Susan Cooper Cronyn at her home in Marshfield, Massachusetts. Courtesy of The Guardian, 21 December 2012.
This summer the Cambridge Room accessioned and processed a small collection of papers that author and former Cantabrigian Susan Cooper Cronyn donated to the Library. The collection consists of materials related to Cronyn’s work with musician John Langstaff, the founder of Revels, a contemporary series of American seasonal stage performances staged in New York City, Cambridge, and around the country.
For Cronyn’s 2011 biography of Langstaff, the Magic Maker, she used letters, photographs, scripts, music, program brochures, and newspaper clippings from the John Langstaff’s personal collection, which were later donated to the Cambridge Room.
Cronyn has been in the news a lot lately. Last December, she was featured in The Guardian’s “A Life In…” series. In May, Cronyn joined Oxford University alumni C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, Alan Garner, and Philip Pullman in an exhibition at the University’s Bodleian Library, called Magical Books: From the Middle Ages to Middle Earth. This month, her newest book, Ghost Hawk, was published.
We are thrilled to have a collection of Susan Cooper Cronyn’s papers. We’re also really impressed that she is being exhibited at the Bodleian, one of the world’s most prestigious rare book libraries. Congratulations, Susan!