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Spender (Sir Stephen), 1930-1949

MS. Berlin 282
Held at the Weston Library

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  1. (passim) discussion by Spender of his work on poems and prose
  2. (fols. 1-29) letters from Spender in Germany, 1930-1932
  3. (fols. 7-8) comments on the political situation in Germany, 1930
  4. (fol. 8) draft of Spender's poem 'What I Expected', 1930
  5. (fol. 12) drafts of Spender's poems 'My Child Came Home' and 'In the Country', 1930
  6. (fols. 24-26) drafts of Spender's poems 'Not Palaces', 'Here Man Wakes', 'Those Fireballs those Ashes', 'In Railway Halls', 'The Eyes Seen Vividly' and 'The Pylons', 1932
  7. (fols. 30-31) letters from Spender in Barcelona, including description of his relationship with Hellmut Schroeder, 1932
  8. (fols. 35-38) references to treatment for a tapeworm contracted while in Spain, 1933
  9. (fols. 37-42) letters from Spender in Italy, including references to his relationship with Tony Hyndman, 1933
  10. (fol. 67) draft of Spender's poem 'The Living Values', 1936
  11. (fols. 68-105) letter enclosing an early draft of a play, 'Death of a Justice' by Spender [ultimately published as Trial of a Judge], with page of comments by Berlin, 1936
  12. (fols. 120-191) typescript of [final?] version [Act Two incomplete] of Trial of a Judge, 1938
  13. (fols. 200-206) letters about Spender's separation from his first wife, Inez, including (fol. 203) typescript of poem 'To Two Shades' written at the time, 1939
  14. (fols. 212-215) drafts of Spender's poems 'To Humphrey Spender' [included as '(To J.H.S.)' in 'Elegy for Margaret'], 'The Double Shame', and 'From a Tree Choked by Ivy, Rotted' [included in 'Elegy for Margaret'], 1940


  • Creation: 1930-1949


224 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • English


MS. Berlin 282

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom