"I have torn out of my notebook the first draft of a pair of sonnets written just over a year after my wife's death...." two letters and a page of manuscript poems
Richard Church [1893-1972] English poet and author. Two letters,both on his headed notepaper with his address in Sissinghurst in Kent, one autograph, one typed, both two pages and a single page with his handwritten text of two sonnets from his notebook. Both letters to Jon Wynne Tyson [1924-2020, author and publisher], who, at the time was soliciting poets for contributions to an anthology on old age. The first [autograph letter] dated May 68. Apologising for his 'tardy' reply, he goes on; The trouble about sending first drafts of my writing is that all my mss went some short time ago to the State University in Texas. However, in spite of old age, I occasionally write a verse, and I have torn out of my notebook the first draft of a pair of sonnets written just over a year after my wife's death. The year 1966 puts me safely in the "over sixty" group by thirteen years! May i say that I have watched the work of the Centaur Press with profound admiration : the choice of books, the editing and the format. Such a venture is reassuring in a world that appears to be tumbling into a shoddy barbarism.... The page from his notebook referred to with the two handwritten sonnets is present. A pencil note, his own, I think states they were sent to the TLS [Times Literary Supplement] on '31.XII. 66.' The second letter is typed and signed dated 6th June 1968.....I am glad that the typescript of the two sonnets is a useful contribution to your scheme...I fear that poor Blunden's health is really on the down grade since he returned from Hong Kong [Edmund Blunden 1896-1974, poet, critic and author]...It is kind of you to offer me one of your books and I should certainly appreciate a copy of Recollections of Writers by Charles Cowden Clarke.....I will bear in mind your suggestion that I should one day bring to your notice a book worth reprinting to which I should write an introduction. I have just done so for Duckworths, who wanted to reprint R C Hutchinson's novel THE SHINING SCABBARD. I believe this man is a major novelist, though quite out of fashion at the moment. His books have all the ingredients that make for something permanent in fiction....I am rather at a loss what to think about The Times since William Haley left it. I heard from him only a week agao and he is now living on the 55th floor of a block of new flats in Chicago. I have a feeling that this is significant of something..... Good condition.
Author Richard Church, poet and author
Binding no binding
Condition Very good