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Table of contents What's This?
  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Processing History
  • Biography
  • Collection Scope and Content Summary
  • Collection Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: William Hope Hodgson papers
    Date (inclusive): circa 1898-2013
    Date (bulk): circa 1903-1918
    Collection Number: 024
    Creator: Hodgson, William Hope, 1877-1918
    Creator: Moskowitz, Sam
    Extent: 3.5 linear feet (7 document boxes)
    Repository: Rivera Library. Special Collections Department.
    Riverside, CA 92517-5900
    Abstract: This collection contains publications, typescripts, photographs, correspondence, and other material regarding the literary work of William Hope Hodgson, an English author of science fiction, horror, and fantastic fiction. Primarily includes published and unpublished short stories and poetry by Hodgson as well as a selection of personal photographs. The correspondence of Sam Moskowitz with Arthur Dudley and others pertaining to Moskowitz' research on Hodgson is also included as is the correspondence between Hodgson's family and August Derleth, amongst others, regarding publication permissions for Hodgson's literary works.
    Languages: The collection is in English.

    Access

    This collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright has not been assigned to the University of California, Riverside Libraries, Special Collections & University Archives. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections & University Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Regents of the University of California as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.

    Preferred Citation

    [identification of item]. William Hope Hodgson papers, Collection 024. University of California, Riverside Libraries, Special Collections & University Archives, University of California, Riverside.

    Acquisition Information

    This collection was originally compiled by Sam Moskowitz, editor and science fiction historian, and was later acquired by Jane and Howard Frank.
    The William Hope Hodgson papers were acquired as a gift from Jane and Howard Frank in 2013.

    Processing History

    Processed by Eric Milenkiewicz, 2014.

    Biography

    William Hope Hodgson was an English novelist, short story writer, poet, photographer, lecturer, sailor, and soldier. He was born in Blackmore End, Essex, England on November 15, 1877 to Samuel Hodgson, an Anglican priest, and Lissie Sarah Brown. In 1891 he began a four-year apprenticeship as a cabin boy and in 1895 began two years of study in Liverpool which led him to acquire his mate's certificate. For the next few years Hodgson worked as a sailor and while at sea he became interested in physical fitness and body development.
    Hodgson returned home in 1898 and in 1899 opened W.H. Hodgson's School of Physical Culture in Blackburn, England. Eventually realizing that he could not earn a living in personal training he began writing articles which first focused on exercise. Hodgson found the market for such articles to be limited so he turned his attention to fiction, publishing his first short story in 1904. He continued to write fiction for American and British magazines for the remainder of his career mainly in the science fiction, horror, and fantasy fiction genres. Many of his short horror stories were associated with the ocean as he relied upon his experiences at sea for his writings. Hodgson also wrote poetry, though few of his poems were published during his lifetime.
    In 1912, Hodgson married Betty Farnsworth and they settled in the south of France. When war broke out in Europe, the couple returned to England where Hodgson became a Lieutenant in the Royal Artillery. In April 1918, Hodgson was killed by an artillery shell at Ypres.

    Collection Scope and Content Summary

    This collection contains publications, typescripts, photographs, correspondence, and other material regarding the literary work of William Hope Hodgson, an English author of science fiction, horror, and fantastic fiction. Primarily includes published and unpublished short stories and poetry by Hodgson as well as a selection of personal photographs. The correspondence of Sam Moskowitz with Arthur Dudley and others pertaining to Moskowitz' research on Hodgson is also included as is the correspondence between Hodgson's family and August Derleth, amongst others, regarding publication permissions for Hodgson's literary works.

    Collection Arrangement

    This collection is arranged into five series. The series arrangement is as follows:
    • Series 1. Publications, circa 1900-2013, undated.
    • Series 2. Typescripts, circa 1913-1918, undated.
    • Series 3. Legal and financial documents, circa 1898-1974, undated.
    • Series 4. Photographic materials, circa 1903-2003, undated.
    • Series 5. Correspondence, circa 1949-1988, undated.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.

    Subjects

    Fantasy fiction.
    Hodgson, William Hope, 1877-1918.
    Horror.
    Moskowitz, Sam.
    Science fiction.
    Science-fiction writers.
    Short stories.

    Genres and Forms of Materials

    Correspondence.
    Manuscripts.
    Photographs.
    Poems.
    Publications.