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A Powys Webliography
A GLASTONBURY ROMANCE REVISITED
JOHN COWPER POWYS AND THE SOUL
THE MARKET BELL
(Reprinted by Faber Finds)
DESCENTS OF MEMORY
A BIBLIOGRAPHY OF
The Brothers Powys
by Richard Powys Graves
A POWYS WEBLIOGRAPHY
In addition to the Powys Society’s own Collection there are a number of other literary archives containing primary documents by the Powyses dispersed among both UK and USA institutions and university libraries.
This list incorporates details of collections in North America, first printed in The Powys Newsletter, 1970 and 1971, published by Colgate University, and now updated with website addresses.
Visitors to the Society’s website are invited to submit information about other collections not included here or make suggestions for improvements to this webliography and send this to the Hon Secretary (firstname.lastname@example.org). Please also let us know if you discover any broken links.
A quick way of identifying web sites with details of collections of Powys materials is to use either the finding aids on the National Archives web site (www.nationalarchives.gov.uk) or consult the Location Register of 20th Century English Literary Manuscripts:
The most extensive collections of Powysiana may be found at:
Colgate University Library, Special Collections, Powys Family Collection:
Highlights of the collection include the complete holograph manuscript of JCP’s Autobiography, holograph mss of Dostoevsky, holograph mss of JCP’s late works Real Wraiths, You and Me and Two and Two, the only remaining complete typescript of Porius, the typescript of A Glastonbury Romance, and major correspondence with Louis Wilkinson, and unpublished correspondence with John Redwood Anderson, Marian Powys and E.H. Visiak. The collection also has original manuscripts of works by Theodore, including the holograph mss of Fables, and Llewelyn Powys including the typescript of Swiss Essays and the holograph mss of African Wisdom.
The National Library of Wales:
This is where you will find the original copies of the diaries of John Cowper Powys, the uncorrected carbon copy of the typescript of Porius, letters from JCP to Phyllis Playter, and most of the letters, manuscripts and personal documents made available to Morine Krissdottir in the creation of her biography of JCP – Descents of Memory. NLW also possesses original correspondence from Henry Miller to JCP (1950-1963) and typescript of JCP’s play Paddock Calls written in 1922.
Syracuse University, George Arents Research Library:
The comprehensive collection includes memorabilia associated with the Powyses, press cuttings, photographs, some early JCP notebooks, correspondence, and fragments of holograph manuscripts of the Autobiography, Owen Glendower, and Weymouth Sands as well as the holograph manuscript of the parts of Wolf Solent, Chapters 19-24, which were deleted by JCP from the published text
University of Texas at Austin, Harry Ransome Humanities Research Centre: http://www.hrc.utexas.edu
This is a very fine, sizeable and comprehensive collection of original manuscripts, representing the works of John Cowper Powys, T F Powys and Llewelyn Powys. There are some sixteen hundred letters written inside the Powys family, additional correspondence to other writers and friends as well as the manuscripts and letters of Philippa Powys. The collection also includes photographic albums showing five generations of the Powys family, press cuttings, business papers, revised proofs and galleys and some personal memorabilia and artefacts. Notable examples include the holograph manuscripts of John Cowper Powys’s novels A Glastonbury Romance and Porius. The Llewelyn Powys holdings have been described in the Powys Society Newsletter, No.45, April 2002.
Conveniently the web site of The National Archives: www.nationalarchives.gov.uk also includes links to the sites listed above as well as to some smaller collections such as the Liverpool Record Office; Shropshire Archives; Huntington Library (USA); Churchill Archives Centre (Cambridge University); Oxford University Archives; University of Calgary Library; University of Connecticut Library; Columbia University Libraries - Rare Book and Manuscript Library; Leeds University Library Special Collections; Cambridge University Library, Dept of Manuscripts and University Archives; and Oxford University - Bodelian Library.
To find these links go to the home page of the National Archives site, select the drop down menu “Search the Archives”, select “National Register of Archives”, select Personal Name and enter search criteria for either John Cowper Powys, Theodore or Llewelyn Powys. Links to other Powysian collections can also be made by selecting the option for Access to Archives.
