Title: John Gawsworth, literary papers and correspondence with related material
Classmark: BC MS 20c Gawsworth
Creator(s): Gawsworth, John
Main language: English
Size and medium: 2 boxes; manuscript, typescript, postcards, press cuttings, and printed material.
Collection group(s): English Literature
Comprises: (a) Autograph manuscript correspondence between John Gawsworth and Charles Wrey Gardiner (1941-1967, mainly assembled by Gardiner into a collection labelled 'The reluctant landlord' and contained within three plastic files); also autograph manuscript correspondence with John Masefield (1939-1955), Constance Masefield (1942-1962), and a few other persons; (b) Autograph manuscript, typescript, or printed drafts of some of his poems, usually with annotations, including, 'Poems 1930-1932', 'Lyrics to Kingcup' (1932 and signed 4 June 1967), 'Fifteen poems. Three friends' (1931 and also signed 4 June 1967, together with a mock-up of part of the collection, galley proofs of 'Sylvan and Campaspe', and drafts of 'Mountains'), 'Mishka and Madeleine' (1932, 2 copies), 'Toreros' with a proof copy, 'Deciduous leaves' (122 uncollected and unpublished poems 1929-1963), 'Well, my Corsican brother' (23 October 1965), 'Nothing to lose', 'En Orient', 'Erica' (1938), and 'The Golmohur Grove' (poems from India 1944-1946); (c) 3 autograph manuscript notebooks compiled by John Gawsworth containing (i) 'Anthologia: elegant extracts from divers volumes', (ii) 'The Golden Age', an incomplete book of poems illustrated by woodcuts executed by Frederick Carter, and (iii) Another poetry collection in a manuscript book into which galley-proofs are pasted and which are interspersed with additional manuscript poems; (d) Several prose works by Gawsworth, including 'Letters in French Barbary: a war despatch, 1943' (an offprint from the Transactions of the Royal Society of Literature, New Series, Vol.24, 1948), 'The future of Indo-Anglian poetry' (reprint from 'The Hindoosthan Quarterly, Vol.2, July-September, 1945, pp. 10-17, with autograph manuscript annotations and corrections), and an autograph manuscript appreciation of John Masefield, 5 May 1949; (e) Manuscript and printed appreciations of Gawsworth by others, including 'Sketches towards a portrait of John Gawsworth', collected by Charles Wrey Gardiner (1965 and held in a large file), 'The King of all the Seagulls', by F. Dubrez Fawcett (1960), and 'Gawsworth, Lyricist of Love', by K.R. Srinvasar Iyengar (1949); (f) Miscellaneous other items, including (i) 2 signed sketches of John Gawsworth by Frederick Carter, dated 1932 and 1938, (ii) 2 shorthand manuscript notes and a letter written by M.P. Shiel and dated 1938, (iii) A reprint of 'Caribbean adventure' (a letter written by Carl N. Shuster during the Smithsonian-Bredin Caribbean Expedition in 1958), (iv) 'Two epigrams of fealty', by Dylan Thomas, printed 1953, concerning Gawsworth as King of Redonda, and (v) A prospectus for 'Legacy to love: selected poems 1931-1941', by Gawsworth, .
Includes some greetings cards.
Additional material listed 2014:
10 manuscript letters and notes to June Johnson, 1960-1969 and Geoffrey Strange, 1961-1965. Press cuttings, including obituaries for Gawsworth, 1960-1970. Notes and drafts of various poems, including fragments from 'Stranarer notebook', 'Llutesong', 'Darling', 'Partrick Kavanagh', 'Nancy Cunard', and associated material
John Gawsworth, pseudonym of Terence Ian Fytton Armstrong (1912-1970), the bohemian poet. For fuller details of his life and achievements see 'Who was who', Vol. 6.
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