University of Delaware Library

Elizabeth Jennings Papers

1940 - 1977


(bulk dates 1958-1969)

Manuscript Collection Number 186

Accessioned: Purchases, 1968-1985.

Extent: 281 items (2.3 linear ft.)

Contents: Letters, poetry, essays, autobiography.

Access: The collection is open for research.

Processed: Preliminary processing in 1973, revised by Wendy van Wyck in 1990-1991.

Biographical Note

The British poet Elizabeth Jennings has published more than 20 books of poetry since the 1950s. She writes short, meditative lyrics that are known for their simplicity, control, and range of feeling. These qualities have linked Jennings to a group of poets, usually referred to as The Movement, who were writing in England during the 1940s and 1950s. The members of this group, poets like Kingsley Amis, Thom Gunn, Philip Larkin, and John Wain, never consciously formed a movement, but their poetry reveals a shared love for simplicity and an acceptance of regular meter and rhyme.

Elizabeth Jennings was born on July 18, 1926, in Boston, Lincolnshire. She claims that she discovered poetry at age 13 and began to write, encouraged by a teacher and her uncle. Jennings attended St. Anne's College, Oxford, from 1945 to 1949 and was greatly stimulated by the intellectual atmosphere there. It was at this time that she began to associate with poets of The Movement; some of her first published poems appeared in Oxford Poetry 1948, edited by Kingsley Amis and James Michie. Jennings worked in the Oxford City Library from 1950 to 1958 and as a publisher's reader from 1958 to 1960. During this time she published three books of poetry and a book for children entitled "Let's Have Some Poetry!" (1960). In the early 1960s, Jennings suffered a breakdown and was confined to a hospital. The poems she wrote after her release are collected in Recoveries (1964) and The Mind Has Mountains (1966).

Jennings is an extremely prolific poet. She writes quickly, revises little, and claims that her poems "come out very clean." She differs from the other poets of The Movement in her devotion to Roman Catholicism, a theme that pervades much of her poetry. Jennings also writes about friendship, relationships, places, and art. She does not write autobiographical poems, but her religious concerns, mental illness, and other personal experiences influence the themes and insights expressed in her poetry.

Source:

Bissett, William. "Elizabeth Jennings." Dictionary of Literary Biography, Volume 27: Poets of Great Britain and Ireland 1945-1960, edited by Vincent B. Sherry, Jr. Detroit: Gale Research, 1984. pp. 163-170.

Scope Note

The Elizabeth Jennings Papers date from circa 1940 to circa 1977, bulking from 1958 to 1969. The collection contains letters from Jennings to her parents dating from 1957 to 1959. Also included are approximately 150 titled poems and 17 poetry notebooks. Eight of the notebooks, dating from April 27 to June 22, 1977, contain four hundred and eighty-six poems, representing an extremely productive phase in Jennings's career. Also present are miscellaneous prose works, including The Inward War, an unpublished biography of Gerard Manley Hopkins, and Jennings's autobiography, also never published. Among the miscellaneous material are two of Jennings's childhood notebooks and three BBC radio scripts from 1958.

Related Collections:

Ms 282 Elizabeth Jennings Letters and Poetry Manuscripts

Ms 283 Elizabeth Jennings Poetry Notebooks

Ms 284 Elizabeth Jennings Poetry Manuscripts

Series Outline

Page

I. Letters, 1952-1960 6

II. Poetry, 1963-1977 8

III. Prose, 1964-1973 15

IV. Miscellaneous, 1958 and [n.d.] 17

Box Folder Contents

1 Series I. Letters, 1952-1960

Letters from Elizabeth Jennings to her parents, Dr. and Mrs. H.C. Jennings, written while Elizabeth was on her frequent trips to Italy. Apparently, Jennings had won a fellowship or stipend, for in her letter of April 2, 1957, she mentions how lucky she is to have "this prize and this money and this country". Written for the most part between 1957-1959 from Rome, Florence, and Assisi, the letters express Jennings's fascination with Italian culture and her devotion to the Catholic faith. She frequently mentions Father Tindal-Atkinson (Father T-A) and Princess Caetani, both of whom she befriended in Rome. Jennings also discusses her writing, especially in reference to her articles written for Vogue magazine and her poetry. The 63 letters are arranged chronologically.

F1 To Dr. and Mrs H. C. Jennings, 1952-1968

-16 With one letter to "Fred."

