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The ladies of St Leonards : poem

Identifier: MSS 0099-F0960

Scope and Content Note

British poet Bernard Gutteridge has handwritten the note: "the poem I promised you," above the title of this signed typescript of "The Ladies of St Leonards."

This copy of "The Ladies of St Leonards" was sent to British poet and artist Haro Hodson, attested to by hand-addressed envelope which accompanies this poem. The typescript poem has a typed notation below the poem: "a limited edition of four copies signed by the author" as well as a handwritten: "no. 2" next to the typed note. This poem and envelope were originally laid in Haro Hodson's and Elizabeth Mavor's (husband and wife) copy of Bernard Gutteridge's Old Damson-Face, Poems 1934 to 1974.

The fourth line of "The Ladies of St Leonards" includes a phrase, "worshipped at Mavor Scribendum," which may refer to Elizabeth Mavor, who was a British novelist and editor. Gutteridge's note "the poem I promised you" may have been intended for both Mavor and Haro Hodson.


  • Creation: circa 1975


Language of Materials

Materials entirely in English.

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

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Bernard Gutteridge (1916-1985)

British poet Bernard Gutteridge (1916-1985), who first received recognition for his poetry in the 1930s, had his first collection of poems, The Traveller's Eye, published in 1947.

Gutteridge's second book of poetry, Old Damson-Face, Poems 1934 to 1974, was published in 1975. His poems are also found in the anthologies, Poems From New Writing, 1936-1946 and Poetry of War. In addition to his poetry, Gutteridge also wrote novels, including, The Agency Game (1954), the setting of which is based on his work in the advertising business.

"Bernard Gutteridge." Contemporary Authors Online (reproduced in Biography Resource Center). (accessed March 11, 2014).


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British poet Bernard Gutteridge has handwritten the note: "the poem I promised you," above the title of this signed typescript of "The Ladies of St Leonards."


Purchase, 2014.

Related Materials in this Repository

This item forms part of MSS 0099 Miscellaneous Literary and Historical Manuscripts.

Materials Cataloged Separately

This inscribed typescript of British poet Bernard Gutteridge's (1916-1985) poem "The Ladies of St. Leonards" was originally laid into a copy of his book Old Damson-Face, Poems 1934 to 1974 owned by British writers Haro Hudson and Elizabeth Mavor.

Shelving Summary

Box 66, F0960: Shelved in SPEC MSS 0099 manuscript boxes.


Processed and encoded by Anita Wellner, March 2014. Further encoded by George Apodaca, October 2015.

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University of Delaware Library, Special Collections
2014 March 12
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