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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Thr 135

Maurice Maeterlinck letters to William Morris Colles


Letters from Belgian author Maurice Maeterlinck to English journalist and literary agent William Morris Colles.


  • Creation: 1921-1929

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in French.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research.


.1 linear feet (1 volume)

The collection includes six autograph letters, four autograph correspondence cards, and one typed letter from Maeterlinck to Colles, all in French. Some typed translations are included in the collection. The letters discuss meetings between the correspondents and business matters in general, including the publication and translation of Maeterlinck's plays. The letters also mention the publication rights to the Blue Bird series among others of Maeterlinck's works.

Biographical / Historical

Maeterlinck was a Belgian Symbolist poet, playwright, and essayist who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1911. Colles (1855-1926) was a English journalist, literary agent, and founder and managing director of Authors' Syndicate in London, England.


Arranged chronologically.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

64M-258. Purchased with the F.E. Chase fund; received: 1965 June 21.

Maeterlinck, Maurice, 1862-1949. Maurice Maeterlinck letters to William Morris Colles, 1921-1929: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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