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A Guide to the Laura (Riding) Jackson Papers

Finding aid prepared by John R. Nemmers

University of Florida Smathers Libraries - Special and Area Studies Collections
March 2005

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Jackson, Laura (Riding), 1901-1991
Title: Laura (Riding) Jackson Papers
Dates: 1970-1978
Abstract: Typescripts of poems, correspondence, and articles by or about Laura (Riding) Jackson.
Extent: 0.4 Linear feet. 1 Box.
Identification: MS Group 71
Language(s): English

Biographical/Historical Note

Poet. Born in New York in 1901. Best known for her nine books of poetry published as Collected Works, 1938. Mrs. Jackson was a collaborator of Robert Graves.

Scope and Content

Typescripts of The Telling and other short poems (some with holograph comments and corrections); correspondence; copies of articles.

Access or Use Restrictions


The collection is open for research.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Laura (Riding) Jackson Papers, Special and Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida.

Contents List


1 "Correspondence: The Cult of Connections."
1 "The Bondage."
1 "Some Autobiographical Corrections of Literary History."
1 "Variously, as to stories."
1 "What, if not a poem?"

Correspondence (Riding and Harrer)

1 Riding - Harrer, 1970.
1 Riding - Harrer, 1971.
1 Riding - Harrer, 1972.
1 Riding - Harrer, 1973.

Manuscripts and Writings

1 "A case against and for my praeterita thinking and speaking ways."
1 " to certain conditions."
1 Commentary on poets (xerox copy).
1 English 20th Century Authors, suppl., vol. - article for - Ts.
1 "Genius," mss.
1 Introduction to a reading for B.B.C. (carbon copy).
1 "It has taken long..." Ts. (carbon copy).
1 "Letter at year's end," Ts. (xerox).
1 "Of the Failure of Poetry," mss.
1 "On Ambiguity," Ts.
1 Chelsea Magazine, (carbon copy).
1 Reading for the recording by the University of Florida Libraries, mss.
1 Recording for the University of Florida Libraries, Nov. 11, 1975- Introduction to the Listeners. Ms., 5 pp. TS signed, 2 p. TS (xerox copy).
1 Statement upon the publication of Jacks or Better, Ts.
1 The Telling, Ts.
1 The Telling, preface to the second reading, Ts. (xerox).
1 The Telling, mainly extracts from Communications, Ts.
1 "To the Editor of Cornell Alumni News," Ts with explanatory letter.
1 University microfilm text, preface written for. Ms. (carbon).


1 Kirkham, Michael. "Robert Graves's Debt to Laura Riding."
1 The Chelsea Advertisements.
1 Reviews.
1 Bibliography.


1 Sidney Ives.
1 Gowan, Harrer
1 Monti - 1979
1 Riding -to- Monti, 1976-78
1 [L.R.] Jackson -to- Monti, 1974-75

Selected Subjects and Access Terms

Poets, American -- 20th century -- Correspondence.

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