Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Drinkwater mss., 1912-1920, consist of letters, 1912- 1917, and writings, 1917-1920, of John Drinkwater, 1882-1937, poet, and dramatist.

The letters are addressed to Harold Monro, 1879-1932, poet, and relate mainly to the publication of writings of Drinkwater particularly in the Poetry review, established by Monro in 1912, and Poetry & drama, started by him in 1913. Some personal news is also included.

Writings of Drinkwater in the collection are: [a] a revised holograph draft of his play "Cophetua". This is not the final draft as published (London, David Nutt, 1911)

[b] Holograph copies signed of his poems "The city", "Cottage song," "Elizabeth Ann," "Holiness," and "Of Iles farm;" and typed copies signed of his poems, "Portia's housekeeping" and "The Toll-gate house."

All of these poems have been published in The Collected poems of John Drinkwater, volume I, 1908-1917 [and volume II, 1917-1922] London, Sidgwick and Jackson, 1923.

On the same leaf as "Cottage song" there is a copy of Drinkwater's hand of a parody of that poem with the title "Same Cottage - but another song of another season" beneath which appears in Drinkwater's hand "For J.D. from M.B. Aug. 4, 1917. With 1000000 apologies for this wicked echo of so lovely a poem."

[c] Signed holograph drafts of two prose writings being a review by Drinkwater of "A plea for a wider use of artists and craftsmen: [an address delivered] by William Rothenstein [at the University of Sheffield]; and Drinkwater's "Dedication" [addressed to William Rothenstein] and published in Drinkwater's Prose papers...London, Elkin Mathews, 1917.

The mss. in this collection are bound in three volumes. One volume contains only "Copetua." The remainder of the mss. are in two scrapbooks, both of which carry the bookplate of John Henry V. Schr"der. Scrapbook II also has William Rothenstein's bookplate.

In 1910 on February 13 John Drinkwater wrote to [Alice Christina (Thompson)] Meynell of Portman Square, London, that "My time for reading is not unlimited, and there is much great poetry waiting." Letter is accompanied by cover.

Collection size: 41 items

Related manuscripts: Drinkwater mss. II

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