Catalogue of letters from Walter de la Mare to Martin Christopher Johnson, 1940-55

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Letters from Walter de la Mare to Martin Christopher Johnson, 1940-55

Letters from Walter de la Mare to Martin Christopher Johnson, 1940-55.

Shelfmarks: MSS. Eng. c. 7119, e. 3449

Extent: 2 shelfmarks

Biographical History

Martin Johnson was a scientist who lectured at Birmingham University. He wrote a number of scientific books, for one of which Walter de la Mare wrote the foreword, Art and scientific thought (London, [1944]). Walter de la Mare was an author and poet. For further information about him see the Dictionary of National Biography.

Scope and Content

The letters cover the whole period of the friendship between Martin Johnson and Walter de la Mare. They contain references to the writings of both men, as well as personal and family information.


Given by Elsie Johnson, 1991.

Preferred Form of Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Library [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. Eng. c. 7119, fols. 1-2].

Related Material

The Bodleian Library holds other collections of correspondence of Walter de la Mare, as follows: correspondence and papers, MSS. Don. c. 61, e. 8; letters to John Freeman and his wife, 1906-52, MS. Eng. lett. d. 462; letters to Sir George Rostrevor Hamilton, 1921-55, MS. Eng. lett. c. 271, fols. 127-254; letters from Edward Thomas, 1906-17, MS. Eng. lett. c. 376, and correspondence with E.J. Thompson, 1925-44, MS. Eng. c. 5286.

Personal names (NCA Rules)

Johnson | Martin Christopher | b 1896 | scientist
Mare | Walter John | De la | 1873-1956 | author and poet

Subjects (LCSH)

Poetry, English -- 20th century

Descriptive List

Letters from Walter de la Mare to Martin C. Johnson 1940-3
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 7119
Extent: 86 leaves

Scope and Content:

Includes typescript copies of the following poems by de la Mare,

  • (fol. 51) 'The Burnt Letter'
  • (fol. 52) 'To A Candle'
  • (fol. 53) 'Another Spring'

Letters from Walter de la Mare to Martin C. Johnson, 1944-55
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. e. 3449
Extent: 178 leaves

Scope and Content:


  • (fols. 101-2) two letters from his daughter, to Martin Johnson, with news of her father's illness, 1947
  • (fols. 109, 166-7, 175) four letters written on his behalf by various secretaries, 1948-55
  • (fol. 134) autograph copy of a poem by de la Mare, 'The Burnt Letter', Apr. 1942
  • (fol. 135) typescript copy of a poem by de la Mare, 'The Last Guest'

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