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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Lowell 51

Amy Lowell notes concerning John Keats


Typescript notes concerning John Keats and his poetry, as well as transcribed letters of John Keats and other correspondents, compiled for Lowell's book, John Keats, published in 1925.


  • undated

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.

This collection is not housed at the Houghton Library but is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. Retrieval requires advance notice. Readers should check with Houghton Public Services staff to determine what material is offsite and retrieval policies and times.


.5 linear feet (1 box)

Typescript notes concerning John Keats and his poetry from identified published sources, as well as Lowell's historical and poetic criticism of his poetry, for her book, John Keats (Boston, 1925). Also contains her typescript transcripts of Keats's letters, copied from the edition by Buxton Forman, The poetical works and other writings of John Keats. Lowell compares some of the published letters to the originals to show differences in wording and spelling. There are two folders of Keats's unpublished (as of 1925) letters in typescript and in the hand of Lowell, transcribed from originals held by variously identified owners. Richard Woodhouse's commonplace book, which Lowell transcribed from a copy held at the Pierpont Morgan Library, contains letters from Woodhouse and from Benjamin Bailey to John Taylor concerning Keats and his poetry.

Biographical / Historical

Amy Lowell was an American poet who published a biography of the English poet John Keats.


Arranged into the following series:

  1. I. Notes on John Keats
  2. II. John Keats's letters, in transcription
  3. III. Richard Woodhouse's commonplace book, in transcription

Physical Location

Harvard Depository

Immediate Source of Acquisition

No accession number. Bequest of Amy Lowell; received: 1925.

Recataloged from: Lowell 10.29.3, Lowell 10.29.5, Lowell 10.29.7, Lowell 10.29.9, Lowell 10.29.11.

General note

This collection is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. See access restrictions below for additional information.

Processing Information

Processed by: Diane Booton

Material was removed from the original three-ring black notebooks.

Lowell, Amy, 1874-1925. Amy Lowell notes concerning John Keats, undated: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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