- NLW MS 20798C.
Part of Welsh Arts Council Manuscripts
Twenty-eight letters written by Alun Lewis to Brenda Chamberlain, published, but not all in their entirety, by Brenda Chamberlain in Alun Lewis and the Making of the Caseg Broadsheets (London, 1970) (ff. 1-50). The editing of this volume was careless. Apart from minor inaccuracies and omissions, there is confusion of matter from different letters, indication of omitted matter where no omission exists and vice versa. Omitted matter amounts to about a quarter of the total. It may be classified thus: comment on Brenda Chamberlain's work mostly her poetry; trivial business concerning the broadsheets, trivial (not uninteresting) details about Alun Lewis's life; comment on Gweno. A number of omissions in the last category are of some significance; one in the letter of 3 Oct. 1943 deplorably obfuscates the meaning: '... the deep happiness of body and brain [that Gweno brought with her when at last she came to me]'. Also included are letters to Brenda Chamberlain from Vernon Watkins, 1942 (f. 51; Appendix II in the above volume), Gweno Lewis, 1944 (ff. 52-53), and John Rolph, 1956 (f. 54).
Lewis, Alun, 1915-1944