Thirty two autographed signed letters to his literary agents Laurence Pollinger and Yvonne Müller
POWYS, John Cowper
Merionethshire, North Wales No Publisher.
Thirty two autographed signed letters, from John Cowper Powys to Laurence Pollinger and Yvonne Müller with carbon copies of their replies, dated 11th January 1955 to 17th October 1960. In addition there is a signed manuscript draft of a Foreword for a proposed Indian edition of the 'Meaning of Culture', a manuscript letter from the Indian scholar Kewal Motwani and one signed letter by his companion Phyllis Playter. The letters to Pollinger are generally signed John and those to Yvonne Müller , signed John Cowpwer Powys. Five of the letters are addressed Corwen and the remainder from Blaenau Ffestiniog. John Cowper Powys (1872-1963) was a novelist, poet, and literary critic. He wrote one of the most remarkable autobiographies in the English language; he was the author of several works of popular philosophy; and throughout his long life he was an obsessive letter writer and diarist. He is widely regarded as one of the great novelists of the 20th century. The correspondence primarily concerns the publication, reprints, translations, and foreign editions of Powys's books. Other subjects include the weather, their mutual health and keeping warm! "Ive never been better in health or & this is the actual fact so well in health since I was a boy at school at Sherborne. In fact I'm a lot better now than I was then for I had to leave school because of my acute dysphasia. But this air these mountains and this water and this earth have worked an amazing Cure!" Writing about 'The Brazen Head' he states that is "is decidedly what you might call 'Demonic' and is critical of the Church and has rationalistic elements in it!" In a letter dated 23rd August 1955 Powys explores the merits of anonymous reviews following a favourable one in the Times Literary Supplement. Laurence Pollinger was Powys's literary agent and was agent to many important writers of the 20th Century including Graham Greene, H.E. Bates, Scott Fitzgerald, Dorothy Parker, D H Lawrence and John Wyndham. Very good - a fascinating and important collection of letters.