Guide to the Sir William Watson papers, 1892-1935 MS 385
Sir William Watson was born in 1858 at Burley-in-Wharfedale, Yorkshire. His first published poem appeared in the "Liverpool Argus." His poetry was often inspired by art or politics, in which he was very interested in. After the death of his father, he fell into financial difficulties, and hoped to be named to the office of Poet Laureate. This, however, never occurred. In 1890, William became famous with the poem "Wordsworth's Grave." In 1909, he married Miss Adeline Maureen Pring, who urged him to publish his poems. He was knighted in 1917, and died in August 1935.
This collection contains the correspondence, manuscript verse, and proofs of poems of the poet Sir William Watson. Correspondents include R. Ellis Roberts, Clarence Winchester (of the Amalgamated Press), and T.N. Green-Armytage. Also included is a typescript written by Lady Watson describing how she was accosted by a retired Scotland Yard detective.
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This material is open for research.
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Permission to publish material from the Watson papers must be obtained from the Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library.
Sir William Watson papers, 1892-1935, MS 385 Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University
This collection was purchased from C.C. Kohler with Friends on Fondren funds in 1972.
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