Letters from Walter de la Mare to Martin Christopher Johnson

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      GB 161 MSS. Eng. lett. c. 863, e. 215
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Scope and Content

The letters cover the whole period of the friendship between Martin Johnson and Walter de la Mare. They contain references to the writings of both men, as well as personal and family information.

Administrative / Biographical History

Martin Johnson was a scientist who lectured at Birmingham University. He wrote a number of scientific books, for one of which Walter de la Mare wrote the foreword, Art and scientific thought (London, [1944]). Walter de la Mare was an author and poet. For further information about him see the Dictionary of National Biography.

Conditions Governing Access

Entry to read in the Library is permitted only on presentation of a valid reader's card (for admissions procedures see http://www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/specialcollections).

Acquisition Information

The letters were given to the Library by Elsie Johnson in 1991.


Collection level description created by Emily Tarrant, Department of Special Collections and Western Manuscripts.

Other Finding Aids

A catalogue of the collection is available online at http://www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/specialcollectionswmss/online/online.htm.

Related Material

The Bodleian Library holds other collections of correspondence of Walter de la Mare, as follows: correspondence and papers, MSS. Don. c. 61, e. 8; letters to John Freeman and his wife, 1906-52, MS. Eng. lett. d. 462; letters to Sir George Rostrevor Hamilton, 1921-55, MS. Eng. lett. c. 271, fols. 127-254; letters from Edward Thomas, 1906-17, MS. Eng. lett. c. 376, and correspondence with E.J. Thompson, 1925-44, MS. Eng. c. 5286.