POETRY

[Sir John Betjeman, Poet Laureate.] Printed 'Service of Thanksgiving for the Life and Work of Sir John Betjeman CBE'.]

Author: 
Sir John Betjeman (1906-1984), Poet Laureate and popular broadcaster and public figure
Publication details: 
Printed by Barnard & Westwood Ltd, London. Service at Westminster Abbey, 'St Peter's Day | Friday 29 June 1984 | 11.30 a.m.'
£100.00

14 + [1]pp, 8vo. Stapled eight-leaf pamphlet. Publishers' slug on reverse of final leaf. In good condition, lightly aged and worn. Scarce: no copy at the British Library, and the only copy located on OCLC WorldCat at Princeton. A pleasing memento of a grand affair, attended by a host of dignitaries, including Princess Margaret, the Prince of Wales (who read the first lesson) and Betjeman's publisher John Murray (who read the second lesson).

[Katharine Tynan, Irish poet and novelist.] Autograph Signature ('Katharine Tynan Hinkson') on valediction to letter to 'Robert Browne Esq.'

Author: 
Katharine Tynan [latterly Katharine Tynan Hinkson] (1859-1931) – 2 April 1931), Irish poet and novelist
Publication details: 
No place or date.
£25.00

On one side of 4.5 x 10.5 cm piece of paper, cut from end of letter for autograph hunter. In good condition, lightly aged. Reads: 'Believe me, dear Mr Browne | Yours very sincerely | Katharine Tynan Hinkson | Robert Browne Esq.'

[Richard Howitt, Quaker poet.] Autograph Letter Signed to the 'Editors of the “Aurora Borealis” | Care of Joseph Watson', in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, including an unpublished poem, and complaining of the treatment of his contributions to the periodical.

Author: 
Richard Howitt (1799-1869), Quaker poet, who spent four years in Australia with his brother the entomologist Godfrey Howitt (1800-1873), [Joseph Watson and George Atley Brumell of Newcastle-upon-Tyne]
Publication details: 
23 November 1832; Nottingham.
£220.00

Despite the four years (1840-1844) Howitt spent in the colony with his brother the entomologist Godfrey Howitt (1800-1873), the present letter has nothing to do with Australia. The letter is addressed to the editors of 'The Aurora Borealis: A Literary Annual edited by Members of the Society of Friends'. This periodical was the work of a group of Quakers in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, with George Atley Brumell (1800-1877) one of the founding editors. Another of those involved was Joseph Watson (1807-1874), named in the letter's address.

[Sir Stratford Canning [Lord Stratford de Redcliffe], diplomat.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Stratford de R.') to Lord Monteagle, giving his 'dog-latin' inscription for the tomb of the Duke of Wellington's brother Lord Wellesley ('Duke of Hindostan').

Author: 
Sir Stratford Canning [Viscount Stratford de Redcliffe] (1786-1880), diplomat and politician [Richard Colley Wellesley, 1st Marquess Wellesley; Thomas Spring Rice [Lord Monteagle of Brandon]]
Publication details: 
'Gr: Sq:', i.e. Grosvenor Square, London. 4 August 1861.
£50.00

The four-line Latin poem in this letter by Lord Stratford de Redcliffe (better known as Sir Stratford Canning and cousin of Prime Minister George Canning) is apparently unknown, and certainly unpublished. The letter is 3pp, 16mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. Folded twice.

[William John Thoms, author and antiquary.] Autograph Letter Signed ('William J. Thoms') to H. A. Bright of Cambridge, regarding problems of the Camden Society.

Author: 
William J. Thoms [William John Thoms] (1803-1885), author and antiquary who coined the term 'folklore'
Publication details: 
'No 25 Holy-well St Millbank' [London]. 25 March 1851.
£120.00

3pp, 12mo. Bifolium. With the cover of the letter's envelope, addressed to H. A. Bright at Trinity Collrge, Cambridge. Both letter and cover in fair condition, lightly aged and worn.

[B.R. Whiting; Australian Poet ] Large Archive of correspondence and poems in typescript (many unpublished.

Author: 
B. R. Whiting (1923-1988), Australian Soldier Poet.
Publication details: 
[Letters] 1976-1987.
£25,000.00

A significant archive of material relating to the Australian poet B. R. Whiting (1923-1988), from the papers of his close friend and mentor the English playwright Christopher Fry (1907-2005).

[R. N. D. Wilson, Irish poet.] Autograph talk on James Joyce [for Radio Éireann?], both biographical and critical .

