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A Guide to the Jon Silkin Papers

Finding aid created by Frank Orser

University of Florida Smathers Libraries - Special and Area Studies Collections
August 2011


Descriptive Summary

Creator: Silkin, Jon
Title: Jon Silkin Papers
Dates: 1952-1956
Abstract: Correspondence, poems and some prose writings of British poet and poetry magazine editor, Jon Silkin.
Extent: 1 Linear feet. 2 boxes.
Identification: MS Group 32
Language(s): English

Biographical/Historical Note

Jon Silkin was a British poet who authored and edited many volumes of poetry. His Selected Poems were published in 1980 and in a revised edition, 1994. He was founding co-editor of Stand (1952-1997). He was a teacher of English for foreign students at the University of Leeds, England. Silkin was a Gregory Fellow in poetry. (Source: Contemporary Authors Online, Gale, 2003. Reproduced in Biography Resource Center. Farmington Hills, Mich.: The Gale Group. 2003.)


Scope and Content

The Silkin Papers consist of correspondence, manuscripts of poems and some prose writings. Many of the manuscripts are working drafts with many versions of the same poem. Poems are often written on the verso of correspondence and may not be identified in the list of contents. Some of the correspondence relates to Stand and to publication of Silkin's works. Correspondents include Dannie Abse, Desmond Elliott, John Heath-Stubbs, C. Day Lewis, Roy Fuller, and Jon Silkin, Jr.


Access or Use Restrictions

Access

The collection is open for research.

Usage Restrictions

Rights belong to the authors. Silkin's last know agent was John Smith, 52 Floral Street, London WC2, England.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Jon Silkin Papers, Special and Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida.

Acquisition Information

Donated by the author to the University of Florida through Gene Baro, ca. 1956.


