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John Cowper Powys Manuscripts and Papers
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1968-1997 Purchases and Donations (NLW MSS)

Papers, [c. 1893]-1988, of John Cowper Powys, some published posthumously, which include letters, both to John Cowper Powys and to his companion, Phyllis Playter, as well as drafts of works, both published and unpublished, diaries, lectures and essays. The correspondence includes over eight hundred love letters, 1921-1932, from John Cowper Powys to Phyllis Player; some six hundred and forty letters and cards, 1925 and 1935-1955, from Littleton Charles Powys to his brother, John Cowper Powys; some four hundred and fifty letters, 1942-1962, from John Cowper Powys and other members of his family to Gilbert Turner, and some three hundred and fifty letters, 1945-1969, from Turner to John Cowper Powys and Phyllis Player; and over two hundred letters, 1924-1967, from Alyse Gregory, widow of Llewelyn Powys, to Phyllis Playter.

1985 Group: John Cowper Powys letters to Phyllis Playter

A series of over eight hundred love letters, 1921-1932, from John Cowper Powys to his companion, Phyllis Playter. The majority of the letters, which begin shortly after their first meeting in March 1921, were written during the course of Powys's lecture tours in the United States, while others (see NLW MSS 23162D, 23164D, 23166D, 23172C) describe his visits to England and contain accounts of meetings with members of his family and with the novelist Thomas Hardy.

2006-2016 Purchase and Donations

Correspondence, literary papers and material relating to the estate and literary executorship of the novelist John Cowper Powys (1872-1963), and papers, including estate papers, of previous generations of his family; together with correspondence and literary and personal papers of Powys's companion Phyllis Playter (1893-1982).

Address book

Address book kept by John Cowper Powys during the last twenty years of his life, with additional entries and emendations by Phyllis Playter. The volume also contains miscellaneous jottings by John Cowper Powys, including a list of characters (ff. 89 verso-90) for his story 'Abertackle'.

Address books

Three address books, [?1930s-?1940s], [1960s-1970s], of Phyllis Playter. Enclosures include name and address labels and cards (including an inscribed address card of Raymond Garlick), memoranda, press cuttings (including obituary notices), photographs, business receipts and a typescript letter, 1971, to Phyllis Playter from Sarah J. Whitfield of the Tate Gallery regarding an offer made relating to the correspondence between Augustus John and John Cowper Powys.

After My Fashion

A typescript, [1920], of John Cowper Powys's posthumously published third novel After My Fashion (London, 1980), with manuscript corrections by the author. Also included is a foreword to the work by Powys's nephew, Francis Llewellyn Powys. It seems likely that no manuscript of this novel has survived, and that this is the only extant typescript. The title page bears the stamp of Powys's literary agent, G. Arnold Shaw.

Alyse Gregory letters to Phyllis Playter

Over one hundred and twenty letters, 1946-1967, from Alyse Gregory, widow of Llewelyn Powys, to Phyllis Playter, the majority of which belong to the period 1960-1967; together with four letters, 1957-1961, from Alyse Gregory to John Cowper Powys (NLW MS 21937E, ff. 11, 22, 47, 73). The letters contain frequent family references, particularly to Gertrude Powys and Katie Powys, and discussion regarding the preservation of Powys family manuscripts, diaries and correspondence.

Gregory, Alyse, 1884-1967

Alyse Gregory letters to Phyllis Playter

Over two hundred letters, 1924-1967, from Alyse Gregory, widow of John Cowper Powys's brother, Llewelyn Powys, to Phyllis Playter. There are frequent references to family and friends, and to the publication and preservation of the correspondence and literary manuscripts of John Cowper Powys and Llewelyn Powys.

Gregory, Alyse, 1884-1967

Amelia Powys papers

Personal and estate papers of Amelia (Emily) Powys, mother of the Rev. Charles Francis Powys, which include letters written to her by her son, Captain Littleton Albert Powys.

Powys, Amelia, ca. 1803-ca. 1890

Bank books of Charles Francis Powys,

Three bank books, June 1920 - September 1923, of the Reverend Charles Francis Powys, registered with Lloyds Bank Ltd, Weymouth, Dorset. The accounts subsequent to Charles Francis Powys's death on 5 August 1923 were under the executorship of his son, Littleton Charles Powys.

Botanical notebooks

Three notebooks, 1850-1853, containing botanical drawings and notes compiled by the Rev. Charles Francis Powys as a boy. The envelope in which the notebooks were kept is inscribed with a note on its contents by John Cowper Powys.

Charles Francis Powys papers

Papers of, or in the possession of, the Rev. Charles Francis Powys, father of John Cowper Powys, comprising personal papers; letters from family members and other correspondents; personal and family estate documents; and papers of various family members, namely his brother Major Littleton Albert Powys, his wife Mary Cowper Powys and her sisters, and his parents Littleton Charles and Amelia Powys.

Powys, Charles Francis, Reverend, 1843-1923

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