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   Edmund Blunden Papers, 1922-1986

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[Collection Name]. Rare Book and Manuscript Library. Columbia University.

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Summary Information

At a Glance

Bib ID:4078390 View CLIO record
Creator(s):Blunden, Edmund, 1896-1974
Title:Edmund Blunden Papers, 1922-1986
Physical description:8 linear feet (ca. 2,600 items in 20 boxes)
Language(s):In English
Access: Available for faculty, students, and researchers engaged in scholarly or publication projects.  More information »



Selected materials cataloged; remainder arranged. Cataloged correspondence, Boxes 1-16; Cataloged manuscripts and photographs, Boxes 17 & 17a; Arranged correspondence, Box 18; Arranged manuscripts, documents and printed ephemera, Box 19.

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Scope and Content

Correspondence, manuscripts, documents, photographs and printed material of the English poet and critic, Edmund Blunden, documenting his personal and professional activity. Blunden's letters to his second wife, Sylva Norman, and his secretary, Aki Hayashi, are particularly well represented. Also included are many letters addressed to Blunden by eminent literary figures such as John Betjeman, George Orwell, Siegfried Sassoon, Stephen Spender, and Henry Williamson. Other literary correspondents are Adrian Bell, Joyce Cary, Richard Church, C. Day Lewis, Walter de la Mare, Graham Greene, H.D., William Plomer, Kathleen Raine, and Leonard Woolf. A Substantial portion of the cataloged correspondence contains drawings, verse fragments and poems by Blunden which have been analyzed. Also present are eleven of Blunden's diaries, 1936-1967, which contain drafts of a number of poems. In addition, the collection contains a small number of autograph manuscripts of Edmund Blunden's literary works.

Series I: Cataloged Series

Subseries I.1: Correspondence

Subseries I.2: Manuscripts

Subseries I.3: Photographs

Series II: Arranged Series

Subseries II.1: Correspondence

Subseries II.2: Manuscripts

Subseries II.3: Documents

Series III: Artwork

Subseries III.1: Letters from Blunden to Sylva Norman in which there are sketches by Blunden

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Using the Collection


Access Restrictions

Available for faculty, students, and researchers engaged in scholarly or publication projects.

Restrictions on Use

Permission to publish materials must be obtained in writing from the Librarian for Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Preferred Citation

[Collection Name]. Rare Book and Manuscript Library. Columbia University.

Related Material

Blunden's copy of "Undertones of War" is cataloged for the Rare Book collection.

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About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries. Rare Book and Manuscript Library; machine readable finding aid created by Columbia University Libraries Digital Library Program Division

Processing Information

Cataloged 04/05/1989 Christina Hilton Fenn

2 letters from Sylva Norman Cataloged 08/10/1993 HR

Blunden poem Cataloged 05/31/1996 HR

Blunden essay Cataloged 05/31/1996 HR

Photograph of Claire Blunden Processed 01/06/1997 HR

Poem: V Day. Cataloged 03/06/1997 HR

4 letters from EB to Gilbert Phelps Cataloged 08/20/1998 HR

Machine readable finding aid generated from MARC-AMC source via XSLT conversion June 26, 2009 Finding aid written in English.
    2009-06-26 File created.

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Subject Headings

The subject headings listed below are found in this collection. Links below allow searches at Columbia University through the Archival Collections Portal and through CLIO, the catalog for Columbia University Libraries, as well as ArchiveGRID, a catalog that allows users to search the holdings of multiple research libraries and archives.

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Abse, Dannie.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Authors, English.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Bateson, Frederick Wilse, 1901-1978.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Beaumont, Cyril W. (Cyril William), 1891-1976.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Bell, Adrian, 1902-1980.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Betjeman, John, 1906-1984.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Bottomley, Gordon, 1874-1948.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Brett-Smith, H. F. B. (Herbert Francis Brett)PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Cary, Joyce, 1888-1957.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Cecil, David, 1902-1986.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Church, Richard, 1893-1972.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Clare, John, 1793-1864.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Cobden-Sanderson, Richard.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Day Lewis, C. (Cecil), 1904-1972.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
De la Mare, Walter, 1873-1956.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
DobreĢe, Bonamy, 1891-1974.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Engle, Paul, 1908-1991.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
English literature--20th century.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Greene, Graham, 1904-1991.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
H. D. (Hilda Doolittle), 1886-1961.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Hart-Davis, Rupert, 1907-1999.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Jeans, James Hopwood, Sir, 1877-1946.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Keynes, Geoffrey, 1887-1982.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Kilgour, Dorothy.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Kilgour, Norman.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Knight, George Wilson, 1897-PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Lemperly, Paul, 1858-1939.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Lowndes, Marie Belloc, 1868-1947.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Lucas, E. V. (Edward Verrall), 1868-1938.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Morley, Frank, 1860-1937.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Norman, Sylva, 1901-PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Orwell, George, 1903-1950.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Plomer, William, 1903-1973.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Portsmouth, Gerard Vernon Wallop, Earl of, 1898-PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Raine, Kathleen, 1908-2003.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Rothenstein, William, 1872-1945.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Rowse, A. L. (Alfred Leslie), 1903-1997.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Sassoon, Siegfried, 1886-1967.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Sherriff, R. C. (Robert Cedric), 1896-1975.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Spender, Stephen, 1909-1995.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Squire, John Collings, Sir, 1884-1958.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Stephens, Pauline Francis.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Strong, L. A. G. (Leonard Alfred George), 1896-1958.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Tambimuttu, 1915-PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Temple, William, 1881-1944.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Whitfield, A. Stanton (Archie Stanton), 1899-PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Williamson, Henry, 1895-1977.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Woolf, Leonard, 1880-1969.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID

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History / Biographical Note


English poet and critic.

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