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Papers. The bulk of the collection consists of letters from Spender to Mary Elliott between July 1939 and February 1952. Also included are letters to Elliott from Inez Spender (Spender's first wife), Charles Madge, and Kathleen Madge. The correspondence relates mainly to Spender's estrangement and eventual divorce from Inez Spender, although there is mention of conditions in wartime Britain as well. Includes 6 typescript poems of Spender, and 31 typescript poems of Charles Madge. Arranged and inventoried.
A supplement to this collection consists of letters (Jan. 1996 through April 1996) to and from David Elliott, son of Mary Elliott and donor of the collection, regarding his recollections of life as a young child in Patterdale, England. The David Elliott correspondence illumines relationships among the persons represented in the Spender collection, providing a helpful context. Arranged.
Gift of David Elliott, TC '57.
Trinity College, Hartford, Conn.
Trinity College, "Stephen Spender Collection" (1999). Watkinson Manuscripts Finding Aids. 36.