Contents List

Poems


Box Folder
1 1 A tragic world endures a tragic pain... -- Four Ms. versions. Two Ts. versions (Ms. corrections and deletions)
1 1 I was born in the desert... -- Two Ms. versions (corrections) Two Ts. versions enlarged.
1 1 Jagged you are... -- Ts. 23 lines
1 1 The desert rears up its bulky trunk-grass -- Two Ms. versions (corrections)
1 1 There are four deserts... -- Ts. 10 lines (Ms. addition of 23 more canceled lines; fragment)
1 1 Therefore lie certain in the ancient wood... -- One Ms. version. Two Ts. versions. (Ms. corrections and deletions) (I, II, IV, may be forming part of one poem.)
1 2 A few days after... -- Ms. 47 lines (corrections and deletions). All poems cancelled by a crossing line.
1 2 A ride to Jerusalem -- Ts. 49 lines (Ms. corrections and deletions)
1 2 A Space in the Air -- Ms. 15 lines incomplete. Published in The Peaceable Kingdom and Poems, New and Selected
1 2 When you were but a stone... -- Ts. 32 lines (Ms. corrections and deletions)
1 3 Am naked, Father... -- Ms. 16 lines (corrections and deletions)
1 3 And I am Greek... -- Ms. 9 lines (corrections and deletions)
1 3 Between that noise... -- Ms. 15 lines (corrections and deletions)
1 3 Can this be us... -- Ts. 43 lines (incomplete)
1 3 For he was like a tree... -- Ms. 9 lines (corrections)
1 3 I am dizi[?]... -- Ms. 5 lines (corrections and deletions)
1 3 I am of peace... -- Ms. 19 lines (deletions)
1 3 If you could reach that ice... -- Ms. 15 lines (corrections and deletions)
1 3 Image share a ship with me -- Ms. 16 lines (corrections and deletions)
1 3 Mutually Bleed -- Ms. 24 lines
1 3 See, my friends... -- Ms. 6 lines (corrections)
1 3 She steps over the grass... -- Ms. 19 lines (poem deleted with crossing line)
1 3 Stanzas (6) -- Ms. 15 lines
1 3 The Small Garden where the Herbs grow -- Ms. 14 lines (corrections and deletions)
1 3 Unchain my soul... -- Ms. 9 lines (all the poems deleted with a crossing line)
1 3 Which protracted beyond measurement... -- Ms. 4 lines (corrections)
1 4 Abate his anger... -- Ts. 32 lines
1 4 At first I thought of hope -- Ts. 42 lines. See also folder 19.
1 4 Claim you as a victim... -- Ts.16 lines (Ms. corrections and deletions)
1 4 I, the light whose mornings dart... -- Three Ts. versions (incomplete first part). Some versions in folder 4 have the title "Killing My Past." See also Folders 30 and 24.
1 4 Killing My Past -- See also Folders 24 and 30.
1 4 Solace -- Ts. 10 lines
1 4 Suicide -- Ts. 49 lines (Ms. corrections and deletions. Incomplete?)
1 4 The Final Solution -- Ts. 23 lines (corrections)
1 4 The Quality of Desert -- Ts. note by author explaining the composition of the poems. Final Ts. of the complete poem composed of six poems.
1 4 The Quality of Desert - Poem I -- Three Ms. versions (corrections and deletions). Two Ts. versions, complete plus partial versions, plus various versions of different verses.
1 4 The Quality of Desert - Poem III -- Two Ms. and four Ts. versions (Ms. corrections and deletions, plus partial versions.)
1 4 The Quality of Desert - Poem IV -- Five Ts. versions (Ms. corrections, deletions, and additions)
1 4 The Quality of Desert - Poem V -- Six Ts. versions (Ms. corrections)
1 4 The Quality of Desert - Poem VI -- Three partial Ms. versions. Two Ts. versions. Ms. corrections and deletions. Partial Ts. versions
1 4 The Rose Window -- Ts. 20 lines
1 4 There were trips said to me... -- Ms. 18 lines (corrections and deletions)
1 4 We must always beware... -- Ts. 22 lines
1 5 Here is the wilderness of you and me... -- Three Ms. versions and three Ts. versions. (Ms. corrections and deletions)
1 5 The Rookery Incident -- Ts. 30 lines (Translated from Italian?)
1 6 Belladonna -- Ts. 13 lines
1 6 By the back door of the wilderness... -- Three Ms. (corrections and deletions) Possibly another version of : Here is the wilderness of you and me...
1 6 Extinguished into the dark... -- Ms. 58 lines (corrections and deletions) Possibly a version of "Furnished Lives" published in the Two Freedoms.
