Collection of letters to C.R. and Janet Ashbee

Housman, Laurence

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A collection eleven letters (37 pages). Ashbee's Essex House Press had published Housman's Mendicant Rhymes in 1906 and both Laurence and his sister Clemence illustrated works for the press.1. March 9, 1918 (to Janet) 3 pages quarto. On his novel "The Sheepfold," relations with publishers, other works, Russia, effects of the war. 2. Dec. 22, 1922. (to C.R.) 4 pages. Reactions to Ashbee's manuscript Journal, sent L.H. for advice about publishing it. It is still unpublished. 3. Dec. 27, 1922. 8 pp. To CRA. More on Ashbee's manuscript, and on his own writing, his political views (and those of his brother A.E.) 4. July 9, 1938. 2 pages. (T.L.S.). Newsy. 5. July 20, 1947. To Janet. 4 pp. His birthday, his current writing. 6. Sept.5, 1948. 2 pp, On pacifism; work; education. 7. Oct. 30, 1948. 1p. Domestic life. 8. April 25, 1950. 2 pp. About Corvo, A.J.A. Symons; travel; books. 9. Feb. 6, 1954. 2 pp. (missing last page[s]) Domestic news. 10.April 17, 1954. 3 pp. His writing, pacifism and the war in Korea; production of his plays. 11. April 21, 1954. 6 pp. Production of his plays. Laurence Housman was born in Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, 18 July 1865 and educated at Bromsgrove School, Lambeth School of Art and the Royal College of Art, London. His six siblings included the poet, A. E. Housman (1859-1936) and Clemence Annie Housman (1861-1955), author and illustrator. A writer and illustrator, his many published works included plays, fairy tales, poems, hymns, carols, and political pamphlets. Housman and his sister, Clemence, were very close. They illustrated each other's work and lived together for much of their lives. A socialist and pacifist, Laurence co-founded the Men's League for Women's Suffrage in 1907 and, with Clemence, the Suffrage Atelier in 1909. Not shy of controversy, his dramatic works were censored for representing the Royal family and religious images, and, like Clemence (a member of the Women's Tax Resistance League), he was committed to women's suffrage. Housman regularly corresponded with Janet Ashbee, wife of Charles Robert Ashbee, Arts and Crafts designer and artist and herself active in the Arts and Crafts community. She edited several literary texts, including John Bunyan's "Pilgrim's Progress" and "The Essex House Song Book", the collection of songs formed for the singers of the Guild of Handicraft, 1905, which she wrote with her husband and which was published by The Essex House Press which C. R. Ashbee set up in 1897. Source: Encyclopædia Britannica Online, Bookseller Inventory #

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