F1 1952 Sep 9 ALS 3 p

1955 Jul 19 ALS 3 p

1955 Jul 19 ACS 1 p

F2 1955 Jul 25 ACS 1 p

1957 Apr 2 TLS 1 p

1957 Apr 6 TLS 2 p

F3 1957 Apr 9 ALS 4 p

1957 Apr 13 ALS 5 p

1957 Apr 13 ACS 1 p

F4 1957 Apr 16 ACS 1 p

1957 Apr 20 ALS 4 p

1957 Apr 22 ACS 1 p

F5 1957 Apr 25 ALS 6 p

[1957 Apr 28] ALS 8 p

1957 May 1 ALS 4 p

F6 [1957 May] ALS 4 p

1957 May 4 ACS 1 p

1957 May 8 ACS 1 p

1957 May 11 ACS 1 p

F7 1957 May 12 ACS 1 p

1957 May 14 ALS 5 p

1957 May 20 ALS 4 p

F8 1957 May 26 ALS 4 p

1957 Jun 2 ALS 4 p

F9 1957 Jun 5 ACS 1 p

1957 Jun 5 ALS 1 p (To "Fred")

1957 Jun 9 ACS 1 p

1957 Jun 11 ACS 1 p

1957 Jun 14 ALS 4 p

1957 Jun 16 ALS 6 p

F10 1957 Jun 21 ACS 1 p

1957 Oct 14 ACS 1 p

1958 Apr 4 ALS 4 p

1958 Apr 7 ACS 1 p

1958 Apr 10 ACS 1 p

1958 Apr 18 TCS 1 p

F11 1958 Apr 26 ALS 6 p

1958 May 4 ACS 1 p

1958 May 10 ALS 3 p

1958 May 18 ACS 1 p

1958 May 23 ACS 1 p

F12 1958 May 27 ALS 4 p

1958 May 30 ACS 1 p

1958 Oct 6 ACS 1 p

1958 Oct 6 ACS 1 p

F13 1958 Nov 6 ACS 1 p

1958 Nov 11 ACS 1 p

1958 Dec 3 ACS 1 p

1958 Dec 15 ACS 1 p

F14 1959 May 18 ACS 1 p

1959 May 20 ACS 1 p

1959 Oct 3 ACS 1 p

1959 Oct 4 ACS 1 p

F15 1960 Oct 7 ACS 1 p

1960 Oct 11 ACS 1 p

1960 Oct 18 ACS 1 p

1960 Oct 25 ACS 1 p

F16 [1968] May 30 ACS 1 p

[n.d.] ACS 1 p

Also includes 3 empty envelopes addressed to Dr.

and Mrs. Jennings in Elizabeth Jennings's hand.

1 Series II. Poetry, 1963-1977

Consists of autograph and typescript drafts of Elizabeth Jennings's individual poems, poetry notebooks, and proof material.

Series II.1 Individual Poems, 1963-1966

These autograph and typescript poems were probably written between 1963 and 1966. Some appear in Recoveries, a book of Jennings's poetry published in 1964. Because few poems are dated, they have been arranged alphabetically by title. All are autograph unless otherwise noted.

F17 Acceptance (Perversity). [n.d.] 1 p (1 leaf).

Advice. [n.d.] 1 p (1 leaf).

After a Catastrophe. 1964 Oct 17. 1 p (1 leaf). Initialed "EJ 17/10/64."

The Albatross. [n.d.] 2 p (1 leaf).

An Analysis. [n.y.] June 17. 2 p (1 leaf).

Initialed "EJ 17 June."

F18 As I See It. [n.d.] 2 p (1 leaf).

Assassination of Kennedy. [n.d.] 1 p (1 leaf).

At Night. [n.d.] 2 p (1 leaf).

Bad Dreams. [n.d.] 1 p (1 leaf).

Beatnicks. [n.d.] 1 p (1 leaf).

Before the Interview (Surprise). [n.d.] 1 p (1 leaf).

Original title "Why" crossed out.

F19 A Begetting. [n.d.] 1 p (1 leaf).

Bewilderment. [n.d.] 1 p (1 leaf).

Signed and title "Questions" crossed out.

Birds. [n.d.] 1 p (1 leaf).

Black Out. [n.d.] 2 p (1 leaf).

Breakfast in a Mental Hospital. [n.d.] 1 p (1 leaf).

Cancelled stanza on verso.

F20 Caldey. [n.d.] 1 p (1 leaf).

