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Letters to Geoffrey Elborn

Call Number: MS P736


Harold Acton (1904-1994) was a British writer and scholar who lived and studied in Beijing, China and Florence, Italy. This collection includes an autographed letter and postcard written by Harold Acton to Scottish writer and historian Geoffrey Elborn in 1978. The letter is dated January 19, 1978 and discusses a recent meeting. In the postcard, dated April 22, 1978, Acton notes a tentative date for a future meeting.


  • Creation: 1978


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Biography of Harold Acton

Harold Acton was born July 5, 1904 in Florence, Italy to parents Arthur Mario and Hortense Acton. He lived in Beijing, China from 1933 to 1939, where he taught English Literature and studied Chinese drama. Acton served in the Royal Air Force during World War II and was made a Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1974. Acton’s publications span over 60 years and include novels, short story collections, autobiographies and non-fiction. He died February 27, 1994 in Florence.


1 folder

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Physical Location

MS P736

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchase, R.A. Gekoski, 2012

Related Materials

James Purdy collection, MS 302, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

Guide to the Harold Acton Collection
Letters to Geoffrey Elborn, 1978
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Lettters to Geoffrey Elborn, MS P736, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

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