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George Barker papers

Overview

Scope and Contents

Biographical Note

Adminstrative Information

Detailed Description

Correspondence

Essays

Lecture Notes

Book Reviews

Poetry

Novels and Prose

Plays

Notebooks

Poems.

Poems.

Lament and Triumph.

Eros in Dogma.

Life and Letters and the London Mercury.

The True Confession of George Barker.

Drawings.


George Barker papers, 1930-1966 | Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center

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Collection Overview

Title: George Barker papers, 1930-1966Add to your cart.

ID: 1/1/MSS 162

Primary Creator: Barker, George (1913-1991)

Extent: 6.0 Boxes

Arrangement: Arranged in nine series (1) Correspondence, (2) Essays, (3) Lecture notes, (4) Book reviews, (5) Poetry, (6) Novels and prose, (7) Plays, (8) Notebooks, (9) Standing volumes.

Date Acquired: 00/00/1963. More info below under Accruals.

Subjects: Barker, George, 1913-1991

Forms of Material: Ackerley, John - Correspondence, Barker, George, 1913-1991 - Correspondence, Barker, George, 1913-1991 - Manuscripts, Betjeman, John, 1906-1984 - Correspondence, Correspondence., Eliot, T.S. (Thomas Stearns), 1888-1965. - Correspondence, Empson, William, 1906-1984. - Correspondence, Fiction., Grigson, Geoffrey, 1905-1985 - Correspondence, Heath-Stubbs, John, 1918-2006. - Correspondence, Lehmann, John, 1907- - Correspondence, Lindsay, Jack, 1900-1990. - Correspondence, Manuscripts for publication., Muir, Edwin, 1887-1959 - Correspondence, Postcards, Savage, D. S. (Derek S.) - Correspondence, Spender, Stephen, 1909-1995. - Correspondence, Symons, Julian, 1912- - Correspondence, Treece, Henry, 1911-1966. - Correspondence, Williams, Oscar, 1900-1964 - Correspondence, Yeats, W. B. (William Butler), 1865-1939 - Correspondence

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This collection includes letters, drafts of poems, plays, novels, reviews and lectures, as well as some of Barker's notebooks and a sketch book of drawings.  The correspondence largely consists of literary correspondence to Barker covering the years 1933 through 1964.  Of particular interest is correspondence from T. S. Eliot, Henry W. Treece, Edwin Muir, John Heath Stubbs, William Empson, John Betjeman, William Butler Yeats and Stephen Spender.  A variety of editors are also represented in the letters, including Julian Symons, Geoffrey Grigson, D. (Derek) S. Savage, John Ackerley, Jack Lindsay, John Lehmann, and Oscar Williams. 

The collection of poetry manuscripts includes about 50 different individual poems and books in various forms.  The proof and galley pages, as well as the published books (see standing volumes), often have Barker's notes, corrections and revisions, giving readers a sense of the poet's composing process, and his need to revise works even after they had been published.  Together with his notebooks, which also contain drafts of poems, the poetry manuscripts provide a fine record of the development of many poems.  There are a number of unpublished poems in this collection also.

Biographical Note

George Barker (1913-1991), a contemporary English writer and poet, was born in Loughton, England. He began writing early and by his early twenties he had already been published by T. S. Eliot at Faber and Faber, who also helped him to gain appointment as Professor of English Literature in 1939 at Tohoku University (Sendai, Miyagi, Japan).

Early volumes of note by Barker include Thirty Preliminary Poems (1933), Poems (1935) and Calamiterror (1937), which was inspired by the Spanish Civil War.

He eventually traveled to the United States where he began his longtime liaison with writer Elizabeth Smart, by whom he had four of his fifteen children, and about whom he wrote his 1945 novel By Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept and his 1950 novel, The Dead Seagull. His Collected poems were edited by Robert Fraser and published in 1987 by Faber and Faber.

Subject/Index Terms

Barker, George, 1913-1991

Administrative Information

Repository: Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center

Accruals: Additions 1965

Access Restrictions: Unrestricted access.

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 Source: Gift

Preferred Citation: [Item], George Barker collection, Special Collections Research Center, Southern Illinois University Carbondale.


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[Series 1: Correspondence],
[Series 2: Essays],
[Series 3: Lecture Notes],
[Series 4: Book Reviews],
[Series 5: Poetry],
[Series 6: Novels and Prose],
[Series 7: Plays],
[Series 8: Notebooks],
[Volume 1: Poems.],
[Volume 2: Poems.],
[Volume 3: Lament and Triumph.],
[Volume 4: Eros in Dogma.],
[Volume 5: Life and Letters and the London Mercury.],
[Volume 6: The True Confession of George Barker.],
[Volume 7: Drawings.],
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Series 2: EssaysAdd to your cart.
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Folder 24: The Hawk and the Dove.Add to your cart.
(The Criterion, October 1934) TMsS [initialed], 6pp.
Folder 25: A Note on Narrative Poetry.Add to your cart.
(The Poet and The Public, June/July 1939) TMsS, 2pp.
Folder 26: Sermon on May Day.Add to your cart.
(Seven, Spring 1940) TMsS [initialed], 6pp.
Folder 27: The Image.Add to your cart.
TMs, 17pp. [pre 1948]
Folder 28: A Note for Thomas Stearns Eliot.Add to your cart.
TMs, [1948]
Folder 29: The Opinion of George Barker on Some Modern Verse.(Add to your cart.
Life and Letters, Feb. 1950)      TMsS  [initialed], 5pp.
Folder 30: The Poem in the Orange Wig or Some Remarks on Poetic Responsibility.Add to your cart.
TMs, 19pp.  [1955]
Folder 31: The Face Behind the Poem:  An Essay in Honour of Tennyson.Add to your cart.
TMsS [initialed], 15pp. May 1956
Folder 32: Six Notes on Housman.Add to your cart.
TMs, 14pp. 1960
Folder 33: Essays on the Theory of Poetry:  Poetry and Politics.Add to your cart.
TMs, 33pp.

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[Volume 2: Poems.],
[Volume 3: Lament and Triumph.],
[Volume 4: Eros in Dogma.],
[Volume 5: Life and Letters and the London Mercury.],
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