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Frances Cornford letters and poems


Held at: University of Delaware Library Special Collections [Contact Us]181 South College Avenue, Newark, DE 19717-5267

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British poet Frances Cornford (1886-1960) was descended from a number of Cambridge intellectuals, including Charles Darwin and William Wordsworth. Her work was influenced by both the Georgian and modernist forms of poetry. She experimented with a variety of forms including the triolet and the villanelle and also translated a number of works from Russian and French.

"Frances Cornford." Dictionary of Literary Biography, Volume 240: Late Nineteenth- and Early Twentieth-Century British Women Poets(reproduced in Literature Resource Center). (accessed August 17, 2007).

Four autograph letters signed from Frances Cornford to Alan Clodd. Cornford thanks Clodd for his praise of her work and answers questions about her poems. She also mentions her ill health. The collections also includes four undated manuscript poems in Cornfeld's hand.

Box 53, F0810: Shelved in SPEC MSS 0099 manuscript boxes.

Purchase, July 2007.

Processed and encoded by Jaime Margalotti, August 2007. Further encoded by George Apodaca, October 2015.

University of Delaware Library Special Collections
Finding Aid Author
University of Delaware Library, Special Collections
Finding Aid Date
2007 August 15
Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

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Collection Inventory

Physical Description

4 items

Autograph letter signed, 1959 September 7.
Box 53 Folder F0810
Autograph letter signed, 1960 April 2.
Box 53 Folder F0810
Scope and Contents

Letter partially in the hand of Cornfeld's grandson.

Autograph letter signed, [1960 April 6].
Box 53 Folder F0810
Physical Description

With envelope.

Autograph card signed, 1960 April 28.
Box 53 Folder F0810

Physical Description

4 items

"Invocation for a Modern Marriage", undated.
Box 53 Folder F0810
"LF", undated.
Box 53 Folder F0810
"Mother to Father", undated.
Box 53 Folder F0810
"The Girl in the Blue-bell Wood", undated.
Box 53 Folder F0810

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