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Ian Anstruther papers

Collection MS-1995-026: Ian Anstruther papers


  • Creation: circa 1991-1993

Scope and Contents

These papers document English author Ian Anstruther's work on his book Coventry Patmore's Angel: A Study of Coventry Patmore, His Wife Emily and "The Angel in the House" (1992). The book is about English poet Coventry Patmore (1823-1896) and the impact of his popular poem, "The Angel in the House," on mid-19th century England. Written during the Victorian era, the poem became a catalyst for controversy regarding the role of women and was used by advocates of tradition, who were opposed to the then-nascent feminist movement.

These papers also include correspondence and documents from two other literary scholars interested in Patmore's work.


Restrictions on Access

Collection is open for research.

Restrictions on use

These materials are made available for use in research, teaching and private study, pursuant to U.S. Copyright Law. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used for academic research or otherwise should be fully credited with the source. The original authors may retain copyright to the materials.

Biographical note

Ian Fife Campbell Anstruther was born May 11, 1922, in England, but was raised in Argyll, Scotland. He was educated at Eton and at New College, Oxford. He served in the British Army Signal Corps during World War II and, later, joined the British Diplomatic Service and was stationed in Washington, DC. In 1956 he purchased the Barlavington estate in Sussex, which consisted of 3,000 acres of land. Four years later, he inherited an estate in South Kensington from his aunt. During this time, Anstruther began pursuing a career as a writer, focusing on 19th-century social and literary history. He became a benefactor for the London Library, where he did much of his research, and was elected a vice-president of the Library. In 2002, he became the eighth baronet of Balcaskie and the thirteenth baronet of Anstruther. Anstruther died on July 29, 2007.


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Voyages in Time -- Family, Friends& Places. Retrieved November 2006 from


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Ian Anstruther was a British diplomat and writer, who focused on 19th-century social and literary history. These papers consist of typescripts for his book about English poet Coventry Patmore, Coventry Patmore's Angel: A Study of Coventry Patmore, His Wife Emily and "The Angel in the House" (1992), and limited correspondence with literary scholars concerning Patmore.


This collection is organized into two series: I. Correspondence and II. Coventry Patmore's Angel.


Gift of Ian Anstruther, 1995.

Ian Anstruther Papers
circa 1991-1993
Bill Donovan, Fall 2006, and Stephanie Hall
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Repository Details

Part of the John J. Burns Library Repository

John J. Burns Library
Boston College
140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill MA 02467 United States