Love Letters and Poems of Arnold Bax

ISBN 0-9535125-3-3

Dermot O’Byrne


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…here is a beautiful and lovingly-produced quality volume of his poems, including all of those he wrote under the pseudonym of Dermot O’Byrne, together with some of his Love Letters, happily preserved and made available by the Bax Estate … reading many of the poems is akin to hearing the music contained in the sound of speech. The love letters amplify the poems, all of which is illuminated by the music…
Musical Opinion (September 2001)
Colin Scott-Sutherland is to be well and truly congratulated on his achievement in so expertly marshalling and editing all the material … the paper used in this hard-back volume is of high quality, with many photographs, drawings, and other reproductions. There is also a striking front cover design (after Rossetti) in gold embossed on a cream ground, which was inspired by the 1911 deluxe edition of Clifford Bax’s Poems Dramatic and Lyrical. This is a fascinating book, and nobody with a real interest in British music or in the byways of English poetry should be without it … lavish publication… [Graham Parlett is author of A Catalogue of the Works of Sir Arnold Bax (OUP)]
Graham Parlett, The Sir Arnold Bax Website

September 2001 saw the publication of the collected poems of Dermot O’Byrne (Sir Arnold Bax’s literary pseudonym) in the form of a substantial volume entitled IDEALA. This fascinating book, containing poems, love letters, music and other writings by those who knew him intimately, is edited and introduced by Bax’s first biographer, Colin Scott-Sutherland (Arnold Bax, Dent, 1973).

This sumptuous book contains 320 pages with nearly 90 illustrations, including an edition of The Princess’s Rose Garden, and is hard-bound and gold-blocked. Reviews have been numerous and very positive; the quotations shown at the head of this page are chosen at random, so click the Reload button to see others.


  Author Title
Dermot O’ByrneIDEALA
Love Letters and Poems of Arnold Bax
ISBN 0-9535125-3-3
# Author(s) Chapter
1Dermot O’Byrne
Edited by Colin Scott-Sutherland
3Poems in Red Notebook
4First (typed) Collection
5Letters to Isobel Hodgson
6‘Seafoam and Firelight’
7Letters to Mary Field
8Second (typed) Collection
9Harriet Cohen and ‘The Princess’s Rose Garden’
10Elsa Sobrino
11‘Verses’ – Third (typed) Collection
12‘Love Poems of a Musician’
13‘A Dublin Ballad and Other Poems’
14Memoir ‘The Two Brothers’ (Francis Colmer)
15Appendices 1–8
16Index of Poems
17General Index

Catalogue code: FM091Published: September 2001
Entry last updated: 21st July 2010