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Elizabeth Joan Jennings was born on July 18, 1926, in Boston, Lincolnshire, England, the daughter of Henry Cecil Jennings, a physician. She attended Oxford high school, afterwards reading English at St. Anne's College, Oxford where she earned an M.A. with honors in 1949. Jennings discovered poetry at the age of thirteen, with G.K. Chesterton's, "Battle of Lepanto," followed by S.T. Coleridge's "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner," as well as the odes of John Keats. From the beginning, her interest gravitated to lyric poetry. It was at Oxford that she found her artistic niche. Here, she "found the most congenial kind of atmosphere in which a poet can write - friends who were themselves poets and who also seemed to be interested in my work as they were in their own." These friendships were the beginning of what J.D. Scott would term "The Movement." From 1950 to 1958, Jennings worked at the Oxford City Library, followed by employment as a reader at Chatto and Windus publishers from 1958 to 1960. She then worked as a free-lance writer and full-time poet. Jennings contributed many articles and reviews, as well as poetry, to periodicals, including Encounter, New statesman, The New Yorker, and The spectator. In 1974, Jennings was Guildersleeve Lecturer at Barnard College, Columbia University, New York. She was a member of the Society of Authors and received the following awards and honors: Arts Council Award, 1953, for Poems; Somerset Maugham Award, 1956, for A way of looking; Arts Council bursary, 1965 and 1968; Richard Hillary Memorial Prize, 1966, for The mind has mountains; Arts Council grant, 1972; and the W.H. Smith Award, 1987, for Collected poems. Elizabeth Jennings died at Oxford on Oct. 26, 2001.

From the description of Elizabeth Jennings papers. Part 2, 1972-1988 (bulk 1976-1987). (Georgetown University). WorldCat record id: 82367571

From the description of Elizabeth Jennings papers. Part 1, 1957-1989 (bulk 1969-1989). (Georgetown University). WorldCat record id: 82367599

Elizabeth Jennings was an English poet, essayist, literary critic, and writer of children's literature.

From the description of Elizabeth Jennings collection of papers, [1961]-1967. (New York Public Library). WorldCat record id: 122639855

From the guide to the Elizabeth Jennings collection of papers, 1961]-1967, (The New York Public Library. Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection of English and American Literature.)

John Keats was an English poet and literary critic.

From the guide to the John Keats collection of papers, 1816-1948, 1816-1924, (The New York Public Library. Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection of English and American Literature.)

British poet.

From the description of Papers, 1954-1981. (Washington University in St. Louis). WorldCat record id: 26089737

The British poet Elizabeth Jennings (1926-2001) has published more than 20 books of poetry since the 1950s. She writes short, meditative lyrics that are known for their simplicity, control, and range of feeling. These qualities have linked Jennings to a group of poets, usually referred to as The Movement, who were writing in England during the 1940s and 1950s. The members of this group, poets like Kingsley Amis, Thom Gunn, Philip Larkin, and John Wain, never consciously formed a movement, but their poetry reveals a shared love for simplicity and an acceptance of regular meter and rhyme.

From the description of Elizabeth Jennings papers, 1940-1977 (bulk 1958-1969). (University of Delaware Library). WorldCat record id: 608549277

Elizabeth Jennings is a British poet.

From the description of Elizabeth Jennings papers, 1952-1972. (Pennsylvania State University Libraries). WorldCat record id: 36004177

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The twentieth century British poet Elizabeth Jennings (1926–2001) published more than 20 books of poetry. She wrote short, meditative lyrics that were known for their simplicity, control, and range of feeling. These qualities have linked Jennings to a group of poets, usually referred to as The Movement, who were writing in England during the 1940s and 1950s. The members of this group, poets like Kingsley Amis, Thom Gunn, Philip Larkin, and John Wain, never consciously formed a movement, but their poetry reveals a shared love for simplicity and an acceptance of regular meter and rhyme.

Elizabeth Jennings was born on July 18, 1926, in Boston, Lincolnshire. She claimed that she discovered poetry at age 13 and began to write, encouraged by a teacher and her uncle. Jennings attended St. Anne's College, Oxford, from 1945 to 1949 and was greatly stimulated by the intellectual atmosphere there. It was at this time that she began to associate with poets of The Movement; some of her first published poems appeared in Oxford Poetry 1948, edited by Kingsley Amis and James Michie. Jennings worked in the Oxford City Library from 1950 to 1958 and as a publisher's reader from 1958 to 1960. During this time she published three books of poetry and a book for children entitled "Let's Have Some Poetry!" (1960). In the early 1960s, Jennings suffered a breakdown and was confined to a hospital. The poems she wrote after her release are collected in Recoveries (1964) and The Mind Has Mountains (1966).

