MC:F29/1/MS1 Notebooks of Greene’s Verse Translations
Notebooks containing Greene’s translations of verse into Latin and Greek. The notebooks also contained a number of loose notes (see series MC:F29/1/MS2).
Notebook of verse translations. This is a collection of Greene’s translations of English poetry into Greek (primarily) and some Latin. As a Mods tutor in the classics Greene would have set students translations on a weekly basis and this notebook may have been a teaching tool. However, it is also clear that he excelled in languages and may have made these translations simply as an enjoyable intellectual exercise. For most of the verses, Greene indicates (in Latin) where he has made a translation of an English poem into either Latin or Greek. Towards the end of the notebook there are also some of Greene’s original compositions in Greek, Latin and English. Some of these are humorous commentaries on the period such as his composition titled ‘The Flapper’. Most of the verses are dated. Greene’s bookplate is pasted onto the inside of the upper board. See also MC:F29/1/MS2/1–16 for a series of loose notes found within this notebook.
Notebook of verse translations into Latin. Another notebook containing Greene’s handwritten copies of English and some Spanish verse alongside his own Latin translations. At the heading of each translated piece Greene states, in Latin, that it is a translation. None of the entries in this notebook are dated. Greene’s bookplate is pasted onto the inside of the upper board. Like Greene’s other book of translated verse, the contents of this notebook were probably the product both of his teaching duties and his personal interest in languages. See also MC:F29/1/MS2/17–28 for a series of loose notes found within this notebook.
A bound, gilt-edged, volume of Greek and Latin translations of English verse by Greene, dedicated to T. Herbert Warren. The title page reads “Carmina Quaedam Hergensium aliorumque Poetarum Paraphrasi audacious vertit Herbertus Wilson Green Hergensis, Pembrochianus, Magdalenensis MDCCCLXXXIII – MCMXXIV .”
The volume was given by James P.R. Lyell (1871–1948), as indicated by a book plate, and deposited in the library in 1932 by President George S. Gordon (1881–1942, P. 1928-42).
A letter, now MC:F29/1/MS1/4, was found placed in the front.
MC:F29/1/MS1/4 24 June 1925
A letter to President George S. Gordon (1881–1942, P 1928-42) from Herbert Greene, discussing the poor health of his friend Alfred Denis Godley (F.1883-1912), and his inability to attend an upcoming dinner at Magdalen. Originally found in MC:F29/1/MS1/3.
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