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Letters of James Hanley

Call Number: MS 33


The correspondence of British novelist and playwright, James Hanley (1897-1985) consists of correspondence with other British literary figures. It includes 3 letters from Richard Aldington, 1929-1930; 10 letters to Arnold Bennett, 1930; 6 letters from Arnold Bennett, 1930; 2 letters from H.G. Wells, 1930; and 38 letters to Kenneth W Marshall, 1931-1951. The miscellaneous material consists of a draft of a book-review; a photograph of Hanley, and material about the censorship of Hanley's novel Boy (mimeographed and clippings).


  • Creation: 1929 - 1951


Conditions Governing Access

No access restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Spencer Library staff may determine use restrictions dependent on the physical condition of manuscript materials.

Biography of James Hanley

James Hanley was born in 1897 in Liverpool, Lancashire, England to a working class family of Irish parents Edward and Bridget (Roache) Hanley. He died in 1985 and was buried in Llanfechain, Wales, where he lived for several years. Hanley left school as a teenager to go to sea. He served briefly in World War I as part of the Canadian Army.

In 1930 Hanley's first novel, Drift, was published. Many of his early works were about the Irish community in Liverpool or about life at sea. Boy, another early work (1931) was put on trial for obscenity in the mid-1930s.


.25 Linear Feet (1 document case containing approximately 59 letters and miscellaneous material and 1 photograph)

Language of Materials



The collection is organized by correspondent: series A. for Richard Aldington, B. for Arnold Bennett, C. for Herbert George Wells, and D. for Kenneth W. Marshall and miscellaneous material.

Physical Location

MS 33

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Carnegie Book Shop; H.A. Clodd, 1964

Guide to the James Hanley Correspondence Collection
Letters of James Hanley
Finding aid prepared by alh, 1964; revised by ksc, 2006. Finding aid encoded by skt, 2006.
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Preferred citation
Letters of James Hanley, MS 33, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas.

Repository Details

Part of the University of Kansas. Kenneth Spencer Research Library Repository

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