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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Eng 1418

John Masefield letters to Thomas W. Lamont and Jack Butler Yeat


Letters from British poet John Masefield to American investment banker Thomas W. Lamont and to Jack Butler Yeats.


  • 1903-1931

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

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


.1 linear feet (1 volume)

Primarily letters from Masefield to the Irish painter Jack Butler Yeats (father of poet William Butler Yeats), and a few letters from Masefield to the American investment banker, Thomas William Lamont. Also includes letters from Constance Masefield to Mary Cottenham White Yeats concerning personal matters. Correspondence with Yeats, Mary Yeats and Lamont discusses issues related to literature, such as reviews of Masefield's works, and books and plays by other writers. The letters by Masefield contain various poems, fragmentary drafts of plays, and some drawings and hieroglyphsics.

Biographical / Historical

Masefield was a British poet.

Physical Location

Lobby VII.4.8

Immediate Source of Acquisition

42M-656 - 42M-693. Gift of Thomas William Lamont, 23 Wall St., New York; received: 1943 April 26.

Masefield, John, 1878-1967. John Masefield letters to Thomas W. Lamont and Jack Butler Yeats, 1903-1931: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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