Alister Kershaw Collection of Richard Aldington Papers, 1947-1962
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Brief Description: The first part of the collection, which is well over half of the total papers, is comprised of Aldington's letters to Kershaw.  These letters document the health and financial problems that plagued Aldington's later years.  The second part of the collection contains correspondence between Kershaw and various persons concerning the publishing of Aldington's works and his financial affairs.
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 069
Created by: Aldington, Richard, (1892-1962.), Kershaw, Alister, collector.
Volume: 1.0 Linear Feet
Acquired: 00/00/1967.
Arrangement: Arranged into two series. (1) Letters from Richard Aldington to Alister Kershaw, and (2) Other Correspondence.
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.
Subject Index
Aldington, Richard, 1892-1962
Kershaw, Alister
Genres/Forms of Material
Aldington, Richard, 1892-1962 - Correspondence
Kershaw, Alister - 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 for information in this collection.  Reproduction of any item must contain the complete citation to the original.
Acquisition Notes:   This collection was acquired by Morris Library in the fall of 1967 from Alister Kershaw, close friend and sometime secretary of Richard Aldington.
PreferredCitation: [Item], Alister Kershaw collection of Richard Aldington papers, Special Collections Research Center, Southern Illinois University Carbondale.