University of Texas, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center

Perceval Gibbon:

An Inventory of His Papers at the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center



Descriptive Summary

Creator Gibbon, Perceval, 1879-1926
Title Perceval Gibbon Papers
Dates: ca. 1900-1926
Abstract: Handwritten manuscripts for 38 short stories and ten manuscript fragments comprise this collection. All but two of the short stories are uncollected, but may have been published in British or American periodicals.
RLIN Record # TXRC95-A37
Extent 1.5 boxes (.7 linear feet)
Language English.
Repository Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Sketch

Perceval Gibbon, author and journalist, was born in Trelech, Wales, on November 4, 1879. He was the eldest son of the Rev. J. Morgan Gibbon, and was educated in the Moravian School, Königsfeld, Baden, Germany. Gibbon served in the merchant navy aboard British, French, and American ships, and travelled extensively throughout Europe, America, and Africa. His early works, particularly The Vrouw Grobelaar's Leading Cases (1905) and Souls in Bondage (1904), were influenced by his travels.

Gibbon's literary agency was J. B. Pinker and Son, and several of his short stories were published in British and American magazines such as McClure's Magazine and Collier's Weekly. Other works of Gibbon's that were published in book form include a collection of verse, African Items (1903); novels, Salvator (1908) and Margaret Harding (1911); short stories, The Adventures of Miss Gregory (1912), The Second-Class Passenger (1913), Those Who Smiled (1920), and The Dark Places (1926).

In addition to writing fiction, Gibbon was a war correspondent with the Italian Army for the New York Times during 1917 and 1918. He reported from the Isonzo, the Plave, the Carso, and elsewhere along the Italian front. In 1918 and 1919 he served as a Major in the Royal Marines.

Perceval Gibbon died in 1926.


Scope and Contents

The Perceval Gibbon Papers, ca. 1900-1926 (bulk nd) document his career as an author. The collection consists only of works, which are arranged alphabetically by title. It includes 38 holograph manuscripts, all uncollected short stories except for two, "Margaret Harding" and "The Adventures with the Slave Dealer," published in 1911 and 1913 respectively. The other stories were possibly published in periodicals, or they may have remained unpublished. Also included are 10 untitled and undated manuscript fragments, several of which include drawings.

The collection reflects only Gibbon's career as the author of short fiction and does not include items related to his experiences as a war correspondent or journalist.

Other collections at the Ransom Center which give some insight into the life of Perceval Gibbon include those of R. A. Scott-James, Grant Richards, Joseph Conrad, and Edward Garnett.


Restrictions

Access

Open for research


Index Terms

Subjects
Authors, English--20th century.
Document Types
Drawings.
First drafts.

Administrative Information

Acquisition

Purchase, 1960

Processed by

Katie Salzmann, 1995


Sources

New York Times, Obituary, June 1, 1926

Who Was Who in Literature - 1906-1934, p. 428-429

Cassell's Encyclopedia of World Literature, p. 1796


Perceval Gibbon Papers--Folder List

 
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1 1 "The Adventures With the Slave Dealer" [published in The Adventures of Miss Gregory, 1913]



 
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1 2 Arts and Craft



 
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1 3 Baby



 
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1 4 Between the Lights



 
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1 5 The Breadwinner



 
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1 6 The Car



 
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1 7 A Citizen of the Roads



 
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1 8 Confessors



 
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1 9 The Dark Moment



 
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1 10 A Debt of Honor



 
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1 11 The Doctor



 
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1 12 The Elopement



 
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1 13 The Face



 
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1 14 Falmouth for Orders



 
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1 15 The Fear-Healer



 
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1 16 The Gentleman Who Pays the Rent



 
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1 17 High Stakes



 
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1 18 A Holiday From Sin



 
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1 19 The Hostage



 
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1 20 A Hostage to Misfortune



 
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1 21 Knave of Diamonds



 
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1 22 The Last of the Duellists



 
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1 23 Madame at Arms



 
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1 24 A Man Before the Mast - II



 
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1 25 A Man Before the Mast - IV



 
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1 26 Mannasch



 
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1 27 Instructions and corrections for Margaret Harding [1911]



 
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1 28 Money's Worth



 
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1 29 The Murderer



 
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1 30 Picoron



 
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1 31 Revenge



 
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1 32 The Strong Arm



 
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1 33 The Trader



 
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1 34 The Tree-Maker



 
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1 35 Vera



 
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1 36 The Vulture



 
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1 37 When Gentlefolk Meet



 
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1 38 The Woman in the Shadow



 
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2 1-10 Untitled fragments