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Patmore, Derek, 1908-1972


Biographical Note

Derek Coventry Patmore was born in London, England, in 1908. In the 1930s, Patmore wrote a diverse selection of materials, including books on interior decoration. He continued to write in the 1940s, and added editing and journalism to his repertoire. Patmore edited collections of poetry and short stories, including some by his great-grandfather and mother. During World War II, Patmore served as a correspondent for the British News-Chronicle and American Christian Science Monitor reporting on the situation in the Balkans and the Middle East. Continuing to round out his writing career, he authored a novel, Dark Places of the Heart (1953), and translated plays by Jacinto Bonavente Martinez. Patmore also served as lecturer for British Council and was a member of a number of literary and cultural organizations. He died in 1972.

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Derek Patmore papers


Manuscripts, correspondence, and photographs belonging to early twentieth-century British author Derek Patmore. Includes the unpublished manuscript of "Coventry Patmore’s Unhappy Love for Alice Meynell", as well as correspondence with contemporary literary and artistic figures.

Restrictions on access

Collection is open for research.

Dates: approximately 1920s-1971; Majority of material found within 1963-1971