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MS Thr 135

Maeterlinck, Maurice, 1862-1949. Maurice Maeterlinck letters to William Morris Colles, 1921-1929: Guide.

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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: MS Thr 135
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Maeterlinck, Maurice, 1862-1949.
Title: Maurice Maeterlinck letters to William Morris Colles,
Date(s): 1921-1929.
Quantity: 1 collection (1 volume (.1 linear ft.)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in French.
Abstract: Letters from Belgian author Maurice Maeterlinck to English journalist and literary agent William Morris Colles.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

64M-258. Purchased with the F.E. Chase fund; received: 1965 June 21.

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Maurice Maeterlinck Letters to William Morris Colles, 1921-1929 (MS Thr 135). Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

Maeterlinck was a Belgian Symbolist poet, playwright, and essayist who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1911. Colles (1855-1926) was a English journalist, literary agent, and founder and managing director of Authors' Syndicate in London, England.


Arranged chronologically.

Scope and Contents

The collection includes six autograph letters, four autograph correspondence cards, and one typed letter from Maeterlinck to Colles, all in French. Some typed translations are included in the collection. The letters discuss meetings between the correspondents and business matters in general, including the publication and translation of Maeterlinck's plays. The letters also mention the publication rights to the Blue Bird series among others of Maeterlinck's works.

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