Poems by Gordon Bottomley, 1899-1919

Scope and Content

Poems by Gordon Bottomley, all written and signed by him, 1899-1919.

ms1667: Autograph poem Abishag, with a note in the hand of James J Guthrie, 1899.

ms1668: Autograph poem Homunculus in Penumbra, 1912.

ms1669: Autograph poem Midnight Fires, 1919.

ms1670: Proposals, in the hand of Gordon Bottomley for a volume calledFrescoes from Buried Temples, 1912.With a further note in the hand of James Joshua Guthrie (1874-1952). Signed James Guthrie, June 1912.

ms1589: Autograph poem Some Saint or other Rehearsed, [c.1910].

ms1590: Autograph poem Let us walk in the wood.... [c.1910].Starts: 'Let us walk in the wood'; three stanzas each of eight lines. [Fragment?].

Administrative / Biographical History

Gordon Bottomley (1874-1948), playwright and poet, was born in Yorkshire, and became an invalid with TB from the age of 18. He wrote many verses and plays, and wished to revive the earlier verse dramas of the Elizabethan and Jacobean eras; when this failed, he concentrated on producing his own verse dramas. Many of his themes were Scottish and he became involved in community theatre projects in Scotland, where he thought his ideas might be more welcome.

Access Information

By appointment with the Keeper of Manuscripts. Access to records containing confidential information may be restricted.

Acquisition Information

Purchased from Arthur Rogers, booksellers, Newcastle on Tyne, 3 Mar and 24 Sept 1954.


Call number used to be ms1667, ms1668, ms1669, ms1670

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Archivist's Note

Description compiled by Maia Sheridan, Archives Hub project archivist, based on material from the Manuscripts Database.

Conditions Governing Use

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Poems all published in Gordon Bottomley, Poems and Plays, London, 1953.

Frescoes from Buried Temples, a portfolio of drawings by James Guthrie with poems by Gordon Bottomley, was published by The Pear Tree Press, [1928-1930].