Cancer (Fatal Illness). [n.d.] 2 p (1 leaf).

Childhood. [n.d.] 1 p (1 leaf).

Children's Stories. [n.d.] 1 p (1 leaf). Original

title crossed out.

Coming out of a Breakdown. [n.d.] 2 p (1 leaf). Convalescence (Hospital for Nerves). [n.d.] 2 p

(1 leaf). Title "Getting Better" crossed out.

F21 A Conversation. [n.d.] 2 p (1 leaf).

A Conversation in a Mental Hospital. [n.d.] 1 p (1 leaf).

Correspondence (After Baudelaire). [n.d.] 2 p

(2 leaves).

The Crime. [n.d.] 2 p (1 leaf).

A Cure. [n.d.] 2 p (1 leaf).

F22 Darkness. [n.d.] 2 p (1 leaf). Signed.

The Dead Selves. [n.d.] 1 p (1 leaf).

Definitions. [n.d.] 1 p (1 leaf). Initialed "EJ."

Despair in a State of Nerves. 1964: Nov. 8. 1 p

(1 leaf). Initialed "EJ. 8 Nov. 1964."

Discharge from the Hospital. [n.d.] 1 p (1 leaf). Original title "Departure" crossed out. Poem titled "The Return" on verso.

F23 The Disproof. [n.d.] 1 p (1 leaf).

Divers Gifts. [n.d.] 1 p (1 leaf).

Duty Doctor. [n.d.] 1 p (1 leaf). Title "Night Houseman" crossed out. Initialed "EJ."

Eighty Years Old. [n.d.] 2 p (1 leaf).

Elements. [n.d.] 1 p (1 leaf). Signed.

Elements. [n.d.] Ts [carbon], 1 p (1 leaf). Typed

signature at end.

F24 Exhortations. [n.d.] 1 p (1 leaf).

The Expectation. [n.d.] 2 p (1 leaf).

An Explanation. [n.d.] 1 p (1 leaf).

A Fable. [n.d.] 1 p (1 leaf).

Facts of Life. [n.d.] 1 p (1 leaf).

A Father. [n.d.] 1 p (1 leaf).

F25 Father and Daughter. [n.d.] 2 p (1 leaf).

First Doubts. 1964: Oct. 25. 1 p (1 leaf). Initialed "EJ 25/10/64."

Flight to Barcelona After a Long Illness. [n.d.] 2 p

(1 leaf).

For Jung. 1964: Oct. 25. 1 p (1 leaf). Initialed "EJ

25/10/64."

For You. [n.d.] 1 p (1 leaf).

F26 Gambling. [n.d.] 1 p (1 leaf).

Greece Unvisited. [n.d.] 2 p (1 leaf).

Gulls. [n.d.] 1 p (1 leaf).

Happy Families. [n.d.] 2 p (1 leaf). Signed.

Hearing That You are Ill. [n.d.] 2 p (1 leaf).

F27 Heat Wave-Melons. [n.d.] 1 p (1 leaf). Written

on the back of an envelope.

Homage to Jung and Friend. 1964 Oct 20. 1 p (1 leaf).

Initialed "EJ 20/10/64."

Hospital. [n.d.] 2 p (1 leaf).

Housework. [n.d.] 1 p (1 leaf). Poem titled "Indogenous Depression" on verso.

F28 Imagined Honeymoon. [n.d.] 2 p (1 leaf).

In Memory of Dylan Thomas. [n.d.] 2 p (1 leaf).

Poem titled "Water" on verso.

In Retrospect. [n.d.] 1 p (1 leaf).

In Rome. [n.d.] 2 p (1 leaf).

Incident in an Analysis. [n.d.] 2 p (1 leaf).

Incompatibilities. [n.d.] 1 p (1 leaf).

The Innocents. [n.d.] 2 p (1 leaf). Original

title crossed out.

F29 John F. Kennedy. [n.d.] 1 p (1 leaf).

Just Before Discharge from a Mental Hospital. 1964

Oct 7. 1 p (1 leaf). Initialed "EJ 7/10/64."

Landscapes/Oxfordshire. [n.y.] Mar 18. 1 p (1 leaf).

Initialed "EJ 18 March" at end.

The Language of Chess. [n.d.] 2 p (1 leaf). Original

title "Daily Life in a Mental Hospital for Nerves"

crossed out.

The Law of Chance-Planck's Theory of Chance. [n.d.] 1 p (1 leaf). Signed.

