University of Texas, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center

Louis Umfreville Wilkinson:

An Inventory of His Collection at the Harry Ransom Center

Creator: Wilkinson, Louis Umfreville, 1881-1966
Title: Louis Umfreville Wilkinson Collection
Dates: 1916-1960
Abstract: Sixty-seven holograph notebooks chiefly relating to his published fiction and non-fiction make up the bulk of the Louis Wilkinson Collection.
RLIN Record # TXRC02-A6
Call Number: Manuscript Collection MS-4521
Extent: 7 document boxes (2.94 linear feet) and 4 galley folders (gf)
Repository: Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Sketch

Louis Umfreville Wilkinson was born in 1881, the only son of a clergyman. He attended Radley School where he struck up a correspondence with Oscar Wilde, then imprisoned in Reading Goal. He attended Oxford for four semesters before being "sent down" for blasphemousness in 1901. He next went to St. John's College, Cambridge, where he took his degree and published his first novel in 1905. Also at Cambridge he made a group of lifelong friends including Llewelyn Powys, J.C. Squire, Ronald Storrs, and Ralph Strauss. Powys' two brothers, John Cowper and Theodore Francis, also became close friends.

Throughout his life Wilkinson wrote autobiographical and satirical novels, publishing them under the pseudonym Louis Marlow. He supported himself largely through writing, though he also took to the lecture circuit on occasion. He was married four times and upon his death in 1966 he had two surviving children.

Scope and Contents

Sixty-seven holograph notebooks chiefly relating to his published fiction and non-fiction make up the bulk of the Louis Wilkinson Collection, 1916-1958. The collection is organized into three series: Series I. Works, 1934-1952 (2 boxes); Series II. Aleister Crowley's Estate, 1947-1960 (2 folders); and Series III. Notebooks, 1916-1958 (5 boxes).

Series I contains typescripts and page proofs for The Devil in Crystal, Forth, Beast!, Seven Friends, and Welsh Ambassadors. Also present are galley proofs for The Letters of Llewelyn Powys. Representing Wilkinson's biography of Lord George Sackville, Sackville of Drayton, are typescripts, page and galley proofs, drafts of the appendix and indices, and correspondence regarding publication of the book. Correspondents are listed in the Index of Correspondence at the end of this guide.

The second series is composed of correspondence regarding Wilkinson's duties as an executor of Aleister Crowley's estate. All correspondents are listed in the Index of Correspondence at the end of this guide.

Series III contains 67 notebooks in which Wilkinson wrote drafts for his novels, drafted letters, jotted down lines of poetry, and noted shopping and expense lists. The notebooks have been listed under the titles to which they chiefly relate, where possible. Notebooks that do not contain identifiable titles have been placed at the end of the collection.



Open for research. Part or all of this collection is housed off-site and may require up to three business days notice for access in the Ransom Center’s Reading and Viewing Room. Please contact the Center before requesting this material:

Index Terms

Germer, Karl Johannes.
Sackville, Nigel Victor Stopford, 1901-.
Crowley, Aleister, 1875-1947.
Marlow, Louis, 1881-1966.
Powys, John Cowper, 1872-1963.
Powys, Llewelyn, 1884-1939.
Powys, Theodore Francis, 1875-1953.
Authors, English.
Document Types
Galley proofs.

Related Material

Other materials associated with Louis Wilkinson may be found in the following manuscript collections at the Ransom Center:

  • British Sexological Society
  • Bennet, Arnold
  • Crowley, Aleister
  • Dick, Kay
  • Harris, Frank
  • Hopkins, Kenneth
  • Lehmann, John
  • Meredith, George
  • Morrell, Ottoline Violet
  • Anne, Lady
  • PEN
  • Powys, John Cowper
  • Powys, Llewelyn
  • Powys, Theodore Francis
  • Shaw, George Bernard
  • Symons, Alphonse James Albert

Administrative Information


Purchases, 1967-1977 (R3456, R7675)

Processed by:

