Guide to the Christina Rossetti letter, 1881 December 17


Collection consists of a single letter from the Pre-Raphealite poet Christina Rossetti to an unnamed recipient in the publishing industry. She grants him permission to use poems from three of her published collections in an upcoming "Fine Art Book for Christmas 1882." Rossetti states that there should be no variation of the text from the source material, and that she chose those three collections because she personally holds their copyright.

Collection Details

Collection Number
Christina Rossetti letter
1881 December 17
0.1 Linear Feet, 1 item
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Materials in English

Collection Overview

Collection consists of an autograph manuscript letter signed Christina G. Rossetti, granting the unnamed recipient, presumably a publisher, permission to reprint some of her poems. The letter is written on a single folded sheet of paper with text on two pages. She lists her address as: 30 Torrington Square - London - W.C. Rossetti refers to the correspondent's "assurance that no variation whatsoever" will appear in "your Fine Art book for Xmas 1882." Rossetti names three of her books he may use as source material: "Poems," "Pageant," and "Sing Song." She writes, "I name these, because not every piece to be found elsewhere is in every instance of my own copyright."

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How to Cite

[Identification of item], Christina Rossetti letter, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Contents of the Collection

Folder 1

Historical Note

Christina Rossetti was an English Victorian poet associated with the Pre-Raphealite movement that was founded by her brother, Dante Gabriel. All three of Rossetti's siblings were also writers. Her style is in the Romantic tradition of Elizabeth Barrett Browning. Rossetti's collections of poetry referenced in this letter, "Sing Song: A Nursery Rhyme Book" and "Pageant and Other Poems" were published in 1872 and 1881, respectively. Rossetti's poem, "In the Bleak Midwinter" became widely known after it was set to music and sung as a Christmas carol. Recent scholarship has examined feminist themes in Rossetti's work

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The Christina Rossetti letter was received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a purchase in 2015.

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Processed by Megan E. Lewis, March, 2017

Accessions described in this collection guide: 2015-0050-LUBMSS420