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Patmore, Derek, 1908-1972
Derek Patmore Papers
Manuscripts Division
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1 box and 0.2 linear feet
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Firestone Library (mss): Box 1


Consists of selected papers of English poet Derek Patmore.

Collection Description & Creator Information


The collection consists of selected papers of Patmore. Included are typescripts for The Feverish Interlude, published as Private History: An Autobiography (1960); The Star and the Crescent: An Anthology of Modern Turkish Poetry (1946), chosen and translated by Patmore, with a few translations by Lord Dunsany; and Aegean Interlude: Pages from a Greek Journal, 1945-1946, an unpublished book. Also present are manuscripts for a poem and two articles, and a commonplace book (1929-1931) containing notes on interviews with Michael Arlen, Rosita Forbes, Rebeccca West, W. B. Maxwell, Paul Robeson, Tallulah Bankhead, Cecil Beaton, and others.

Collection Creator Biography:

Patmore, Derek, 1908-1972

Great-grandson of the noted English poet Coventry Patmore, Derek Patmore was not only a poet but also a journalist, translator, and writer on interior decoration.

Collection History


Purchased from Phoros Books in 1992 (AM1992-129).


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

Folder Inventory added by Hilde Creager (2015) in 2012.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to RBSC Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.

Credit this material:

Derek Patmore Papers; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Firestone Library
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Storage Note:
Firestone Library (mss): Box 1

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Existence and Location of Copies

The manuscripts were published as Private History: An Autobiography (London: J. Cape, 1960) and The Star and the Crescent: An Anthology of Modern Turkish Poetry (London: Constable & Co., 1946)

Subject Terms:
Poets, English -- 20th century.
Turkish poetry -- Translations into English -- 20th century.
Genre Terms:
Commonplace books -- 20th century.
Drafts (preliminary versions) -- 20th century.
Poems -- 20th century.
Patmore, Derek, 1908-1972
Greece -- Description and travel.