Leave From Hospital. [n.d.] 1 p (1 leaf). Original

title "Hospitalized" crossed out.

F30 A Lesson. [n.d.] 1 p (1 leaf).

A Lesson. [n.d.] 1 p (1 leaf).

A Letter. [n.d.] 1 p (1 leaf). Signed.

Limericks about Psychiatry by Elizabeth Jennings. [n.d.] 2 p (1 leaf).

The Look. [n.d.] 1 p (1 leaf). Cancelled stanza on

verso.

The Look. [n.d.] 1 p (1 leaf).

Looking (Feeding Gulls). [n.d.] 2 p (1 leaf).

F31 Mah Jung. [n.d.] 1 p (1 leaf). Signed.

Making in a Mental Clinic. 1964 Oct 13. 1 p (1 leaf). Initialed "EJ 13/10/64."

Man in a Park. [n.d.] 2 p (1 leaf).

A Man Woman Addresses Her Husband. [n.d.] 2 p

(1 leaf).

Meaning Well. [n.d.] 1 p (1 leaf).

F32 A Memory. [n.d.] 1 p (1 leaf).

Mental Clinic: Night Sister. 1964 Sep 19. 1 p

(1 leaf). Initialed "EJ 19/9/64."

Meop. [n.d.] 1 p (1 leaf). Signed.

Mescalin. [n.d.] 1 p (1 leaf).

Mild Protest. [n.d.] 2 p (1 leaf).

F33 Mild Ward of a Mental Clinic. [n.d.] 1 p (1 leaf).

The Mind Has Wounds. [n.d.] 1 p (1 leaf).

Miro. [n.d.] 1 p (1 leaf).

A Moment of Embarrassment. [n.d.] 1 p (1 leaf).

The Moon. [n.d.] 1 p (1 leaf). Original title

"The Skies" crossed out.

Morning in a Mental Hospital. [n.d.] 2 p (1 leaf).

F34 Mortal Sin. [n.d.] 2 p (1 leaf). Signed.

Motives. [n.d.] 1 p (1 leaf).

The Mountain. [n.d.] 2 p (1 leaf). Originally titled

"The Mountaineers".

Mrs. Evans. [n.d.] 2 p (1 leaf).

My Father. [n.d.] 1 p (1 leaf).

My Grandfather. [n.d.] 1 p (1 leaf).

F35 Naming the Stars. [n.d.] 1 p (1 leaf). Signed.

Nerve Cases (A Suggestion). [n.d.] 2 p (1 leaf).

Nerves. [n.d.] 1 p (1 leaf).

The Night After T.S. Eliot Died. 1965: Jan 1. 1 p

(1 leaf). Initialed "EJ 4/1/65."

A Night for a Child. [n.d.] 1 p (1 leaf).

F36 The Nightmare. [n.d.] 2 p (1 leaf).

The Nightmares. 1966 12 Oct 1 p (1 leaf). Initialed

"EJ 12 Oct. 1966."

"No Worse, There is None." 2 p (1 leaf). Signed and

dated "3/10/12."

Nursery Rhyme about the Game of Cards. 1964 Nov 9. 1 p (1 leaf). Initialed "9 Nov. '64, EJ."

2 F37 On a Friend's Relapse and Return to a Mental Clinic.

[n.d.] 1 p (1 leaf).

On the Telephone. [n.d.] 1 p (1 leaf).

Order. [n.d.] 2 p (1 leaf).

The Pain of Love. [n.d.] 1 p (1 leaf).

Parents and Children-Domestic Dramas. [n.d.] 2 p

(1 leaf). Signed.

F38 Parts of a Person. [n.d.] 16 p (9 leaves). Long poem

including sections titled "The Guilt and the

Games" and "The Sea and the Garden."

F39 Philosopher in Springtime. [n.d.] 2 p (1 leaf).

A Picture. [n.d.] 1 p (1 leaf).

Poem Like a Picture. [n.d.] 1 p (1 leaf). Signed.

Poems, Painting. [n.d.] 1 p (1 leaf).

F40 The Poets. [n.d.] 1 p (1 leaf).

Probing. [n.d.] 1 p (1 leaf).

Problems of Viewing. [n.d.] 5 p (4 leaves). Poem in

four parts: "The Open Capital," "The Unfolding

(The Blossoming)," and "To Paint The Dawn" are the

titles of the first 3 parts. Each part is signed.