1 6 I turn for the stern truth... -- Ms. 5 lines (corrections)
1 6 Prophetic History -- Ts. 18 lines
1 6 Since our loquacious ghosts... -- Ms. 5 lines (corrections)
1 6 Tangible as thorns... -- Ms. 15 lines (corrections)
1 6 The dead leaves... -- Ts. 39 lines (Ms. corrections)
1 7 The Two Silences (After Lorenza Mazetti and her film Together) -- Two Ms. versions. Three Ts. versions. corrections and deletions
1 8 ...Of that dark humbly... -- Two Ms. versions (corrections and deletions), both incomplete)
1 8 There are things which should never... -- Ms. 23 lines (entirely canceled by a crossed line)
1 8 This I have seen, the dull expression... -- Ms. 53 lines (corrections and deletions)
1 8 This shrill and icy room of hell (?) -- Two Ms. versions (corrections and deletions.)
1 8 What we ought never to speak... -- Three Ms. versions (corrections and deletions)
1 8 Who has possessed her... -- Ms. 101 lines (deletions); incomplete.
1 9 I hear the actions of the crying birds... -- Ms. 13 lines (corrections and deletions)
1 9 I see no clearance... -- Three Ts. versions (Ms. corrections)
1 9 Say you are the drum stick... -- Two Ts. versions. One Ms. version. corrections and deletions
1 9 The Patron (for Cyril Ray) -- Two Ts. versions (Ms. corrections and additions) Three Ms. versions
1 10 And at whose thigh unrobed I yet had prayed... -- Ms. 17 lines (corrections and deletions)
1 10 And I turned from the inner heart... -- Ms. 24 (corrections and deletions) Published in Two Freedoms.
1 10 Here is our joy... -- Ts. 15 lines (Ms. additions and corrections)
1 10 It is without affirmative I mark that day... -- Ms. 61 lines (corrections)
1 10 My dear, this is a letter to you hear... -- Ms. 26 lines (corrections and deletions)
1 10 Nothing can be taken from you... -- Ms. 10 lines (corrections and deletions)
1 10 The sky. I had stones smooth with... -- Ms. 34 lines (deletions)
1 11 The Two Freedoms -- Two Ms. versions. Three Ts. versions. Ms. corrections and deletions. Published The Two Freedoms and Poems, New and Selected.
1 12 Furnished Lives -- One Ms. version. Three Ts. versions (Ms. corrections and deletions) Published in The Two Freedoms and later in Poems, New and Selected.
1 12 I am unleashed and sail among... -- Ts. 35 lines (first 24 lines canceled with crossing line) One Ts. version (Ms. corrections and deletions). Two Ms. versions
1 12 Noah: His voice -- One Ms. version. Four Ts. versions (Ms. corrections, deletions, and additions)
1 13 Close to the objects of the household world... -- One Ms. version; Five Ts. versions. Ms. corrections and deletions.
1 13 Slip by past... -- One Ms. version of Coming, we fear (corrections and deletions)
1 14 The Return -- One Ms. version. Four Ts. versions. Corrections and deletions.
1 15 As we were sitting round the wooden table... -- Ms. (corrections and deletions)
1 16 ...afraid he was dead... -- Ms. 56 lines
1 16 Do not flower... -- Ms. 16 lines (corrections; incomplete)
1 16 Fruit walked smooth... -- Ms. 43 lines (corrections and deletions)
1 16 Huge, the...of there lives... -- Ms. 17 lines (corrections and deletions)
1 16 In this city, huge as world is large... -- Ms. 52 lines (corrections and deletions)
1 16 Raised and taunted... -- Ms. 15 lines (corrections and deletions)
1 16 The right (?) perpetual soil my people plant... -- Ms. 17 lines (corrections and deletions)
1 16 Then...a frozen dance claps... -- Ms. 10 lines (corrections). Version of the poem "The Dark Drinkard" published in The Two Freedoms.
1 16 What do I care if... -- Ms. 11 lines (corrections and deletions)
1 16 Who lacks the... -- Ms. 9 lines (corrections and deletions)
1 17 Some Industrial Burning -- One Ms. version. One Ts. version (corrections)
1 17 The Thirsting -- Ms. 73 lines (corrections and deletions)
1 17 To a Dead Socialist Lady -- Ts. 27 lines. One verse crossed out)
1 18 Two listless dried contraceptives... -- One Ms. version. One Ts. version (Ms. corrections)
1 18 Who amongst us when the chill wind screams... -- Three Ms. versions. One Ts. version (Ms. corrections and deletions)