Brooklyn Public Library: www.brooklynpubliclibrary.org
Letters from JCP and Llewelyn Powys to Benjamin De Casseres (1873-1945), a journalist and author who worked for various New York City newspapers writing columns and editorials
Columbia University: www.columbia.edu
Correspondence from JCP
Cornell University Library, Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, the George Jean Nathan Collection: www.cornell.edu
Letters from Llewelyn Powys to George Jean Nathan
Haverford College, USA: www.haverford.edu
Letters from JCP in the Fred Rodell Papers
Hofstra University Library, Hempstead, Long Island, NY, Special Collections Department, Rare Books and Manuscripts: www.hofstra.edu
Large collection of letters from JCP, manuscripts of Llewelyn and T F Powys
Indiana University (Bloomington): www.indiana.edu
The Dreiser collection includes a bust of JCP, the Desmond and Mary McCarthey collection includes some material by Llewelyn Powys and the Lilly Library manuscript Collection includes correspondence from JCP to David Anton Randall (1905-1975), bookman and first Lilly librarian at the university.
Kent State University (Kent, Ohio): www.kent.edu
ALS from JCP to Wilbur Needham enclosing copy of his poem The Peewit, autograph note signed to Ben Abramson on a prospectus for An Anthology,
McMaster University, California, USA, Archives and Research collections:
In January 2005 Peter J. Bassnett of Toronto donated his Powys collection of some 750 items to McMaster University Library. The collection consists of first and later editions, journals, manuscripts, autographed letters, ephemera and secondary literature related to the Powys brothers and their circle. There are letters written between 1929 and1965 and two signed typescripts by Llewelyn Powys of "Memoirs of Thomas Hardy". Ephemeral items include a ticket for a lecture on 22 January 1916 delivered by John Cowper Powys on "Modern European Literature: D'Annunzio" and a postcard from the Woman's City Club [Kansas City, Missouri?], notifying members of literary events during April 1933
Marquette University: www.marquette.edu
The Elizabeth Whitcomb Houghton Collection includes a letter from T F Powys to Mr Schwartz, 1931 (a New York bookdealer)
New York Public Library: www.nypl.org
a) Manuscripts and Archives Division: Elizabeth Wade White papers:
i) Letters from Katie Powys, written from Chydyok between 1938 to 1954, and sent to Elizabeth Wade White (1906-1954) in America. The correspondents shared friendship with Sylvia Townsend Warner, Valentine Ackland and the sculptress Elizabeth Muntz who lived nearby in the village of East Chaldon. Letters from Katie have been transcribed by Peter Judd and were published in Powys Journal, Vol. V11. 1997.
ii) Letters from Gertrude Powys (1949) and Theodore Francis Powys (1939. 1939, 1942 and 1949) to Elizabeth Wade Wight
iii) Related correspondence in the collection from Sylvia Townsend Warner, Valentine Ackland and others to Elizabeth Wade Wight contain references and notes on the Powyses
See on-line Catalogue and Finding Aid to Elizabeth Wade White Papers, Volumes 1 and 2, November 2010, prepared by Peter Judd at: www.books.google.com
b) Letters from John Cowper Powys to Isadora Duncan written at the time she was performing at the Century Theatre in New York
Pennsylvannia State University: www.psu.edu
Letters from JCP and T F Powys
Texas, A & M University, Cushing Library: http://cushing.library.tamu.edu/
The collection has materials relating to T F Powys, and Llewelyn Powys including : Letters of Theodore Francis Powys to his sister, Lucy Penny, and the writer Valentine Ackland, and a manuscript book belonging to Llewelyn Powys which contains six handwritten essays, some published and some unpublished: "Of the Sun," consisting of eight pages, "Of Romance," nine pages, apparently unpublished; "Of a Gannet", apparently unpublished; "Of Egoism," twenty pages, "Of Goodness," sixteen pages, apparently not published, and "When the unicorn cons the water," ten pages. Also included is a letter handwritten in ink, dated December 15th 1935, and signed by Llewelyn Powys. It is titled "Instructions as to the disposal of my body in the case of my death," and was given to his wife Alyse Gregory. This collection was also greatly increased in 2011 with new acquisitions of manuscripts and correspondence relating to JCP.
