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Royal Literary Fund

Also known as Literary Fund/Literary Fund Society


It was founded in 1790 as the Literary Fund to provide financial assistance to authors in distress, and to their dependants

It became the Royal Literary Fund in 1842

It continues to provide financial assistance to professional published authors

What was reforming about it?

It represented one of the first moves towards the professionalisation of literature in the UK

Where in Bloomsbury

Its first home was in Gerrard Street, Soho; it was based at 73 Great Russell Street from 1842 to about 1862

Website of current institution

www.rlf.org.uk (opens in new window)

Books about it

Janet Adam Smith, The Royal Literary Fund, 1790–1990 (1990)

Nigel Cross, The Royal Literary Fund, 1790–1918: An Introduction to the Fund’s History and Archives, with an Index of Applicants (on microfilm) (1984)


The entire archive of the Fund has been microfilmed as Archives of the Royal Literary Fund, 1790–1918 (145 reels) (1982–1983)

This page last modified 13 April, 2011 by Deborah Colville


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