Letter from Lilian Bowes Lyon to Herbert Read, January 19, 1941


Part of a collection of correspondence between Sir Herbert Read and British poet Lilian Bowes Lyon. In addition to writing, Bowes Lyon was heavily involved in volunteer work in both World Wars. She also lived with Buerger’s Disease, which required her to have multiple amputations, and lead to her early death in 1949. In this letter, Bowes Lyon thanks Read for offering criticism of her poem and politely declines to take his suggestions on the grounds that she lacks the energy to make any changes. She also describes her work at a communal kitchen visited each day by mothers and children from Coventry.

In Collection:
Creator Contributor Subject Language Identifier
  • HR/LBL-5-6
Date created Resource type Rights statement Extent
  • 3 pages
Geographic coverage Coordinates
  • 51.75315, -1.23854
Additional physical characteristics
  • Handwritten in black ink.
Physical repository Collection
  • Herbert Read Collection
Provider Genre Archival item identifier
  • File: 8.8
Fonds title Fonds identifier Is referenced by Date digitized
  • 2022 to 2023
Technical note
  • Scanning and metadata by Rowan O'Brian and additional metadata by SC.
  • Use of this material is permitted for research and private study purposes only. For all other uses, contact University of Victoria Special Collections and University Archives.

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