MS 4950
Papers of Elliot Lovegood Grant Watson


Creator: Grant Watson, E. L. (Elliot Lovegood)

Title: Papers of E. L. Grant Watson

Data range: 1904-1996

Reference number: MS 4950

Extent: 78cm (5 boxes)

Administrative Information

Available for reference

The collection was donated to the Library in numerous instalments between 1975 and 2002.

Scope and Content
The collection consists of letters from a number of literary figures including Havelock Ellis and C.G. Jung, correspondence between E.L. Grant Watson and his mother while he was in Australia during the early part of this century, and letters from his friend, Ida; photographs; newspaper cuttings; texts of broadcast talks given by E.L. Grant Watson in the 1940s and a talk about him given in 1955; typed drafts of published and unpublished poems, novels, short stories and his autobiography; copies of some of his nature books and essays, novels and scientific works. Also includes correspondence between Dorothy Green, Katherine Grant Watson and daughter Josephine, and a manuscript copy of Katherine Grant Watson's autobiography, 'Between two worlds'.

Related Material
Papers of Paul Brennan are held at NLA MS 8116.

Biographical Note

See: Introduction to Descent of spirit: writings of E.L. Grant Watson / edited by Dorothy Green (Sydney: Primavera Press, 1990).



"To this end" - corrected t/s draft, n.d.

"Signature" Philosopher of Earth: a study of the work of E.L. Grant Watson - t/s of BBC Radio broadcast, 1955.


  • With the Australian Aborigines (London: Philip and Son, 1930).
  • Deliverance (New York: Knopf, 1920) - with corrections.
  • Walking with fancy (London: Country Life, 1943).
  • The Leaves return (London: Country Life, 1947) - with clippings of reviews pasted on endpapers.

  • Profitable wonders: some problems of plant and animal life (London: Country Life, 1949).


  • Shadow and sunlight: a romance of the tropics (London: Cape, [1921?])
  • English country (London: Cape, 1924)
  • Moses: the Lord of the prophets (London: Thornton Butterworth, 1929)
  • The Common earth (London: Dent, 1932)
  • Its up to you (London: Noel Douglas, 1933)
  • Mysteries of natural history (New York: Stokes, 1937)
  • Moonlight in Ur: a romance (London: Noel Douglas, 1932)
  • A Mighty man of valour (London: Duckworth, 1939)
  • Man and his universe (London: Hutchinson, [1940])
  • Wonders of natural history (London: Pleiades, 1947) - with reviews pasted on endpapers.
  • Nature's changing course (London: Hutchinson, 1961)
  • Animals in splendour (London: John Baker, 1967)
  • Moods of earth and sky (New York: Boni and Liveright, n.d.)


Corrected typescripts:

  • After this darkness (3 folders)
  • The Silver axe: some folk tales and their meanings, an interpretation
  • The Gilgamesh epic
  • Land and spirit
  • Between two men
  • Moses and the shepherd
  • For better or for worse
  • The Renegade hero and the anima
  • Man out of the sea
  • The Serpent in Eden
  • The Four sacred ones and other poems
  • The Island [Play]

Folder of cuttings of press reviews, 1924- 37


Correspondence between E.L. Grant Watson ("Peter") and his mother, Mrs Powell, 1901-18.

Letters from literary figures including John Cowper Powys, Havelock Ellis, Carl Jung, Kenneth Walker, Kathleen Raine, A.R. Brown and Goodwin Baynes, 1909-56.

Letters from friend Ida, 1966-67.


  • A Meditation on some of the apochryphal sayings of Jesus
  • Encounter with Dr Jung
  • Herman Melville as philosopher and poet

Reprints of journal articles by Grant Watson:

  • The Four sacred women and other verses, n.d.
  • Melville's testament of acceptance, New England quarterly, 1933 (reprinted 1974)
  • Moby Dick, London mercury, 1920 (reprinted 1974)
  • Facts at variance with the theorof organic evolution,
  • Transactions of The Victoria Institute, 1931.
  • Transformation of the immature, British homeopathic journal, 1969
  • All that is not my own, British homeopathic journal, 1962
  • The Serpent, British homeopathic journal, 1958

Typescripts of broadcast talks by Grant Watson, 1947- 49:

  • Calling West Africa: why study ... science?
  • Neither devil nor infidel

Books to read

  • Herman Melville as philosopher and poet
  • Books and people: Herman Melville's poems

"Book Talk" broadcast by Clifford Dyment on But to what purpose by E.L. Grant Watson.

Letter from Kathleen Raine relating to The mystery of physical life [1963?] (Added 12 May 1994)

Letters from Dorothy Green to the Watson Family, 1970-91 (Added 22 January 1998)

Letters to Dorothy Green from Katharine Grant Watson, 1971-84 (Added 22 January 1998)

Box 5

Letters by Katharine Grant Watson and Josephine Spence to Dorothy Green, 1974-91; two letters from Kathleen Raine to Josephine Spence, 1996 (Added 22 January 1998)

Autobiography 'Between two worlds' by Katharine Grant Watson (3 folders) (Added 6 March 1998)

Typescript of Priest island by E.L. Grant Watson, 1940 (added 18 January 2002)