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Correspondence and literary papers of Frederick Louis MacNeice, collected by John R. Hilton

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MS. Don c. 153/1-3
Held at the Weston Library

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Folder 1 comprises:

  1. (fols. i-iv) detailed list of MacNeice's papers compiled by John Hilton
  2. (fols. 1-75) letters and postcards to Hilton, 1926-1963, n.d., two of which (fols. 22-23, 43) are in verse
  3. (fols. 76-80) letters and postcards from MacNeice's father and step-mother to Hilton, 1929
  4. (fols. 81-84) leaves from a notebook containing, in Hilton's hand, extracts from a paper, 'The Policeman', read by MacNeice to the Corpus Christi College Pelican Club [Jan 1929] (see Louis MacNeice, The Strings are False, London, 1965, p. 274) with notes for an essay on the agricultural revolution
  5. (fols. 85-87) notes by MacNeice to accompany his Poems, London, 1935
  6. (fol. 88) sonnet by MacNeice entitled 'Moral', [c.1925]
  7. (fol. 89) unpublished verse by MacNeice, beginning, 'Dance we over heaven'
  8. (fol. 90) draft of verse by MacNeice, beginning, 'Quite time for a bright time'.

Folder 2 comprises printed copy of The heretick, no. 1, Mar 1924, a magazine edited from Marlborough College by John Betjeman and others. See The Strings are False, p. 242.

Folder 3 comprises printed copies of Sir Galahad, vol. 1, nos. 1-2, 21 Feb and 14 May 1929, an undergraduate magazine edited by MacNeice and others. See The Strings are False, pp. 257-258.


  • Creation: 1924-1963


1 box

Language of Materials

  • English

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MS. Don c. 153/1-3

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CMD ID 20678


Correspondence and literary papers of Frederick Louis MacNeice, collected by John R. Hilton

Biographical / Historical

Frederick Louis MacNeice (1907-1963) was a British poet and playwright who was part of the generation of the 'Auden Group'. For further details see the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Bought from John Hilton. Given by Bodley's American Friends, 1980.

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Weston Library
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