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Ernest Dowson collection, 1889-1897.

Author: Ernest Christopher Dowson
Edition/Format:   Archival material : Multiple languages
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Consists of selected letters of the English poet and novelist associated with the Decadent Movement, Ernest Dowson, some of which are unpublished.
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Genre/Form: Correspondence
Letters
Manuscripts
Poetry
Corespondence
Named Person: Victor Plarr
Document Type: Archival Material
All Authors / Contributors: Ernest Christopher Dowson
OCLC Number: 320898905
Language Note: In English and French.
Description: .20 linear ft. (1 half-size archival box)

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Consists of selected letters of the English poet and novelist associated with the Decadent Movement, Ernest Dowson, some of which are unpublished.

Dowson's correspondence is with other authors, poets, and editors of his time. There are two letters to the author and journalist with the MERCURE DE FRANCE, Henry Davray. One of the letters is in French, where Dowson asks Davray to send him a copy of LIAISONS DANGEREUSES; in his second, Dowson is asking to be introduced to someone in the MERCURE. There are eight letters to the English poet Victor Plarr, and in one letter Dowson suggests that they publish a joint book of poetry, proposing a title and a price. Included with this letter is a manuscript poem by Plarr, which Plarr suggested to be the title poem for their book. On the verso of another letter to Plarr written on Jan. 16, 1893, is Dowson's manuscript poem "Terre Promise." After 1895, having lost both parents, Dowson began to decline rapidly, which can be seen in his letters to the London publisher Leonard Smithers, as Dowson complains about his declining health and his poverty. In a letter to the British poet and editor Arthur Symons, dated Nov. 15, 1894, Dowson wrote an epigram "Pygmalion au Rebound." In another long letter to Symons dated July 5, 1896, Dowson is asking him to tone down certain phrases in an article Symons was writing about Dowson.

Also included are Photostats of letters to Plarr, Davray, and Smithers.

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