Llewelyn Powys: Commonplace Book

Scope and Content

Commonplace book given to Powys by his sister Phillipa (Katie) Powys 'for him to use for his wonderful imaginative drawing when the mood takes him. God wot!'. It contains transcriptions from published works of many poems by Thomas Shoel of Montacute, Somerset; notes on Robert Herrick and William Wordsworth; and quotations from letters of William and Dorothy Wordsworth.

Administrative / Biographical History

Llewelyn Powys (1884-1939), novelist and essayist.

Access Information

Open for consultation by holders of a Reader's Ticket valid for the Manuscripts Reading Room.

Acquisition Information

Purchased 1989.


Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives.

Other Finding Aids

Additional Manuscripts Summary Catalogue.

Related Material

Cambridge University Library holds other papers of Powys and his family, MSS.Add.8766, 8768, 8835 and 8933.


Herrick and Shoel were two of the subjects of Powys' Somerset essays (1937).