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Ethel Mannin Letters

Identifier: MSE/IR 1523

Scope and Contents

This collection primarily consists of correspondence sent from Ethel Mannin to a number of her fans. Includes seventeen letters from Ethel Mannin to various correspondents including George Arthur Fleet (1899-1988), Victor Croxford, a “Mr. Threadgold,” and a “Cecil.” Additionally includes thirteen carbon copies of letters sent from George Arthur Fleet to Ethel Mannin, a postcard from Fleet to Mannin, a collage including the letter to Victor Croxford, a card from Mannin to “Cecil” and a photograph of Mannin accompanied by a lengthy caption.


  • Creation: 1961 - 1983
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1980 - 1983


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright status for collection materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Biographical / Historical

Born in London to a socialist family of Irish extraction, Ethel Mannin (1900-1984) was a British novelist, travel writer, and political activist in the twentieth century. Beginning her career as a copywriter and editor in the twenties, Mannin also became an anarcho-syndicalist and was active in anti-imperialist causes in Africa throughout the 1930s. She produced seven autobiographical works and fourteen travelogues, detailing her time in Germany, India, Japan, Morocco, Burma, Egypt, Jordan, and Italy, in addition to nearly eighty novels and several children’s books.

Mannin married twice, one a short-lived marriage in 1919 which produced one daughter, the other to Quaker writer Reginald Reynolds (1905 - 1958) in 1938. She remained with Reynolds until his premature death in 1958. She made her home at Oak Cottage, Burghley Road, Wimbledon from 1929 to 1974, then relocated to Teignmouth in Devon to live near her daughter. Her 1977 memoir, Sunset Over Dartmoor was based on her time in Devon. Ethel Mannin died of pneumonia and heart failure at Teignmouth Hospital, on 5th December 1984.


0.5 Cubic Feet (Legal Document Box)

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Arranged by creator, then chronologically by correspondent.

Lauren Jean
5 April 2022
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Notre Dame Rare Books & Special Collections Repository

102 Hesburgh Library
Notre Dame IN 46556