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Cornford, Frances Darwin, 1886-1960.

Frances Cornford letters and poems

1959–1960, undated

Descriptive Summary

Identification: MSS 099, F810

Creator: Cornford, Frances Darwin, 1886-1960.

Title: Frances Cornford letters and poems

Inclusive Dates: 1959–1960, undated

Extent: 8 items (13 pp.)

Abstract: Autograph letters and manuscript poems written by English poet Frances Cornford.

Language: Materials entirely in English.


MSS 099, F810, Frances Cornford letters and poems, Special Collections, University of Delaware Library, Newark, Delaware.

Shelving Summary

Shelved in SPEC MSS 099


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Purchase, July 2007.


Processed and encoded by Jaime Margalotti, August 2007.

The collection is open for research.

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Biographical Note

British poet Frances Cornford (1886–1960) was descended from a number of Cambridge intellectuals, including Charles Darwin and William Wordsworth. Her work was influenced by both the Georgian and modernist forms of poetry. She experimented with a variety of forms including the triolet and the villanelle and also translated a number of works from Russian and French.


"Frances Cornford." Dictionary of Literary Biography, Volume 240: Late Nineteenth- and Early Twentieth-Century British Women Poets (reproduced in Literature Resource Center). (accessed August 17, 2007).

Scope and Content Note

Four autograph letters signed from Frances Cornford to Alan Clodd. Cornford thanks Clodd for his praise of her work and answers questions about her poems. She also mentions her ill health. The collections also includes four undated manuscript poems in Cornfeld's hand.

Selected Search Terms

Personal Names
Clodd, Alan.
Topical Terms
English poetry--History--20th century--Sources.
Poets, English--20th century--Correspondence.
Form/Genre Terms
Letters (correspondence)

Related Materials in this Repository

This item forms part of MSS 099 Miscellaneous Literary and Historical Manuscripts.

Detailed Contents List

Letters to Alan Clodd, 1959–1960 4 items

Autograph letter signed, 1959 September 7   [Box 53 810]

Autograph letter signed, 1960 April 2   [Box 53 810]

Letter partially in the hand of Cornfeld's grandson.

Autograph letter signed, [1960 April 6]   [Box 53 810]

With envelope.

Autograph card signed, 1960 April 28   [Box 53 810]

Poems, undated 4 items

"Invocation for a Modern Marriage", undated   [Box 53 810]

"LF", undated   [Box 53 810]

"Mother to Father", undated   [Box 53 810]

"The Girl in the Blue-bell Wood", undated   [Box 53 810]