1 19 At first I thought of hope -- Ts. 42 lines. See also folder 4.
1 19 I am that kind of crier... -- Two Ts. versions (Ms. corrections and additions)
1 19 The Buddha is an ample form of Christ... -- Two Ts. versions (Ms. corrections and deletions) One Ms. version (corrections)
1 20 A Death to Us -- Ms. 14 lines (corrections). Published in The Peaceable Kingdom.
1 20 Man's life is like the doors... -- Ms. 8 lines (corrections and deletions)
1 20 Motive for the grace which moves across... -- Ms. 28 lines (corrections and deletions)
1 20 My unwarranted... -- Ms. 7 lines (deletions)
1 20 Then what a frigid dance... -- Ms. 16 lines (corrections)
1 20 Tree. I knew my land... -- Ms. 5 lines (corrections and deletions)
1 21 A Poem in the Occasion of Israel Being Attacked by Egypt -- Ts. 37 lines (Ms. corrections and deletions)
1 21 Between what I know... -- Ts. 9 lines
1 21 Carved -- Ts. 20 lines
1 21 Consider the sly avarice of nature... -- Ts. 38 lines (Ts. deletions)
1 21 Enduring with the elements... -- Ms. 14 lines (corrections)
1 21 For every creature... -- Ts. 10 lines (Ms. corrections and deletions)
1 21 Hymn to the solid world -- Ts. 34 lines
1 21 I came from Egypt... -- Ts. 8 lines (Ms. corrections)
1 21 Paler Spirit -- Ts. 10 lines (Ms. additions and corrections)
1 21 Psalm 23 -- Ts. 17 lines
1 21 Psalm 47 -- Ts. 21 lines
1 21 Psalm 137 -- Ts. 24 lines
1 21 Sentimental meeting place -- Ts. 18 lines (a line deleted)
1 21 Sir, like courage -- Ts. 14 lines (canceled with crossed lines)
1 21 Sonnet: To Susan Benson -- Ts. 14 lines (Ms. corrections)
1 21 The Coffee Drinker -- Ts. 16 lines (Ms. additions)
1 21 The passion of their hands... -- Ts. 34 lines (Ms. corrections and deletions)
1 21 The Runner -- Ts. 21 lines (Ms. corrections)
1 21 This is his No... -- Ts. 9 lines (Ms. corrections)
1 21 We are five stars... -- Ts. 17 lines (Ms. corrections and deletions)
1 21 When first I saw the rivers... -- See also folder 27.
1 21 When I had entered that house of deep shades... -- Ms. version. See also folder 35.
1 21 Who amongst you could find the arms... -- Ts. 15 lines (Ms. corrections)
1 21 Within the pasture of my skull... -- Ts. 21 lines (Ms. corrections and deletions)
1 21 Your paper feet... -- Ts. 7 lines (Ms. corrections)
1 22 Care for animals -- Ms. 20 lines (corrections and deletions) Published in The Peaceable Kingdom under the title: "Caring for Animals."
1 22 Let my despair be your nourishment... -- Four Ms. versions; one Ts. version (Ms. corrections, deletions, and additions)
1 22 The Outside -- Ms. 33 lines (corrections and deletions)
1 22 The wedding thought -- Two Ms. versions (corrections and deletions)
1 23 Ballad to a hungry author... -- Ts. 28 lines
1 23 Earthbound -- Ts. 21 lines (Ms. corrections)
1 23 How are you so sure I will... -- Ts. and Ms. versions. Corrections.
1 23 Or else all devils fade out of the air... -- Ts. version and Ms. version (corrections)
1 23 The cunning of an age -- Ts. 64 lines. Published in The Peaceable Kingdom.
1 23 The finding of love... -- Ts. 28 lines (Ms. corrections)
1 23 The Theme -- One Ms. version. Two Ts. versions (Ms. corrections, deletions, and additions)
1 23 Today from my heart new trees grow... -- Two Ts. versions (Ms. corrections)
1 23 Yet not that easily; nor all with ease... -- Ts. 43 lines (Ms. corrections and deletions)
1 24 A Sonnet of the Holy Streets -- Ts. 14 lines
1 24 Bowl -- Ms. 8 lines (corrections)
1 24 Dear wound, while in my room... -- Ts. 45 lines (Corrections and deletions)
1 24 From the Inside of the Wilderness -- Ts. 22 lines
1 24 I am reminded of it every time... -- Ts. 11 lines (Ms. corrections; poems canceled by crossed line)
1 24 I, the light whose mornings dart... -- Three Ts. versions (incomplete final part). Some versions in folder 24 have the title "Killing My Past." See also Folders 4 and 30.
1 24 Killing My Past -- See also Folders 4 and 30.
1 24 Magnificence of light -- Ts. 15 lines
