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Rosemary Sutcliff was born in East Clanden, Surrey, England in 1920, and died in 1992. When she was very young, her father, an officer in the Royal Navy, was transferred to Malta. A childhood illness, Stills Disease, kept her close to home and under the watchful care of her mother. She was home schooled by her mother, and in the process was introduced to Celtic and Saxon legends. This had the unexpected result of delaying her reading. Having been weaned on Beowulf, she could not bear to read from a new reader's primer. It was not until she and her mother returned to England in 1930 that she learned to read.
In 1934, she entered the Bideford Art School and attended for three years, finishing the General Art Course. In 1946 she began to write for publication, retelling legends that her mother had introduced her to as a young child. By luck and connections she received her first commission for a children's version of the Robin Hood legend.
Ms. Sutcliff has said that half the fun of writing a book is the research. Well-known for her sense of historical detail, she immerses herself in an era, and lets the history guide the plot development. Of her 46 novels written for young people, several have been placed on the ALA Notable Books list and the Horn Book Honor List.
Scope and Content
The collection contains a manuscript and two typescripts for the radio play The New Laird. The program was taped April 4, 1966, and broadcast from Edinburgh on May 17, 1966 as part of the Stories from Scottish History series.
The collection also includes a small red composition book. It contains notes for the books The Red Dragon, The Lantern Bearer and The Amber Dolphin, and notes on several other topics.
Series and Subseries
A. Radio Playscript (1966)
B. Composition Book (undated)
Box/Folder A. Radio Playscript The New Laird by Rosemary Sutcliff (1966). Part of the Stories from Scottish History series, Scottish Home Service, broadcast 7 May 1966. 1/1 Manuscript, 6 pp. Carbon typescript, 9 pp. Photocopy typescript, 13 pp. B. Composition Book 1/2 Research notes in composition book, 50 p.
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Hattiesburg, MS 39406
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