HARTLEY, LESLIE POLES (1895-1972)
AUTOGRAPH REVISED MANUSCRIPT OF HIS POEM 'CANDLEMAS', signed ('L.P.H.'), 72 lines in 18 four-line stanzas, possibly the printer's copy, with one stanza marked for omission (as it was) and replacement by another, and one line and five words revised, preserving reconsidered readings, 3 pages, octavo, [Balliol College, Oxford], 30 October 1919
The conversation waned & waxed.
I was there; you were there:
Doubtless a few were overtaxed -
Talking was more than they could bear...
This poem was printed in the final form resolved in this manuscript in Oxford Poetry, 1917-1919, 1920. L.P Hartley is best known as the author of novels such as The Go-Between.
RARE: no poetical manuscripts by Hartley have been sold at auction in the last forty years at least; none are listed in Location Register of Twentieth-Century Literary Manuscripts and Letters, 2 volumes, 1988.