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Powys, William Ernest, 1888-1978 -- Health
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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

Thirty-one letters, 1969, to Phyllis Playter from John Cowper Powys's sister, Lucy Penny. The letters contain mainly family news, including the health issues of Lucy's brother, William Ernest (Willie) Powys, and the decision to amputate his leg, together with references to members of the Powys circle of friends and acquaintances, including the death of writer and poet Valentine Ackland in November 1969.