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Alfred Noyes Collection

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Held at: Princeton University Library: Manuscripts Division [Contact Us]

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Noyes, Alfred, 1880-1958

British poet Alfred Noyes published his first collection of poetry, The Loom of Years, in 1902. Noyes is best known for his ballads The Highwayman (1906) and The Barrel Organ. From 1903 to 1908, he published five volumes of poetry, including The Flower of Old Japan and Other Poems. In 1914, Noyes accepted a teaching position at Princeton University, where he taught English Literature until 1923. The death of his wife, Garnett Daniels, in 1926 resulted in his conversion to Roman Catholicism. He wrote about his conversion in The Unknown God, published in 1934. Noyes was a noted critic of modernist writers, particularly James Joyce.

William Morris Colles was an author's agent and the founder and managing director of Authors' Syndicate in London, England.

The collection consists of letters, photographs, and manuscripts of Alfred Noyes. Most of the letters were sent to his agent, William Morris Colles, concerning his poetry, while a few are addressed to James Thayer Gerould, Princeton University Librarian. Also included are a letter to the editor of The Spectator and a letter to a "Mrs. McKay" thanking her for her letter about his poem "The Torch-Bearers." Among the manuscripts are a typed, signed poem with holograph corrections by the author titled "Princeton in War Time," which was later published as "Princeton, May 1917," and an original bound manuscript (49 leaves) of his long poem The Flower of Old Japan. The manuscript is accompanied by a note indicating that it was given to J. Ralph Showers by Percy Vincent Donovan in 1905 "to be kept predicting that some day Mr. Noyes would be a famous man." The collection also contains an authographed photograph of Noyes..

The collection was formed as a result of a Departmental practice of combining into one collection material of various accessions relating to a particular person, family, or subject.

Poem "Princeton in War Time" and autographed photograph: Gift of Princeton Prof. Albert Elssaser in 1963.

Letter to Mr. Gerould dated May 28, 1916, Gift of Mrs. Sylvia Loughnan on August 25, 1964.

Letter to an unidentified person dated Aug. 1, 1936, Gift of Mrs. Edward L. Howe on January 19, 1977.

Other material: Purchased at different times.

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Folder inventory added by Nicholas Williams '2015 in 2012.

No appraisal information is available.

Publisher
Manuscripts Division
Finding Aid Date
2008
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The collection is open for research.

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Collection Inventory

AMS with Evidence of a Trial Title Page, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Typed and Signed Poem, Princeton in War Time, and Signed Photograph of Noyes, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Letter to Professor Gerould in Princeton, 23 May 1910. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Letter to Professor Gerould Concerning Twelve Sets of Collected Poems., 1916. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Letter to Henry Cope Colles, 14 September 1915. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Letter, 1936. 1 folder.
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1 folder

The Companion of a Mile by W. R. Benet and a Photograph of Noyes, 1913. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Letters to Morris Colles, 1911-1914. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Letter to Mrs. McKay, 1 July 1933. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Letter to the Editor of The Spectator Regarding a Poem of His, 9 June 1914. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Bound manuscript of The Flower of Old Japan Given to J. Ralph Showers by Percy Vincent Donovon, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Letter to a Mr. Colles, 1 May 1915. 1 folder.
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1 folder

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