Chelsea S. Dinsmore, 2002, updated by Betsy Nitsch, 2012

Louis Wilkinson Collection--Folder List

I. Works, 1934-1952

The Devil in Crystal(1943)
Box Folder
1 1-2 Typescript with author revisions, some page duplications, 161pp, undated
3 Page proofs with author revisions, 118pp, undated
Forth, Beast!(1946)
Box Folder
1 4-5 Typescript with heavy author revisions and additional pages of an earlier draft, 350pp
6 Page proofs, with author revisions and notes, 199pp
gf 1 The Letters of Llewelyn Powys (1943), galley proofs
Sackville of Drayton(1948)
Box Folder
1 7 Loose pages, holograph and typescript notes with author revisions and comments
8 Typescript with author revisions and comments, 345pp
9 Appendix, typescript with author revisions, 39pp
Box Folder
2 1 Index, typescript with author revisions, 15pp
2 Indices and errata sheets, typescript with author revisions, 44pp
3 Page proofs with author revisions, 28pp
4-5 Galley proofs, with author revisions, 290pp
gf 2-3 Galley proofs, two uncut sets
Box Folder
2 6 Correspondence, 1934-1952
2.7, gf 4 Seven Friends(1953), typescript with author revisions, 164pp
Welsh Ambassadors(1935)
Box Folder
2 8 Notes and loose notebook pages with first draft notes with author revisions, 93pp
9 Page proofs with heavy author revisions, 283pp

II. Aleister Crowley's Estate, 1947-1960

Box Folder
2 10 Letters from Karl J. Germer
11 Letters from lawyers, associates and Wilkinson

III. Notebooks, 1916-1968

Box Folder
3 1 Brute Gods, six notebooks
2 The Buffoon, four notebooks
3 A Chaste Man, four notebooks
4 Devil in Crystal, four notebooks
Box Folder
4 1-3 Fool's Quarter Day, twelve notebooks
Box Folder
5 1 Forth, Beast!, five notebooks
2 The Lion Took Fright, four notebooks
3-4 Love By Accident, four notebooks
Box Folder
6 1 Mr. Amberthwaite, three notebooks
2 Sackville of Drayton, three notebooks
3 Seven Friends, six notebooks
Box Folder
7 1 Swan's Milk, six notebooks and one loose page
2 Two Made Their Bed, three notebooks
3 Unidentified, nine notebooks, two include material re Aleister Crowley and one seems to hold part of an untitled and unfinished novel

Louis Wilkinson Collection--Index of Correspondents

Names in bold appear in the RLIN record.

  • Board of Trade, Dept. of Official Receivers--2.11
  • Braby & Waller, Solicitors--2.11
  • Cassazza, Alice--2.11
  • Clark, Denis--2.11
  • Cowtan & Sons, Ltd--2.11
  • Curtis Brown, Ltd.--2.6
  • Davy, Clark (see also The Observer)--2.6
  • Denny & Co., Solicitors--2.11
  • Denny, Henry Littleton Lyster, b. 1878--2.6
  • Elwin, Malcolm, 1902- --2.6
  • Eyre & Spottiswoode--2.6
  • Gardner, G. B.--2.11
  • Germer, Karl Johannes--2.10
  • Home & van Thal, Ltd.--2.6
  • Lloyds Bank--2.11
  • MacDonald, & Co. (Publishers) Ltd.--2.6
  • Menneer, Idle & Brackette--2.11
  • Murray, John--2.6
  • National City Bank--2.11
  • The Observer--2.6
  • Renier, Anne--2.6
  • Sackville, Nigel Victor Stopford, 1901- --2.6
  • Sackville-West V. (Victoria), 1892-1962--2.6
  • W.A. Guy, Ltd.--2.11
  • W. J. W. Hill--2.11
  • Watson, H. F.--2.11

Bar Code List

  • 1--059188000054570
  • 2--059188000054581
  • 3--059188000054592
  • 4--059188000054606
  • 5--059188000054617
  • 6--059188000054628
  • 7--059188000054639