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The Heads of the Poets [an Archive]

The Heads of the Poets [an Archive] by BLAKE, William; Thomas Wright; Kenneth Povey [Basil Mackenzie] (1925)
Author: BLAKE, William; Thomas Wright; Kenneth Povey [Basil Mackenzie]
Title: The Heads of the Poets [& Manuscript]
Year: 1925
Publisher: The Blake Society
Place: Cowper School, Olney
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Manuscript and typescript William Blake collection compiled by the scholar and university librarian (Queen's University, Belfast and Liverpool University) Kenneth Povey, and his Cambridge friend Basil Mackenzie.

This archival collection is housed within the binding of a Blake Society imprint from 1925,
The Heads of the Poets, which has been cased in a bespoke turquoise buckram binding with the ownership inscription of 'B.W.F. Mackenzie, London 1925' on the printed wrappers and 'Amulee' on the first blank. Basil William Sholto Mackenzie, 2nd Baron Amulee, was a Cambridge friend of the Blake scholar and twice university librarian Kenneth Povey whose manuscript and typescript research into Blake's Heads of the Poets fills the pocket installed by Amulee inside the lower cover.
Kenneth Povey, 1898-1965 published widely on eighteenth century poetry and is credited by G. E. Bentley with correcting several misattributions of Blake Heads of the Poets. This collection of his research suggests that he also assisted other scholars with their Blake researches:

Kenneth Povey, The Heads of the Poets (continued) [ff] 6 Manuscript article

Kenneth Povey, typed copy letter and four page article with manuscript corrections, April 27, 1926 'Dear Mr Haward, I enclose a revised and much shortened version of my notes on the Heads of the Poets...'

[Kenneth Povey] 'Copy of Notes sent to Lawrence Havard, March 20' [ff] 4; typed notes on each of the heads with manuscript corrections.

[Kenneth Povey] [ff] 11 and pencil drawing: typed notes on the heads

Foldout diagram on graph paper of 'Dimensions of Blake's heads...'

K. Povey, Blake's Heads of the Poets, printed sheet torn from Notes and Queries

For Friendship Sake, William Blake and William Hayley, City Art Gallery, Manchester, 1969 - exhibition catalogue. With invitation to private view.

William Blake's "Heads of the Poets" For Turret House The Residence of William Hayley, Felpham. Guide Book.
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