The Papers of Henry Williamson in the Dartmouth College LibraryWMAN MS-828

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Williamson, Henry
Title Remainder: Papers. 1922-1976
Dates: 1922-1976
Identification: MS-828





Introduction

Henry Williamson (1895-1977) is viewed as one of the great nature writers and social historians in British literature. Born in Dorset and educated in London, Williamson joined the army in 1914 and was devastated by his service in Europe. He began to write serious fiction after moving to Devon and his career as an author of nature studies and social history developed rapidly. Williamson's unfortunate support of Germany and British fascists in the 1930's caused great harm to his career. In 1951, he published The Dark Lantern, the first of fifteen volumes of A Chronicle of Ancient Sunlight that ended only with the publication of The Gale of the World in 1969. Williamson's stature as a writer rests on his authoritative and sensitive nature writing and on the powerful and microscopic view of war and its impact on rural society. His writing on Devon and Norfolk is crystalline in its clarity.

The papers of Henry Williamson at Dartmouth consist of a body of correspondence exchanged between Williamson and such individuals as Arnold Bennett, Herbert Faulkner West, Anthony Gower, John Middleton Murray, Ann Thomas, and Victor Yeates from 1922 to 1974. In addition to the original correspondence, there is a significant body of copies of letters exchanged between Williamson and the critic Kenneth Allsop. The latter includes Allsop's notes on Williamson and an extensive correspondence with others concerning Williamson. Finally, the collection contains a large group of manuscripts, typescripts, and proofs of Williamson's work.

The collection was acquired as a gift of Herbert Faulkner West with additional gifts of the Friends of the Library and purchases on the Benz Fund. The collection is contained in 4 boxes on 5 linear feet of shelf. In addition to these materials, there is an important collection of first and signed editions in the rare book collection.






BOX 1.

Correspondence



1. 1922-1926



2. 1927



3. 1928



4. 1929



5. 1930



6. 1931



7. 1932



8. 1933



9. 1934



10. 1935



11. 1936



12. 1937



13. 1938



14. 1939, January-June



15. 1939, July-December



16. 1940, January-March



17. 1940, April-December



18. 1941



19. 1942



20. 1943



21. 1944



22. 1945



23. 1946



24. 1947



25. 1948



26. 1949



27. 1950



28. 1951



29. 1952



30. 1953



31. 1954



32. 1955, January-June



33. 1955, July-December



34. 1956



35. 1957



36. 1958



37. 1959



38. 1960



39. 1961



40. 1962



41. 1963



42. 1964



43. 1965



44. 1966



45. 1967



46. 1968



47. 1969



48. 1970-1974



49. Undated



BOX 2.

Manuscripts, Proofs, Notebooks



1. Adelphi, pasteups of July-September, 1948, issue



2. Adelphi, pasteups of October-December, 1948, issue



3. Adelphi, pasteups of January-March, 1949, issue



4. Adelphi, galleys of January-March, 1949, issue



5. Adelphi, galleys of April-June, 1949, issue



6. And So Good-Bye, typescript of final chapter, 1958



7. Animal Saga, partial proofs, 1960



8. Anthology of Modern Nature Writing, corrected proofs, 1936



9. “Are You a Crank?”



10. “Beachcomber stuff”



11. Chronicle of Ancient Sunlight, one corrected page of typescript, ca. 1965



12. Clear Water Stream, chapter 1



13. Clear Water Stream, chapter 2



14. Clear Water Stream, chapter 3



15. Clear Water Stream, chapter 4



16. Clear Water Stream, chapter 5



17. Clear Water Stream, chapter 6



18. Clear Water Stream, chapter 7



19. Clear Water Stream, chapter 8



20. Clear Water Stream, chapter 9



21. Clear Water Stream, chapter 10



22. Clear Water Stream, chapter 11



23. Clear Water Stream, chapter 12



24. Clear Water Stream, chapter 13



25. Clear Water Stream, chapter 14



26. Clear Water Stream, chapter 18



27. Clear Water Stream, pages removed after second retyping



28. “Epigraph”



29. “The Fair,” ca. 1925



30. “Farewell to the South”



31. “Fog”



32. “Foreword and Notes,” to Richard Jefferies' Hodge and His Masters



33. “14 June 1940”



34. Fragments



35. “Going Downhill”



36. Interview, 1956



37. “Introduction,” to Victor Yeates' Winged Victory



38. Letter draft, 1959



39. Letter to the editor, 1958



40. Letters from a Soldier, 1960, introduction



41. Manuscript fragment on World War I, ca. 1960



42. Manuscript fragments



43. “The Mind of the Artist,” typescript of speech



44. “Motoring in Dixie”



45. Notebook, ca. 1924



46. Notebook, ca. 1924



47. Notebook, ca. 1930-1938



48. Notes on a book synopsis of Ann Thomas



49. “The Old Pond”



50. Outline for an essay on Norfolk



51. The Pathway, proofs, 1928



52. “Pigeons,” 1940



53. Review of G. Slade, 1931



54. The Star Born, 1933, proofs



55. The Star Born, drawings for the illustrated edition, 1948



56. “A Summer Day on Dunkery”



57. Untitled fragment



58. Untitled, 21 January



59. Untitled, 1936



60. “Valediction”



BOX 3.

Allsop Correspondence, Miscellaneous



1. Allsop-HW correspondence, copies, 1-20



2. Allsop-HW correspondence, copies, 21-40



3. Allsop-HW correspondence, copies, 41-60



4. Allsop-HW correspondence, copies, 61-80



5. Allsop-HW correspondence, copies, 81-100



6. Allsop-HW correspondence, copies, 102-120



7. Allsop-HW correspondence, copies, 121-140



8. Allsop-HW correspondence, copies, 141-160



9. Allsop-HW correspondence, copies, 161-180



10. Allsop-HW correspondence, copies, 181-200



11. Allsop-HW correspondence, copies, 201-220



12. Allsop-HW correspondence, copies, 221-246



13. Allsop correspondence concerning HW, 1945-1959



14. Allsop correspondence concerning HW, 1961-1965



15. Allsop correspondence concerning HW, 1967



16. Allsop correspondence concerning HW, 1968-1969



17. Allsop correspondence concerning HW, 1970-1976



18. Allsop correspondence concerning HW, undated



19. Allsop notes on HW, 1



20. Allsop notes on HW, 2



21. Allsop notes on HW, 3



22. Adelphi, copies of issues as author or editor, 1943-1950



23. Aylesford Review, issues with essays about HW



24. Clippings by HW, 1



25. Clippings by HW, 2



26. Clippings by HW, 3



27. Clippings about HW, 1



28. Clippings about HW, 2



29. Book ads and dust wrappers



30. Book sales records



31. Hodge and His Masters, typescript review by Ann Thomas



32. Miscellaneous



33. “My Life's Purpose,” 1939 reprint



34. Notes in books



35. Photographs—Negatives



36. Photographs



37. Publisher's notice, 1936



BOX 4.

Oversize materials



1. Holograph map for Labouring Life, 1932



2. Clippings



3. Music based on HW's work





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