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Maurice Reckitt Archive

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Collection Description

Maurice Benington Reckitt (1884–1980) devoted his life to advocating closer ties between politics and religion. A committed socialist who happened to have been raised a Tractarian (the High Church movement of the nineteenth century), Reckitt wrote and debated widely on the application of Christian values to public. His work brought him into contact with figures from theology and literature: Philip Mairet, Ruth Kenyon, T S Eliot, G K Chesterton and Dorothy L Sayers were among his correspondents. The documents in the collection reflect all aspects of Reckitt’s public life between 1915 and 1970. Substantial quantities of Reckitt’s own writings survive. Many files record the activities of the organisations of which he was a member. Correspondence includes letters from T S Eliot, Ezra Pound, H N Brailsford and Philip Mairet. The papers were deposited at Sussex in 1979 and bequeathed to the University on Maurice Reckitt’s death the following year. There is an accompanying collection of books and pamphlets.


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