Bottomley, Gordon, 1874-1948

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Birth 1874
Death 1948

Biographical notes:

Gordon Bottomley was an English author, known primarily for his verse plays. Born in Yorkshire, he took a job as a bank clerk, but had to give it up due to a tubercular condition, which contributed to his comparatively quiet life. He was an accomplished poet, and devoted himself to reviving the art of verse drama, writing some thirty plays, almost all of them in verse. He remains a gifted and visionary Georgian author. Bottomley married painter Emily Burton, and their home, The Sheiling, was a popular place for visiting poets and artists.

From the description of Gordon Bottomley letters to Wallace Nichols, 1935-1947. (Pennsylvania State University Libraries). WorldCat record id: 106466009

Epithet: poet and playwright

British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000000295.0x000354

British playwright.

From the description of Letter, 1936. (Duke University Library). WorldCat record id: 31526781

Gordon Bottomley was an English poet and playwright. The University of Victoria Libraries Special Collections has a mandate to acquire literary papers.

From the description of Gordon Bottomley collection. [1927-1938]. (University of Victoria Libraries). WorldCat record id: 667848359

English poet and dramatist.

From the description of Letters, 1925-1930. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 367390504

From the description of Autograph letter signed : the Sheiling, Silverdale, Carnforth, to Sir Syndey Cockerell, 1939 Nov. 26. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270527851

From the description of The ploughman : place not specified : autograph manuscript of the poem signed, 1929 Feb. 11. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270538513

From the description of To May Morris in Kelmscott (With Poems of Thirty Years) : autograph manuscript signed of the poem, 1928 June 2. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270539210

From the description of Autograph letters signed (20), autograph postal cards signed (2), and greeting card signed : Cranforth, Lancashire, to Tom Turner, 1931 Mar. 17-1948 Jan. 25. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270875747


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  • Dramatists, English--Correspondence
  • Publishers and Publishing
  • Prompt-book
  • Poetry
  • English literature--20th century
  • Male authors, English--Correspondence
  • Blank verse
  • Authors, English--20th century--Correspondence


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