Author: 
R. N. D. Wilson [Robert Noble Denison Wilson; Robin Wilson] (1899-1953), Irish poet and author [James Joyce]
Publication details: 
[Radio Éireann, Dublin, Ireland?] Undated, but after Joyce's death in 1941.
£950.00

25pp, 4to. On 25 loose leaves of ruled paper. In good condition, lightly aged and worn, with small punch hole to corner of each leaf. Edited down with deletions in pencil and ink. Pencil timings in the margin indicate that the talk was to last forty minutes. An entertaining and percipient talk by an Irish poet who was himself closely involved in the literary and artistic world of Dublin while a student at Trinity College in the period immediately following the First World War, and a close associate of W. B. Yeats, Francis Stuart and Iseult Gonne.

[Rudyard Kipling, Nobel prize winning author and poet.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Rudyard Kipling') discussing – as if it was fact – events in his first novel 'The Light That Failed', and stating: 'Men have the worst kind of memories for past sins.'

Author: 
Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936), Nobel prize winning author and poet
Publication details: 
Brattleboro, Vermont, U.S.A. 4 December 1892.
£850.00

2pp, 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, lightly aged, with tape staining at gutter, and traces of paper (with the device of Kipling's publishers Macmillans) stuck to the blank reverse of the second leaf. Thirty-eight lines of text in Kipling's neat and close hand. The recipient is not named. The subject of the letter is the plot of Kipling's first novel, The Light That Failed, and specifically the events of the fourteenth chapter, with Kipling jokingly addressing the question as if it were a matter of fact and not of fiction, and in the process casting light on his narrative intentions.

[Francis MacManus, Irish novelist and broadcaster.] Typed Letter Signed, as General Features Officer, Radio Éireann, to poet R. N. D. Wilson, proposing a programme consisting of a reading of his work, introduced by Austin Clarke.

Author: 
Francis MacManus (1909-1965), Irish novelist and broadcaster [R. N. D. Wilson [Robert Noble Denison Wilson; Robin Wilson] (1899-1953), Irish poet; Austin Clarke (1896-1974)]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Radio Éireann, Dublin; 9 October 1951.
£320.00

1p, 4to. In fair condition, lightly aged. Typed Letter Signed, addressed to Wilson, at Wolverhampton School, Wolverhampton, England. He explains that Radio Éireann is 'at present broadcasting a series of poetry programmes which consist of readings of poems with Irish writers, with introductions and commentaries by Austin Clarke'.

[William Bedell Stanford, Regius Professor of Greek at Trinity College Dublin.] Typed Poem titled 'Undertone' (first line: 'When the landfolk of Galway converse with a stranger,'), with Autograph Signature 'W B. Stanford | Trinity College | Dublin'.

Author: 
W. B. Stanford [William Bedell Stanford] (1910-1984), Irish classical scholar and Senator, Regius Professor of Greek at Trinity College Dublin, 1940-1980; Chancellor of the University, 1982-1984
Publication details: 
No date or place.
£180.00

1p, 4to. In good condition, with slight creasing to extremities, on a leaf of 'Onion Skin' paper. A sixteen line poem in three stanzas, beneath which is written, boldly and in pencil: 'W B. Stanford | Trinity College | Dublin'. The poem is one of Stanford's best and best-known, and features in Donagh MacDonagh's 'Poems from Ireland' (1944) and Brendan Kennelly's 'Penguin Book of Irish Verse' (1970). The present version exhibits no variations from the text printed by Kennelly.

[Capel Lofft, radical editor and author.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Capel Lofft') to his printer and publisher John Rackham of Bury St Edmunds, describing his plans for an edition of Milton's Paradise Lost, with unusual punctuation.

Author: 
Capel Lofft [Capel Loft; Capell Loft] (1751-1824), radical editor and author [John Rackham (c.1760-1824) of Bury St Edmunds, printer and bookseller; John Milton]
Publication details: 
No place. 10 April 1792.
£250.00

Lofft's edition of Paradise Lost was printed and published by the recipient of this letter John Rackham in 1792. The title-page states that Milton's poem has been 'Printed from the first and second edition collated. The original system of orthography restored; the punctuation corrected and extended. With various readings: and notes; chiefly rhythmical.' Reviewing the edition in January 1793, the Critical Review commented on the innovations in punctuation mentioned in the present letter, noting that Lofft seemed 'to inherit the genius of his late uncle [i.e.

[James Hogg, 'the Ettrick Shepherd', Scottish poet and author.] Autograph Signature from letter.

