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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.


Box and Folder Listing


Browse by Series:

[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.],
[All]

Series 5: PoetryAdd to your cart.
Box 2Add to your cart.
Folder 1: "Cycle of Eleven Poems"Add to your cart.
(Aetatis 17) TMs, 13pp. [1930]
Folder 2: "The Seal Boy"Add to your cart.
(Poems (1935)) AMs, 1pp. 1934
Folder 3: "Resolution of Dependence" ; "Allegory of the Adolescent and the Adult"Add to your cart.

"Resolution of Dependence" AMs, 4pp.

"Allegory of the Adolescent and the Adult" AMs, 4pp.

Folder 4: "To T.S. Eliot"Add to your cart.
AMsS [initialed], 1pp. 1943
Folder 5: Love poemsAdd to your cart.

"Love Poem" ("My love who sleeps lost in America") AMs, 1p. 1942

"For Third Cycle of Love Poems" ("This is that mouth, Elizabeth...")  AMs, 2pp.

"Love Poem a" and "Love Poem b" AMs, 2pp.

"Love Poem" ("By the lake where we walked...") AMs, 1pp.

Folder 6: Two drafts of "Dog, Dog in my Manger"Add to your cart.
AMs, 5pp.
Folder 7: "Epitaph on a One Handed Entertainer (The Windmill v.3)", 1946Add to your cart.
AMs, 2pp.
Folder 8: "Verse Commentary for the Film Miners Above Ground"Add to your cart.
AMs, 17pp. 1947
Folder 9: "News of the World"Add to your cart.
(I and II) AMs, 5pp.
Folder 10: "The Five Faces of Pity"Add to your cart.
AMs, 8pp.
Folder 11: Four PoemsAdd to your cart.

"Sonnet on Ireland" AMs, 3pp.

"That Laddie is a Long Way from Home" AMs, 2pp.

Two drafts of "Epitaph for the Poet" AMs, 2pp.

"Memorial Inscription" AMs, 1pp.

Folder 12: News of the WorldAdd to your cart.
TMs [partial proof pages], 64pp. 1950
Folder 13: Two versions of "A Farewell"Add to your cart.

"A Farewell" [clipping with corrections] 1pp.

"A Farewell" (A Vision of Beasts and Gods (1954)) AMs, 1pp. 1951

Folder 14: "The Mnemonic Demigod"Add to your cart.
"The Mnemonic Demigod" AMs, 6pp. 1954
Folder 15: "The Death of Manolete"Add to your cart.
AMs, 1pp.
Folder 16: Two drafts of "To A Child"Add to your cart.
(A Vision of Beasts and Gods (1954))  AMs, 2pp.
Folder 17: "Consolatory Verses for the Middle Years"Add to your cart.
AMs, 2pp.
Folder 18: "Ballad of the Muse at Sea"Add to your cart.
AMs, 2pp.
Folder 19: "Cycle of Six Lyrics"Add to your cart.
TMs [The London Magazine galley page,  annotated], 1pp.
Folder 20: "A Song of the Sea"Add to your cart.
AMs, 1pp.
Folder 21: "Consolatory Verses for the Middle Years"Add to your cart.
AMs, 2pp.
Folder 22: "Home Thoughts for Italy"Add to your cart.

"Home Thoughts for Italy" AMs, 5pp. 1961

"Home Thoughts for Italy" TMs, 4pp.

Folder 23: The View from a BlindAdd to your cart.

Instructions to Cash re this manuscript AN, 2pp.

The View from a Blind I TMs, 82pp. 1961

Folder 24: The View from a BlindAdd to your cart.
The View from a Blind I TMs [corrected prelims], 64pp. 1962
Folder 25: "I Walked by a Window in Ireland"Add to your cart.
"I Walked by a Window in Ireland" (The View from a Blind I (1962))  TMs, 1pp. (drawing of Dame Edith Sitwell on back 1954)
Folder 26: The True Confession of George Barker Part IIAdd to your cart.
The True Confession of George Barker Part II  AMs, 48pp. 1962
Folder 27: "A Quincunx for Elspeth"Add to your cart.

"A Quincunx for Elspeth" AMs, 4pp. 1963

"A Quincunx for Elspeth" TMs [annotated], 7pp. 1963

Folder 28: "Funeral Eulogy for Robert Colquhoun", 1914-1962Add to your cart.
TMs [annotated],7pp. 1963
Box 3Add to your cart.
Folder 1: "IV Memorials for Dead Friends"Add to your cart.
AMsS [initialed], 19pp.
Folder 2: "To James Flecher"Add to your cart.
(pub. as "To the Memory of Elroy Flecher" in Dreams of a Summer Night 1966) AMs, 3pp.
Folder 3: "Epitaph:  On the Suicide of the Painter John Minton"Add to your cart.
TMs, 1pp.
Folder 4: "Memorial Verses for Louis Mac Neice"Add to your cart.
TMs [annotated], 8pp. 1963
Folder 5: The Shades of Childhood: A Cycle of Six LyricsAdd to your cart.
TMs, 25pp. 1964
Folder 6: Manuscripts of Miscellaneous New PoemsAdd to your cart.
("O Valley of Ariccia...",  "Epitaph for Oscar Williams") TMs [annotated, with autograph revisions], 6pp.
Folder 7: "In Memoriam TSE"Add to your cart.
("Elegiacs for T. S. Eliot" Dreams of a Summer Night 1966) TMs [annotated], 3pp.
Folder 8: Revisions of Dreams of a Summer NightAdd to your cart.
TMs [with autograph revisions], 70pp.
Folder 9: Poem on the Olympic Games in RomeAdd to your cart.
AMs, 13pp.
Folder 10: "To an Infant Weeping"Add to your cart.

TMs, 1pp.

Clipping: poem in French ("Ecoutez mes chers freres!") 1pp.

Folder 11: "Romagna"Add to your cart.
(trans. from Giosue Carducci) TMs, 4pp.

Browse by Series:

[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.],
[All]

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