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Island of Sleep

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Island of Sleep

Michael Llewelyn Davies

Barrie's transcription of one of Michael's poems, written (by Michael) while on holiday on the small Scottish island of Eilean Shona in August 1920. When Barrie transcribed it is unclear, probably after Michael's death in May 1921, and perhaps in preparation for his Rectoral Address "Courage", delivered in May 1922, in which he read another of Michael's poems, "Throned on a cliff" (which Barrie has crossed out at the top of the page.

This page was sent to me, along with Peter's transcription of "Throned on a cliff", by Ben Scott, who wrote to me in 2016:

"I am a bookdealer based in London, and recengtly acquired a job lot of titles from a house clearance. Amongst these I found a copy of J M Synge's plays which was presented to Peter Llewelyn Davies on leaving Eton. Inside this were two manuscripts dated 1920 from Eilean Chona ..."

Serendipidy indeed! Thanks so very much Ben for sending me the originals for safe keeping ...


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