File AAB1/3/6 - Letters to Littleton Charles Powys (photocopies)

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Letters to Littleton Charles Powys (photocopies)


  • 1953-1955 (Creation)

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291 ff. (3 folders)

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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).

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Arranged chronologically: 1953 (i), 1954 (ii), 1955 (iii).

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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. = Disgwylir i ddarllenwyr sydd am ddefnyddio papurau modern yn Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru gydymffurfio รข Deddf Gwarchod Data 1998 yng nghyd-destun unrhyw brosesu ganddynt o ddata personol a gasglwyd o gofnodion modern sydd ar gadw yn y Llyfrgell. Nodir y manylion yn yr wybodaeth a roddir wrth wneud cais am Docyn Darllen.

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English, some Greek.

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Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru = The National Library of Wales

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Description compiled by Bethan Ifan.

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  • Box: John Cowper Powys Manuscripts and Papers AAB1/3/6 (Box 30)