File NLW MS 22853C - Phyllis Playter letters to George Lewin

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NLW MS 22853C


Phyllis Playter letters to George Lewin


  • 1930-1974 (Creation)

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54 ff.

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Phyllis Playter was born in 1894 in Kansas City, Missouri, to Canadian-American parents. She first met John Cowper Powys in March 1921 during a lecture tour of the United States and subsequently became Powys's long-term companion from 1923 until his death forty years later. Herself a gifted writer and poet, Playter's own career was largely subsumed in that of Powys's, upon whose work she nevertheless exerted significant influence. In his letters and diaries Powys commonly refers to Playter as 'the T.T.' (the 'Tiny Thin' or 'The Tao'). Following Powys's death in 1963, Playter continued to live in their last home at 1 Waterloo, Blaenau Ffestiniog, until her own death in 1982.

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Joan Stevens; Yoxford, Suffolk; Purchase; 1991 and 1992.

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Letters and cards to George Lewin, bookseller friend of J. Cowper Powys, from Phyllis Playter (28, of which nine are incomplete), [c. 1942]-[c. 1971], Louis Wilkinson (2), 1963, Isobel Powys Marks (1), 1964, and Enid Lewis (8), 1966-1974, together with a few other letters, 1930-1949, with Powys associations including two letters, 1949, to Theodore F. Powys from Valentine Ackland.

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Conditions governing access

Readers consulting modern papers in the National Library of Wales are required to abide by the conditions set out in information provided when applying for their Readers' Tickets, whereby the reader shall become responsible for compliance with the Data Protection Act 1998 in relation to any processing by them of personal data obtained from modern records held at the Library.

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Usual copyright laws apply. Information regarding the ownership of Phyllis Playter copyright can be found at (viewed February 2016).

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  • English

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The contents are indexed in greater detail in Handlist of Manuscripts in the National Library of Wales, vol. 9 (Aberystwyth, 2003).

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See also NLW, John Cowper Powys and Phyllis Playter manuscripts.

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Preferred citation: NLW MS 22853C.


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Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru = The National Library of Wales

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Description follows NLW guidelines based on ISAD(G) 2nd ed.; AACR2; and LCSH


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  • English



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  • Text: NLW MS 22853C.