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Minna G. O'Brien Letter

A description of the item at Syracuse University

Finding aid created by: MRC
Date: 30 Jun 2010

Biographical History

Nothing can be discovered of Minna O'Brien, the writer of the letter, other than what is given in the document (she was married to Edward, who evidently wrote poetry). Walter E. Peck was a British literary critic and biographer who edited several volumes of Shelley's poetry as well as a biography, Shelley: His Life and Work (1927). The letter is directed to his wife.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Minna G. O'Brien Letter consists of a single letter from O'Brien, probably English, to an unnamed friend, the wife of British literary critic and Shelley biographer Walter E. Peck. The letter offers congratulations on "the advent of the son and heir," discusses Shelley's description of Florence's art and sculpture, and mentions "a small revolution that we have had here...with many killed and a large number of wounded; bombs thrown, and the city bristling with armed soldiers."

The sheets bear the letterhead of The British Institute of Florence, founded in 1917 by a group of Anglo-Italian scholars.

Arrangement of the Collection

Single item.


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Subject Headings


O'Brien, Minna G.
Shelley, Percy Bysshe, 1792-1822.

Corporate Bodies

British Institute of Florence.


Architecture -- Italy -- Florence.


Florence -- Description and travel.

Genres and Forms


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Minna G. O'Brien Letter,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Transfer from Rare Books, 1970.

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