Norman Gates Collection of Richard Aldington, 1911-2010
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Brief Description:

This collection consists of all of Norman T. Gates' material--books, papers, writings, and correspondences--relating to his three books on Richard Aldington and the publication of the New Canterbury Literary Society Newsletter (The Richard Aldington Newsletter). The bulk of the collection is correspondence, both to and from Gates, as well as photocopies of Aldington's own correspondences. Also included are writings by Aldington, Gates, and other Richard Aldington scholars.

There may be a number of correspondence duplications within other SCRC Aldington collections; i.e., Alister Kershaw Collection, Harry T. Moore Collection, and Eric Warman Collection, but undoubtedly some new documents are found in Gates' research.

Held at:
Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center
605 Agriculture Dr.
MC 6632
Carbondale, IL 62901
Phone: 618-453-2516
Fax: 618-453-3451
Email: speccoll [at]
Record Series Number: 1/1/MSS 384
Created by: Aldington, Richard, (1892-1962.)
Volume: 13.0 Boxes
Acquired: 00/00/1992. Additional accruals up to 2006.
Arrangement: Arranged into 4 series: 1) Correspondence, 2) Writings, 3) Miscellaneous Aldington materials and 4) Printed materials.
Biographical Note for Aldington, Richard, (1892-1962.) :

Richard Aldington was born in Hampshire in 1882. Educated at Dover College and London University he founded the "Egotist journal "in 1913. He joined the British Army and served on the Western Front in 1916-1918 where he was badly gassed.

After the war Aldington published several volumes of poetry including "Images" 1910-1915 (1915), "Images of War" (1919), "A Fool in the Forest" (1925) and "A Dream in Luxembourg" (1930). His successful novel, "Death of a Hero", was a psychological study of a young officer in the First World War. It was during this time that Aldington began exchanging letters with Count Geoffrey Potocki de Montalk, a writer, scholar, private printer,  poet, and exiled Polish artistocrat.

Aldington also wrote controversial biographies of the "Duke of Wellington" (1946) and "D. H. Lawrence "(1950) and an autobiography, "Life for Life's Sake" (1940). Richard Aldington died in 1962.

Access Restrictions: Unrestricted access.
Genres/Forms of Material
Aldington, Richard, 1892-1962 - Correspondence
Languages of Materials
English [eng]
Rights/Use Restrictions: To quote in print, or otherwise reproduce in whole or in part in any publication, including on the World Wide Web, any material from this collection, the researcher must obtain permission from (1) the owner of the physical property and (2) the holder of the copyright. Persons wishing to quote from this collection should consult Special Collections Research Center to determine copyright holders fro information in this collection. Reproduction of any item must contain the complete citation to the original.
Acquisition Notes: Purchased
PreferredCitation: [Item], Norman Gates collection of Richard Aldington, Special Collections Research Center, Southern Illinois University Carbondale.