Born in Manchester, England, September 5, 1882, Ralph Straus was a prolific novelist and biographer. He was educated at Harrow (the well-known boys' public school in London), Pembroke College, and Cambridge University.
Among his many books, the following are referred to in the correspondence included in this collection: "The Scandalous Mr. Waldo" (1909); "The Unseemly Adventure" (1924); "The Unspeakable Curll" (1927); "A Whip for a Woman" (1931); "five Men Go to Prison" (1935); "Sala: the Portrait of and Eminent Victorian" (1942). Straus also wrote frequently about Charles Dickens, and his interest in early printers and inventers of print type is referred to by him in his letters to Ronald Storrs (see Folder 17). Note also his book entitled, "John Baskerville, a Memoir" (1907).
Straus never married. He died on June 5, 1950.
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The Ralph Straus papers consist of 19 folders of individual correspondence received from numerous well-known British writers and artists. Arrangement is alphabetical by surname. Content is social as well as literary with references to Straus' books (see Index for specific titles mentioned).
Abrreviations used include RS (Ralph Strauss); ALS (autograph letter signed); AMsS (autograph manuscript signed); TLS (typed letter signed); TMs (typed manuscript).
Processed by Lisette C. Matano, February 20, 1991.
ACCESSION DATA: Acquired from George S. Macmanus
BULK DATES: 1920 - 1940
SPAN DATES: 1905 - 1950
EXTENT: 0.25 lf, 1 box