GAWSWORTH, JOHN (1912-1970)
Lot 170
GAWSWORTH, JOHN (1912-1970) AUTOGRAPH NOTEBOOK 'A', INSCRIBED 'VERSES' (SEPTEMBER-NOVEMBER 1937'), 1937
£1,200 - 1,800
US$ 1,900 - 2,900
amended

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GAWSWORTH, JOHN (1912-1970)
AUTOGRAPH NOTEBOOK 'A', INSCRIBED 'VERSES' (SEPTEMBER-NOVEMBER 1937'), signed twice by Gawsworth, containing autograph manuscripts of 59 poems, ranging from drafts, revised manuscripts and fair copies, and including poems titled 'Shame', 'A Vision', 'Petition', 'The Neck-Wringer (not to my wife)', 'Tempest', 'Ronald Ross', 'Jealousy', 'The Elopement Night', 'To Lionel Johnson' and 'Variation', but mostly numbered in Roman numerals, one annotated by Gawsworth 'Ghastly! Worthy of Humbert Wolfe', another 'a good rollick!', others with remarks ('save' etc); also prose note about meeting [Herbert] Palmer, some items scored through, many precisely dated, written in pen and ink and pencil, with extensive autograph revisions and deletions preserving reconsidered texts, 44 pages, stubs of two leaves, brown cloth, octavo, September to November 1937

Gawsworth's real name was Terence Ian Fytton Armstrong; he was also King Juan I of the Kingdom of Redonda. Publication of these poems has not been traced. The main institutional collections of Gawsworth's manuscripts are at Austin, Texas, and Reading University.

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