DRINKWATER (JOHN) & THOMAS HARDY - Photographic postcard of a plaster bust of Thomas Hardy depicted in profile, inscribed in ink ("To John Drinkwater:/ Thomas Hardy"), postcard 122 x 85mm.; with the remaining papers from the collection of John Drinkwater, including manuscripts

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DRINKWATER (JOHN) & THOMAS HARDY
Photographic postcard of a plaster bust of Thomas Hardy, inscribed in ink ("To John Drinkwater:/ Thomas Hardy"), postcard 122 x 85mm.; with the remaining papers from the collection of John Drinkwater, including manuscripts

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DRINKWATER (JOHN)
HARDY (THOMAS) Photographic postcard of a plaster bust of Hardy depicted in profile, inscribed in ink on the image ("To John Drinkwater:/ Thomas Hardy"), postcard 122 x 85mm.; with the remaining papers from the collection of John Drinkwater, including the unfinished manuscript for English Poetry written in two manuscript notebooks both with ownership inscriptions ("The Property of John Drinkwater/North Hall/Mortimer Crescent..."), with chapters on "The Nature and Function of Poetry", "Poetry and Prose", "Elizabethan Lyric", "Poetry and Narrative" etc., with annotations and corrections by the author, written on verso only, 120 numbered leaves in two volumes, 4to (225 x 170mm.); two manuscript notebooks with ownership inscriptions ("The Property of John Drinkwater..."), the first volume entitled "Being the Third Book of an Autobiography/ by/ John Drinkwater" (unfinished), written on verso only, 67 numbered leaves, folio (322 x 200mm.); drawings including sketch by Edwin Lutyens of two horses signed and inscribed to Ann Penelope Drinkwater, January [19]37, tipped into a menu inscribed "Penny Darling/ At this dinner I got Sir Edwin Lutyens to/ draw a special little drawing for you. Daddy." and miniature watercolour painting by Abigail Brown Tompkins; various typed notes and essays by Drinkwater; pamphlets and privately printed material, several with John Drinkwater's ownership inscription; collection of printed menus some annotated, including menu for 'Dinner of Welcome for the Indian Cricket Team', 27 April 1939 signed by various English captains and the All India cricket team such as C.B. Fry, Douglas Jardine, Syed Wazir Ali and others; quantity of theatre programmes, many for Drinkwater's own productions including Bird in Hand, A Man's House and his translation of Mussolini's Napoleon: The Hundred Days; other printed ephemera and personal papers including passports, driving licence etc., family indentures, press cuttings, and much else, early 20th century (quantity)

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  • 'BEING THE THIRD BOOK OF AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY': the manuscript for the third volume of Drinkwater's autobiography intended to accompany the two volumes already published, Inheritance of 1931 and Discovery of 1932. Dated "Begun Pepys House/ August 2nd 1933/ J.D.", it tantalisingly stops mid-sentence ("...I realised anew how good a poet Blunden is himself. Vita Sackville West...").

    The collection also includes Drinkwater's unfinished manuscript (dated "3.ix.35") for what was to be English Poetry: An Unfinished History, published posthumously by Methuen in 1938: 'When a Poet writes poetry he can scarcely fail to interest. And the author of this posthumous volume was not only a poet but no mean critic too. As a result, his approach to English Poetry is not a work of merely casual interest: it is illuminating. No one could fail to be enriched and delighted by its discriminating enthusiasms, its happy quotations, and the no less happy judgements, discoveries, definitions and phrases which it gives us... This premature ending is deeply regretted. But, fortunately for us, the first five chapters are devoted to general and personal observations, and are so full of references to the intervening and modern periods that we can genuinely claim to have here a fair impression of Drinkwater's view of the whole panorama of English Poetry' (routledge.com).

    Provenance: John Drinkwater (1882-1937); his daughter Penelope Ann and thence by descent.
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