University of Arkansas at Fayetville, John Gould Fletcher Papers: http://libinfo.uark.edu/specialcollections/findingaids/fletcher/index.html
Letter from T F Powys to J G Fletcher, 1928
University of Buffalo, Special Collections: http://library.buffalo.edu/specialcollections/
Mss of a poem by John Cowper Powys with references to Ezra Pound.
University of California, Berkeley, Noel Sullivan papers: www.berkeley.edu
Letter from JCP to Noel Sullivan
University of California at Los Angeles (Henry Miller papers – Finding Aid):
Correspondence from JCP to Henry Miller(1950-1959)
University of California at Los Angeles Library:
Original correspondence between Llewelyn Powys and Louis Wilkinson.
University of Chicago: www.uchicago.edu
Letters from JCP and Llewelyn Powys to Harriet Monroe, editor of Poetry Magazine
University of Connecticut: www.uconn.edu
Thomas J Dodd Research Centre, Powys family Collection, created by Rex Dennis Parady, includes news clippings, portraits, sketches and photographs, a portfolio of wood engravings by Gertrude, letters from JCP to Rex Parady, mss include The Brazen Head, The Complex Vision, an undated fragment of a novel, poems, preface to Laurence Sterne, some pages from Up and Out, a six page essay on T F Powys, correspondence from Llewelyn Powys and correspondence from T F Powys 1928-1930 and 1936
Dartmouth College, Rauner Special Collections Library, New Hampshire: http://www.dartmouth.edu/~library/rauner/
The George F. Sims Collection (rare book dealer) which includes correspondence between Phyllis Playter and George F Sims in the 1950s, as well as a folder of correspondence from John Cowper Powys. George Sims purchased a great number of original holograph manuscripts from Powys and advertised these for sale around the time Powys was planning to move from Corwen to Blaenau Ffestiniog in 1955.The library will provide a complimentary copy of the contents of the Sims collection on direct application.
University of Iowa – Iowa City :www.uiowa.edu
Papers of Ruth Suckow include letters from JCP. The Angus Wilson Papers include Wilson’s “JCP Notes for a broadcast”
University of Kansas (Lawrence),Kenneth Spencer Research Library: www.ku.edu
Letters to Grant Richards from Llewelyn Powys
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Special Collections Library: http://www.lib.umich.edu/spec-coll/
The Ellen Van Volkenburg and Maurice Browne papers (1910-1960) include correspondence with John Cowper Powys and his association with them during the period of the Little Theatre as well as later correspondence, photos and original play bills advertising JCP’s lectures at the Little Theatre
University of Oregon: www.uoregon.edu
Letters of Marian Powys, seven manuscripts, and a galley proof by JCP including a scrapbook of 16th to 20th century examples of lace making, identified and described by Marian, JCP letters to Valentine Kelly 1956-1958
University of Pennsylvania: www.upenn.edu
Correspondence from JCP and Llewelyn Powys to Theodore Dreiser, a copy of JCP’s playscript The Idiot, “Nietzsche” [notebook], bound page proofs of Wolf Solent, The Edgar Lee Masters correspondence includes letters and poems 1916-1946 sent to Powys by Masters. The collection contains 163 letters and 110 poems, mostly typescript originals
University of Rochester, River Campus Libraries, Dept of Rare Books, Special Collections and Preservation: http://www.lib.rochester.edu/index.cfm?page=169
Collection includes i) Dorothy Dudley Harvey Papers: http://www.lib.rochester.edu/index.cfm?PAGE=916
(Dorothy Dudley Harvey, 1884-1962,was a writer and poet who published work in Poetry: A Magazine of Verse and The Dial and wrote a biography of Dreiser). The Collection includes letters from JCP to DDH written in 1932.
