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Powys, Theodore Francis, 1875-1953 -- Death and burial
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John Cowper Powys letters to Dinah White

Some one hundred and seven letters and cards, 1953-1956, from John Cowper Powys to Dinah White, whom Powys addresses as 'dear adopted daughter'. The letters, some of which are illustrated with Powys's ink drawings, mostly refer to family, health and literary matters, in particular the declining health and death of his son Littleton Alfred Powys and White's role as his carer, the deaths of his brothers T. F. Powys and Littleton C. Powys and the health of his brother William (Willie). There are also references to John Cowper Powys and Phyllis Playter's move from Corwen to Blaenau Ffestiniog in 1955, and their new neighbours Raymond Garlick and his family; and to Cowper Powys's progress with his novel The Brazen Head (published 1956).

Powys, John Cowper, 1872-1963

Letters from Lucy Penny

Fifty-nine letters and seven postcards, 1944-1946, 1949, [?1950], 1951-1955, to Phyllis Playter from John Cowper Powys's sister, Lucy Penny. The letters contain mainly family news, including references to the deaths of Lucy's sister, Gertrude Powys, and her brother, Theodore Francis Powys, and to Lucy Penny's stay at Allington Sanatorium, Bridport, Dorset from 1952 to1953. Enclosed with one letter is a letter from Lucy to her brother, John Cowper Powys. There are occasional notes by Powys biographer Morine Krissdottir.

Letters from Lucy Penny

Thirty-four letters and six postcards, 1953-[?1963] and undated, to John Cowper Powys from his sister, Lucy Penny, containing mostly family news, including the death of John Cowper Powys's son Littleton Alfred in 1954 and the final illness and death of Lucy's and John Cowper Powys's brothers Theodore Francis (1953) and Littleton Charles (1955). Two of the letters are written from Allington Sanatorium, Bridport. Enclosures comprise one letter to Lucy from her husband's cousin, Nellie Hounsell, three letters and one note to Phyllis Playter from Lucy, one letter to Lucy from her daughter, Mary Casey, and one letter to Phyllis Playter from Philippa (Katie) Powys. Included as part of this correspondence and filed within an envelope are one undated letter and two undated postcards which pre-date the deaths of Theodore, Littleton Alfred and Littleton Charles but which cannot be placed with any certainty within the chronology of the collection.

Letters from Marian Powys

Sixteen letters, 1953, to John Cowper Powys from his sister Marian Powys, mostly containing news of family and friends, including the death of Marian's and John Cowper Powys's brother Theodore Francis Powys and of Minnie Playter, mother of Phyllis Playter, and the illness of John Cowper Powys's son Littleton Alfred Powys.

Letters to Littleton Charles Powys (photocopies)

Photocopies of one hundred and thirty letters (including one partial letter), 1953-1955, from John Cowper Powys to his brother Littleton Charles Powys, containing mostly personal news and reflections. There are references to John Cowper Powys's novels Atlantis (1954) and The Brazen Head ("my Roger Bacon book") (1956), and to his plans to move to Blaenau Ffestiniog (with subsequent descriptions of 1 Waterloo), as well as mention of Littleton's health, the health of John's son Littleton Alfred and of Phyllis Playter's mother Minnie, and the last illness and death of John and Littleton's brother Theodore Francis Powys in 1953. Some of the letters are illustrated with John Cowper Powys's ink drawings, which include self-caricatures and representations of plants. Enclosed with one letter is a photocopy of a poem by Marjorie [?Yilden] entitled 'Need' (f. 273).