CollectionGB 0231 University of Aberdeen, Special Collections
Ref NoMS 2737
TitleMarion E. Angus, poet: papers
Date1934 - 1969
Extent2 files
Creator NameMarion Emily Angus (1865 - 1946), Scottish poet.
Administrative HistoryMarion Angus was born on 27 Mar 1865 in Sunderland, County Durham, England, but spent most of her childhood in Arbroath, where her father, the Rev. Dr Angus was a United Presbyterian Church minister. After his death, she moved to Aberdeen with her mother and sister, and lived here until 1945. She returned to Arbroath in 1945 and died there on 18 August 1946.

Marion Angus did not begin to write seriously until over fifty, and her first collection of poetry, 'The Lilt and Other Verses' was published by Wylie and Sons, Aberdeen, in 1922. This was followed by 'The Tinker's Road and Other Verses' (Glasgow and London: Gowans and Gray, 1924); 'Sun and Candlelight' (Edinburgh: Porpoise Press, 1927); 'The Turn of Day' (Edinburgh: Porpoise Press, 1931); and 'Lost Country' (Glasgow: Gowans and Gray, 1937). All of her work was characterised by her use of Scots dialect. She developed friendships with many contemporary literary figures, including Naomi Mitchison (1897 - 1999), author; W.H. Auden (1902 - 1985), poet; Marion Lochead (1902 - 1985), poet; Helen B. Cruickshank (1886 - 1975), poet; and Nan Shepherd (1893 - 1981), author.

A short biography is contained in the introduction of 'Selected Poems of Marion Angus', ed. by Helen B. Cruickshank and Maurice Lindsay (Edinburgh: Serif Books, 1950). This small volume of her works was compiled as a tribute after her death in 1946.
SourceDeposited in the University Library in Dec 1969, by Miss A. [Nan] Shepherd (1893 - 1981), author.
DescriptionThis collection contains some original correspondence between Marion Angus and Helen B. Cruickshank, regarding their work in the period 1934 - 1945, but most of the papers relate to the publication of 'Selected Poems of Marion Angus' in 1950. They reveal the difficulties encountered by Helen B. Cruickshank and Maurice Lindsay in compiling and publishing a selection of her poetry, and clarify the financing of the venture. The collection also contains biographical information relating to Marion Angus and her family (letters, press cuttings and obituaries), which was collected after her death by Nan Shepherd and Helen B. Cruickshank.
AccrualsNone expected.
ArrangementCorrespondence has been arranged by recipient.
Access StatusOpen
Access ConditionsThe records are available subject to the signed acceptance of the Department's access conditions.
Physical DescriptionNo physical conditions affecting use of collection.
Related MaterialLetters from Rachel Annand Taylor and Marion Angus to Nan Shepherd, 1930 - 1959 (MS 3036).
Letters from Marion Angus to Alexander Keith (MS 3017/8/1/1)
Letters from Marion Angus to Mairi Campbell Ireland, 1929 - 1931 are deposited in the National Library of Scotland, Manuscripts Division (MS 19238)

A letter from Helen B. Cruickshank to Nan Shepherd, 22 Jan 1969 (MS 2737/53), states that she has deposited literary papers in Edinburgh University and Stirling University.
Publication Note'Selected Poems of Marion Angus', ed. by Helen B. Cruickshank and Maurice Lindsay (Edinburgh: Serif Books, 1950).
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