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Letters from John Masefield to Grace Hunter


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One hundred and thirty letters from Masefield to Hunter, mostly brief notes concerning typing work done for Masefield by Miss Hunter. Contains a few letters to her sister, Jill. The collection also contains numerous Christmas cards, book tokens, press cuttings and drawings by Masefield. There is also one letter of Constance Masefield and one letter and a card of Judith Masefield.


  • Creation: c.1950-1967


0.2 Linear metres (2 boxes)

Language of Materials

  • English

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. Eng. lett. d. 475/1, fols. 1-2].

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MSS. Eng. lett. d. 475/1-2

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 23516


Letters from John Masefield to Grace Hunter

Biographical / Historical

John Edward Masefield (1878-1967) was a poet and novelist. He was the Poet Laureate, 1930-1967. For further details see the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.


All but one of the letters are undated, although in some cases the envelopes are present and thus the postmarks (where legible) enable the letters to be placed in sequence. This, however, is only approximate, partly because so many envelopes are not extant and partly because in some cases several letters of apparently widely different dates were found in the same envelope. Sometimes a letter appears to be of a different date from the postmark on the envelope in which it was found. Letters (without envelopes) which can be approximately dates have been placed in what is thought to be their proper position. Undateable letters have been placed at the end of the letter sequence.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased, 7 July 1981.

Letters from John Masefield to Grace Hunter
EAD version 2023 by C. McIlwaine
EAD version 2023
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Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom