Louÿs, Pierre

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 133 JHG/1/1/28
  • Former Reference
      GB 133 GR B/34-44
  • Dates of Creation
      1892-1899
  • Physical Description
      12 pieces

Scope and Content

Letters from Pierre Louÿs (1870-1925), poet, to John Gray. Most contain expressions of great friendship on the part of Louÿs, entreating Gray to visit him in Paris. Some discussion of mutual friends, including Oscar Wilde. Louÿs expresses concern for Gray's state of mind in an undated letter (JHG/1/1/28/6), probably written around the time of Gray's breakdown in 1892, and in later letters comments on Gray's decision to become a clergyman. Louÿs also credits Gray with introducing the word "smart" into Parisian vocabulary. The first letter in the series (JHG/1/1/28/1) is quoted in Brocard Sewell's Footnote to the Nineties. Nine letters written in French, two in English. JHG/1/128/12 is an envelope addressed by Louÿs to Gray postmarked Algiers, February 1897, but without a corresponding letter.