Jennings was an extremely prolific poet. She wrote quickly, revised little, and claimed that her poems "come out very clean." She differed from the other poets of The Movement in her devotion to Roman Catholicism, a theme that pervades much of her poetry. Jennings also wrote about friendship, relationships, places, and art. She did not write autobiographical poems, but her religious concerns, mental illness, and other personal experiences influence the themes and insights expressed in her poetry.

Bissett, William. "Elizabeth Jennings." Dictionary of Literary Biography . Volume 27, Poets of Great Britain and Ireland 1945–1960 , edited by Vincent B. Sherry, Jr. Detroit: Gale Research, 1984. 163-170.

From the guide to the Elizabeth Jennings letters and poetry manuscripts, undated, (University of Delaware Library - Special Collections)

The British poet Elizabeth Jennings (1926–2001) has published more than 20 books of poetry since the 1950s. She writes short, meditative lyrics that are known for their simplicity, control, and range of feeling. These qualities have linked Jennings to a group of poets, usually referred to as The Movement, who were writing in England during the 1940s and 1950s. The members of this group, poets like Kingsley Amis, Thom Gunn, Philip Larkin, and John Wain, never consciously formed a movement, but their poetry reveals a shared love for simplicity and an acceptance of regular meter and rhyme.

Elizabeth Jennings was born on July 18, 1926, in Boston, Lincolnshire. She claims that she discovered poetry at age 13 and began to write, encouraged by a teacher and her uncle. Jennings attended St. Anne's College, Oxford, from 1945 to 1949 and was greatly stimulated by the intellectual atmosphere there. It was at this time that she began to associate with poets of The Movement; some of her first published poems appeared in Oxford Poetry 1948, edited by Kingsley Amis and James Michie. Jennings worked in the Oxford City Library from 1950 to 1958 and as a publisher's reader from 1958 to 1960. During this time she published three books of poetry and a book for children entitled "Let's Have Some Poetry!" (1960). In the early 1960s, Jennings suffered a breakdown and was confined to a hospital. The poems she wrote after her release are collected in Recoveries (1964) and The Mind Has Mountains (1966).

Jennings is an extremely prolific poet. She writes quickly, revises little, and claims that her poems "come out very clean." She differs from the other poets of The Movement in her devotion to Roman Catholicism, a theme that pervades much of her poetry. Jennings also writes about friendship, relationships, places, and art. She does not write autobiographical poems, but her religious concerns, mental illness, and other personal experiences influence the themes and insights expressed in her poetry.

Bissett, William. "Elizabeth Jennings." Dictionary of Literary Biography, Volume 27: Poets of Great Britain and Ireland 1945-1960 , edited by Vincent B. Sherry, Jr. Detroit: Gale Research, 1984. pp. 163-170.

From the guide to the Elizabeth Jennings papers, 1940–1977, 1958–1969, (University of Delaware Library - Special Collections)

The twentieth century British poet Elizabeth Jennings (1926–2001) published more than 20 books of poetry. She wrote short, meditative lyrics that were known for their simplicity, control, and range of feeling. These qualities have linked Jennings to a group of poets, usually referred to as The Movement, who were writing in England during the 1940s and 1950s. The members of this group, poets like Kingsley Amis, Thom Gunn, Philip Larkin, and John Wain, never consciously formed a movement, but their poetry reveals a shared love for simplicity and an acceptance of regular meter and rhyme.

Elizabeth Jennings was born on July 18, 1926, in Boston, Lincolnshire. She claimed that she discovered poetry at age 13 and began to write, encouraged by a teacher and her uncle. Jennings attended St. Anne's College, Oxford, from 1945 to 1949 and was greatly stimulated by the intellectual atmosphere there. It was at this time that she began to associate with poets of The Movement; some of her first published poems appeared in Oxford Poetry 1948, edited by Kingsley Amis and James Michie. Jennings worked in the Oxford City Library from 1950 to 1958 and as a publisher's reader from 1958 to 1960. During this time she published three books of poetry and a book for children entitled "Let's Have Some Poetry!" (1960). In the early 1960s, Jennings suffered a breakdown and was confined to a hospital. The poems she wrote after her release are collected in Recoveries (1964) and The Mind Has Mountains (1966).

Jennings was an extremely prolific poet. She wrote quickly, revised little, and claimed that her poems "come out very clean." She differed from the other poets of The Movement in her devotion to Roman Catholicism, a theme that pervades much of her poetry. Jennings also wrote about friendship, relationships, places, and art. She did not write autobiographical poems, but her religious concerns, mental illness, and other personal experiences influence the themes and insights expressed in her poetry.

