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Norman Gates Collection of Richard Aldington

Overview

Scope and Contents

Biographical Note

Adminstrative Information

Detailed Description

Correspondence

Writings

Miscellaneous Aldington-related items

Print materials


Norman Gates Collection of Richard Aldington, 1911-2010 | Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center

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Collection Overview

Title: Norman Gates Collection of Richard Aldington, 1911-2010Add to your cart.

ID: 1/1/MSS 384

Primary Creator: Aldington, Richard, (1892-1962.)

Extent: 13.0 Boxes

Arrangement: Arranged into 4 series: 1) Correspondence, 2) Writings, 3) Miscellaneous Aldington materials and 4) Printed materials.

Date Acquired: 00/00/1992. More info below under Accruals.

Forms of Material: Aldington, Richard, 1892-1962 - Correspondence, Newsletters.

Languages: English

Abstract

Richard Aldington (8 July 1892-27 July 1962) was an English writer and poet. Aldington was best known for his World War I poetry, the 1929 novel Death of a Hero, and the controversy resulting from his 1955 Lawrence of Arabia: A Biographical Inquiry. His 1946 biography, Wellington, was awarded the James Tait Black Memorial Prize.

Norman T. Gates (1914-2010) was an avid Aldington expert, the author of three books on Richard Aldington, The Poetry of Richard Aldington: A Critical Evaluation and Anthology of Uncollected Poems [Pennsylvania State University Press. 1974]; A Checklist of the Letters of Richard Aldington [Southern Illinois University Press. 1977] and Richard Aldington: A Biography in Letters [Pennsylvania State University Press. 1992].

Gates was also the founder and editor of the New Canterbury Literary Society Newsletter, launched in 1973 and published four times a year. The newsletter has been described as "a treasure trove of scholarship, news, anecdotes, and research relating mainly to Aldington but also his contemporaries, such as his wife H.D. (Hilda Doolittle) and their fellow imagist poets Ezra Pound and F. S. Flint."

Scope and Contents of the Materials

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.

Collection Historical Note

How the New Canterbury Literary Society Newsletter was formed: Norman Gates had long picked up on the so-called ‘C. L. S.’ Aldington’s ‘Canterbury Literary Society,’ an informal, mock society the ten (or so) members of which during the Thirties received dedicated copies of RA’s books; of Movietones in particular. There came a time when Norman found he was writing separate letters to the ten people who knew - or had shown an interest - in R. A. It was but a logical step to put together a duplicated sheet and distribute that as the New Canterbury Literary Society Newsletter. Volume 1, Number 1 was circulated on 1st August 1973 to Ann Bagnall, Miriam Benkovitz, Ruth Galloway, Frank Harrington, Alsiter Kershaw, Selwyn Kittredge, Harry T. Moore, Sydney Rosenthal and David Thatcher. Member number 10 of course was Norman T. Gates himself who, until he too moved on, was the sole survivor of that founding membership.

Biographical Note

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.

Administrative Information

Repository: Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center

Accruals: Additional accruals up to 2006.

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 fro information in this collection. Reproduction of any item must contain the complete citation to the original.

Acquisition Source: Purchased

Preferred Citation: [Item], Norman Gates collection of Richard Aldington, Special Collections Research Center, Southern Illinois University Carbondale.


