MC:P204/1/1MS–4MS Manuscript material
MC:P204/1/1MS – Manuscripts of Lord Alfred Douglas’s poems and other writings, 1890s–1940s
Although all the manuscripts of Douglas’s poems in the Douglas-Colman papers which are either in his own hand, or were explicitly written during his lifetime, are listed here, it is quite possible that some of them were acquired by the Colmans after his death to add to the collection.
MC:P204/1/1MS/1 August 1895
Autograph manuscript (signed ‘Alfred Douglas’ and dated August 1895) of Douglas’s sonnet ‘In memoriam – Francie, died Oct 18, 1894′.
MC:P204/1/1MS/2 after 1902
Autograph manuscript (signed ‘A. D.’) of Douglas’s sonnet ‘Dies Amara Valde’. The sonnet was written in 1902.
MC:P204/1/1MS/3 after 1902
Autograph manuscript (signed ‘A. D.’) of Douglas’s sonnet ‘La Beauté’. The sonnet was written in 1902.
MC:P204/1/1MS/4 after 1907
Autograph manuscript (signed ‘A. D.’) of Douglas’s sonnet ‘Silence’. The sonnet was written in 1907.
MC:P204/1/1MS/5 May 1915
TS manuscript, with MS dedication to W. Sorley Brown, of Douglas’s sonnet ‘To a certain judge’. The sonnet was written in 1915.
MC:P204/1/1MS/6 Dec 1916
Notes kept by Douglas on writing paper of the Ulbster Arms Hotel, Halkirk, Caithness, of the number of game birds shot by Douglas and others on 6–26 December 1916 [2 sheets].
MC:P204/1/1MS/7 Nov 1916
Printed copy of Douglas’s sonnet ‘Before a Crucifix’, with an MS note by Douglas to an unnamed addressee alluding to the death of his dog Winston.
Pages 191 and 192 of the autograph manuscript of The Wilde Myth. They come from the end of Chapter 18. The rest of the manuscript, lacking these two pages, was offered for sale in New York in 1981, and the sale catalogue alludes to a letter from Douglas offering the missing pages for sale in 1930.
The Wilde Myth was never published. See further Hyde 218, and Murray 215.
MC:P204/1/1MS/9 n.d. (before 1918?)
MS sheet in Douglas’s hand concerning whether Robert Ross writes still for the Morning Post, and protesting that literary journalism in London is run by people friendly to Ross. The MS has no heading or date, but was presumably written during Ross’s lifetime.
MC:P204/1/1MS/10 after 1924
MS (7 sheets) of a French translation (in an unknown hand) of Douglas’s sonnet sequence In Excelsis.
MC:P204/1/1MS/11 after 1933
Autograph manuscript of Douglas’s sonnet ‘Oxford Revisited’. The sonnet was written in 1933. At the bottom is a note by Douglas that he has written this version from memory, and that the text will need verifying.
MC:P204/1/1MS/12 Jan 1934
Notes (3 pages) made by Douglas, listing eleven poems in his 1896 collection which had never been reprinted, and explaining why he suppressed them. Many of the omitted poems (including ‘Two Loves’) dealt with homosexual themes.
MC:P204/1/1MS/13 n.d. 
Typescript (12 sheets) titled Vanity Fair – A Proposed Ballet by Lord Alfred Douglas. This was written by Douglas in 1942 for the ballet agent Poppoea Vanda [see Murray, p. 318 and MC:P204/1/15C/23].
MC:P204/1/1MS/14–17 Jan 1944
Four copies of a sonnet, ‘Class War’, by Douglas, dated January 1944.
Autograph manuscript with copies of Wordsworth’s sonnet ‘Toussaint L’Ouverture’ and Milton’s sonnet ‘On his deceased Wife’, presumably copied out by Douglas for the January 1944 broadcast.
Autograph manuscript of Douglas’s sonnet ‘Beauty and the Hunter’, with a note on the back that was used for his broadcast for the BBC, recorded 5 Jan 1944 and released 12 Jan 1944, with a note that the document was given to Adrian Earle. The sonnet was written in 1909.
Group of six sonnets, numbered XIII–XVIII, opening as follows:
XIII: ‘You are the king that danced, the prince that sought…’
XIV (titled ‘Warning’): ‘The names that crowd Obscurity’s broad page…’
XV (titled ‘Alone’ and dated Jan 1944): ‘For those, who walk beneath love’s canopy…’
XVI (titled ‘Resurgamus’ and dated Jan 1944): ‘What profits it to love, when in the grave…’
XVII (dated Mar 1944): ‘Proud neck of swans bends not to autumn gales…’
XVIII (dated Mar 1944): ‘Is there a tale that Time and Space unfold…’
XIII is written in an unknown hand and titled ‘A.D. for Poppoea [Vanda]’; the others are all typed. [See MC:P204/1/1MS/13 on Poppoea Vanda]
MS copy in an unknown hand, of Douglas’s poem ‘Ode to my Soul’, written on writing paper of the Prince of Wales Hotel, Harrogate.
Poem, untitled and undated, opening ‘None that has lived was ever more desired…’ The text is preserved as both a 6-page autograph draft, with numerous alterations, and a 2-page typed copy.
Typescript page concerning Frank Harris (from Douglas’s autobiography?).
Folder inscribed by Douglas with his name and address at St. Ann’s Court, containing two pages of notes in his hand titled ‘Note on pronunciation’, to which someone else has inserted the words ‘prosody and’. The folder also contains two envelopes in Douglas’s hand, one addressed to Edward Barticler, and the other to William Sorley Brown.
MC:P204/1/2MS – TS Notes on the 1923 Morning Post Trial
MC:P204/1/2MS/1 18 Jul 1923
TS notes on Douglas’s libel trial against the Morning Post, recording Douglas’s cross-examination, and the examination of Herbert Moore Pim, and others, and the Judge’s summing up [19 pages]. It is not known who took the notes.
MC:P204/1/2MS/2 18 Jul 1923
TS notes on an enquiry from the jury during the preceding trial during their deliberations.
MC:P204/1/3MS – Documents written about Lord Alfred Douglas by others
MC:P204/1/3MS/1 n.d. [after 1924]
MS (7 pages) of an appreciation of Douglas, apparently intended as the introduction to a German translation of some of his poems by W. K. Rosenberg, who appears to have written this introduction. This was written not long after Douglas’s prison sentence.
MC:P204/1/4MS – Other MS, Source Unknown
MC:P204/1/4MS/1 n.d. (after 1920)
Unsigned MS (folded into four pages) titled Scientific Romances, which appears to be the first part of a review of a study of a fourth dimension. The hand is unknown, and the reason for its presence in these papers is unknown.
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