Finding aid created by: BEB
Date: 31 Oct 1973
|3 Oct 2007||converted to EAD (MRC)|
|5 Jan 2017||fixed index code (MRC)|
|19 Sep 2018||correspondence sorted, inventory updated (MS)|
Overview of the Collection
|Creator:||Powys, John Cowper, 1872-1963.|
|Title:||John Cowper Powys Papers|
|Quantity:||4.0 linear ft.|
|Abstract:||Papers of the British novelist, poet, author. Collection includes correspondence (1927-1965); manuscript notebooks containing holograph fragments of essays, novels, plays, poems, prefaces (1890-1966); and memorabilia including clippings, pamphlets, and a Powys family photograph album. Correspondents include Graham Ackroyd, Fred Bason, Norman Denny, Lucile Grebenc, Warren Penn Kime, George L. Lewin, Laurence Pollack, Dorothy M. Richardson, Asta Fleming Sullivan, Sven-Erik Tāckmark, and Clifford Tolchard.|
|Repository:||Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
222 Waverly Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13244-2010
John Cowper Powys (1872-1963) was an English essayist, novelist and poet.
Powys was born in Shirley, Derbyshire, England, on October 8, 1872. He received his education at Sherborne Preparatory School and later at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, where he earned his degreee in history.In 1896 and 1899, Powys published two volumes of poetry, Odes and Other Poems and Poems, respectively. Then, for several years he was primarily occupied with lecturing, first for the Oxford and Cambridge Extension, for whom he gave his first American lecture in 1910, and later on his own.
In 1915 his first novel, Wood and Stone, appeared. Two years later, his third volume of poetry, Mandragora, was published in America, followed by Samphire in 1922. From that point on his prolific output of essays, novels and poems continued until 1980, his eighty-eighth year.
John Cowper Powys married Margaret Alice Lyon on April 9, 1898, and they had one child, a son. Powys died June 17, 1963.
The John Cowper Powys Papers consist of correspondence, writings and memorabilia. The materials date from 1890-1972.
Correspondence is arranged alphabetically and includes letters to/from Powys as well as third-party correspondence discussing Powys.
Writings consists primarily of unpublished fragments and notebooks of essays, novels, plays, poems, and prefaces. Also included here are Powys' letters compiled by Penn Kime in book form, and a typescript of Llewelyn Powys' Swiss Essays.
Memorabilia contains newspaper clippings, two published pamphlets on John Cowper Powys and the Powys family, and a Powys family photograph album.
Correspondence is arranged alphabetically by correspondent. Writings are arranged first by type and then by title.
The majority of our archival and manuscript collections are housed offsite and require advanced notice for retrieval. Researchers are encouraged to contact us in advance concerning the collection material they wish to access for their research.
Written permission must be obtained from SCRC and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.
Other John Cowper Powys letters exist in the Eric Wilson Barker Papers and the Edmund B. Chaffee Papers, and in the papers of Professor A. E. Johnson in the Syracuse University Archives.
Bason, Frederick T.
Denny, Norman, 1901-1982.
Kime, Warren Penn, 1919-
Lewin, George L.
Powys, John Cowper, 1872-1963.
Richardson, Dorothy M. (Dorothy Miller), 1873-1957.
Sullivan, Asta Fleming.
Tackmark, Sven-Erik, 1916-
Tolchard, Clifford, 1908-
English literature, 20th century.
Genres and Forms
Clippings (information artifacts)
Preferred citation for this material is as follows:
John Cowper Powys Papers,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
Gift of Marian Powys Grey, 1964 and purchase, 1962-1973.
