Literature Collection

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A collection of archives, documents, maps and literary material primarily associated with the Lakes poets and writers.

This includes Robert Southey, William Wordsworth, De Quincey, Coleridge, Hugh Walpole, Eliza Lynn Linton, Canon H.D. Rawnsley, and John Ruskin.

The Robert Southey archive is the most substantial, and consists of early manuscripts of published poems and unpublished letters. He is currently being featured in our Literature Zone in Gallery 2. Read about a selection of star objects from our Robert Southey collection.