ii) Claude Bragdon Annotated Correspondence: http://www.lib.rochester.edu/index.cfm?PAGE=3519#_ftn1
(Bragdon, 1866-1946,was an architect,stage designer and publisher who helped to translate Ouspensky’s Tertium Organum. He also published Confessions of Two Brothers by JCP and Llewelyn Powys). The Collection includes letters from Llewelyn Powys to Bragdon dated 9 November and 26 December 1922 and 16 October 1925.
iii) Anne Holahan Papers: http://www.lib.rochester.edu/index.cfm?PAGE=925
(Anne Holahan, was an American radio actress and friend of Llewelyn Powys, Clifford Odets, E. E. Cummings and Marianne Moore). The Collection includes 9 letters from Llewelyn Powys to Anne Holahan.
iv) Carl Ethan Akeley Papers: http://www.lib.rochester.edu/index.cfm?PAGE=774
(Carl Ethan Akeley, 1864-1926, was a sculptor, conservationist and nature photographer). The Collection includes letters from Llewelyn Powys to Carl Akeley.
University of Toronto, Thomas fisher Rare Book Library, Handscombe Powys Collection: http://www.library.utoronto.ca/fisher/
Correspondence from JCP, TFP and Llewelyn Powys, association and presentation copies of books, pamphlets and articles. “For those interested in the texts and editions of the Powys brothers (as distinct from manuscripts) this must be one of the best equipped collections in North America” ( W J Keith, Powys Society Newsletter,No 57, March 2006.
University of Tulsa, Special collections, McFarlin Library: www.lib.utulsa.edu
Letter from JCP to Dorothy Richardson
University of Victoria, British Columbia, English Literature Collections: www.library.uvic.ca
Letters from JCP to Alfred Perles and to Henry Miller (about Perles), letter from Llewelyn Powys to Mr Bran and typescript of an essay “Christian Churlishness”
Yale University Library, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library: www.library.yale.edu
This important collection includes correspondence between John Cowper Powys, Arthur Davison Ficke and Dorothy Richardson and associated documents in the collection of the Alyse Gregory Papers as well as significant material in the John Cowper Powys Collection such as correspondence with Curtis Freshel discussing Powys’s writings, his views on European politics of the 1930’s, his religious beliefs and reading, letters to Bill Bax discussing personal news, friends and family members, World War !!, fascism, Powys’s writings and favourite authors such as Homer, Sophocles, and Henry James; and letters to Sven Berlin containing reminiscences of the Powys brothers lives in New York City. The collection also includes AMSs by T F Powys of The Key of the Field and The Dewpond.
British Library, Dept of Manuscripts: www.bl.uk
Letter from JCP to Thomas H Bell, letters from JCP, TFP, and Llewelyn Powys to Vera Wainwright, diary of Llewelyn Powys, letters from Llewelyn Powys to Alyse Gregory and correspondence of Llewelyn Powys in the papers of Marie Stopes
Brotherton Library, Brotherton Collection: www.leeds.ac.uk/library/spcoll/brocoll.htm
Autograph mss by JCP, The Poetry of Francis Berry [prose note], letters to Jessie Cormack (1956-1961), letter to Francis Berry praising his poem Murdock, letters from JCP to G Wilson Knight and Richard Knight, letter from Llewelyn Powys to Clement Shorter,
Cambridge University Library: www.cam.ac.uk
Letters from Louis Wilkinson to TFP, letter from TFP to Charles Prentice, 2 letters from Gilbert Phelps to TFP, letter from Ruth Sanders-Manning to TFP, letters from TFP to Alan W Steele, letters from Llewelyn Powys to James Venn, and Naomi Mitchison, letters from Llewelyn Powys edited by Alyse Gregory, Notebook of Llewelyn Powys containing quotations and notes on local events.
