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Violet Hunt Letters (VMF083)

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Hunt to E.S.P. Haynes, English literary critic. Comments upon her book, Their Lives, to be published soon and upon her health now that her companion, Ford Madox Ford, is off at the front for the second time.

Hunt to Miss [Veloin] declining her request for her to cite her favorite quotation on the grounds that she does not have one



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Title: Violet Hunt Letters (VMF083), 1916Add to your cart.

Predominant Dates:1916

ID: MSS/VMF/083

Primary Creator: Hunt, Violet (1862-1942)

Extent: 2.0 Items

Date Acquired: 10/26/1971

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

Correspondence from Violet Hunt

Collection Historical Note

Isobel Violet Hunt (September 28, 1862 –January 16, 1942) was a British author and literary hostess. Her father was the artist Alfred William Hunt, her mother the novelist and translator Margaret Raine Hunt. Hunt was born in Durham and the family moved to London in 1865. Hunt's writings ranged over a number of literary forms, including short stories, novels, memoir, and biography. An active feminist, her novels The Maiden's Progress and A Hard Woman were works of the New Woman genre, while her short story collection Tales of the Uneasy is an example of supernatural fiction. Her novel White Rose of Weary Leaf is regarded as her best work, while biography of Elizabeth Siddall is considered unreliable. She was also active in writers organizations, founding the Women Writers' Suffrage League in 1908 and participating in the founding of International PEN in 1921.

Despite her considerable literary output, Violet Hunt's reputation rests more with the literary salons she held at her home, South Lodge, in Campden Hill. Among her guests were Rebecca West, Ezra Pound, Joseph Conrad, Wyndham Lewis, D. H. Lawrence, and Henry James. She helped Ford Madox Ford establish The English Review in 1908. Many of these people were subsequently characterized in her novels, most notably Their Lives and Their Hearts.

Though never married, Violet Hunt carried on a number of relationships, mostly with older men. Among her lovers were Somerset Maugham and H. G. Wells, though her most notable affair was with the married Ford Madox Ford, who lived with her from about 1910 to 1918 at her home South Lodge (a period including his brief 1911 imprisonment). She was fictionalized by Ford in two novels: as the scheming Florence Dowell in The Good Soldier and as the shrewish Sylvia Tietjens in Ford's tetralogy Parade's End. She was also the inspiration for the character Rose Waterfield in W. Somerset Maugham's novel The Moon and Sixpence and Nora Nesbit in Of Human Bondage. Violet Hunt died of pneumonia in her home in 1942.

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Repository: MSS Manuscripts

Access Restrictions: Open

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Users of the collection must read and agree to abide by the rules and procedures set forth in the Materials Use Policies.

Providing access to materials does not constitute permission to publish or otherwise authorize use. All publication not covered by fair use or other exceptions is restricted to those who have permission of the copyright holder, which may or may not be Washington University.

If you wish to publish or license Special Collections materials, please contact Special Collections to inquire about copyright status at (314) 935-5495 or spec@wumail.wustl.edu. (Publish means quotation in whole or in part in seminar or term papers, theses or dissertations, journal articles, monographs, books, digital forms, photographs, images, dramatic presentations, transcriptions, or any other form prepared for a limited or general public.)

Acquisition Source: Purchased from Covent Garden Bookshop

Acquisition Method:

Accession number 1313 (Correspondence to E.S.P. Haynes)

Accession number 1353 (Correspondence to Miss Veloin). Purchased from Bertram Rota Ltd Booksellers, October 1972.

Related Materials: See also Ford Madox Ford Papers

Preferred Citation: Name of the Collection, Washington University Libraries, Department of Special Collections

Processing Information: Processed October 1972 by Holly Hall


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[Item 1: Hunt to E.S.P. Haynes, English literary critic. Comments upon her book, Their Lives, to be published soon and upon her health now that her companion, Ford Madox Ford, is off at the front for the second time., 1916: December 18],
[Item 2: Hunt to Miss [Veloin] declining her request for her to cite her favorite quotation on the grounds that she does not have one, No date],
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Item 1: Hunt to E.S.P. Haynes, English literary critic. Comments upon her book, Their Lives, to be published soon and upon her health now that her companion, Ford Madox Ford, is off at the front for the second time., 1916: December 18Add to your cart.
Autograph letter signed, 1 page
Item 2: Hunt to Miss [Veloin] declining her request for her to cite her favorite quotation on the grounds that she does not have one, No dateAdd to your cart.
Autograph letter signed, 3 pages


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