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F. Anstey Collection


Held at: Princeton University Library: Manuscripts Division [Contact Us]

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Anstey, F., 1856-1934

Thomas Anstey Guthrie, writing under his pseudonym, F. Anstey, was one of the most popular authors of humorous fantasies of the late Victorian period and the early twentieth century. His work is among the best of a particular type of British fantasy in which the supernatural intrudes into the everyday with comically disastrous results. His works include Vice-Versa (1882), The Black Poodle (1884), The Tinted Venus (1885), and A Fallen Idol (1886).

The collection consists of selected correspondence (in letters and cards) of Thomas Anstey Guthrie. Correspondents include James Montgomery Beck, Rev. James Davis, Sterling MacKinley, Grant Richards (his publisher), Mrs. Yates Thompson, and Martin John Turner.

Arranged by accession number.

The collection was formed as a result of a Departmental practice of combining into one collection material of various accessions relating to a particular person, family, or subject.

The manuscripts in this collection were purchased in the 1950s and 1960s. AM 15034, 15277, 15444, 17298.

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Finding aid written by James Flannery on February 20, 2006. Folder Inventory added by Hilde Creager (2015) in 2012.

No appraisal information is available.

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Collection Inventory

Letters from Anstey Guthni to Grant Richards, 1898-1904. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

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Miscellaneous Papers, 1884-1931. 2 folders.
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2 folders

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9 Letters from Anstey Guthni, 1915-1920. 1 folder.
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1 folder

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