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Please note that the letters a shelved by the name of the correspondent, i.e. the person to whom Bliss bliss wrote or from whom he received a letter, thus the letters to and from Benjamin Britten are kept together under Britten's name.

The letters are catalogued in chronological order. Many of the letters do not include the year of writing, which has been supplied editorially, based on the evidence of the content of the letter, and the address from or to which the letter has been sent. The date as found on the letter is enclosed in brackets.

The conventions A.L.S. and T.L.S. indicate Autograph or Typed Letter Signed. The addressee is spelt out in full before the form found at the beginning of the letter, which is enclosed in brackets. The quotation from the letter is either the first or a more interesting section. The form of signature at the end of the letter is given after a slash. Futher notes on the content are added, with editorial amplifications in square brackets.

Approximately 100 letters written by Arthur from the front in France between August 1915 and July 1916 to his father, brothers and family, were transcribed, annotated and printed. Only a very few have been included in the schedule of letters below. Both the originals and the printed edition are in the University Library.

Letters have been listed chronologically:

  • Letters to and from Arthur Bliss written between 1912 and the end of 1929, excluding the "War Letters" (1915-16)
  • Letters to and from Arthur Bliss written between 1930 and the end of 1939
  • Letters to and from Arthur Bliss written between 1940 and the end of 1949
  • Letters to and from Arthur Bliss written between 1950 and the end of 1959
  • Letters to and from Arthur Bliss written between 1960 and the end of 1966
  • Letters to and from Arthur Bliss written between 1966 and the end of 1971
  • Letters to and from Arthur Bliss written between 1972 and 1975