Churchill Archives Centre (University of Cambridge): http://janus.lib.cam.ac.uk
Papers comprising a copy typescript of Porius, a typescript of a dramatisation of Dostoevsky's "The Idiot", and a press cuttings album.
Dartington Hall Trust and Archive: http://www.dartington.org/archive/
Includes correspondence between John Cowper Powys and Maurice Browne 1952-1953
Dorset County Museum, Thomas Hardy Collection: www.dorsetcountymuseum.org
Letters from JCP to Thomas Hardy, 1915-1918
John Rylands University of Manchester: www.library.manchester.ac.uk
Letter from JCP to L P Hartley
Leeds University Library – Special Collections: http://www.leeds.ac.uk/library/spcoll/
Letters from John Cowper Powys
Liverpool Record Office: http://www.liverpool.gov.uk:
Correspondence from John Cowper Powys with James Hanley, Also letters from Llewelyn and TFP
Oxford University – Bodleian Library - Special Collections: http://www.ouls.ox.ac.uk/bodley/library/specialcollections
Oxford University Archives: http://www.oua.ox.ac.uk/
Public Record Office: www.nationalarchives.gov.uk
Letter from T F Powys to J Ramsay MacDonald
Shropshire Archives: http://www.shropshire.gov.uk/archives.nsf
Letters from Wilson Knight about JCP
Somerset Record Office: www.somerset.gov.uk/archives
Letters from Llewelyn Powys and others to Joan and Kate Ingilby
Trinity College (Cambridge University) Library: www.trin.cam.ac.uk
Letter from T F Powys to R C Trevelyan
West Yorkshire Archive Services, Bradford Archives: www.archives.wyjs.org.uk
Letter from T F Powys to Malachi Whitaker
University of Aberdeen: www.abdn.ac.uk
22 letters from T F Powys to J B Chapman
University of Bristol Library: www.bristol.ac.uk
3 letters from JCP to N L Bright, editorial correspondence file relating to the publication of Ebony and Ivory by Llewelyn Powys,
University of Durham Library: www.dur.ac.uk
23 letters from JCP, 25 letters from TFP and 8 letters and 2 postcards from Llewelyn Powys to Claude Colleer Abbott
University of London Library: www.ull.ac.uk
Portions of T F Powys’s mss of the House With The Echo, 14 letters from TFP to Charles Lahr, Dialogue on Genesis by T F Powys.
University of Reading: www.rdg.ac.uk
Files of correspondence relating to works by T F Powys, 2 pages of corrected text for ‘Fables’, letter from Llewelyn Powys in the files of Macmillan and Co Ltd, 55 letters and a telegram from Llewelyn Powys in the early correspondence files of The Bodley Head Ltd., 2 letters from Llewelyn Powys to Frank Ernest Hill, letter from JCP in the archives of the Hogarth Press, 5 letters from JCP in the early correspondence files of the Bodley Head (1953), letters from TFP in the Chatto and Windus file.
Trinity College, Dublin: www.tcd.ie
4 letters from Llewelyn Powys to Seumas O’Sullivan, the editor of the Dublin Magazine.
National Library of Australia: http://nla.gov.au/nla.ms-ms4829
Letters from John Cowper Powys to Douglas Stewart (1913-1985). Douglas Stewart was an Australian/New Zealand writer, poet, playwright, critic, literary editor and biographer. Stewart was also an acquaintance of Sylvia Townsend Warner and Valentine Ackland who he visited in East Chaldon in 1937 on his way to meet John Cowper Powys.
Powys books now available online
1.The Gutenberg Project (has nearly 3000 titles that can be downloaded and read online including some JCP titles) see www.gutenberg.org/catalog
2. The Internet Archive (a digital library of internet sites which provides free access to a vast range of books and articles) has a number of titles by JCP, Llewelyn and Theodore which can be freely downloaded. See www.archive.org
3.Google Books: Books by and about the Powys can be accessed in part or sometimes whole books available (for instance David Goodway’s Anarchist Seeds Beneath the Snow can be downloaded from here). See: http://books.google.com/books
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