F41 Psychotherapeutic Treatment. [n.d.] 1 p (1 leaf). Initialed "EJ."

Psychotherapy. [n.y.] Oct 4. 1 p (1 leaf). Initialed

"EJ 4 Oct."

The Question. [n.d.] 2 p (1 leaf). Originally titled

"The Recognition."

A Recollection. 1964 Jun. 2 p (1 leaf). Initialed

"EJ. June 1964."

The Recovery. [n.d.] 1 p (1 leaf).

F42 A Rejoinder. [n.d.] 2 p (1 leaf).

A Relationship. [n.d.] 1 p (1 leaf).

The Rescuer. [n.d.] 1 p (1 leaf).

Retort to the Anti-Abstractionists. [n.d.] 2 p

(1 leaf). Signed.

Revaluation. [n.d.] 1 p (1 leaf).

The Riddle. [n.d.] 1 p (1 leaf).

F43 The Sanest. [n.d.] 1 p (1 leaf).

The Screamer. [n.d.] 1 p (1 leaf).

Second Child. [n.d.] 1 p (1 leaf).

Separation. [n.d.] 1 p (1 leaf).

Separation. [n.d.] 2 p (1 leaf).

F44 The Shells. [n.d.] 2 p (1 leaf).

A Short History of Religion. [n.d.] 1 p (1 leaf). Originally titled "The Battle."

The Sicknesses. [n.d.] 2 p (1 leaf).

The Sleepless. [n.d.] 2 p (1 leaf). Originally

titled "The Unsleeping."

The Solitary. [n.d.] 1 p (1 leaf).

F45 Somebody's Room. [n.d.] 2 p (1 leaf).

Song in May. [n.d.] 1 p (1 leaf).

Sonnet. [n.d.] 2 p (1 leaf).

Spaceman. [n.d.] 1 p (1 leaf).

Speeches. [n.d.] 2 p (1 leaf).

Spring and a Recovery. [n.d.] 2 p (1 leaf).

F46 The Storm House. [n.d.] 2 p (1 leaf). Signed.

Suburb. [n.d.] 1 p (1 leaf).

Suicide. [n.d.] 1 p (1 leaf). Signed.

The Summer Children. [n.d.] 2 p (1 leaf).

Surely? For S. [n.y.] Nov 10. 1 p (1 leaf).

Initialed "10 Nov. EJ." Poem titled "One of the

old Kind" on verso.

Symptoms. [n.d.] 1 p (1 leaf).

F47 To a Doctor. 1964 Oct 7. 2 p (1 leaf). Initialed

"EJ 7/10/64."

Towards an Aesthetic. 1966 Mar 4. 2 p (2 leaves).

Originally titled "Pop Art, Kinetic Art etc. etc."

Initialed "EJ 4 march 1966."

To You. [n.d.] 2 p (1 leaf).

The Treatment. [n.d.] 1 p (1 leaf).

F48 The Truce. [n.d.] 1 p (1 leaf).

Two Great Men. [n.d.] 1 p (1 leaf). Poem titled

"Deaths" on verso.

Two Ways. [n.d.] 1 p (1 leaf).

Vacations. [n.d.] 1 p (1 leaf).

F49 Waking in Tears. 1966 Dec 18. 1 p (1 leaf).

Initialed "EJ 18/12/66" and poem titled "Limerick

for Psyches" on verso.

Warning. [n.d.] 1 p (1 leaf).

Warning to Parents. [n.d.] 2 p (1 leaf). Signed.

Ways of Life. [n.d.] 1 p (1 leaf).

Words. 1966 Oct 30. 1 p (1 leaf). Initialed "EJ 30 Oct 1966."

(Works of) Art. [n.d.] 2 p (1 leaf).

F50 A Year Later. [n.d.] 2 p (1 leaf).

The Young Ones. [n.d.] 2 p (1 leaf). Signed.

Zodiac. [n.d.] 2 p (2 leaves). Two parts ("Pisces" and "Scabes") are signed.

Series II.2 Poetry Notebooks, 1964-1977

Consists of various autograph notebooks of poetry dating from the late 1960s to the late 1970s. The bulk of the material (8 spiral notebooks) dates from April 27, 1977 to June 22, 1977, while some of the notebooks are undated.

F51 Loose sheets from tablet, 1964 Mar 10-1966 Dec 2

ca. 25 poems (25 leaves) 25 p. Originally part of a

writing tablet. Some poems are signed or initialed

and/or dated by the author.

