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Poems for Anthony Thwaite, a manuscript volume of signed holograph poems collected from notable poets

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MS. 22154
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A bound volume of collected holograph, signed poems dedicated to Anthony Thwaite on his 50th birthday, 23 Jun 1980 (with an enclosed note by Ann Thwaite to Anthony Thwaite), comprising:

  1. 'Merlin', from Geoffrey Hill
  2. 'The View', from Philip Larkin
  3. 'Frogs At Lago Di Bolsena', from Peter Porter
  4. 'North', from Seamus Heaney
  5. 'The White Butterfly', from Michael Longley
  6. 'The Kingfisher', from Ted Hughes
  7. 'The Cricket', from John Fuller
  8. 'Mad Poet', from D.J. Enright
  9. 'Any Questions?', from Edwin Brock
  10. 'The Combat', from R.S. Thomas
  11. 'To Penetrate That Room', from John Lehmann
  12. 'That Singing Mesh', from Terence Tiller
  13. 'Future Work', from Fleur Adcock
  14. 'Emily Dickinson Was Right About This', from John Mole
  15. 'Nobbut God', from Norman Nicholson
  16. 'Elegy For The Lost Parish', from Douglas Dunn
  17. 'Flesh', from Laurence Lerner
  18. 'Cyril Connolly, Nov 1974', from Stephen Spender
  19. 'Mostly His Gladness (After a Memorial Film)', from Geoffrey Grigson
  20. 'To Anthony Thwaite' ['In A Bath Teashop'], from John Betjeman
  21. 'A Considered Reply To A Child', from Jonathan Price
  22. 'To A Receding Life', from Alistair Elliot
  23. 'Welfare', from Jenny Joseph
  24. ['To My Mother'], from George Barker
  25. 'At Kfar Kana', from Charles Causley
  26. 'Arcetri Observatory, Florence', from James Fenton
  27. 'The Bus To Athens', from Martin Stokes
  28. 'Fishing Boats Off Puri', from Alan Ross
  29. 'The Ruins of Carthage', from Robert Conquest
  30. 'In A Suburban Museum', from Kevin Crossley-Holland
  31. 'The British Museum Smile', from Peter Redgrove
  32. 'A Martian Sends A Postcard Home', Craig [Raine]
  33. 'Outside Inside', from Patricia Beer
  34. 'And The Grey Mare Being The Better Steed', from Pete Morgan
  35. 'Horse-sense', from Freda Downie
  36. 'The Children and the House', from Peter Scupham
  37. 'Dream', from Robert Gittings
  38. 'Blizzard Song', from D.M. Thomas
  39. 'The Conservatory', from Andrew Motion
  40. 'Boiled Egg', from Elma Mitchell
  41. 'A Christmas Message', from Gavin Ewart
  42. 'Sabbath Triptych', from Richard Kell
  43. 'Grime's Graves', from William Peskett
  44. 'Going In The Rain', from Tom Paulin
  45. 'Ireland', from Paul Muldoon
  46. 'Passing The Crematorium', from Frank Ormsby
  47. 'A Pill For The Impressionable' and 'three little tips', from Kingsley [Amis]
  48. 'Spot-check At Fifty', from Vernon Scannell
  49. 'Palindrome', from Alan Brownjohn
  50. 'Apples', from Laurie Lee
  51. 'Days', from Vicki Feaver
  52. 'Theme and Reflection', from Edward Lowbury
  53. 'Nothing', from Dannie [Abse]
  54. 'May', from P.J. Kavanagh
  55. 'Returning', from Ian Hamilton
  56. 'Autumnal', from Al Alv[arez]
  57. 'The Questions', from J.C. Hall
  58. Poem opening 'I have consumed forty-seven years', from Peter Levi
  59. 'Kites' from Hugo Williams
  60. 'Prospero', from Elizabeth Jennings
  61. 'The Drawer', from [George MacBeth]
  62. 'Th'Anniversary', from Roy Fuller
  63. 'To Anthony Thwaite at Fifty', from Clive James


  • Creation: 1980


1 volume

Language of Materials

  • English

Preferred Citation

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MS. 22154

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 22154


A volume of signed holograph poems collected from notable poets, given by Ann Thwaite to her husband Anthony Thwaite for his 50th birthday.

Biographical / Historical

Anthony Thwaite (1930-2021) was an English poet, critic, broadcaster and editor of the poems and letters of his friend, the poet Philip Larkin. The poets whose poems are collected in this volume were all individuals Anthony Thwaite had published or broadcast, either as literary editor at The New Statesman (1968-1972) and co-editor of Encounter (1973-1985), as editor of the poetry list at publishing company Secker & Warburg, as editor at publisher André Deutsch, or as a radio producer at the BBC and literary editor of the BBC's The Listener (1958-1965). He regularly reviewed books for the Observer, Sunday Telegraph and Guardian newspapers and judged numerous literary competions.

Ann Thwaite (1932-) is a biographer, including of the authors Frances Hodgson Burnett, Edmund Gosse and A.A. Milne; an author of children's books; and a reviewer for the Times Literary Supplement. She won the Duff Cooper Prize in 1985 for her biography of Gosse. Her AA Milne biography was the Whitbread Biography of the Year in 1990.

Ann and Anthony Thwaite met while studying at Oxford in 1952 and married in 1955.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Acquired from Ann Thwaite, 2022.

Existence and Location of Copies

A 2016 facsimile copy of this volume featuring an additional poem [‘With a Bunch of Birthday Flowers’ from George Szirtes] has been transferred to the Bodleian's book collections and is catalogued as Erm. e.1367.

Related Materials

The correspondence associated with the compilation of this volume as well as the bulk of the Thwaite archive are at the Brotherton Library, University of Leeds.

Catalogue of the manuscript volume Poems for Anthony Thwaite (1980)
Charlotte McKillop-Mash
Language of description
Script of description
Catalogued with the generous support of the Roy Davids bequest.

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom