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David Gascoyne collection

Call Number: GEN MSS 529
Scope and Contents
The David Gascoyne collection encompasses accessions of single manuscripts and groups of manuscripts pertaining to David Gascoyne acquired by gift or purchase from various sources by the Beinecke Library.

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.
Language of Materials
Materials in English and French, including Gascoyne's translations of French poetry into English.
Conditions Governing Access
The materials are open for research.

Box 19 (audiocassettes): Restricted fragile. Reference copies may be requested. Consult Access Services for further information.
Conditions Governing Use
The David Gascoyne Collection is the physical property of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. For further information, consult the appropriate curator.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Collection of documents acquired by gift and purchase from various sources. Source information is noted on the folders or in series descriptions. For further information, consult the appropriate curator.
The collection is organized into four series: Correspondence, Writings, Other Papers, and Alan Clodd Collection of David Gascoyne. The first three series are of mixed provenance, as indicated by accession numbers on individual folders.
circa 1910-2002
11.83 Linear Feet (23 boxes)
Related Names
Gascoyne, David, 1916-2001
Language of Materials
Language of Materials