F52 Bound notebook, 1967 Nov

15 poems (30 leaves) 15 p. Cover labeled "Poems by

Elizabeth Jennings November 1967-."

F53 Bound notebook, 1969 May

37 poems (27 leaves) 49 p. Cover labeled "Poems and

Translations May 1969- and a few more months by

Elizabeth Jennings." "Poems for Children" crossed out

on cover.

F54 Bound notebook, 1969

42 poems (22 leaves) 44 p. Cover labeled "LUCIDITES

poems by Elizabeth Jennings, 1969."

F55 Bound notebook, 1970 Aug-Sep

21 poems (21 leaves) 21 p. Cover labeled "POEMS late

August 1970-September 1970 Elizabeth Jennings."

F56 Bound notebook, 1971 Sep-Oct

ca. 80 poems (81 leaves) 81 p. Cover labeled "POEMS by

Elizabeth Jennings 18 September 1971-late October

1971."

F57 Bound notebook, 1972 Apr

ca. 80 poems (79 leaves) 80 p. Cover labeled "Poems by

Elizabeth Jennings April 1972."

3 F58 Spiral notebook, 1977 Apr 27-May 3

ca. 60 poems (60 leaves) 85 p. Cover labeled "27th

April 1977-3rd May 1977."

F59 Spiral notebook, 1977 May 4-9

ca. 64 poems (64 leaves) 82 p. Cover labeled "4th May

1977-9th May 1977." Signed on inside cover.

F60 Spiral notebook, 1977 May 10-16

ca. 60 poems (60 leaves) 70 p. Cover labeled "10th May

1977-16th May 1977." Signed on the inside cover.

F61 Spiral notebook, 1977 May 16-23

ca. 60 poems (59 leaves) 74 p. Cover labeled "16th May

1977-23rd May 1977." Signed on the inside cover.

F62 Spiral notebook, 1977 May 24-June 1

ca. 60 poems (60 leaves) 68 p. Cover labeled "24th May

1977-1st June 1977." Signed on the inside cover.

F63 Spiral notebook, 1977 Jun 1-9

ca. 60 poems (60 leaves) 75 p. Cover labeled "1st June

1977-9th June 1977." Signed on the inside cover.

4 F64 Spiral notebook, 1977 Jun 9-15

ca. 60 poems (58 leaves) 65 p. Cover labeled "9th June

1977-15th June 1977." Signed on the first page.

F65 Spiral notebook, 1977 Jun 15-22

ca. 60 poems (60 leaves) 69 p. Cover labeled "15th

June 1977-22nd June 1977." Signed on the first page.

F66 Writing Tablet, [n.d.]

2 poems (4 leaves) 2 p. Small writing-paper tablet.

F67 Loose sheets from a bound notebook, [n.d.]

24 poems (24 leaves) 24 p. Each poem is signed.

F68 Bound notebook, [n.d.]

14 poems (18 leaves) 14 p. Cover labeled "POEMS by

Elizabeth Jennings."

F69 Bound notebook, [n.d.]

ca. 18 poems (52 leaves) 64 p. Includes cancelled

material. Signed on the cover.

F70 Hardcover notebook, [n.d.]

11 poems and 1 essay (9 leaves) 13 p. Cover labeled

"REVIEWS." Short prose piece is titled "Parts of a

Precise World: Louisa M. Alcott."

F71 Hardcover folder and box, [n.d.]

8 poems (8 leaves) 12 p. Poems on individual sheets

collected in a hardcover folder labeled "Elizabeth

Jennings - Psychiatric Series" on the binding.

Series II.3 Page Proofs of Animal's Arrival, 1969

Page proofs for Jennings's book of poetry which

was published in 1969 by Macmillan and Co Ltd.

F72 Animal's Arrival, 1969

(12 leaves) 47 p. With 3 unbound corrected proofs signed "Corrected, Elizabeth Jennings."

5 Series III. Prose, 1964-1973

Includes an autograph manuscript of Jennings's critical biography of Gerard Manley Hopkins, Jennings's unpublished autobiography, and other miscellaneous prose works.

Series III.1. The Inward War, [1973]

Jennings's critical biography of Gerard Manley Hopkins was scheduled to be published by The Bodley Head (in England) and in America during 1973, but the work was never published. The autograph manuscript includes numerous revisions, insertions and deletions.

F73 Title Page and Introduction, [n.d.]