Author: 
James Hogg (1770-1835), 'the Ettrick Shepherd', Scottish poet, novelist and essayist
Publication details: 
No place or date.
£100.00

Good clear signature on one side of slip of paper, an irregular rectangle roughly 1.5 x 12.5 cm. In fair condition, aged and worn, with traces of mount on reverse. Reads: 'Your's [sic] most affectionately | James Hogg'.

[Mary Elizabeth Robinson, author, daughter of George IV's mistress Mary 'Perdita' Robinson.] Autograph Letter in the third person to the bookseller James Carpenter, asking for three of her mother's works, 'uniformly bound', for a Christmas present.

Author: 
Mary Elizabeth Robinson (1774-1818), author, daughter of Mary 'Perdita' Robinson (c.1757-1800), poet ('the English Sappho'), actress and mistress of George IV [James Carpenter, London bookseller]
Publication details: 
'Englefield Cottage | near Egham | Surry'. No date [postmark 14 December 1803].
£80.00

1p, 4to. Bifolium. Addressed on reverse of second leaf, with two postmarks (one from Egham) to 'Mr Carpenter | Bookseller | Old Bond Street | London'. Aged and worn, with Carpenter's spike-hole through one word of text. Reads: 'Miss Robinson will be obliged to Mr Carpenter, to send her the following works of her Mother's, uniformly bound – Together with the account of them: - Miss R must have them before Christmas day. | Viz. - | “Herbert De Sevrac” | “Vancenza” | “Angelina”'.

[Andrew Lang, Scottish poet, author and collector of folk tales.] Autograph Letter Signed ('A. Lang') to 'Miss Roberts', regarding illness, 'Mudie's little game', an author's lack of remuneration, Sir Francis Bacon.

Author: 
Andrew Lang (1844-1912), Scottish poet, author, anthropologist and collector of folk and fairy tales
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Alleyne House, St Andrews, Scotland. 6 January [no year].
£35.00

3pp, 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, aged and worn. Folded once. Wretched handwriting, resulting in the following tentative transcription. He begins by saying that he is sorry she has been ill, adding, 'I have no advantage over you in that matter. The [?] and [?] got hold upon me.' Regarding the celebrated circulating library, he writes that 'Mudie's little game is 'not to [buy?] another little [me?], knowing that he can weary out the public. | I have therefore to circulate my own copy among students, but it is out at present.

[Kathleen Raine, poet and author.] Autograph Note Signed ('Kathy') with copy of typescript of Father John Gilling's requiem speech on the poet Jonathan Griffin, and photocopies of three obituaries of Griffin.

Author: 
Kathleen Raine [Kathleen Jessie Raine] (1908-2003), poet and critic, founding member of the Temenos Academy [Christopher Fry (1907-2005), playwright; Jonathan Griffin (1906-1990), poet; John Gilling]
Publication details: 
ACS on letterhead of 7 Sharples Hall Street, London; 1 March 1990. Other items from 1990.
£150.00

Five items in good condition, all lightly aged. ONE: ACS. Signed 'Kathy'. 1 March 1990. Clearly a covering note on sending the other material. Simply reads: 'Good to speak – | love | Kathy'. TWO: Duplicated copy of typescript of speech by 'Fr. John Gilling'. Headed: 'REQUIEM MASS: St. Mary the Virgin, Bourne Street. 7th February 1990. | JONATHAN GRIFFIN'. 2pp, 8vo.

[Richard Church, poet and author.] Typed Poem, signed 'Richard Church', titled 'For Andrew Young. 1885-1971.'

Author: 
Richard Church [Richard Thomas Church] (1893-1972), poet and author [Andrew Young (1885-1971), Scottish poet; Christopher Fry (1907-2005), playwright]
Publication details: 
Without date or place. [1971.]
£56.00

1p, 4to. In good condition, lightly-aged. Folded three times. Sixteen-line poem, neatly typed (with one error overtyped an autograph proof mark separating two words) titled 'For Andrew Young. 1885-1971.' Signed at bottom 'Richard Church.' A charming poem, which was published in the Cornhill Magazine in 1971.

[Rita Spurr, poet.] Autograph Letter Signed to playwright Christopher Fry, with copy of her Guild Press poetry pamphlet 'Footprint in Snow', and New Year card with photographic print.

