File NLW MS 23801E. - Letters to John Elwyn : L-N

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NLW MS 23801E.


Letters to John Elwyn : L-N


  • 1938-1997 (Creation)

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201 ff.

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Some one hundred and sixty letters, 1938-1997, in English and Welsh, to John Elwyn from various correspondents (surnames L-N), both personal and work related.
The correspondents include Morland Lewis, 16 October 1939 (f. 15), Richard Macdonald, 1938-[?1939] (ff. 26-28), Ronald Maddox, 1995-1996 (ff. 96-98), Roland Mathias, 1957, 1992 (ff. 101-102), Robert Morgan, 1980-1993 (ff. 112-141), Prof. T. J. Morgan, [c. 1980] (f. 150), Carey Morris, 14 August 1944 (f. 153), James Nicholas, 20 February 1992 (f. 176), W. Rhys Nicholas, 7 January 1976 (f. 177), and Leslie Norris, 1972-1997 (ff. 178-201); there are also two letters on behalf of the actor Robert Morley, 1957 (ff. 151-152). Letters from Nicolas and Frances McDowall of the Old Stile Press, Llandogo, 1979, 1990-1997 (ff. 30-93), relate mainly to the volume Dafydd ap Gwilym, Houses of Leaves (Llandogo, [1993]), illustrated by John Elwyn; letters from Megan Ellis, National Library of Wales, 1959-1961 (ff. 157-173, 175), relate mostly to an exhibition at the Library in 1959 to which John Elwyn contributed. Also included are copies of poems by Robert Morgan (ff. 137, 139) and Leslie Norris (ff. 184, 186, 198), cards produced by Old Stile Press, 1979-1991 (ff. 33-34, 38-41, 53, 57), and an exhibition catalogue relating to Robert Morgan, [?1994] (ff. 142-147). The letters from Leslie Norris contain references to John Arlott (f. 180), R. S. Thomas (f. 180), John Petts (f. 183) and Robert Morgan (ff. 193, 194).

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Arranged alphabetically by correspondent.

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Usual copyright laws apply. Information regarding ownership of Roland Mathias, Robert Morgan and Leslie Norris copyright can be found at (viewed April 2013).

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Letters of John Elwyn to Robert Morgan are in NLW, Robert Morgan Papers 228; for his illustrations in Houses of Leaves (1993) see NLW MS 23804E, ff. 129-163.

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Preferred citation: NLW MS 23801E.

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Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru = The National Library of Wales

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  • Text: NLW MS 23801E.