James Orchard Halliwell-Phillipps Papers (1849-1892)
Halliwell-Phillips joined the Society of Antiquaries at age 19 in 1839 and proceeded to
publish numerous pamphlets on topics related collecting as well as Shakespeare's life and
plays. His own collecting practices were controversial, as several libraries accused him of
theft and he was known to cut up seventeenth-century books to paste into scrapbooks. Over
the course of his writing career he published over 60 volumes on topics from English fairy
tales and nursery rhymes to his successful Life of Shakespeare. From 1870 on, he focused his
work on Shakespeare's biography.