Author: 
Rita Spurr, Manchester poet and social worker [John Hoffman, proprietor of the Poetry Guild, Holymoorside, Chesterfield, whose imprint was The Guild Press; Christopher Fry (1907-2005), playwright]
Publication details: 
Letter: Flat 4, 7 Netherhall Gardens, Hampstead [London]; 31 December 1954. Pamphlet (in 'The Guild Poets' series): The Guild Press, Holymoorside, Chesterfield; August 1954. New Year card for 1954 / 1955.
£120.00

Three items (letter, photographic card, and pamphlet), all in good condition. ONE: ALS. 31 December 1954. 1p, 8vo. Signed '(Mrs.) Rita Spurr.' and addressed to 'Dear Mr. Christopher Fry'. She begins by thanking him 'for the very great pleasure & stimulus' which she derived 'during the year that is passed' from his play 'The Dark is Light Enough'.

[Edward Lowbury, physician and poet.] Two Autograph Letters Signed (both 'Edward') to the playwright Christopher Fry, regarding various topics including his poetry and Fry's praise of it.

Author: 
Edward Lowbury [Edward Joseph Lister Lowbury] (1913-2007), physician, bacteriologist, pathologist and poet [Christopher Fry ()1907-2005), playwright; Andrew Young (1885-1971), Scottish poet]
Publication details: 
Both letters on letterheads of 79 Vernon Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham; 24 September 1969 and 24 November 1987.
£150.00

Both items in good condition, lightly aged, as is an enclosure to the second letter, a photocopy of Lowbury's pamphlet 'A Letter from Hampstead'. ONE: 24 September 1969. 2pp, 12mo. In envelope addressed to Fry at his East Dean home The Toft. He is grateful for Fry's letter praising his collection of poems 'Figures of Light'.

[Jon Silkin, poet.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Jon Silkin') to the playwright Christopher Fry, asking permission to print Fry's poem on Edmund Blunden, with reference to his own book 'Out of Battle'.

Author: 
Jon Silkin (1930-1997), poet and editor of the literary magazine 'Stand' [Christopher Fry (1907-2005), playwright; Edmund Blunden]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Stand Magazine, 179 Wingrove Road, Newcastle upon Tyne; 19 July 1997.
£80.00

2pp, landscape 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. Begins: 'Dear Christopher Fry, | I am sorry to contradict you, but I showed my co-editor, the poet Rodney Pybus, your poem “For Edmund Blunden”, and we both [last word underlined] feel it should be published, and that we would like to publish it. Please.' In the hope that Fry will agree, he asks him to 'sign and return an acceptance form and send us the biog. note you would like to print alongside the poem'. He continues: 'I do hope you'll agree.

[Walter de la Mare, poet, to playwright Christopher Fry.] Typed Letter Signed ('Walter de la Mare') to Fry, apologising for not being able to send a poem for his magazine 'Springboard'.

Author: 
Walter de la Mare (1873-1956), poet and short story writer [Christopher Fry (1907-2005), playwright]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Hill House, Taplow, Bucks. 5 May 1936.
£90.00

1p, 4to. On grey paper. In good condition, lightly aged. Folded twice. With 'C. B.' date stamp at head. Addressed to 'Dear Mr. Fry'. He thanks him for his letter and 'very kind enquiry'. He is much better, 'but still not yet really well again'. His indisposition would not prevent him from sending Fry 'a poem for “Springboard” if anything conceivably suitable for it were available. But alas, this is not so; and I am sorry indeed not to be able to do what you so kindly suggest.' Valediction in autograph: 'With all good wishes to the Magazine | Yours sincerely | Walter de la Mare'.

[Laurence Whistler, poet, artist and glass engraver.] Two Autograph Letters Signed ('Laurence Whistler' and 'Laurence') to playwright Christopher Fry, one expressing admiration of his work, the other a moving tribute to his friend Christopher Hassall

Author: 
Laurence Whistler [Sir Alan Charles Laurence Whistler] (1912-2000), poet, artist and glass engraver [Christopher Fry (1907-2005), playwright; Christopher Hassall (1912-1963), actor, poet and author]
Publication details: 
Both on letterhead of Little Place, Lyme Regis, Dorset. 13 December 1961 and 21 August 1963.
£180.00

Both 2pp, 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. Written in Whistler's calligraphic hand. ONE: 13 December 1961. He will be 'so pleased' if Fry will accept a copy of his poems, 'which I like to send you because of my admiration for your work, and sense of sympathy with what you express, or create'. TWO: 21 August 1963. 33 lines of text, written following the death of his friend Christopher Hassall.

[Norman Nicholson, Cumbrian poet, to the playwright Christopher Fry.] Typed Letter Signed ('Norman Nicholson') on his wife's death and his approaching seventieth birthday: 'I may be able to finish a poem – my first for three years!'

