Erica Marx Papers
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Scope and Contents Note

Collection consists of a selection of Erica Marx's professional papers, 40 folders. Series 1 contains professional and personal correspondence, 1926-1963, concerning the Hand and Flower Press, in particular discussion with Eric White about publishing his compilation of English Farce jigs. Other correspondents, many letters unconnected to press business, include Sir Kenneth Clark, Muriel Spark, J.R. Ackerly, Jocelyn Brooke, and John Masefield. There are also two letters to S. Janstein(?) from the French diseuse Yvette Guilbert, c.47 items, Series also includes ts. draft of English Farce Jigs by Eric White, 12 pp. a report of the 1951-52 Conference on Copyright Poetry, 7 pp. and an announcement of a poetry competition; 4 folders. Series 2 contains records of organization and operation of the London-based Poetry Book Society, 1952-65. Ser. 2-1 includes original memos, and notes, agendas, minutes of director's meetings, financial statements, the circulated newsletter to members, and various lists of books and authors selected or recommended; Ser. 2-2 contains correspondence between directors concerning the society, c.172 items; and Ser. 2-3 contains miscellaneous related items; 18 folders. Series 3 contains records of a similar nature of the Company of Nine. Ser. 3-1 includes agendas, minutes, memos, a newsletter Series, some financial statements and a collection of programs, leoflets, announcements, clippings, etc. about Company of Nine activities and also related material belonging to other groups; Ser. 3-2 holds particular strength in the correspondence between the original guarantors and directors - Erica Marx, Rumer Godden and James L. Haynes-Dixon, c.337 items. Correspondence also includes other persons connected with projects: Joseph Compton, John Carroll, Roland Clarke, Christopher Hassall, Jean Primrose and numerous poets, readers, and others. Ser. 3-3 contains a ts. poem, Feeding birds, by Rumer Godden, and a ts. [carbon] of poems read at a commemorative Armistice Day reading organized by the company; 18 folders.

3 Boxes.

c.800 items.


Discusses publications by the Hand and Flower Press and personal matters. Discusses in particular possible publication of White's English Farce Jigs. Note: All letters authored by Erica Marx are carbon only, unsigned.


Correspondence, including letters from Yvette Guilbert to S. Janstein (?) in which she discusses La chanson de ma vie (mes mèmoirs), and John Masefield, J.R. Ackerley, and Eric White. ALS, TLS, ts. [carbon] and postcards. (9 Marx carbons)


Correspondence, including letters from Eric White, Jocelyn Brooke, Bryan Guinness, Sir Kenneth Clark, and Muriel Spark. Clark discusses a recent book of poems by Thomas Fassam, and Muriel Spark discusses her recent book Fanfarlo. ALS, TLS, ts. [carbon], postcards (5 Marx carbons)


Introduction and prose outline of the history of English farce jigs; intended for publication by the Hand and Flower Press. Heavily revised. Ts., ts. [carbon]


Report on the Conference on copyright poetry, sponsored by the Arts Council of Great Britain, which Miss Marx attended on behalf of the Hand and Flower Press. Report concerned with recommendations on the public performance of copyright poetry. Includes lists of those attending, a sample Applicationlicense, etc. Ts. [duplicated] Also includes announcement of an Arts Council poetry competition.


Intended as preparatory, under the 1948 Companies Act, to incorporation as a company limited by guarantee and not having a share capital. Moderately revised. Drawn up by Bird and Bird, solicitors, Gray's Inn, in conjunction with Eric White, secretary of the Poetry Book Society. Ts. [duplicated]


Chronologically arranged including agendas, memos, financial statements, annual general reports, lists of books submitted, announcements of choices made, selectors appointed and details of membership. Appendixes of relevant information also retained, when applicable, in the minutes. Records are not complete. 1958-65 contains only isolated annual reports.


Incomplete. Printed material. Includes announcements of book choices and recommendations, and brief vitae on authors involved. Occasionally provides statements on or about poetry or reprints individual poems, including statements by W.S. Merwin, Kathleen Nott, John Smith, Charles Tomlinson, Ruth Pitter, A.K. Ramanujan, and Anne Halley. Reprints or prints for first time poems by Kathleen Nott, Patrick MacDonogh, Ruth Pitter, A.K. Ramanujan, and Anne Halley and no. 49 contains an obituary by David Wright of Brian Higgins, and a sketch by John Howard, in memoriam.


Includes letters by Erica Marx, Eric White, Joseph Compton, W.E. Williams and many others. Note: All letters authored by Miss Marx are carbon only, unsigned.


Discusses publicity, financial arrangements, legal condition of the society, distribution of materials, choice of selectors, general business procedures, etc. ALS, TLS, ts. [duplicated], ts, [carbon] (55 Marx carbons)


Meetings irregularly scheduled.


Discussion includes projects, festivals, artists to be engaged, procedures involved, etc. Some financial statements attached or incorporated. Drawn up by James L. Haynes-Dixon, chairman of the company. Ts., ts. [carbon], ts. [duplicated]


Memos, programs, notes on projects, applications for use of copyright poems to the Hand and Flower Press, a few financial statements, lists of artists, samples of stationary, etc. Ms., ts., ts. [carbon], printed material.


Disbributed irregularly to directors by James L. Haynes-Dixon. No. 1 dated Feb. 23. Apparently discontinued at the end of 1957.


between the directors of the Company of Nine concerning the company's business. Letters also exchanged between Erica Marx and numerous artists, agents, and authors involved in the varied projects. Note: All letters authored by Erica Marx are carbon only, unsigned.


Correspondence includes letters to Erica Marx from Rumer Godden and her husband James L. Haynes-Dixon, Roland Clarke, Joseph Compton, John Carroll, artistic manager for the company; Robert Graecen, a publicity agent; Christopher Hassall, Charles Causley, Christina Foyle, Jean Primrose, Paul Dehn and many others.


Some items related to societies or groups other than the Company of Nine.


Poems read during Foyle's lunchtime promenade to commemorate the war dead. Program arranged by the Company of Nine, primarily Rumer Godden and Erica Marx. Read by John Laurie and David Spenser, with Paul Dehn in the chair. Poets include Wilfred Owen, Rupert Brooke, Alun Lewis, Osbert Sitwell, Charles Causley, Edward Thomas, and others. Each of these poems had been previously published.