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L. P. Hartley manuscripts

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 6275

Scope and Contents note

Collection contains original manuscripts by Hartley, including nine original handwritten pages of "The Brickyard" from the novel "The Brickfield" as well as a autograph letter from "The Harrovian" and "Beginnings," which is a nine page reminiscing of L. P. Hartley's experience at Harrow, with some reflections on the public school life and its consequences. The manuscripts are circa 1963-1969.


  • 1963-1969


Conditions Governing Access note

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use note

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the L.P. Hartley manuscripts must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

Leslie Poles Hartley (1895-1972) was a British writer.

Leslie Poles Hartley was born 30 December 1895 in Whittlesey, Cambridgeshire. L. P. Hartley was a British writer, known for novels and short stories. His best known work is "The Go-Between." He was educated in Cliftonville, Thanet, then briefly at Clifton College and at Harrow School. In 1915 he went to Balliol College, Oxford, to read modern history. In 1916 he joined the British Army and was commissioned as an officer but for health reasons never left the United Kingdom. He returned to Oxford in 1919, where he gathered a number of literary friends. Success came with having his first writing published and becoming a reviewer after his Oxford degree. Though this gave him rapid social elevation his life remained very strained, and in 1922 he suffered a nervous breakdown. He shortly started spending much time in Venice. He died on 13 December 1972.


1 folder (0.01 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



The L.P. Hartley manuscripts contains portions of the handwritten manuscripts of Hartley's "The Brickfield" and "Beginnings" as well as a cover letter to "The Harrovian."

Custodial History note

Donated by Bertram Rota, Ltd. London (routing form) in 1986.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Donated; Bertram Rota Ltd. London (routing form); 1986.

Appraisal note

20th Century Western and Mormon Americana because Hartley's literature influenced America.

Related Archival Materials note

Letters, 1958-1972; MSS 1692.

Letters, 1953-1967 ; MSS SC 1246.

Letters, 1953-1967; MSS SC 1245.

Letters, 1951-1961 ; MSS SC 1677.

Letters, 1921-1969; MSS 1525.

Letter, 1941; MSS SC 2317.

Processing Information note

Processed; Katie Connors, student processor; John Murphy, curator; 2008.

Register of L. P. Hartley manuscripts
Katie Connors, student processor; John Murphy, curator; 2008
2 September 2008
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Language of description note
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States