The Ronald Knox Papers contain over five hundred items, including personal letters, published and unpublished articles, broadcast
transcripts, sermons, a few photographs and some manuscript writings.
Ronald A. Knox was born in Knibworth, Leicestershire on February 17, 1888 to Ellen Penelope French and the Reverend Edmund
Arbuthnott Knox. After completing his formal education at Eton College and Balliol College, Oxford in 1910, Monsignor Knox
was appointed as chaplain at Trinity College. Later in 1917, Ronald Knox converted to Roman Catholicism. He served as a
chaplain at the University of Oxford and was later appointed as a prelate by the Pope in 1936. Monsignor Knox was a prolific
writer both in religious commentaries and texts as well as literature. He translated the St. Jerome Latin Vulgate Bible into
English as well as the Old and New Testatment in 1944 and 1945 respectively. He wrote a number of articles with religious
themes such as The Belief of Catholics and A Spiritual Aenied. Although he only wrote six novels such as the Viaduct Murder
and the Footsteps at the Lock, his writings are well known and he was a prominent member of the Detection Club.
2.3 linear feet (5 boxes)
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