Loose sheets (5 leaves) 5 p. Signed on the title page.

F74 Chapters I-II, [n.d.]

Pages 1-80 (80 leaves) 80 p. Written in a tablet.

F75 Chapters II-III, [n.d.]

Pages 81-164 (83 leaves) 83 p. Written in a tablet.

F76 Chapters III-V, [n.d.]

Pages 165-243 (84 leaves) 84 p. Loose pages.

F77 Chapter VI, [n.d.]

Pages 239-337 (99 leaves) 99 p. Different pagination

from the earlier chapters. Written in a tablet.

F78 Chapter VII, [n.d.]

Unnumbered pages (60 leaves) 59 p. Written in a tablet.

6 Series III.2 Autobiography, [n.d.]

Jennings's autograph manuscript autobiography is contained in four notebooks and is undated. The work begins with Jennings's childhood experiences and ends with the death of her father. The autobiography was rejected by her publishers.

F79 "Autobiography Volume I," [n.d.]

Notebook (43 leaves) 45 p. Notebook labeled

"AUTOBIOGRAPHY VOLUME I by Elizabeth Jennings." Two

poems are written on the back inside cover.

F80 "Autobiography II," [n.d.]

Bound notebook (30 leaves) 31 p. Cover labeled

"AUTOBIOGRAPHY II." Includes 1 poem on the back inside

cover of the notebook.

F81 "Autobiography III," [n.d.]

Notebook (92 leaves) 92 p. Cover labeled "AUTOBIOGRAPHY III."

F82 "Autobiography IV," [n.d.]

Notebook (92 leaves) 40 p. Cover labeled

"AUTOBIOGRAPHY IV."

Series III.3. An Introduction to The Story of My Heart by Richard Jefferies, [n.d.]

Jennings wrote the introduction for a 1968

Macmillan edition of Jefferies's book.

F83 Introduction to The Story of My Heart, [n.d.]

Bound notebook (80 leaves) 14 p. Cover labeled

"RICHARD JEFFERIES."

Series III.4 Miscellaneous Prose, 1964 and [n.d.]

Includes autograph manuscripts of various short prose works, including short stories, sketches, or prayers. Because most are undated, the works are arranged in alphabetical order by title.

F84 "Christina Rossetti. An Introduction," [n.d.]

6 p (6 leaves).

"Living in London," [n.d.] 7 p (4 leaves).

F85 "Moving," [n.d.] 4 p (4 leaves). Signed "Elizabeth

Jennings, 31, Polskead Road, Oxford."

"My Kind of Poet," [n.d.] 4 p (4 leaves).

F86 "Prayer for a Poet Who Attempted Suicide," 1964 Dec 6

2 p (1 leaf). Initialed "EJ 6/12/64."

"Prayer of a Sick Poet," [n.d.] 2 p (1 leaf). Initialed.

"Reflections and Reviews," [n.d.] 5 p (3 leaves).

"Sacrifice," [n.d.] 2 p (1 leaf).

7 Series IV. Miscellaneous, [1940--1958

Includes two childhood notebooks of drawings and poetry. Also includes three mimeographed BBC scripts which have been glued into a notebook.

F87 "The Golden Book of Poetry and Prose Etc. By Betty

Jennings Part I," [n.d.]

Bound pocket notebook, 72 p (36 leaves).

Includes poems, drawings, essays, and index.

"A Book of Poetical Prayers by Betty Jennings. Illustrated by the Same," [n.d.]

Bound pocket notebook, 11 p (6 leaves). Title on the cover is crossed. Inside cover has 1940-1941 calendar. Includes drawings, poem, and vocabulary exercises.

F88 Poems By Elizabeth Jennings (radio script), 1958 Mar 4

Ts [mimeograph], 9 p (8 leaves). Jennings discusses

and reads poetry which she wrote in Rome in 1957.

Poems of Ben Johnson (radio script), 1958 Mar 24

Ts [mimeograph], 10 p (8 leaves). Includes extensive

autograph notes for the readers.

A Selection from the Poems of William Drummond (1585-1649) "Drummond of Hawthornden" (radio script), 1958 Mar 30

Ts [mimeograph], 9 p (7 leaves). Includes extensive

autograph notes for the readers.

F.89 "Drummond of Hawthornden" A selection from the poems of William Drummond (radio script), 1958: Mar 30. Ts [mimeograph], 8 p (8 leaves).

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