Letters from the poet John Heath-Stubbs to Peter McNair. The archive spans a two year period from 1938 to 1940. During the writing of this series of letters to Peter McNair, Heath-Stubbs migrated between four locations, the two most noteworthy being Worcester College for the Blind and Queen's College, Oxford. Their content focuses on the activities and thoughts of the writer. The letters refer to plays, ballets and dinners Heath-Stubbs has attended, his thoughts on friends and acquaintances and comments about international events.
The letters will be of significant interest to those researching this early, transitional period of Heath-Stubbs's life. They give clear indications to his movements and whereabouts. Furthermore, their conversational tone gives the researcher an idea of Heath-Stubbs' practice as a correspondent. Particular points of interest will be his comments on the early stages of the Second World War, and in relation to this, evidence of anti-Semitism in Bournemouth. As the war begins to have greater influence, he mentions bombings in New Milton. The letters are evidence of Heath-Stubbs's interest in music, theatre and dance. They refer to poetry he is writing, creative anxieties and bouts of mental depression. He also notes various literary, dramatic and debating committees he has joined, as well as publishing work in the Creswell.