Author: 
Norman Nicholson [Norman Cornthwaite Nicholson] (1914-1987), poet of Millom, Cumbria [Christopher Fry (1907-2005), playwright]
Publication details: 
14 St George's Terrace, Millom, Cumbria. 4 January 1984.
£100.00

1p, landscape 12mo. In good condition, folded twice. With envelope addressed to Fry at his East Dean address. Fry has written at the head of the cover of the envelope: 'From Norman Nicholson'. After thanking Fry for his 'good wishes at Christmas', Nicholson continues: 'I, too, am sorry that we have not met, which – unless you are ever in Cumberland – seems less likely than ever, as I am much less mobile since the death of my wife.' He presumes Fry has learnt of his bereavement from Edward Lowbury, 'for I know that you were a friend of his father-in-law's'.

[Patric Dickinson, poet and translator: 'my mind is full of new images & ideas'.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Patric') to the playwright Christopher Fry ('Dear Kit'), written in affectionate terms, and covering a number of topics.

Author: 
Patric Dickinson [Patric Thomas Dickinson] (1914-1994), poet and translator [Christopher Fry (1907-2005), playwright]
Publication details: 
38 Church Square, Rye. 5 January 1984.
£180.00

2pp, landscape 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. With envelope addressed by Dickinson to Fry at his East Dean address. Thirty-eight lines of closely-written text. An affectionate letter, which begins with Dickinson exclaiming, following a seasonal phone call from Fry, 'There's no-one anywhere could have given me more pleasure, yes truly so. Bless you!' He describes the illness which made the 'making of the prog […] a bit fraught'. He reports that 'The recording was strange, Lawrence had never done an unscripted interview (nor had I) nor had the producer!

[Charles Causley, Cornish poet.] Two Letters (one in Autograph) and Two Autograph Cards (three signed 'Charles' and one 'Charles Causley') to the playwright Christopher Fry, with two Autograph Letters Signed from Causley's secretary Michael Hanke.

Author: 
Charles Causley [Charles Stanley Causley] (1917-2003), Cornish poet and author [Christopher Fry (1907-2005), playwright; Michael Hanke]
Publication details: 
All six items from Launceston, Cornwall. Between 1979 and 1990.
£220.00

Six items: four from Causley (one ALS, one TLS, two ACsS) and two from Hanke (ALsS). The collection in good condition. ONE: ACS from Causley. Signed 'Charles Causley'. Launceston; 31 August 1979. He is delighted that Fry 'thought of using the poem in your reading, & hope you went ahead'. He has been 'almost 2 months in Y'slavia & Czechoslovakia'. He is 'always 5 years behind with commitments & the WC Writers' beanos almost always coincide with fearful attack of conscience. The next three items signed 'Charles'. TWO: TLS from Causley. On his Launceston letterhead; 5 August 1986.

[T. S. Eliot's widow Valerie Eliot, and British Library architect Sir Colin St John Wilson, to playwright Christopher Fry.] Six Typed Letters Signed (all 'Valerie') from Valerie Eliot, and Autograph Card Signed ('Sandy Wilson') from Wilson.

Author: 
Valerie Eliot (1926-2012), wife of T. S. Eliot [Thomas Stearns Eliot] (1888-1965) [Christopher Fry (1907-2005); Sir Colin St John Wilson (1922-2007, British Library architect; Jacob Epstein]
Publication details: 
Valerie Eliot's six letters all on letterheads of 3 Kensington Court Gardens, Kensington Court Place, London. Between 1 September 1994 and 30 July 1996. Wilson's card from the British Library, Euston, London. 11 May 1995.
£1,200.00

Valerie Eliot's six letters are intimate and energetic, two of them casting an entertaining sidelight on Sir Colin St John Wilson's efforts to acquire Jacob Epstein's bust of 'Tom' for the new British Library, with a case of 'sabotage' as Wilson takes her on a tour of its new premises at Euston. The collection is in good condition. All of Valerie Eliot's letters are addressed to 'Dearest Christopher', the last in autograph. ONE: 1 September 1994. 1p, 12mo.

[ Arthur Joseph Munby ] Autograph Poems and Postcards to his wife Hannah Cullwick, 1882-1900

Author: 
Arthur Joseph Munby, diarist, poet and barrister, obsessed with women in service.
Publication details: 
1882-1900
£12,000.00

The relationship between Arthur Joseph Munby (1828-1910) and his wife Hannah Cullwick (1833-1909) - well described as 'one of the strangest love stories of the nineteenth century' - continues to arouse great interest. The news that - unbeknown to his own family - a well-connected Cambridge-educated barrister should have been married for almost forty years to a maidservant, was greeted with astonishment on Munby's death, the interest only heightened by the fact that Mrs Munby had refused throughout her marriage to become 'a lady'.

