BLUNDEN, EDMUND (1896-1974)
AUTOGRAPH MANUSCRIPTS OF TWO POEMS, one signed:
(i) AUTOGRAPH DRAFT OF HIS POEM 'THE SEASON REOPENS', c. 24 lines including significant rewritten and deleted passages preserving reconsidered readings, beginning 'A lover we must have and a clock in the lower / Looking over the tombs, the tithebarn, the bower...', 1 page, octavo, short tear in blank area at head, not dated
'The Season Reopens', later 'The Season Opens', was first published in The Medical Bulletin for July 1952 and was reprinted in The Book of Cricket Verse, 1953, and in Poems of Many Years, 1957.
(ii) AUTOGRAPH MANUSCRIPT OF HIS POEM 'THUS FAR', 15 lines, beginning 'In glades where frost is ambushed in the ferns, / In the low meadow dipping to the stream...', signed at the end, 1 page, quarto, not dated
'Thus Far' was first published in The Poems, 1914-1930, and also in The Adelphi in July 1924 and in a number of collections with the different reading in the twelfth line of 'fountain' for 'primal' in this manuscript.
The deleted passages are presumably unrecorded.