TURNER, WALTER JAMES REDFERN (1889-1946)
Lot 499
TURNER, WALTER JAMES REDFERN (1889-1946) AUTOGRAPH MANUSCRIPT OF HIS POEM 'STARS', signed, 1922; AUTOGRAPH MANUSCRIPT OF A POEM ABOUT A REVIEW AT WINDSOR
Sold for £875 (US$ 1,451) inc. premium
Lot Details
TURNER, WALTER JAMES REDFERN (1889-1946)
(i) AUTOGRAPH MANUSCRIPT OF HIS POEM 'STARS', signed ('W. Turner'), 14 lines, with an autograph note signed at foot to Harold Munro asking him to publish this rather than an earlier version, 1 page, folio, taken from a ledger, small tears, 11 July 1922

When all the world stands heaped in silent stars
about the dying Sun I hear the stars
Stand singing; as soldiers sing in far-off wars
When each man's thought the distant homeland fills...

(ii) AUTOGRAPH MANUSCRIPT OF A POEM ABOUT A REVIEW AT WINDSOR, 24 lines in two twelve-line stanzas, with two lines in the hand of OSBERT SITWELL on the verso, 1 page, folio, not dated

It is perhaps surprising to find Osbert Sitwell's hand on a manuscript by Turner who much resented being mocked by him as a weekend rustic poet in 'The Jolly Old Squire, or Way Down in Georgia.'

No manuscripts by the Australian-born Turner are recorded as having been sold at auction. The Location Register records only two poetical manuscripts.

POSSIBLY UNPUBLISHED: not in Selected Poems, 1916-1936, 1939.

PROVENANCE: Siegfried Sassoon, one-time close friend of Turner; George Sassoon.

REFERENCE: Wayne McKenna, W.J. Turner: Poet and Music Critic, 1990.
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