We recently purchased some new John Drinkwater material to add to our extensive holdings on the Dymock Poets. These plays and speeches were once part of John Drinkwater’s own personal library, and includes a cancelled edition of the play ‘Puss in Boots’. All items are signed and accompanied by handmade slip-cases.
The new titles are:
Puss in Boots (1911). Cancelled version. Includes colour illustration “for John”
The Only Legend: A Masque of The Scarlet Pierrot (1913)
Rebellion: A Play in Three Acts (1914)
Robin Hood and The Pedlar (1914)
The Storm (1916)
The British Academy Warton Lecture on English Poetry XIII: Some Contributions to the English Anthology (With special reference to the Seventeenth Century) (1922)
“The Other Point of View”: The Oration Delivered by Mr John Drinkwater” (1928)
John Drinkwater (1882 – 1937) was a playwright and poet who went on to become manager of the Birmingham Repertory Theatre. His first major success came in the form of the play ‘Abraham Lincoln’, first performed in 1918. He was a member of the Dymock Poets, and published in their journal ‘New Numbers’. He was an associate and friend of many actors and writers during the early half of the twentieth century.
The Dymock Poets were Lascelles Abercrombie, Rupert Brooke, John Drinkwater, Robert Frost, Wilfrid Gibson and Edward Thomas. They lived in and visited Dymock in the months leading up to the outbreak of the First World War, gaining inspiration from each other and the surrounding Gloucestershire/ Herefordshire landscape.
These new titles are available to search on the University’s library catalogue, along with our other Dymock Poets publications. Archive material including original letters and photographs can be found on our Special Collections and Archives catalogue.