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Papers of Edmund Blunden, including manuscript poems, 1908-1936

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MS. 6441/11

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Note by Mary Clare Ross (formerly Blunden) in box: 'Miscellaneous papers by and about my Father. The pen, pad and blotting paper were left on his table when he went away from Cowlinge. My Mother kept them as they were'.

Comprises:
  1. Papers of Edmund Blunden including: letter from the War Office accompanying Military Cross [1916]; 'Wisdom's Poorbox' [sayings and verse by Edmund Blunden for Mary Blunden, n.d.]; fair autograph copy poem 'Joy' with inscription for Joy Blunden's gravestone [n.d.]; fair manuscript copies by Edmund Blunden of various poems including 'The Dying Child' by John Clare and 'Martyrdoms' by Siegfried Sassoon (for Mary); various notes and empty envelopes (some with notes or draft poems on reverse); postcard from Takeshi Saito regarding first appointment in Japan [24 Feb 1924]; various receipts, 1928; typescript manuscript of short story 'Weazels Corner' by Edmund Blunden [n.d.]; printed copy of 'Verses to H.R.H. The Duke of Windsor' by Edmund Blunden, Dec 1936; visiting card of Mr and Mrs Cyril Falls [1924]; note of thanks for sympathy after the death of Dick Creese, Nov 1918; 'In The Field' Christmas card from C.G. Young, 1918; map of Villers-Guislain [n.d.]; railway warrant, 4 Oct 1918; notes for speech to Pan-Pacific Club, 5 Dec 1924; order to report to Reserve Battalion after discharge from hospital, 14 Oct 1918; copy proof for review of 'The Complete Works of Sir John Vanbrugh'; copy 'printed' poem 'Far East' by Edmund Blunden, Christmas 1925; notes on John Clare, Jul 1928; letter from Edmund Blunden to E. Byrne Hackett, 1 Feb 1928 [not sent]; letter from Alice Warrender regarding the Hawthornden Prize, 1 Jul 1929; school reports from Cleave's Endowed Secondary School, with photograph [from magazine] of Edmund Blunden, 1908-1909; and printed copy of poem 'The Awakening' [loose in box]. Also includes fair autograph copies of poems by Edmund Blunden: 'This horseshoe...'; 'The shadow of the dome of pleasure'; 'In Fuddle Green did Abel Mann'; 'A Point for Collectors'; 'The Author's Last Words to his Students'; 'The Condemnation, Hamel Mill'; 'Mab'; 'As I wandered in the moonlight'; and 'A Suffolk Philosopher' ['written' by Mary Blunden].
  2. Edmund Blunden's blotter, pen and 'Lansdowne Linear' writing pad [unused except for message for Mary, 22 Aug 1928] from study at Cowlinge.

Dates

  • 1908-1936

Extent

1 box (2 folders)

Shelfmark

MS. 6441/11

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Contact:
Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom