Collection SC035 - Ernest Dowson collection

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Ernest Dowson collection

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  • ca. 1889-1900 (Creation)

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4 cm of textual records

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Ernest Christopher Dowson, who was born in Kent, England, was an English poet, short story writer, and translator of French authors. From a life of misery and squalor, he produced poetry on themes of love and lost childhood. The mood of unfulfilled longing which permeates his work , along with his recklessly unhealthy lifestyle, exemplifies what Yeats called the "tragic Generation". Dowson was an influence on Yeats' early work and is frequently associated with the 1890's fin de siècle or decadent period in literature. His early poetry appeared in such publications as "The Yellow Book" and "The Savoy". His short working life was divided between living in England and France. He died in London.

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The collection consists of transcripts of poems with holographic revisions and notes; correspondence from Dowson to Henry Davray, John Lane, Charles Sayle, Leonard Smithers, and Victor Plarr; copies and typed transcripts of letters from Dowson to John Lane, Conal O'Riordan and Henry Davray, and of letters from R.H. Sherard to O'Riordan about Dowson, after his death.

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Revised by JF, June 28, 2013.

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  • English

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