1 24 Never any dying -- Two Ms. versions, plus versions of separate verses. Published in The Peaceable Kingdom.
1 24 Sonnet: Inside -- Ts. 14 lines
1 24 The Blindness -- Ts. 53 lines (Ms. corrections and deletions)
1 24 The Forests (On the occasion of Dr. Schweitzer's visit to England) -- Ts. 42 lines
1 24 Without doubt it will come again... -- Ms. 13 lines (corrections and deletions)
1 25 A version of Moses -- Ts. Three parts (Ms. corrections)
1 25 You smile and I must go into the dark... -- Three Ms. versions (corrections and deletions.)
1 26 All men, old men with wisdom deep as lies... -- Seven Ts. versions (Ms. corrections, deletions, and additions)
1 26 The Third Death -- Ts. 60 lines. Published in The Two Freedoms, 1958.
1 27 Death of the bird -- Ts. 44 lines (Ms. corrections). Published in The Two Freedoms, 1958, and in Poems, New and Selected, 1966.
1 27 Standing Still -- Ts. 16 lines
1 27 When first I saw the rivers... -- See also folder 21.
1 28 Easter Day: Guilt -- Two Ms. versions; fourteen Ts. versions (Ms. corrections and deletions). Variations in title: Easter Day; Guilt Over Easter; Easter: Guilt; Easter: God's Guilt; The Misalliance; The Accusation
1 28 I dug his spinning word into the earth... -- Ts. 24 lines
1 28 I was drugged, I was urged on a bank of clay... -- Ts. 25 lines
1 29 For two children -- Two Ms. versions. Five Ts. versions (Ms. corrections and deletions) Published in The Two Freedoms.
1 30 Altogether in the sun... -- Ts.18 lines
1 30 I, the light whose mornings dart... -- One Ms. version; three Ts. versions (Ms. corrections and deletions.). See also Folders 4 and 24.
1 31 Clay--Four related poems -- Four related poems. A plan is explained by the author in a Ts. preface. I. Because this is the clay... Eight Ts. versions (Ms. corrections and deletions). II. Dialogue between Man and Clay. Two Ms. versions; Five Ts. versions. III. Coiled in the playful frail entanglement... Two Ts. versions (Ms. corrections). IV. I was drugged urged upon a bank of clay...One Ms. version; Four Ts. versions
1 31 Guilt -- Ts. 33 lines (Ms. corrections)
1 31 His world -- Ts. 16 lines
1 32 The Entire Dance -- Ts. 90 lines (the seven last verses in Ts. version with ms. corrections)
1 32 This Resurrection -- One Ms. version. Six Ts. versions. Ms. corrections and deletions. Published in The Two Freedoms.
1 33 The Forsaken -- Three Ms. versions. Seven Ts. versions. (Corrections and and deletions)
1 34 To Michael Riviere, for his second son, Thomas -- Two Ms. versions. Four Ts. versions. (Ms. corrections and deletions.) Published in The Two Freedoms.
1 35 Feed with your jealous hand... -- One Ms. 21 lines; three Ts. versions (Ms. corrections and deletions)
1 35 When I had entered that house of deep shades... -- Ts. version. See also folder 21.
1 36 The Charity -- Two Ms. versions, and seven Ts. versions (Ms. corrections and deletions) Some versions begin: "Suddenly these poems...." Others have title: "A Gift of Charity."
1 37 Cold is the world... -- Ms. 21 lines, with corrections
1 37 I do not care now if I sing or die -- Ms. 12 lines
1 37 The choked sound in the organ pipe... -- Three Ms. versions (corrections)
1 38 I see the lower reaches of the smoky Thames... -- Three Ms. versions (corrections and deletions.) Two Ts. versions of the second part (Ms. corrections).
1 38 No civilized music here... -- Ts. 25 lines
1 39 The responsibility (In four parts) -- I. I am a burnt ship… Thirteen Ts. versions (Ms. corrections, deletions, and additions)
1 40 The responsibility (In four parts) -- II. I travel on the least breath of the sea… Eight Ts. versions. Three Ms. versions (corrections, additions; some fragments)
1 41 The responsibility (In four parts) -- III. If I were a sailor… Eight Ts. versions. One Ms. version. (Corrections and deletions)
1 42 The responsibility (In four parts) -- IV. If you want to journey for ever and ever… Five Ts. versions. One Ms. version. (Corrections and deletions)
1 43 As she awoke. I have seen pain... -- Ts. 10 lines
1 43 Miscellaneous fragments


