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Ralph Hale Mottram Letter

 Collection — Box: VMF 11, Folder: 7
Identifier: MS-VMF-vmf123

Autograph letter signed from Mottram to Gilbert Fabes accompanying the gift of Mottram's 'Spanish farm trilogy' to Fabes and answering several of his questions. 2 pages


  • Creation: 1933 February 8


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Biographical Information

Ralph Hale Mottram (October 30, 1883 – April 16, 1971) was an English writer, known as a novelist, particularly for the Spanish Farm books, and as a war poet of World War I.

His father was the chief clerk of Gurney's Bank in Norwich and Mottram had an idyllic childhood growing up in 'Bank House' - a magnificent George II mansion on Bank Plain - which was later Barclay's Bank and is now a youth center. The Mottrams were non-conformist and worshipped at the Octagon Chapel, Norwich in Colegate.

Mottram went from being a bank clerk in Norwich, before the war, to becoming mayor there in 1953. The Spanish Farm won the 1924 Hawthornden Prize. He also wrote a biography of John Galsworthy.

Gilbert Henry Fabes (June 6, 1894-June 1973) was an English author and bibliophile.

Method of Acquisition

Originally laid in The Spanish Farm Trilogy, 1914-1918 by R. H. Mottram. PR6025 O79 S62 1927. Accession number 1030, March 12, 1969

Processing Information

Processed July 1969

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  • 2021 March 17: Resource record updated in ArchiveSpace by Sarah Schnuriger.

Collecting Area Details

Part of the Manuscripts Collecting Area

Joel Minor
Olin Library, 1 Brookings Drive
MSC 1061-141-B
St. Louis MO 63130 US
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