Easdale, Gladys Ellen (writer)

Reference: MS 4991Date: 1870-1969Extent: 144 files

Gladys Easdale (1875-1970) was a friend of the author William Hale White (1831-1913), who wrote as Mark Rutherford. She also became friendly with Leonard and Virginia Woolf who published poetry by her daughter, Joan Adeney Easdale, in 1930 and 1931. Gladys Easdale spent her adult life on the margins of the London literary and musical scene.

The collection contains parts of the manuscript of the autobiographical novel Middle Age that Gladys Easdale had published in 1935.

The correspondence includes some copies of letters to and from Mark Rutherford (1906-1909) and many letters from her daughter Joan and her son Brian, a composer, and from Samuel J. Looker of the publishing firm Constable. Included also are general typed and holograph manuscripts of stories by Gladys Easdale and Joan Adeney Easdale and an early account of her life written in 1904 at the request of Mark Rutherford. A number of photographs and negatives are also included.

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