Prose Writing - Reviews


Box Folder
2 1 Ackerly. My God Tulip. Ts. with Ms. Corrections, 2p.
2 1 Durrell, Gerald. Title not identified. Ts. with Ms. Corrections, 1p.
2 1 Olsson, Jan Olof. Welcome to Tombstone. Ts. with corrections, 1p.
2 1 Thornton, Francis B. Glory at Sea. Ts. with corrections, 2p.
2 2 Reader's report on unidentified books. Ts. with corrections, 2p.
2 3 Review of a play by Dannie Abse; the third book of poems of Thomas Blackburn; the new book of Philip Larkin. Ts., 3p.


Prose Writing - Essays


Box Folder
2 4 From the poet's position. Ts. first draft, 2p.
2 4 From the poet's position. Ts. 2d. Ms. corrections, 2p.
2 5 Barker, George (Essay On). Ms., 6p.
2 6 Grahe, W.S. (Poet). Mss., 6p. and 3 half p.
2 7 The Two Edens (Essay on Edwin Muir and De la Mare). Ms. 13p., Ts. 4p. (draft of Edwin Muir essay and a page of De La Mare's)
2 8 On historical novel. Ts. with Ms. corrections, 2p.
2 9 On Jewish writing and Jewish poets. Ts., 14p. discontinued and incomplete. (On back of pages, short story [Naomi])
2 10 Thomas, Dylan. Ms. corrections, 7p.
2 11 Thomas, Dylan. Ms. 2p.


Prose Writing - Short Stories and Miscellaneous


Box Folder
2 12 Prose--Fragments
2 13 Readings with explanations of "Son and Father" (poem) by C. Day Lewis, "The Carpenter" by Clifford Dyment, and "The Victim of Aulis" by Dannie Abse. Ms. 3p.
2 14 Anderson (Mrs.) paused... Ts., 2p., ms., 5p (partially in Silkin's hand)
2 14 Dol-au-Cothy. Ts. with Ms. corrections, 6p.
2 15 Town and Country School, an Anthology, 1956. Typed prologue, 2p.
2 16 [Naomi, central figure]. Ts. with corrections, incomplete, 5p. Xerox copy-Original on back of his essay On Jewish Writing.
2 16 Unidentified fragments. Ms., 5 p.
2 17 The River Runs On. Ms. 14p. (incomplete)
2 17 The River Runs On. Galleys, 3p. Incomplete


Correspondence

Correspondence is filed chronologically in reverse order.


