Montague Summers papers
Georgetown University Manuscripts
Georgetown University Library Booth Family Center for Special Collections
Manuscripts Collection, Georgetown University Library, Booth Family Center for Special Collections, Washington, D.C.
The Montague Summers papers comprise the surviving collection of letters, manuscripts, and printed ephemera belonging to this popular author at the time of his death in 1948. A significant portion of the collection consists further of the papers of Summers' friend, the English author and literary biographer S.M. Ellis, which came into Summers' possession after Ellis' death in 1933 (Summers dedicated his 1933 anthology, <i>Victorian Ghost Stories,</i> to the memory of S.M.E.). Both men shared interests in the romantic literature of the 19th century and in the literature and lore of the supernatural. In addition to numerous literary manuscripts of Summers are lengthy series of letters from friends and admirers, fellow researchers and authors, and publishers and editors. The letters and other material collected by both Summers and S.M. Ellis compliment one another, and as a result reveal a wider aspect on the literary scene of the first half of the 20th century as well as on the largely unknown private lives of these two men: a letter to Summers from pioneering sexologist Havelock Ellis (in Series 1) is complimented by an inscribed monograph and letter by Dr. Ellis to S.M. Ellis (located in Series IV, Sub-Series A); the "dossier" of clippings related to Aleister Crowley, kept by Summers who is known to have been an acquaintance, is supplemented by a letter to S.M. Ellis from an assistant to Crowley, inferring Ellis' expressed interest in meeting Crowley.
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