PATMORE, DEREK, 1908-
Derek Patmore papers, 1928-1968

Emory University

Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library

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Descriptive Summary

Creator: Patmore, Derek, 1908-
Title: Derek Patmore papers, 1928-1968
Call Number:Manuscript Collection No. 645
Extent: .75 linear ft. (2 boxes)
Abstract:Papers of British author Derek Patmore including typescripts and manuscript of writings, correspondence, and photographs.
Language:Materials entirely in English.

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Unrestricted access.

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All requests subject to limitations noted in departmental policies on reproduction.

Source

Purchase, 1985.

Citation

[after identification of item(s)], Derek Patmore papers, Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library, Emory University.

Processing

Processed by W. Bradford Smith, August 1989.


Collection Description

Biographical Note

Derek Coventry Deighton Patmore, British author and decorator, was born January 15, 1908 in London. His father, John Deighton Patmore, was the grandson of the Victorian poet Coventry Kersey Dighton Patmore. Derek's mother, Ethel Elizabeth (Brigit) Morrison-Scott (1882-1965) had studied piano at Dresden and was a writer in her own right. After Derek's father lost his fortune in 1924, his parent's marriage broke down, and in 1926 they separated. Derek Patmore went to live with his mother and younger brother Michael (b. 1911). Brigit Patmore moved in the higher literary circles of English Bohemia, and became acquainted with such men as Ezra Pound, T.S. Eliot, Ford Maddox Ford, D.H. Lawrence, (who based the character of Clarissa Browning in Aaron's Rod on Brigit Patmore), William Butler Yeats, H.G. Wells, Aldous Huxley, Richard Aldington, Ernest Hemingway, Noel Coward, and Evelyn Waugh. Brigit Patmore wrote two novels herself, This Impassioned Onlooker (1926), and No Tomorrow (1929), both of which are extremely rare. Her memoirs, My Friends When Young, was edited by Derek Patmore and published in 1964. Derek was educated at Northaw Place preparatory school and Uppingham. He had to leave school at age 17 owing to his father's bankruptcy. After working a short time for an insurance company, he took up a position with the decorating firm of Marshall and Lapton. In 1928, he came to New York with Lloyd Morris, a publisher. During this stay he wrote for Vogue and House and Garden. After returning to England, he wrote Color Schemes for the Modern Home, a book on design. In 1935, Derek went to the U.S. and gave a decorating show at Altmans department store. He also published his Portrait of My Family in that year. In 1936, he went to the Balkans, spending time in Greece and Roumania, and wrote the books Images of Greece and Invitation to Roumania (both 1938). On the eve of World War II, Patmore produced two plays, "Life of a Lady" and "French for Love" (with Margaret Steen). With the outbreak of war, he went to the Balkans as a war correspondent and described his experiences in Balkan Correspondent (1941). Other works by Derek Patmore include Private History (an autobiography), The Life and Times of Coventry Patmore, Italian Pageant, A Traveller in Vienna, Canada, Dark Places of the Heart, A Reporter's Notebook, The Star and the Crescent: An Anthology of Modern Turkish Poetry, The Selected Poems of Coventry Patmore, and Selected Prose of Walter Pater. Additional information on Derek Patmore and Brigit Patmore can be found in Derek Patmore, Private History, and Brigit Patmore, My Friends When Young.

Derek Coventry Deighton Patmore, British author and decorator, was born January 15, 1908 in London. His father, John Deighton Patmore, was the grandson of the Victorian poet Coventry Kersey Dighton Patmore. Derek's mother, Ethel Elizabeth (Brigit) Morrison-Scott (1882-1965) had studied piano at Dresden and was a writer in her own right. After Derek's father lost his fortune in 1924, his parent's marriage broke down, and in 1926 they separated. Derek Patmore went to live with his mother and younger brother Michael (b. 1911). Brigit Patmore moved in the higher literary circles of English Bohemia, and became acquainted with such men as Ezra Pound, T.S. Eliot, Ford Maddox Ford, D.H. Lawrence, (who based the character of Clarissa Browning in Aaron's Rod on Brigit Patmore), William Butler Yeats, H.G. Wells, Aldous Huxley, Richard Aldington, Ernest Hemingway, Noel Coward, and Evelyn Waugh. Brigit Patmore wrote two novels herself, This Impassioned Onlooker (1926), and No Tomorrow (1929), both of which are extremely rare. Her memoirs, My Friends When Young, was edited by Derek Patmore and published in 1964. Derek was educated at Northaw Place preparatory school and Uppingham. He had to leave school at age 17 owing to his father's bankruptcy. After working a short time for an insurance company, he took up a position with the decorating firm of Marshall and Lapton. In 1928, he came to New York with Lloyd Morris, a publisher. During this stay he wrote for Vogue and House and Garden. After returning to England, he wrote Color Schemes for the Modern Home, a book on design. In 1935, Derek went to the U.S. and gave a decorating show at Altmans department store. He also published his Portrait of My Family in that year. In 1936, he went to the Balkans, spending time in Greece and Roumania, and wrote the books Images of Greece and Invitation to Roumania (both 1938). On the eve of World War II, Patmore produced two plays, "Life of a Lady" and "French for Love" (with Margaret Steen). With the outbreak of war, he went to the Balkans as a war correspondent and described his experiences in Balkan Correspondent (1941). Other works by Derek Patmore include Private History (an autobiography), The Life and Times of Coventry Patmore, Italian Pageant, A Traveller in Vienna, Canada, Dark Places of the Heart, A Reporter's Notebook, The Star and the Crescent: An Anthology of Modern Turkish Poetry, The Selected Poems of Coventry Patmore, and Selected Prose of Walter Pater. Additional information on Derek Patmore and Brigit Patmore can be found in Derek Patmore, Private History, and Brigit Patmore, My Friends When Young.

Scope and Content Note

The Derek Patmore papers contain typescripts and manuscript of writings, correspondence, and photographs dating from 1916 to 1968. The largest concentration is from the 1940s to 1960s. The papers are divided into three series by type of material and arranged chronologically. Within each series, the original order in which the materials were received has been preserved where possible. Series 1 contains literary works of Derek Patmore, dating from 1945 to 1968 and including many unpublished works, and the typescripts for Brigit Patmore's memoirs My Friends When Young, including Derek Patmore's introduction. Also located is a notebook containing copies of unpublished letters from H.G. Wells to Odett Keum, compiled by Brigit Patmore. Series 2 contains the correspondence between Derek Patmore and Brigit Patmore from 1945 to 1963. Also included is a letter from Tennyson Patmore (Derek's grandfather) to Brigit Patmore, dated 1916. Series 3 contains photographs and drawings of Derek Patmore and Brigit Patmore, as well as of other notables, including Richard Aldington, H.G. Wells, Violet Hunt, Sir Osbert Sitwell and various family members.

Arrangement Note

Organized into three series: (1) Literary works, (2) Correspondence and (3) Pictures.


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