Title: William Watson, correspondence and literary manuscripts
Classmark: BC MS 20c Watson (2)
Creator(s): Watson, Sir William (1858-1935)
Main language: English
Size and medium: 5 vols, 1 box, and 1 envelope, all held on part of 1 shelf, manuscript and typescript
Collection group(s): English Literature
(1) Correspondence: (i) Autograph letters from Sir William Watson to John Lane, his publisher, 1906-1907, 1913-1914, 1915-1916, 3 vols; (ii) Autograph letter from Sir William Watson to Harold Spender, 7 June 1902, 1 envelope; (iii) Copies of (i), copies of autograph letters from Sir William Watson to Sir Edmund Gosse, 1891-1917, copies of letters from Sir Edmund Gosse to Sir William Watson, 1880-1916, all held in 1 box;
(2) 'The dream of man', by William Watson, holograph manuscript of first draft, 1 vol.;
(3) Ditto, corrected version, 1 vol.
(4) 'The Ballad of Summerwater (north country legend)' autograph manuscript in ink with pencil corrections (1p), with document titled 'William Watson ancestry' in the same hand and signed 'WW', and a letter from Maureen Watson to 'Sir Edward' [Stoner?] dated Feb 25th 1928 concerning personal matters.
(5) 'The Superhuman Antagonists' bound manuscript in ink (21ff), in Watson's hand. Covering note states ' Given to my wife, May 31st 1919, W.W.'
(6) 'Poems by Sir William Watson' loose manuscript poem drafts, written on varying types of paper, bound together. Includes a manuscript list of poems (not corresponding to those bound) sent by Watson to unidentified recipient in 1916.
All the volumes are finely bound with green leather spines embossed with gilt lettering appropriate to their respective contents
Sir William Watson (1858-1935) was a Yorkshire poet. For a full account of his life and work see 'Who was who', Vol.3, 1929-1940.
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