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Theodore Wratislaw Collection


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Wratislaw, Theodore

Born in 1871, Theodore Wratislaw was a British poet, perhaps best known during his lifetime for his work Algernon Charles Swinburne: A Study (1900).

The colletion consists of correspondence, typescript poems, and corrected proofs of the British poet Theodore Wratislaw. The bulk of the correspondence is with John Gawsworth, pseudonym of British writer and poet Terence Ian Fytton Armstrong, who was the editor of Wratislaw's Selected Poems after the latter poet's death. There are several letters related to the publishing of Wratislaw's poems "At Bonchurch," "Far Apart," "On the Embankment," and his translation of "Villon," which were to be published in Gawsworth's Known Signatures (1932) anthology. Other letters mention authors and poets such as Arthur Machen, M. P. Shiel, Vincent O'Sullivan, A. C. Swinburne, and Arthur Symons. They also discuss Wratislaw's ill health, his proposed Memoires, and his early books such as Caprice and Orchids. In addition, there is a letter to Arthur Symons thanking him for including him in his book. Also included are typed copies of Wratislaw's poems "Far Apart," "On the Embankment," and his translation of "Villon," and proofs of "At Bonchurch" and "Far Apart," and a checklist of titles of Wratislaw's published books, all with holograph corrections by the author.

The collection is organized by date.

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.

Letters to Gawsworth and accompanying material were purchased on July 24, 1958. .

Wratislaw's letter to A. Symons was purchased on March 25, 1975. AM21549, 18212.

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This collection was processed by Dina Britain in 2008. Finding aid written in 2008. Folder Inventory added by Hilde Creager (2015) in 2012.

No appraisal information is available.

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Collection Inventory

Letter from Wratislaw to A. Symons, 1928. 1 folder.
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1 folder

3 Letters from Wratislaw to John Gawsworth, 1931. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

6 Notes and 2 Letters by Wratislaw, 2 Letters by John Gawsworth, Manuscripts of 4 Poems, 1932. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

2 Notes from Wratislaw to John Gawsworth, 1933. 1 folder.
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1 folder

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