|Box 1||[General] 1927-1965, undated|
|Box 1||Ackroyd, Graham 1950-1952|
|Box 1||Bason, Fred 1955|
|Box 1||Denny, Norman 1946-1951 (4 folders)|
|Box 1||Fleming, Asta 1933-1939, 1953-1961 (4 folders)|
|Box 1||Grebenc, Lucile 1935-1939|
|Box 1||Harker, Brian 1957|
|Box 1||Kime, Warren Penn Jr. 1943-1959 (4 folders)|
|Box 1||Lewin, George L. 1939-1960, undated (7 folders)|
|Box 1||Odle, Rose Isserlis 1956-1962|
|Box 1||Petterson, Sven-Eric 1937-1943|
|Box 1||Pollinger, Lawrence 1945|
|Box 1||Powys, Theodore Francis 1928|
|Box 1||Priestley, J. B. 1965|
|Box 1||Ravenel, St. Julien 1935-1937|
|Box 1||Richardson, Dorothy M. 1953|
|Box 1||Tolchard, Clifford 1947-1960 (2 folders)|
|Box 1||Wilkinson, Louis 1946-1947|
|Box 1||Miscellaneous 1927-1929, 1933, 1938, 1947, 1951-1955, undated|
|Includes the following: Cate, Garth; Curtis (Mrs.); Grey, Marion Powys; Harker, Brian; Lorring, Pierre; Milkman, Jerome; Roberts, Lester; Russell, Oliver John; Schuster, Max Lincoln; Tackmark, [Sven Eric]; White, Katherine; several unidentified individuals|
|Box 1||After My Fashion 1980 - published edition, Pan Books, London|
|Box 2||Autobiography 1934 - fragment, holograph|
|Box 2||In Spite Of 1953 - fragment, holograph, chapter 1, typescript carbon revised (2 folders)|
|Box 2||Mortal Strife 1943 - chapters 1-5, typescript carbon revised (4 folders)|
|Box 2||Morwyn 1937 - fragment, holograph|
|Box 2||Owen Glendower 1940 - fragment, holograph; chapters 1-6 and 8, typescript carbon revised (6 folders)|
|Box 2||Rodmoor - fragment, holograph|
|Box 3||Weymouth Sands 1934 - fragment, holograph|
|Box 3||Wolf Solent 1929 - fragment, holograph; chapters 19-24, holograph (4 folders)|
|Box 3||Untitled [early novel] circa 1894 - fragment, holograph (4 folders)|
|Box 3||Untitled [the life of a street girl] circa 1900 - notebook, holograph|
|Box 3||Untitled circa 1904 - two notebooks, holograph|
|Box 3||"The Inhumanity of Liberal Protestantism" undated - fragment, holograph|
|Box 3||"The New Paganism" circa 1910 - notebook, holograph|
|Box 3||On America undated - fragment and notes, holograph|
|Box 3||On being happy with a woman undated - fragment, holograph|
|Box 3||On contemplating life and death undated - fragment, holograph|
|Box 3||On Dorchester undated - fragment, holograph|
|Box 3||On Dostoievski undated - fragment, holograph|
|Box 3||On "The Ichthian Act" undated - fragment, holograph|
|Box 3||On Mr. James Flanders at Wealden undated - fragment, holograph|
|Box 3||On the purpose of life undated - fragment, holograph|
|Box 3||On Several Subjects – and From Several Points of View circa 1894 - notebook, holograph|
|Box 3||On two sisters – Fanny and Lubie Howard undated - fragment, holograph|
|Box 3||On tyranny undated - fragment, holograph|
|Box 3||On vivisection and fascism undated - fragment, holograph|
|Box 3||What I expect from Life undated - fragment, holograph|
|Box 3||What is Happiness undated - fragment, holograph|
|Box 3||Unidentified fragment undated - holograph|
|Box 4||The Idiot 1922 - Acts I-IV, holograph and typescript carbon (3 folders)|
|Box 4||The Idiot - typescript carbon with notes|
|Box 4||With Love Away, and other unpublished fragments and poems circa 1894 - 3 notebooks, holograph (3 folders)|
|Box 4||With Love Away, Transcription by Paul Roberts 1993 - typescript|
|Box 5||Untitled circa 1894 - five notebooks, holograph|
|Box 5||Burpham Journals circa 1909, circa 1919 - 2 notebooks (2 folders)|
|Box 5||Cambridge and Southwick Journals circa 1890-1896 - 8 notebooks (4 folders)|
|Box 6||Cambridge and Southwick Journals circa 1890-1896 - 1 notebook|
|Box 6||Samphire circa 1912 - notebook, holograph|
|Box 6||Samphire circa 1922 - typescript of published material|
|Box 6||To the May Chesshire Letters circa 1935 - fragment, holograph|
|Box 6||To Stern circa 1948 - fragments, unpublished holograph, typescript carbon (2 folders)|
|Box 6||Letters from a Modern Welsh Merlin, John Cowper Powys to Penn Kime 1964 - typescript of letters between Powys and Kime, with foreword by Kime|
|Box 6||Swiss Essays by Llewelyn Powys 1947 - typescript carbon|
|Box 6||Copy negatives from photograph album (not all-inclusive)|
|Box 6||Newspaper clippings and autograph 1955-1972|
|Box 6||Philobiblon, no. 8, published by Colgate University Press Winter 1966|
|Oversize 1||Photograph album, Powys family|
|Box 6||The Powys Family, by Littleton circa Powys 1952|
|Oversize 2||Scrapbook of clippings|