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Series 2: WritingsAdd to your cart.
Sub-Series 1: Aldington's own workAdd to your cart.
Box 10Add to your cart.
Folder 11: "A Letter From Richard Aldington and a Summary Bibliography of Count Potocki's Published Works"Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Death of a Hero, Parts I and II, Adapted for the BBC Radio by Robert GladwellAdd to your cart.
Folder 13: Draft of a letter by Aldington for publicationAdd to your cart.
Folder 14: "Algeria," by Richard AldingtonAdd to your cart.
Folder 15: "The Art of Poetry," by Richard AldingtonAdd to your cart.
Folder 16: "The Berkshire Kennet," by Richard AldingtonAdd to your cart.
Folder 17: Candide or Optimism, (Part of the novel only), translated by Richard AldingtonAdd to your cart.
Folder 18: "A Description of Hell," by Richard AldingtonAdd to your cart.
Folder 19: "D. H. Lawrence," by Richard AldingtonAdd to your cart.
Folder 20: "In Memory of Wilfred Owen," by Richard AldingtonAdd to your cart.
Folder 21: "In Winter," by Richard AldingtonAdd to your cart.
Folder 22: "Lament For Adonis," by Richard AldingtonAdd to your cart.
Folder 23: "The Man Who Made God," by Richard AldingtonAdd to your cart.
Folder 24: "Le Maudit," and "Bones," by Richard AldingtonAdd to your cart.
Folder 25: "A Note on Poetry in Prose," by Richard AldingtonAdd to your cart.
Folder 26: "Poetry," (Prefatory note by Richard Aldington)Add to your cart.
Folder 27: "The Return of Spring," by Richard AldingtonAdd to your cart.
Folder 28: "A Roman Letter," by Richard AldingtonAdd to your cart.
Folder 29: "Style and the Novel," a controversy between Richard Aldington and Wyndham Lewis, 1937Add to your cart.
Folder 30: Various unpublished poems of Richard AldingtonAdd to your cart.
Folder 31: Uncollected poems of Richard Aldridge from periodicalsAdd to your cart.
Folder 32: Early editions of uncollected Aldington poems from The Poetry of Richard AldingtonAdd to your cart.
Sub-Series 2: Writings by others, including Norman Gates, most about Richard Aldington and/or ImagismAdd to your cart.
Box 10Add to your cart.
Folder 33: "The Flyin' Machine," by Miriam J. BenkovitzAdd to your cart.
Folder 34: "Nine For Reeves: Letters From Richard Aldington," by Miriam J. BenkovitzAdd to your cart.
Folder 35: "Richard Aldington," by Miriam J. BenkovitzAdd to your cart.
Folder 36: A Study of Richard Aldington's Biographies, by Alain BlayacAdd to your cart.
Folder 37: "Affaire Aldington Contre Lawrence d'Arabie," by Gustave CohenAdd to your cart.
Folder 38: "Approaches to Biography: Two Studies of H. D.," by Fred D. CrawfordAdd to your cart.
Folder 39: "Romantic Thralldom in H. D.," by Rachel Blau DuPlessisAdd to your cart.
Folder 40: "W. B. Yeats and Wilfrid Scawen Blunt: A Misattribution," by Richard J. FinneranAdd to your cart.
Folder 41: "Some Anticipations of Imagism," Ian FletcherAdd to your cart.
Folder 42: "Looking Back on a Liberator," by C. J. FoxAdd to your cart.
Folder 43: "On the Line: Aldington of the Referee," by C. J. FoxAdd to your cart.
Folder 44: "'A Form That Accomodates the Mess': Aldington, Manning, and the War Books Boom," by Andrew FraynAdd to your cart.
Folder 45: "Drugs and Literature: D. H. Lawrence and Aldous Huxley," by Norman GatesAdd to your cart.
Folder 46: "Richard Aldington and Edmund Wilson on Sophocles' Wounded Bowman . . .," by Norman GatesAdd to your cart.
Folder 47: "Richard Aldington and Prose Poetry," by Norman GatesAdd to your cart.
Folder 48: "The Stereotype As Satire in the Fiction of Richard Aldington," by Norman GatesAdd to your cart.
Folder 49: "Some Random Thoughts . . .," by Norman GatesAdd to your cart.
Folder 50: Untitled manuscript-may be preface to book? by Norman GatesAdd to your cart.
Folder 51: "Early Memories of Richard Aldington," by Margery GilbertAdd to your cart.
Folder 52: All Men Are Enemies, screenplay based on the novel by Richard Aldington. By Samuel Hoffenstein and Lenore CoffeeAdd to your cart.
Folder 53: "Mr. Tambimuttu's Birthday Books," by Selwyn KittredgeAdd to your cart.
Folder 54: The Moi Haissable: Richard Aldington-A Forgotten Writer, His Fiction and Influences, by Neil F. MacRaeAdd to your cart.
Folder 55: "'The Forgotten School of 1909' and the Origins of Imagism," by Wallace MartinAdd to your cart.
Folder 56: "Documents on Imagism from the Papers of F. S. Flint," by Christopher MiddletonAdd to your cart.
Folder 57: "The Imagists and the French 'Generation of 1900'," by James NaremoreAdd to your cart.
Folder 58: "Rethinking Sterotypes," by T. E. PerkinsAdd to your cart.
Folder 59: "Check List of Publications By or Concerning Count Potocki of Montalk," by Count PotockiAdd to your cart.
Folder 60: "Adrift in London . . .," by Samuel RothAdd to your cart.
Folder 61: "John Cournos and 'H. D.'," by Alfred SatterthwaiteAdd to your cart.
Folder 62: "A Day at the St. Regis With Dame Edith," by Perdita SchaffnerAdd to your cart.
Folder 63: "L'apres-guerre de Gustave Cohen et les institutions francaises," by Stephen SteeleAdd to your cart.
Folder 64: "Richard Aldington," by F. J. TempleAdd to your cart.
Folder 65: "'A cleft-open, dew-wet nectarine': Aldington and Women," by Michael ThompsonAdd to your cart.
Folder 66: "Richard Aldington and T. S. Eliot," by Michael B. ThompsonAdd to your cart.
Folder 67: Das dichterische Schaffen Richard Aldingtons, by Erich Wellner (dissertation, 1939)Add to your cart.
Folder 68: "Richard Aldington: Black Prince?" by David WilkinsonAdd to your cart.
Folder 69: "Richard Aldington: The Glory and the Dream," by David WilkinsonAdd to your cart.
Folder 70: "Richard Aldington's Only Masterpiece," by David WilkinsonAdd to your cart.
Folder 71: "A New Chapter in the Lives of H. D. and Richard Aldington: Their Relationship with Clement Shorter," by Caroline ZilboorgAdd to your cart.
Folder 72: "Richard Aldington in Transition: His Pieces for The Sphere in 1919," by Caroline ZilboorgAdd to your cart.
Folder 73: "The Poetry of Richard Aldington and the Great War," no author designated-may be Gates.Add to your cart.
Folder 74: Miscellaneous articles on Aldington and/or ImagismAdd to your cart.

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