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KELLY, Professor James Fitzmaurice- (1857-1923)
Level of description
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Name of creator(s)

Kelly, James, Fitzmaurice-, 1857-1923, Professor of Spanish

Administrative / Biographical history

Born at Glasgow, 1857; Kelly later prefixed his mother's surname, Fitzmaurice, to his own; educated at St Charles's College, Kensington, and learnt some Spanish from a fellow pupil; later taught himself to read Don Quixote ; in Spain in 1885, where he acted as tutor to Don Ventura Misa in Jerez de la Frontera and formed friendships with Juan Valera, Gaspar Núñez de Arce, and other leading men of letters; returned to London, 1886; began to make a name for himself as an authority on Spain and as a reviewer for the Spectator , Athenæum , and Pall Mall Gazette ; influenced by the critic William Ernest Henley; made his mark on Spanish studies with his life of Cervantes, 1892; corresponding member of the Spanish Academy, 1895; with his History of Spanish literature (1898) came to occupy a position of authority in the subject; delivered a Taylorian lecture at Oxford on Lope de Vega, 1902; member of council and medallist of the Hispanic Society of America, 1904; created knight of the order of Alfonso XII, 1905; elected fellow of the British Academy, 1906; supported himself by writing until chosen by the University of Liverpool as its first Gilmour professor of Spanish language and literature, 1909-1916; member of the Academy of History, Madrid, 1912; member of the Academy of Buenas Letras, Barcelona, 1914; Cervantes Professor of Spanish language and literature, King's College London, 1916-1920; retired from teaching, but continued his literary work, 1920; member of the Academy of Sciences, Lisbon, 1922; died at his house at Sydenham, 1923. Publications: Life of Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra (1892); History of Spanish Literature (1898, new editions 1913, 1926); with John Ormsby, edited Don Quixote (1898-1899); edited Complete Works of Cervantes (only Galatea , Exemplary Novels , and Don Quixote were published, 1901-1903); Cervantes in England (1905); Chapters on Spanish Literature (1908); 39 articles on Spanish literature and authors in the Encyclopaedia Britannica (11th edition, 1910); Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra (1913); The Oxford Book of Spanish Verse (1913); Cervantes and Shakespeare (1916); Cambridge Readings in Spanish Literature (1920); summarized Cervantine studies for the Year Book of Modern Languages (1920); selection of his letters published in the Revue Hispanique , lxxiv (1928). All his principal works were translated into Spanish.

David McDowall Hannay, journalist and author, was born in London, 1853; educated at St Peter's College, Westminster; British Vice Consul at Barcelona; journalist, Pall Mall Gazette , Saturday Review , and St James's Gazette ; died, 1934. Publications include: Admiral Blake (1886); Rodney (1891); Don Emilio Castelar (1896); Short History of Royal Navy (2 volumes, 1898, 1909); Ships and Men (1910); The Great Chartered Companies (1926).

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Presented to King's College Library by Mrs P G Foote, granddaughter of David Hannay, 1959, and subsequently transferred to King's College Archives.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Twelve letters from James Fitzmaurice-Kelly to David Hannay, 1898-1907, the subjects including work and publications, among them Fitzmaurice-Kelly's History of Spanish Literature , his edition of Don Quixote and Hannay's review, 1898, and providing and soliciting information on Spanish, military and naval subjects and sources, mediaeval to contemporary.

Conditions of access & use

Conditions governing access

Open, subject to signature of Reader's undertaking form, and appropriate provision of two forms of identification, to include one photographic ID.

Conditions governing reproduction

Copies, subject to the condition of the original, may be supplied for research use only. Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Director of Archive Services, King's College London.

Language/scripts of material

Mostly English, some Spanish

Finding aids

Typescript list detailing letters and their contents available in reading room at King's College London Archives.

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals

King's College London College Archives

Related units of description

For Fitzmaurice-Kelly: Leeds University, Brotherton Library, holds 52 letters to Sir Edmund Gosse, 1895-1920 (Ref: Library Publications no 3). National Library of Ireland holds letters to Alice Stopford Green (Ref: MS 15077). National Library of Scotland, Manuscripts Division, holds 26 letters to R B Cunninghame Graham, 1897-1910 (Ref: Acc 11335/75). For Hannay: University College London, Manuscripts Room, holds correspondence, diaries and notebooks, 1875-1912 (Ref: MS ADD 203). University of London Library, Senate House, holds 13 letters from Hannay to Henry Austin Dobson, 1891-1912 (Ref: MS 810).

Description control

Archivist's Note

Compiled by Rachel Kemsley as part of the RSLP AIM25 project. Sources: brief description in King's College London Manuscripts and Private Papers: A Select Guide (1982); Dictionary of National Biography (for James Fitzmaurice-Kelly); Who's Who (for David Hannay); British Library online catalogue; National Register of Archives.

Rules or conventions

Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

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Date(s) of descriptions

Feb 2001

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  • History
  • Indo-european languages
  • Military history
  • National literatures
  • Naval history
  • Romance languages
  • Spanish

Personal names

  • Hannay, David McDowall, 1853-1934, Historian and Journalist
  • Kelly, James, Fitzmaurice-, 1857-1923, Professor of Spanish

Corporate names

  • King's College London College Archives

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