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MS 437

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MS 437


David Horner Archive (Osbert Sitwell material)



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David Horner was born on 29 July 1900. He was educated privately in France before going to Trinity Hall, Cambridge to study History and Modern Languages. He was an author who wrote various novels, short stories and poems. However only three full length novels were published: Through French Windows (1938) Was it Yesterday? (1939) The Devil’s Quill (1959) During the Second World War he served as an officer in the RAF Volunteer reserve. Horner met Osbert Sitwell in the mid-1920s and they would remain lovers and companions until Sitwell died in 1963. Horner died in 1983.


20th century

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16 boxes, 7 volumes

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The collection is of primarily interest due to Horner’s connection with Osbert Sitwell. Various items in the collection directly relate to the Sitwell family, having been given by Osbert Sitwell to Horner, and include correspondence and photographs. However, Horner was also a published author in his own right and the collection contains his own literary and personal papers.


The papers were collected by David Horner during his lifetime and after his death passed to his godson Nicolas Barker

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