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Sir Edwin Arnold Collection

 Collection — Box: 1
Collection number: MS-150-10

Scope and Contents

A collection primarily of correspondence. The exotic descriptions of India in the poetic works of Arnold, influenced by first-hand accounts, must have been alluring to aristocrats. Many of the British noblemen and relatives we eager for Arnold to attend dinners, lunches and other functions particularly to discuss The Light of Asia. Not all correspondences in the collection are dated but those that bare dates are from 1880-1898. A draft of one of his poem "On Ranmoor, Surrey" and a sketch Ranmoor rounds out the collection.


  • Created: 1880-1898

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Biographical or Historical Information

Sir Edwin Arnold was a English journalist and poet born June 10, 1832 in Gravesend, Kent, England. Educated in King’s School at Rochester, King’s College London, and University College of the University of Oxford. In 1856 he traveled to India for his appointment as Principal of Government Sanskrit College in Poona, Maharashtra. This six year stint provided the foundation for his most famed work The Light of Asia (1879), a narrative poem in eight books depicting the life of Prince Gautama Buddha. This was followed by several other books of poetry (1875), Pearls of the Faith (1883), The Song Celestial (1885), With Sadi in the Garden (1888), Potiphar's Wife (1892), Adzuma, or The Japanese Wife (1893), the last being Indian Poetry coming out in 1904, the same year he died. He would pass away March 24, 1904 in London, England.

Note written by Frost, Guy (1965-)


30.00 items

30 Digital links (Scans of Edwin Arnold Collection) : Includes TIF, JPEG, and PDF files. Scanned 2020. UUID: 4928E849-F8AD-229A-456E-F18AF64B45A0



Arrangement Note

The collection is divided into two series: I. Correspondence. II. Art and Poetry

Archon Finding Aid Title
In Progress
Frost, Guy (1965-)
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note

Revision Statements

  • 2020-06-11: Revised for DACS compliance by Douglas Carlson

Repository Details

Part of the Valdosta State University Archives and Special Collections Repository

Valdosta State University Archives, Odum Library
1500 N. Patterson St.
Valdosta GA 30601 United States
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