Frances Cornford letters and poems


Creator: Cornford, Frances Darwin, 1886-1960
Date(s): 1959-1960, undated
Call Number: MSS 0099, F0810
Language: Materials entirely in English.
Abstract: Autograph letters and manuscript poems written by English poet Frances Cornford.
Physical Description: 8 items (13 pages)
Source: Purchase, July 2007.
Processing: Processed and encoded by Jaime Margalotti, August 2007. Further encoded by George Apodaca, October 2015. Finding aid prepared using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Biographical and Historical Notes

Frances Cornford (1886-1960)

British poet Frances Cornford (1886-1960) was descended from a number of Cambridge intellectuals, including Charles Darwin and William Wordsworth. Her work was influenced by both the Georgian and modernist forms of poetry. She experimented with a variety of forms including the triolet and the villanelle and also translated a number of works from Russian and French.


"Frances Cornford." Dictionary of Literary Biography, Volume 240: Late Nineteenth- and Early Twentieth-Century British Women Poets(reproduced in Literature Resource Center). (accessed August 17, 2007).

Scope and Content Note

Four autograph letters signed from Frances Cornford to Alan Clodd. Cornford thanks Clodd for his praise of her work and answers questions about her poems. She also mentions her ill health. The collections also includes four undated manuscript poems in Cornfeld's hand.

Using these materials

Shelving Summary

Box 53, F0810: Shelved in SPEC MSS 0099 manuscript boxes.

Access Information

The collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation

MSS 0099, F0810, Frances Cornford letters and poems, Special Collections, University of Delaware Library, Newark, Delaware.

Related Materials in this Repository

This item forms part of MSS 0099 Miscellaneous Literary and Historical Manuscripts.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Use of materials from this collection beyond the exceptions provided for in the Fair Use and Educational Use clauses of the U.S. Copyright Law may violate federal law. Permission to publish or reproduce is required from the copyright holder. Please contact Special Collections, University of Delaware Library,

Container List

Letters to Alan Clodd, 1959-1960

Autograph letter signed, 1959 September 7 Box 53, F0810
Autograph letter signed, 1960 April 2 Box 53, F0810

Letter partially in the hand of Cornfeld's grandson.

Autograph letter signed, [1960 April 6] With envelope. Box 53, F0810
Autograph card signed, 1960 April 28 Box 53, F0810

Poems, undated

"Invocation for a Modern Marriage", undated Box 53, F0810
"LF", undated Box 53, F0810
"Mother to Father", undated Box 53, F0810
"The Girl in the Blue-bell Wood", undated Box 53, F0810

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