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F. Britten Austin Collection


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Austin, F. Britten (Frederick Britten), 1885-1941

F. Britten Austin was an English novelist and storywriter.

The collection consists of selected letters and typescripts of English novelist and storywriter F. Britten Austin. There are four letters (1911-1912) which Austin sent to the literary agent James Brand Pinker and one letter (1913) to A. A. Anderson, editor of The Magazine. The typescripts included here are of stories no. 6, "Through the Eyes of Columbus," and no. 8, "At Trafalgar," of Austin's work A Saga of the Sea, which is a collection of short stories of great adventures at sea from ancient Greece to the 19th century ironclad MERRIMAC. Both typescripts contain autograph corrections and are signed by Austin. On p. 37 of "Through the Eyes of Columbus" there is an autograph note from Austin to Edward Newton stating that this is the final original draft of the short story which was to be published by the Saturday Evening Post; the note is dated March 5, 1929.

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 stories were published in A Saga of the Sea (New York: Macmillan, 1929).

The typescripts were a gift from the Edward Newton Collection in 1946.

Letter to Anderson was purchased on January 12, 1955.

Letters to Pinker were purchased in 1961. AM13134, 15448, 17047.

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This collection was processed by Dina Britain on May 11, 2009. Finding aid written by Elizabeth Mulvey on June 12, 2009. Folder Inventory added by Hilde Creager '2015 in 2012.

No appraisal information is available.

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Collection Inventory

"Through the Eyes of Columbus" Typescript by F. Britten Austin, "At Trafalgar" typescript by F. Britten Austin, undated. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Letter from F. Britten Austin to A.A. Anderson, 1913 November 27. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

4 Letters from F. Britten Austin to G.B. Pinker, 1911-1912. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

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