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'Wintringham' notebook of W.H. Auden

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MS. Don d. 204
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Notebook of W.H. Auden (the ‘Wintringham Notebook’), inscribed ‘A Third Garland of Poesy / written by W.H. Auden / November 1923-'. Containing fair and amended fair copies of poems, comprising:

  1. (fol. 2) 'Skyreholme Mill'
  2. (fols. 2v-3) 'Autumn'
  3. (fol. 16) 'The plane tree'
  4. (fols. 24-25) 'III Transfiguration'
  5. (fol. 25) fragment ('He Came')
  6. (fol. 28) 'Revelation (To C.J.H.)'
  7. (fol. 32) 'Moods'
  8. (fol. 32v) 'Canticle'
  9. (fol. 36) 'The Hill and Triolet' ('What need has Man')
  10. (fol. 42) 'The grief without a name'
  11. (fol. 43) 'The Last Time'
  12. (fol. 44) 'A Winter Evening'
  13. (fols. 49-50) 'The Menhir'
  14. (fols. 51-52) 'The North'
  15. (fol. 52) 'The Piano Trio'
  16. (fol. 56) 'The Violet'
  17. (fol. 57) 'November at Weybourne'
  18. (fol. 57v) 'The Moon and the Earth'
  19. (fol. 65) 'Purposes'
  20. (fol. 66) 'Envoy' ('From the red chimneys')
  21. (fol. 68) 'The Old Mine'

Many pages have been torn (by Auden?) from the notebook, but they do not correspond to the loose leaves in MS. Eng. poet. c. 68. Fols. 4-15, 8-23, 26-27, 29-31, 33-35, 37-41, 45-48, 53-55, 58-64, 67, 69 are stubs.

Versions of ‘Skyreholme Mill’, ‘Autumn’, ‘The plane tree’, ‘Triolet’, ‘The Last Time’, ‘A Winter Evening’, ‘The North’, ‘November at Weybourne’, ‘Envoy’ and ‘The Old Mine’ were published in W.H. Auden, Juvenilia, ed. Katherine Bucknell. Eight poems from the notebook were subsequently published in the W.H. Auden Society Newsletter, 15 Nov 1996, and the Times Literary Supplement, 24 Jan 1997.


  • Creation: 1923-c.1924


70 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • English

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. Don d. 204, fols. 1-2]

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MS. Don d. 204

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 10731


'Wintringham' notebook of W.H. Auden

Biographical / Historical

Wystan Hugh Auden (907-1973) was a poet and writer. For further details see the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Bought Sotheby’s, 17 Jul 1997, lot 197, with the help of the MGC/V&A Purchase Grant Fund, the Friends of the National Libraries and Bodley’s Canadian Friends.

Related Materials

See also MS. Eng. poet. c. 68 and MS. Eng. poet. e. 153.

Physical Facet

Quarter bound red cloth, dark pink moire paper boards, the upper one inscribed in ink ‘Vol III’

'Wintringham' notebook of W.H. Auden
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Repository Details

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Weston Library
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