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Edward Dent: Letters to him

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.7973

Scope and Contents

The collection consists almost exclusively of letters received by Dent between 1914 and 1918, and probably sorted and weeded by him subsequently. Several letters have been endorsed by Dent with identifications and comments, and he has also supplied biographical notes on most of the correspondents, although these are not always reliable. The letters reflect Dent's heavy involvement in the teaching of music in Cambridge during the First World War, and his work on the translation of hitherto neglected Mozart operas and research into the music of Purcell and the composer's contemporaries. Another theme of the letters is his deep interest in the history and topography of Italy, which had developed during his extensive travels on the continent in the first decade of the century. Dent's wide circle of acquaintances in musical and literary circles is reflected in the correspondents who include establishment figures, such as Paul Dukas, E.M. Forster, Sir Hubert Parry and Ralph Vaughan Williams, as well as promising younger men, including Arthur Bliss, Rupert Brooke, Siegfried Sassoon, and the future Labour cabinet minister Hugh Dalton.


  • Creation: 1950 (circa)


Conditions Governing Access

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2 archive box(es) (2 boxes)

Language of Materials



The whole collection has been calendared to provide short summaries of the contents, including some direct quotation. The catalogue has retained original historic language that may be offensive, inaccurate or inappropriate. In order to reflect the original context of creation, such historic language has not been edited or replaced.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Professor Dent presented the letters now forming Add MS 7973 to the University Library in 1943.

Related Materials

A collection of papers of Edward Dent is held in the King's College Archive Centre, Cambridge, ref. GBR/0272/PP/EJD.

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Repository Details

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