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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Eng 811.5

John Masefield letters to Jack Butler Yeats


Letters from the English poet John Masefield to the Irish painter Jack Butler Yeats.


  • 1902-1908

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.


.1 linear feet (1 volume)

Includes twenty letters from Masefield to Yeats about daily life, their families, travels, and work. Includes poetry and several small drawings in the letters. There is also a letter from Masefield to Yeats' wife inquiring about a visit.

Biographical / Historical

John Masefield was an English poet, playwright, and novelist who served as England's poet laureate (1930-1967). Jack Butler Yeats was an Irish painter, brother of the poet William Butler Yeats.


Arranged chronologically.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

61M-93. Deposited by Henry N. Flynt Esq., through the assistance of Crocker Wight; received: 1961 27 November; gift: 1962 June.

Masefield, John, 1878-1967. John Masefield letters to Jack Butler Yeats, 1902-1908: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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