Woodson Research Center, Rice University

Guide to the Sir William Watson papers, 1892-1935 MS 385



creator Author (aut) Watson, William, Sir, 1858-1935
Title: William Watson papers
Dates: 1892-1935
Abstract 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.
Identification: MS 385
Quantity: 0.25 linear ft. (1 box)
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Repository: Woodson Research Center

Biographical/Historical note

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.


Scope and Contents note

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.


Restrictions

Conditions Governing Access note

This material is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use note

Permission to publish material from the Watson papers must be obtained from the Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation note

Sir William Watson papers, 1892-1935, MS 385 Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

This collection was purchased from C.C. Kohler with Friends on Fondren funds in 1972.


Detailed Description of the Collection

Box
1 Series I: Works and newsclippings
Preliminary page proofs for Lyric Love [1982]
creator Author (aut) Watson, William, Sir, 1858-1935
Newsclippings regarding Watson 1895-1935
Contents list for Selected Poems 1903
Correspondence: Watson to Prof. Grierson Nov. 14, 1916
Poem: "Catullus CI, Version" 1921
Poem: "The Great Misgiving (Wm. Watson" by G.G.M. 1921
Correspondence: Watson to R. Ellis Roberts April 16, 1923
Correspondence: Watson to Clarence Winchester 1928-1929
Correspondence: Watson, Lady Watson to T.N. Green-Armytage 1931-1934
Typescript: "The Happening" by Lady Maureen Watson Dec. 12, 1932
Poem: "Lines" (to M.R.C. with Poems) n.d.