[John Lehmann, poet and man of letters.] Autograph Letter Signed ('John Lehmann') to the Cheltenham bookseller Alan Hancox, including in a book deal a copy of a book by his father, his own being 'in pieces'.

Author: 
John Lehmann [Rudolf John Frederick Lehmann] (1907-1987), poet and man of letters who founded New Writing and The London Magazine, and the publishing house of John Lehmann Limited [Alan Hancox]
Publication details: 
85 Cromwell Gardens, SW7 [London] (on cancelled letterhead of the Royal Literary Fund), 5 June 1976.
£80.00

1p, 8vo. In good condition, lightly aged and creased. Folded once. 'I was hoping you would make a suggestion about price. I had at first thought of asking £5 for each copy, but if you would throw in that copy of my father's book (my own is in pieces) I suggest £12 for the three. Of course I want you to make your profit.' He ends by asking if Hancox would like the books signed.

[Sir Joseph Noel Paton, Scottish artist, sculptor and poet.] Holograph (signed 'Noël Paton') of his apparently-unpublished poem 'Under the Stars'; with Autograph Letter in third person to 'Master W. A. Wilson', pointing out that he is 'a Scotsman'.

Author: 
Sir Noël Paton [Sir Joseph Noel Paton] (1821-1901), Scottish artist, illustrator, sculptor and poet
Publication details: 
Both holograph and letter dated 16 January 1887. Letter from 33 George Square, Edinburgh.
£120.00

Both items in fair condition, foxed and lightly aged. No indication has been discovered that the poem was published. ONE: Autograph Letter in the third person to 'Master W. A. Wilson'. 1p, 12mo. Reads: 'Sir Noël Paton has very great pleasure in responding to Master W. A. Wilson's friendly and well-written request for his Autograph. He desires to note however, that he is a Scotsman, not an “Englishman!”' Paton's compliment was perhaps backhanded, as the recipient 'Master W. A.

[Winifred Mary Letts, Anglo-Irish poet and playwright.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Winifred M. Verschoyle') to 'Mrs. Brown', praising the wife of the poet R. N. D. Wilson, while giving her assessment of a children's poetry competition.

Author: 
Winifred Mary Letts [married name Winifred Mary Verschoyle] (1882-1972), Anglo-Irish poet and playwright
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 19 Fitzwilliam Square, Dublin; 6 April [no year].
£200.00

3pp, 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition. Folded twice. She presumes that the recipient 'may like to have my report at once for the prizes', and asks for it to be sent back in order to type it up. 'The Children's verse is', she finds, 'very even in quality which has made it so hard to judge as I feel that age must fairly be considered as between say 10 & 15.' She has decided on '10 years old as first place', despite the fact that 'the verses were not as poetical as the poem on Eclipses or the Windy Day'. Several of the children, she thinks, 'may do so much better.

['Moira O'Neill', pseudonym of Irish poet Agnes Shakespeare Skrine, mother of novelist Molly Keane ('M. J. Farrell').] ALS from her, explaining her reticence; and letters about her background from John Stevenson ('Pat M'Carty') and H. C. Montgomery.

Author: 
'Moira O'Neill', pseudonym of Agnes Shakespeare Skrine [née Higginson] (1864-1955), Irish poet, mother of Molly Keane [née Mary Nesta Skrine] (1904-1996; 'M. J. Farrell') [John Stevenson of Coolavin]
Publication details: 
Skrine from Wellfield, Ballymore Eustace, Co. Kildare; 12 February 1910. Stevenson from Coolavin, Belfast; 17 February 1910. Montgomery from Central Buildings, 40 Rosemary Street, Belfast; 17 February 1910.
£750.00

Three excellent letters relating to the reclusive Antrim poet 'Moira O'Neill', mother of the novelist Molly Keane ('M. J. Farrell'): an ALS from the poet herself, explaining her reticence; an ALS from the poet John Stevenson of Coolavin ('Pat M'Carty') regarding the poet and her background, and reporting information received from the antiquary Francis Joseph Biggers and 'Rev. H D Murphy of St. George's'; and a TLS from H. C. Montgomery of Belfast, telling what he knows of the poet and her family. From the papers of Rev.

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