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Bangor University
Professor Percy Mansell Jones Papers

Reference code(s): GB 0222 BMSS PMJ

Held at: Bangor University

Title: Professor Percy Mansell Jones Papers

Short Title: Professor Percy Mansell Jones Papers

Creation date(s): 1915-1964

Level of description: fonds

Extent: 87 items

Name of creator(s): Percy Mansell Jones


Administrative/Biographical history: Percy Mansell Jones, 1889-1968, Professor of French and Romance Studies at the University College of North Wales (now the University of Wales, Bangor), 1937-1951 and subsequently Professor Emeritus of French at the University of Manchester.
Professor Mansell Jones spent his childhood in Carmarthenshire and was educated at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth and Oxford University, Balliol College. He travelled to Paris in 1913 to develop his knowledge of literature and became acquainted with several authors including Ezra Pound, Emile Verhaeren and Andre Gide.
He is the author and editor of many works on French literature including literary theory, history, criticism and an autobiographical work, published posthumously. Works include: Emile Verhaeren, a study in the development of his art and ideas (1926), Racine, by Jean Giraudoux; translated by P. Mansell Jones (1938), The background of modern French poetry, essays and interviews (1951), Baudelaire (1952), The assault on French literature, and other essays , (1963), A book of French verse: Lamartine to Eluard, edited with introduction and notes by P. Mansell Jones and G. Richardson (1964) and How they educated Jones (1974).


Scope and content/abstract: This collection consists of drafts in manuscript and typescript of books, articles, reviews and essays. Also includes lecture notes. Material covers a range of French poetry and prose, from the 17th to the 20th century. Among the authors featured are Emile Verhaeren, Baudelaire, Andre Gide, Racine and Rimbaud. Also includes drafts of his autobiographical work, How they educated Jones (1974).


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System of arrangement: Material was received on separate occasions, arranged according to record type in chronological order and incorporated into the General Collection of Bangor Manuscripts .

Conditions governing access: Open to all users

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright conditions apply. Reprographics are made at the discretion of the Archivist.

Finding aids: Item level word-processed list is available at the Archives Department at the University of Wales, Bangor. Reference numbers: General Collection of Bangor Manuscripts: 20091-20175, 26650-26651

Language codes: eng fre


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Note: Description compiled by Anne Lenaghan, October 2001

Rules or conventions: Created following ISAD(G) and Archives Hub Data Creation Guidelines

Date(s) of descriptions: Prior to 16-11-2004

College teachers | Great Britain
Criticism, Textual
French literature

Personal names
Baudelaire , Charles , 1821-1867
Gide , André , 1869-1951
Jones , Percy Mansell , 1889-1968
Racine , Jean , 1639-1699
Verhaeren , Emile , 1855-1916

Corporate names
University College of North Wales, Bangor
University of Manchester


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