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Derek Patmore papers

Collection MS-1991-028: Derek Patmore papers


  • Creation: approximately 1920s-1971
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1963-1971

Scope and Contents

Manuscripts, correspondence, and photographs compose the Derek Patmore papers. Of particular note is the manuscript for the essay “Coventry Patmore’s Unhappy Love for Alice Meynell” about his great-grandfather’s relationships with Alice Meynell and Francis Thompson. Although the correspondence is primarily single letters received from literary and artistic figures, included are a number of letters from British author Marguerite Steen, as well as a group of letters exchanged between Derek and Brigit Patmore. The photographs are of Brigit Patmore.


Restrictions on access

Collection is open for research.

Restrictions on use

These materials are made available for use in research, teaching and private study, pursuant to U.S. Copyright Law. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used for academic research or otherwise should be fully credited with the source. The original authors may retain copyright to the materials.

Biographical note

Derek Coventry Patmore was born in London, England, in 1908. He was the son of John Deighton and Ethel Elizabeth "Brigit" Morrison-Scott Patmore, and the great-grandson of British author Coventry Patmore.

In the 1930s, Patmore wrote on diverse topics, including Colour Schemes for the Modern Home (1933); a biographical work about Coventry Patmore, Portrait of My Family, 1783-1896 (1935); a three-act play with R.J. Aldington, Life of a Lady (1936); and a travel book, Invitation to Roumania (1939).

Patmore edited collections of poetry and short stories, including some by his great-grandfather and by his mother. During World War II, Patmore served as a correspondent for the British News-Chronicle and the American Christian Science Monitor reporting on the situation in the Balkans and the Middle East. In 1953 he authored a novel, Dark Places of the Heart, and translated plays by Jacinto Bonavente Martinez.

Patmore also served as a lecturer for the British Council and was a member of a number of literary and cultural organizations. He died in 1972.


"Derek Coventry Patmore." In Gale Literature: Contemporary Authors Online. Farmington Hills, MI: Gale, 2003. (Accessed April 1, 2020). Gale Document Number: GALE|H1000076475.


.25 Linear Feet (1 container)

Language of Materials



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.


Arranged in three series. I. Manuscripts, II. Correspondence, and III. Photographs of Brigit Patmore.


Purchased from Bart Auerbach, Ltd. in 1991.

Related Materials

Alice Meynell collection, MS.1986.061, John J. Burns Library, Boston College.

Coventry Patmore collection, MS.1986.062, John J. Burns Library, Boston College.

Francis Thompson collection, MS.1986.101, John J. Burns Library, Boston College.

Derek Patmore papers, collection number 645 at the Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia.

Derek Patmore Papers
1920s-1971 (bulk 1963-1971)
Carolyn Han, 2007; updated, 2010; Rachael Young
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Part of the John J. Burns Library Repository

John J. Burns Library
Boston College
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Chestnut Hill MA 02467 United States