on Oscar Wilde, Lord Alfred Douglas and their contemporaries.
ROBERT AICKMAN CORRESPONDENCE
DIARIES, APPOINTMENT BOOKS
JOURNALS OF QUOTATIONS
MAPS, CHARTS, DIAGRAMS, GRAPHS, LISTS, ETC.
AUDIO RECORDING TAPE
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Journal of quotations, n.d.
Ledger (W. A. Aickman?), 1899-1900
Ledger (Richard Marsh, Ltd.), 1944-1967
Ledger (Mrs. Robert Aickman), 1942-1945
Lists, 1930, 1965