MC:F23/N1 Press Cuttings and Book Reviews
Wilson used a press cuttings agencies, Romeike & Curtice; Longmans, Green & Co.; The General Press Cutting Association Ltd. and Durrant’s Press Cuttings (all based in London). They attached press cuttings to printed slips of paper with the recipient’s name, information about the company, the name of the paper from which the extract was taken and the date. The cuttings are quite damaged and fragile. The reviews are all of the College History, except for the final one, which is of Wilson’s edition of the Pontifical of Magdalen College.
MC:F23/N1/1 16 October 1899
News cutting from The Scotsman. The review is positive, noting how Wilson managed to condense ‘a great accumulation of learning’ into a ‘small narrative’ and briefly summarising the book.
MC:F23/N1/2-3 26 October 1899
Newspaper cutting from the Glasgow Herald. The review offers a brief summary of the College history, singling out for praise the chapters on Dr. Routh and Magdalen’s struggle with James II. The review also mentions Magdalen’s contemporary reputation, mentioning in particular the ‘patronage and support’ given to the ‘students of natural science.’ Someone has added an underline and an exclamation point beside a mention of Waynflete fellowship in physical geography. [2 copies – one each from two cuttings agencies].
MC:F23/N1/4-5 26 October 1899
News cutting from the Dundee Advertiser, favourably reviewing the College history. Wilson’s compression of a great deal of research into the book is singled out. Bishop Waynflete is discussed, as are incidents of lax behaviour throughout Magdalen’s history and the College’s strong academic record. [2 copies].
MC:F23/N1/6 1 November 1899
News cutting from the Sheffield Telegraph. The reviewer discusses the foundation and early history of Magdalen, before coming to the reforms of the 19th century. The history is deemed to be ‘careful and interesting.’
MC:F23/N1/7 3 November 1899
News cutting from the Manchester Guardian. The reviewer declares that Wilson’s history is the best volume in Robinson’s series to date. The first chapters covering the early history of Magdalen (chapters 1-4, 7) and the struggle with James II are deemed to be the best. The review credits Wilson’s unbiased view of Gibbon’s criticisms of the College and praises his treatment of athletics.
MC:F23/N1/8 16 November 1899
News cutting from the Times. The review covers two volumes of Robinson’s histories, Christ Church and Magdalen. Wilson’s history is deemed to be ‘a thoroughly adequate’ account of Magdalen. The review dwells on the buildings and grounds of Magdalen, praising the photographs and ground plan published in the book, but lamenting that the architecture was not treated in a separate chapter. The reviewer takes a mixed view of Wilson’s chapter on James II. Changes in the 19th century are also outlined and Magdalen is deemed to be in a prime position for future success.
MC:F23/N1/9 2 December 1899
News cutting from The Spectator. The review discusses the foundation of the College, noting how comparatively well documented its early days are. However, ‘it must be allowed that the after-history of the College is scarcely equal to the magnificence of the foundation.’ The review goes on to be very critical of Magdalen, although it praises Wilson’s history.
MC:F23/N1/10 9 December 1899
Newspaper cutting from Queen mentioning Wilson’s history as part of F.E. Robinson’s ‘excellent’ Oxford College Histories. It gives the price for the book as 5s. The short article mentions Magdalen in relation to Eton, particularly with regard to rowing.
MC:F23/N1/11 12 December 1899
News cutting from the Church Times. The reviewer is complimentary, observing his success in condensing so much source material into a compact volume. The review notes some details about Magdalen’s liturgical history.
MC:F23/N1/12 23 December 1899
News cutting from Literature. The review speaks of Magdalen’s distinct character, innovations, and famous Old Members. It praises Wilson’s history, particularly his creation of an ‘ordered picture […] of systematic college development’ and useful appendices. The reviewer also observes that for ‘merely frivolous persons’ there are the usual entertaining extracts from the annals of college discipline. The photographs also get mentioned.
MC:F23/N1/13 19 January 1900
News cutting from The Literary World reviewing four college histories: Balliol, Clare, Magdalen and Jesus. Wilson’s history is called ‘captivating.’ The history of Balliol occupies nearly all of the review.
MC:F23/N1/14 26 January 1900
News cutting from the Record. The review is mixed, praising Wilson’s treatment of the early history of the College, but finding his account of the 19th century ‘disappointing.’ The reviewer praises the appendices. The review also covers histories of Jesus, All Souls, King’s and Sidney Sussex. It offers a general criticism that none of these managed to connect the colleges to modern life.
MC:F23/N1/15-16 10 February 1900
News cutting from The Athenaeum (no. 3772), reviewing the histories of Balliol, Magdalen and Jesus colleges. The reviewer compares and contrasts the histories of the colleges and the resulting books. He notes that Wilson has used primary sources found in the college as the basis for his book, not merely to illustrate certain points. The history of Magdalen is considered to be one of the best in the Robinson series, combining scholarship with humour, and handling controversial incidents with scrupulous fairness. The review also recounts Wilson’s opinions regarding the May morning tradition. [There is also an additional incomplete copy of the review].
MC:F23/N1/17 24 [c.1900, date cut off]
News cutting from the Guardian, reviewing four college histories: Clare, Jesus, Magdalen and Balliol. Wilson’s history is given a favourable review, praised for accuracy, completeness and technical skill. The thoroughness of the research and Wilson’s ability to condense this into the book are also noted, as are several humorous incidents.
MC:F23/N1/18 April 1912
News cutting from the English Historical Review of Wilson’s edition of the Pontifical of Magdalen College. The review praises Wilson’s edition and summarises some of his findings, as well as adding further speculation about the history of the Pontifical.
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