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Various compositions of George Douglas Brown., 1897-1898, undated.

Identifier: MS.8180

Scope and Contents

The contents are as follows:

(i) Manuscript, in the author's hand, of 'Honest Jack' by George Douglas Brown, a one-act farce. Brown's only experiment in play-writing was never published. (Folio 1.)

(ii) Typescript, with a few corrections in Brown's hand, of two chapters of "The doctor's stories". Intended as an autobiography of a doctor, the work remained unpublished. The date of composition is probably 1898. See James Veitch, 'George Douglas Brown', page 110. (Folio 21.)

(iii) Manuscript, in the author's hand, of "A Visit to the World's biggest Eye-Hospital", 1897, offered to the 'Pall Mall Gazette', but rejected. (Folio 35.)

(iv) Typescript of a poem in memory of Hubert Howard, an Oxford acquaintance who was killed in 1898 at Omdurman while serving as war correspondent. The poem was printed, under the pseudonym 'Kennedy King', in 'The Speaker', volume xviii (1898), page 343. (Folio 45.)

(v) Typescript of "John Rockingham's wife", a short story printed in "Chapman's Magazine", volume viii (1897), under the pseudonym 'William Douglas'. The text contains many corrections in the author's hand. (Folio 48.)

(vi) Corrected proof of 'Hamlet: An essay in essential criticism', submitted to an unidentified periodical. The corrections are partly editorial and partly in the author's hand. (Folio 62.)

(vii) Manuscript of 'Some notes on Hamlet', submitted, under the pseudonym 'George Brown', to ‘The Academy’, after the publication of ‘The house with the green shutters’, but rejected. (Folio 67.)

(viii) Miscellaneous typescript notes on 'Hamlet', with a few minor corrections. (Folio 81.)


  • Creation: 1897-1898, undated.

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109 Leaves ; Folio and under.


109 folios.


Veitch, James. 'George Douglas Brown' (London, 1952).

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