File: "Typescript of The posthumous life of Wilfred Owen plus related documents/research material"

Scope and Content

A rather disordered but very important file relating to the book DW was working on during the 1990s about the fate of WO's oeuvre and reputation after his death. DW began by drafting the sections which dealt with the period when he was heavily involved in the WO story, during the 1940s and 1950s. The file includes two sections of DW's manuscript of the unfinished book; cuttings, correspondence and papers from a much earlier date which he was drawing on as research material; and some other printed matter and more ephemeral material which DW was presumably also using for background information. The papers are in their original order, and are as follows:

  • /1 Part of the manuscript of 'The posthumous life of Wilfred Owen', comprising: Foreword (dated 1995); Phase Four (covering 1946-1948); and the first eight folios of Phase Five (1948-1951). 48 folios, in word-processed form.
  • /2 Newsletter of the Wilfred Owen Association, No. 10 (Spring 1994).
  • /3 Bundle of 6 photographic reproductions of First World War paintings [by C.R.W. Nevinson].
  • /4 Letter to [Edmund] Blunden from Osbert Sitwell, relating to some manuscript poems and a letter of WO's that he has recently found; signed by someone else on Sitwell's behalf (6 July 1931).
  • /5 Small news cutting reporting on a BBC Radio 4 broadcast by Seamus Heaney, in which Heaney made reference to WO's work (n.d.)
  • /6 Letter from DW to "Glanville", with Glanville's reply written on the same document. Relates to DW's research for his book, and various queries relating to French poetry, Laurent Tailhade and Jules Romains (in relation to his theories about WO's half-rhyme) (28 February-10 March 1998).
  • /7 Another section of the manuscript of DW's book, which directly follows on from that listed in /1 above. Comprises folios 9-17 of Phase Five; DW has added a post-it note indicating that he came to a halt at about this point, indicating that it is a natural break and that sections III-IV which follow can be read as a self-contained piece.
  • /8 One folio from the manuscript of DW's book, with a note indicating that the passage given here was held over from Section 1 [of Phase 5] at p. 4 for inclusion at a later point.
  • /9 Small news cutting: death notices, including that of K.W. Gransden (July 1998).
  • /10 Circular from the Wilfred Owen Association relating to WO and the school curriculum (January 1994).
  • /11 Rough notes, apparently book references, phone numbers, and a list of word counts.
  • /12 List by DW of WO-related publications he is awaiting; this dates from the early period of his WO research (c. 1949).
  • /13-16 Correspondence with W. Kay, Borough Librarian and Curator at Oswestry, relating to WO-related enquiries of DW's, along with a certified copy of the marriage entry for WO's parents, which took place on 8 December 1891 at Oswestry (the correspondence dates from 21 April-7 July 1950 and is part of DW's early numbered sequence of research documents).
  • /17-19 Notes (mostly in the hand of DW's partner Barbara), which appear to relate to DW's research at the HRHRC in the 1990s.
  • /20 Original paper wrapper for Poems by Wilfred Owen, with an introduction by Siegfried Sassoon (Chatto and Windus [1920]).
  • /21 Copy typescript by DW entitled 'Wilfred Owen: the man and his poetry': a brief abstract of his doctoral thesis (1951).
  • /22 Carbon typescript notes, made during DW's early research on WO: largely extracts from published sources relating to WO, dating from 1920-1921 and 1939.
  • /23 Note of Joseph Cohen's address at the University of Texas.
  • /24 News cutting acquired by Durrant's Press Cuttings for Edmund Blunden: a notice of the Blunden edition of WO's poems, from the Liverpool Post and Mercury (20 March 1931).
  • /25 Extract from a publication: article by Petronius Applejoy entitled 'Wilfred Owen denounces war', from The Catholic World (n.d.)
  • /26 Annotated page proofs of DW's article 'Half-rhyme in Wilfred Owen: its derivation and use' [which was published in the Review of English Studies, 1950]; with Clarendon Press stamp dated 25 January 1950.
  • /27 Carbon typescript of an article by DW entitled 'Sassoon, Owen, the Sitwells and others' (n.d.) [published in the Times Literary Supplement as 'Sassoon on Owen'; see /33 below].
  • /28 Original paper wrapper for the Phoenix Library edition of The poems of Wilfred Owen, edited by Edmund Blunden [1933]. The wrapper is in 2 parts, and is in fragile condition.
  • /29 A copy of the Times Literary Supplement (29 August 1968): includes an unattributed review of WO's Collected letters, ed. Harold Owen and John Bell.
  • /30 A copy of the Times Literary Supplement (15 June 1956): includes DW's article 'Wilfred Owen's Manuscripts - I' (p. 368).
  • /31 Cutting from the Times Literary Supplement (22 June 1956): DW's article, 'Wilfred Owen's Manuscripts - II'.
  • /32 Two mounted cuttings from the Times Literary Supplement: a letter to the editor from DW (19 July 1947) requesting information on WO for his biographical and critical study, and a letter to the editor from Harold Owen (18 October 1947), written in response to WO's appeal, and announcing that he is preparing a book about his brother.
  • /33 Photocopy of DW's published article 'Sassoon on Owen' from the Times Literary Supplement (31 May 1974).
  • /34 Two sheets of notes by DW: apparently an outline for his book, 'The posthumous life of Wilfred Owen'.