David Gascoyne collection
Scope and Contents
The papers span most of Gascoyne's career from 1945 onward. The material from the 1940s is primarily correspondence, notebooks and journals, while later material from the 1970s through the1990s includes sound recordings, original artwork, typescripts and other material related to publication as well as notebooks.
Gascoyne's notebooks contain diverse genres of writings including notes and drafts for correspondence, prose, poetic writing, and lists (which are often bibliographic). In addition to traditional literary genres, Gascoyne's works include collections of found images and writings. One such collection, "A Little Book of Bits and Pieces," is bound into a volume; a second comprises a planned work entitled "Works of Novalis, Translated by Various Hands."
The bulk of the correspondence in the collection relates to the editing and publishing of Gascoyne's works and to the management of his literary career, though some addresses literary and philosophical topics. Other correspondence is personal, such as Gascoyne's postcards to his parents.
The largest single accession in the collection is that of Alan Clodd, Gascoyne's agent and publisher. In addition to correspondence, notebooks, artwork, photographs and audio recordings, the Alan Clodd collection includes papers from several volumes that Clodd helped prepare for publication, including Selected Prose, Selected Verse Translations and Gascoyne's planned publication Surrealism Resurveyed.
- circa 1910-2002
Language of Materials
Conditions Governing Access
Box 19 (audiocassettes): Restricted fragile. Reference copies may be requested. Consult Access Services for further information.
Existence and Location of Copies
Conditions Governing Use
Immediate Source of Acquisition
11.83 Linear Feet (23 boxes)
David Emery Gascoyne, 1916-2001
Gascoyne published several volumes of poetry in his early productive stage, but after 1956 he published little new poetry. His later work focused on lectures and appearances, essays, reviews, translations and the publication of his journals. His most criticially acclaimed later works include Night Thoughts and The Sun at Midnight. He also had a long-standing relationship with Enitharmon Press, founded in 1967 by Alan Clodd, which resulted in numerous publications.
Gascoyne's intense poetic sensitivity (often characterized as visionary or mystical) was tempered by severe depression and he devoted many years to recovery. It was during a stay at a hospital on the Isle of Wight that he met Judy Tyler Lewis, whom he married in 1975. He had four stepchildren.
- Guide to the David Gascoyne Collection
- by Beinecke Staff
- September 1995
- Description rules
- Beinecke Manuscript Unit Archival Processing Manual
- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English.
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