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Guide to the David Gascoyne Library Collection 1980/2001

Overview of the Collection

Gascoyne, David, 1916-2001

Title:

David Gascoyne Library Collection

Dates:

1980-2001

Size:

1.00

Repository:

Charles Deering McCormick Library of Special Collections

Deering Library, Level 3
1970 Campus Drive
Evanston, IL,
URL: http://www.library.northwestern.edu/spec
Email: special.collections@northwestern.edu
Phone: 847-491-3635

Abstract:

David Gascoyne was born October 10, 1916 in Harrow, London, England. He published his first book of poetry in 1932 at the age of 16, and his subsequent publications quickly established his reputation as one of a small group of English surrealists. The collection includes greeting cards, postcards, letters, pamphlets, and various ephemera removed from books that were part of Gascoyne’s personal library, and were purchased by the Charles Deering McCormick Library of Special Collections.

Biographical Information

David Gascoyne was born October 10, 1916 in Harrow, London, England. He published his first book of poetry in 1932 at the age of 16, and his subsequent publications quickly established his reputation as one of a small group of English surrealists.

Gascoyne spent the years just before World War II in Paris, where he became friendly with Salvador Dalí, Max Ernst, André Breton, Paul Éluard and Pierre Jean Jouve. His poetry of this period was published in Poems 1937-1942 (1943) with illustrations by the artist Graham Sutherland.

It was in Whitecroft Hospital on the Isle of Wight that Gascoyne met his wife, Judy Lewis. They married in 1975. David Gascoyne died on 25 November 2001 at the age of 85.

Access Terms

This Collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

Personal Name

Gascoyne, David, 1916-2001

Gascoyne, David, 1916-2001--Correspondence

Topical Term

Poets, English--20th century

Surrealism (Literature)--Great Britain

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information

Purchase, 2011.

Separated Materials

The books from which these materials have been removed are cataloged and reside in the Charles Deering McCormick Library of Special Collections.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on use of the materials in the department for research; all patrons must comply with federal copyright regulations.

Scope and Contents

The collection includes greeting cards, postcards, letters, pamphlets, and various ephemera removed from books that were part of Gascoyne’s personal library, and were purchased by the Charles Deering McCormick Library of Special Collections. The container list includes the publication from which the items were removed, as well as a description of the items themselves. The greeting cards and letters fall mostly within the 1980s-1990s, and many are addressed to both Gascoyne and Judy Lewis.

INVENTORY

Box 1

Folder 1

"Early Poems," David Gascoyne, Greville Press

1980

Box 1

Folder 1

1

Letter, Anthony Astbury (publisher) to Gascoyne

1981

Box 1

Folder 1

2

Letter, Judy Gascoyne to David Gascoyne

n.d.

Box 1

Folder 2

"A Salute to British Surrealism, 1930-1950"

Box 1

Folder 2

1

Letter, Mel Gooding to David and Judy Gascoyne

January 8, 1986

Box 1

Folder 3

"Border Pass," Jeremy Reed

1986

Box 1

Folder 3

1

Letter, Jeremy Reed to Gascoyne

October 7, 1986

Box 1

Folder 4

"De La Chimere a la Merveille," Pascaline Mourier-Casile

1986

Box 1

Folder 4

1

Various ephemera

n.d.

Box 1

Folder 5

“Elizabeth Smart memorial service”

1986

Box 1

Folder 5

1

Newsclipping of obituary and invitation to commemoration ceremony hosted by Roy McMurtry, High Commissioner for Canada

July 3, 1986

Box 1

Folder 6

"Extracts from a Kind of Declaration," David Gascoyne, Greville Press

1986

Box 1

Folder 6

1

Postcard, Anthony Astbury to David and Judy Gascoyne

n.d.

Box 1

Folder 6

2

Letter, Astbury to Gascoynes

August 11, 1987

Box 1

Folder 7

"Spanish Front: Writers on the Civil War," ed. Valentine Cunningham, Oxford

1986

Box 1

Folder 7

1

Pamphlet, “Poesia Hispano-Britanica de la Guerra Civil Espanola”

n.d.

Box 1

Folder 8

"Trees: Poems by Michael Hamburger," Embers Handpress

1988

Box 1

Folder 8

Postcard, Hamburger to David Gascoyne

April 20, 1989

Box 1

Folder 9

"The Temple," Stephen Spender, Faber & Faber

1989

Box 1

Folder 9

1

Letter, Spender to David Gascoyne

August 9, 1989

Box 1

Folder 10

"An Enitharmon Anthology," ed., Stephen Stuart-Smith, Enitharmon Press

1990

Box 1

Folder 10

1

Poem, “Whales and Dolphins,” n.d., postcard, photograph

Box 1

Folder 11

"Lamps Hurled at the Stunning Algebra of Ants," Franklin Rosemont, Surrealist Editions

1990

Box 1

Folder 11

1

Newsclippings, Surrealist Group and Chicago Sun-Times

1989

Box 1

Folder 12

"Marginal Places and the Necessary Angel," Iain Biggs

1992

Box 1

Folder 12

1

Postcard

July 1993

Box 1

Folder 13

"Lawrence Durrell," David Gascoyne

1993

Box 1

Folder 13

1

Postcards, Penelope Durrell Hope to David Gascoyne

March 3, 1993

Box 1

Folder 13

2

Francoise Kestsman to the Gascoynes

December 15, 1992

Box 1

Folder 14

"For David Gascoyne’s 80th Birthday," Jeremy Reed

1996

Box 1

Folder 14

1

Birthday cards and postcards

n.d.

Box 1

Folder 15

"Menavelins," Robin Waterfield

1999

Box 1

Folder 15

1

Letter, Waterfield to David Gascoyne

n.d.

Box 1

Folder 15

2

Letter, Waterfield to the Gascoynes

August 7, 1999

Box 1

Folder 16

"Richard Roe’s Last Response," Robin Waterfield

2000

Box 1

Folder 16

1

“Bookselling as occupational therapy,” Bookdealer

July 6, 2000

Box 1

Folder 17

"Poems by David Gascoyne," selected by Judy Gascoyne, Greville Press

2001

Box 1

Folder 17

1

Card, inscribed by Judy Gascoyne “Final list of poems” (for a reading)

n.d.

Box 1

Folder 17

2

Bookshop photograph of Judy Gascoyne with copies of "Poems"

n.d.

Box 1

Folder 17

3

Letter, Judy Gascoyne to Anthony Astbury

c. 2002

Box 1

Folder 17

4

7 Letters, Judy Gascoyne to Rupert Besley, Richard Burns, David Whiting, and others

2001-2002