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Walter de la Mare Letters to Lord Dunsany

Identifier: MSE/IR 1003

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of eight letters sent from English poet Walter de la Mare to Edward Plunkett, Lord Dunsany.


  • Creation: 1923 - 1951


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright status for collection materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Biographical / Historical

English poet Walter de la Mare (1873-1956), was born in Charlton, Kent to James Edward de la Mare (1811–1877), a principal at the Bank of England, and Lucy Sophia de la Mare née Browning (1838–1920), in 1873. He received his education at St. Paul’s Cathedral Choir School in London prior to working for the Anglo-American (Standard) Oil Company in London as a clerk. By 1907 de la Mare received a pension through the Civil List and was able to fully devote his time to his writing. De la Mare’s poetry was marked by its dreamlike, evanescent mood. De la Mare was additionally an author of children’s fiction; his children’s works include Number Four Joy Street, a collection he appeared in alongside Edward Plunkett, Lord Dunsany.

Lord Dunsany (1878 - 1957), was born in London to conservative MP John William Plunkett (1853 - 1899), later 17th Baron of Dunsany, and his wife Ernle Elizabeth Louisa Maria Grosvenor (1855-1916) in 1878. Dunsany eventually made his mark on the early twentieth-century Anglo-Irish literary scene and was most well known for his 1924 novel, The King of Elfland’s Daughter, considered the earliest work in the modern fantasy genre. In 1947 Dunsany left his estates in Meath to his son and retired to Shoreham in Kent.


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Related Materials

MSE/IR 1002, Lord Dunsany Letters to Mrs. Wieland, Rare Books & Special Collections, Hesburgh Libraries, University of Notre Dame, consists of ten letters written by Lord Dunsany.

EPH 5015, The John Bennett Shaw Collection of Printed Ephemera for Modern Authors, Rare Books & Special Collections, Hesburgh Libraries, University of Notre Dame, has printed materials written by Lord Dunsany.

EPH 5032, The Irish Theatre Program Collection, Rare Books & Special Collections, Hesburgh Libraries, University of Notre Dame, contains two programs for Dunsany's plays at the Abbey Theatre.


Lauren Jean
19 August 2022
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Part of the University of Notre Dame Rare Books & Special Collections Repository

102 Hesburgh Library
Notre Dame IN 46556