Bissett, William. "Elizabeth Jennings." Dictionary of Literary Biography . Volume 27, Poets of Great Britain and Ireland 1945–1960 , edited by Vincent B. Sherry, Jr. Detroit: Gale Research, 1984. 163-170.

From the guide to the Elizabeth Jennings poetry notebooks, 1981–1992, (University of Delaware Library - Special Collections)

English poet and author.

Jennings was born in Lincolnshire. She attended Oxford University, and was a free lance writer. She won several prizes for her books of poetry. She also wrote prose, translated the Sonnets of Michelangelo, and edited a number of works. A way of looking (1955) garnered Jennings the Somerset Maugham Award in 1956. She sold well with Selected Poems (1979) and Collected Poems (1986) and was awarded the Commander of the Order of the British Empire (C.B.E.) in 1992. She died in Oxford in 2001.

From the description of Elizabeth Jennings papers, 1970-1993. (Boston College). WorldCat record id: 32006956

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creatorOf Jennings, Elizabeth, 1926-2001. Elizabeth Jennings papers. Part 2, 1972-1988 (bulk 1976-1987). Georgetown University, Joseph Mark Lauinger Memorial Library
creatorOf MODERN LITERARY MSS. Vol. VIII C. Notebook containing some fourteen poems, mostly religious, a book-list, sketches, etc.; bef. 7 May 1942 (f. 14b)-aft. 4 Dec. 1943 (f. 22b). Paper; ff. ii+26. 165 x 100mm. 1942-1943.Elizabeth Joan Jennings, poet: Juve..., 1942-1943 British Library
creatorOf Jennings, Elizabeth, 1926-2001. Elizabeth Jennings collection, 1973-1992. The University of Tulsa, McFarlin Library
creatorOf MODERN LITERARY MSS. Vol. IX (ff. 127). Poems, etc.; circa 1955-1964. Partly typewritten. Four of the poems on ff. 1-7b were first collected in A Way of Looking, 1955; four, on ff. 8-13b, in A Sense of the World, 1958; two, on ff. 14-16, in Song for ..., approximately 1955-1964 British Library
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creatorOf Jennings, Elizabeth, 1926-2001. Elizabeth Jennings papers, 1940-1977 (bulk 1958-1969). University of Delaware Library, Hugh M Morris Library
creatorOf Jennings, Elizabeth, 1926-2001. Elizabeth Jennings papers, 1952-1972. Pennsylvania State University Libraries
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creatorOf Jennings, Elizabeth, 1926-2001. Elizabeth Jennings papers. Part 1, 1957-1989 (bulk 1969-1989). Georgetown University, Joseph Mark Lauinger Memorial Library
creatorOf Elizabeth Jennings collection of papers, 1961]-1967 The New York Public Library. Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection of English and American Literature.
creatorOf Elizabeth Jennings papers, 1940–1977, 1958–1969 University of Delaware Library - Special Collections
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creatorOf Jennings, Elizabeth, 1926-2001. Poetry notebook : manuscript, 1977. HCL Technical Services, Harvard College Library
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creatorOf John Keats collection of papers, 1816-1948, 1816-1924 The New York Public Library. Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection of English and American Literature.
creatorOf Keats, John, 1795-1821. John Keats collection of papers, 1816-1948 bulk (1816-1924). New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Jennings, Elizabeth, 1926-2001. Elizabeth Jennings papers, 1970-1993. Boston College. John J. Burns Library
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creatorOf MODERN LITERARY MSS. Vol. VIII B. Notebook containing the part of Marmullah, with cues, from an unpublished play; circa 1941-1942, n.d. Autograph extract. Paper; ff. i+11. 160 x 100mm. 1941-1942.Elizabeth Joan Jennings, poet: Juvenilia: circa 1940-19..., approximately 1941-1942 British Library
creatorOf Jennings, Elizabeth, 1926-2001. Papers, 1954-1981. Washington University in St. Louis, .
creatorOf MODERN LITERARY MSS. Vol. VIII A. Notebook containing two poems, drawings and (ff. 4b-5, 7-13) a vocabulary; circa 1940. Imperfect by the excision of f. 14. Paper; ff. ii+14. 160 x 100mm. 1940.Elizabeth Joan Jennings, poet: Juvenilia: circa 1940-1943..., approximately 1940 British Library
creatorOf Jennings, Elizabeth, 1926-2001. Elizabeth Jennings collection of papers, [1961]-1967. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Elizabeth Jennings letters and poetry manuscripts, undated University of Delaware Library - Special Collections
referencedIn Rich, Adrienne Cecile. Papers: Series I-II, 1933-1999 (inclusive). Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
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