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Journal, 4 Feb. 1921-18 Apr. 1921 (dates are of diary entries, other notes undated)

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.9852/1/15

Scope and Contents

The volume is a ruled notebook and mostly comprises diary entries; preparatory notes for poetry and prose; and notes on politics, the economy and industrial conditions (especially in South Wales).

The volume also includes:

- prose passages: /13v-15r. 'To a Traveller'; 15v-21r. 'On Staying at Max Gate' and visiting Thomas Hardy; /24v, untitled, begins 'the joyous adventure'; /31r. 'Autognosis'; /39r-39v. untitled, begins 'What would happen to a man who fell in love with a lunatic?'; /40v-41r. 'Entering the N.P.G. [National Portrait Gallery]'; /43v, /46v-57v. & /66r-69v. on the coal mining industry; /74r-74v. note on 'Eye and Ear Music'.

- drafts of poetry: /2v. 'Of the Phoenix'; /6v-8r. 'Unicorn'; /8v & /10r. untitled, later called 'Prayer'; /11v. untitled, begins 'On a delicate clear day'; /12r. 'Rosemary'; /12v-13r. 'Anagram' [acrostic]; /15r. & 22r. untitled, begins 'This brook has bright green hair'; /22v-24r. 'Lines to my Notebook'; /25v-26r. untitled, begins 'When twig-perched birds are brave'; /31v-32r. the text has been erased; /37v-38r. 'Things I have no objection to'; /36v. & /40r. the text has been erased; /41r. & /43r. 'Meridian'; /70v-71r. 'Delphine'.

- sketches and doodles: /2r. a tree; /18v. a milestone; /18v. a hillside with the Cerne Abbas giant.

- quotations and notes from published works: /1v. Pascal, begins 'On se parsaude mieux'; /1v. Morley, begins 'A vast space'; /1v. Laudor, begins 'Sad is the day'; /3r. Laudor, begins 'Every great author'; 4r. [Paul Verlaine], 'Offraude' (in French); /9r. from a work entitled 'Hydrotaphia'; /26v-30r. Conrad, 'Notes on Life and letters', for a review; /72r. W[illiam] H[alse] R[ivers] R[ivers], ' Dreams and Primitive Culture'.

- acquaintances' contact details: /76r.

- lists of monies spent: /75r-75v.

N.B. There are no loose enclosures or detached folios. The foliation is the archivist's. Blank from folio /44r-46r and /58-65. After folio /66 entries resume from the back of the notebook.


  • 4 Feb. 1921-18 Apr. 1921 (dates are of diary entries, other notes undated)

Conditions Governing Access

This notebook has been digitised and can be viewed in full on the Cambridge Digital Library at The original item is currently unavailable for consultation due to its poor physical condition.


1 volume(s) (1 volume (black cloth, elasticated tie, 76 ff.) paper) : paper

Language of Materials


Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

folio /36 is torn

Repository Details

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