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Papers of the novelist James Leslie Mitchell (1901-1935), the author 'Lewis Grassic Gibbon', and of his wife Rebecca ('Ray') Mitchell.

Identifier: MSS.26036-26103

Scope and Contents

James Leslie Mitchell is best known for his Scottish novels, ‘Sunset song’ (London, 1932), ‘Cloud Howe’ (London, 1933) and ‘Grey granite’ (London, 1934), published under the pseudonym 'Lewis Grassic Gibbon', but he also wrote essays, biographies, and a study of South American history, ‘The conquest of the Maya’ (London, 1934).


  • Creation: 1915-1979.

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68 Volumes

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Bought, 1981.


The papers were used by Ian S Munro for his biography ‘Leslie Mitchell: Lewis Grassic Gibbon’ (Edinburgh, 1966), and by William K Malcolm, ‘A blasphemer and reformer’ (Aberdeen, 1984).
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