Box Folder
2 1 Lewis, Cecil Day. TLS to Jon Silkin, London, England. February 20, 1956. 2p. 25 1/2 x 20 1/2 cm. As one of the directors of Chatto and Windus, he sends his criticism of a Jon Silkin novel. He writes novels as if they were poems.
2 2 Fuller, Roy. ALS to Jon Silkin, London. January 18, 1956. 1p. 26 x 20 cm. Original scheme to put up to the Arts Council for helping new and existing magazine did not go through. If it goes through it will only be for magazines that are starting. Stand will not be damaged with the appearance of new ones.
2 3 Silkin, Jon. TLS to Roy Fuller, Victoria, London. January 16. 1956. 1p. 25 1/2 x. 20 cm. He cannot give any information about Stand 's financial workings. Afraid he will use to start another journal. Asking for grant for Stand.
2 4 Lewis, Cecil Day. TLS to Jon Silkin, London, England. December 16, 1955. 2p. 25 1/2 x 20 1/2 cm. Criticism of book of poems. Why it was rejected. Great potentiality as poet.
2 5 [Snow] Peter. ALS to Jon Silkin, London. December 1, 1955. 1p. 18 x 14 cm. About letter he has typed and wants to be signed by Silkin to appear more objective and stronger about choreography for ballet. Enclosed is the letter to Ninettes (?)
2 6 Silkin, Jon. TLS to Peter [Snow] London. November 24, 1955. 1p. 25 1/2 x 20 cm. Giving plot for a ballet he will do with Peter Snow. Enclosed is a copy of a letter sent by Silkin and Snow to the choreographer's for the ballet they are planning.
2 7 Taylor, Derek. ALS (copy) to Jon Silkin, London. August 24, 1955. 1p. 28 x 24 cm. Wishing to meet him for a chat to hear more about Stand. Original in Poems, Folder 36.
2 8 Srigley, Michael. TLS (copy) to Jon Silkin, Dublin. March 3, 1955. 1p. 25 x 20 cm. Comments about Silkin's ideas on Pound. Proposing a meeting. Original in Poems, Folder 3.
2 9 Fuller, Roy. ALS to Jon Silkin, London. January 12, 1955. 1p. 26 x 20 cm. He will be able to help new magazines only through the Arts Council. Asking for financial information about Stand.
2 10 Lewis, Cecil Day. ALS to Jon Silkin, London, England. December 2, 1954. 2p. 20 x 13 cm. Read the new poems he has sent. Needs to brood over them. Will keep the poems from the original, that they (the publishers) liked most.
2 11 [Abse], Dennis. ALS to Jon Silkin, London. November 1954. 2p. 20 1/2 x 25 cm. Sending a typewritten copy of "The Victim." He has reviewed The Jewish Chronicle for Poetry and Poverty. He has suggested Silkin and others to Robert Armstrong for a reading.
2 12 Silkin, John Sr. TLS (copy) to Jon Silkin, London. October 7, 1954. 1p. 25 x 20 cm. Advising him to take a job. Original in Poems, Folder 1.
2 13 Lewis, Cecil Day. ALS to Jon Silkin, London, England. September 9, 1954. 2p. 20 x 13 cm. Read the new selection of his poems several times. Some are uncharacteristic of him. He will pass them to his co-expert.
2 14 Lewis, Cecil Day. ALS to Jon Silkin, London, England. March 25, 1954. 1p. 20 x 12 1/2 cm. Thanking him for additional poems. Enough to make a book. Wants to see him about a contract.
2 15 Lewis, Cecil Day. TLS to Jon Silkin, London, England. January 5, 1954. 2p. 25 1/2 x 20 1/2 cm. Includes criticism of Silkin's poems by himself and another member of Chatto. Great confidence in Silkin as a poet.
2 16 Elliott, Desmond. Hutchinson and Co. TLS to Jon Silkin, London. December 3, 1953. 2p. 20 1/2 x 17 1/2 cm. He has sent Silkin's and Fox's poems to Mr. Church. He finds them of great poetic value, but Hutchinson cannot take the risk of publishing poetry. Advises sending them to Erica Marx of Hand and Flower Press.
2 17 Botta, David. TLS to Jon Silkin, Cambridge. December 3, 1953. 1p. 25 1/2 x 20 1/2 cm. Communication that Silkin has won the second prize in poetry competition organized by Varsity, the undergraduate newspaper.
2 18 Silkin, John Sr. ALS (copy) to Jon Silkin, London. March 5, 1953. 1p. 26 x 18 1/2 cm. Inviting him for a get together to discuss Jon's problems. Original in Poems, Folder 20
2 19 Hart-Davis, Rupert. TLS to Jon Silkin, London. September 16, 1952. 1p. 25 x 20 cm. Struck by the quality of his poems, but impossible to publish them for risk of losing money.
2 19 Silkin, Jon. T1 (incomplete and copy) to Mr. Evans, London. n.d. 1p. 25 x 20 cm. Criticism of Mr. Evans' poem. Original is Poems, 19.
2 20 Gainsborough, Richard. ALS (copy) to Jon Silkin, London. n.d. 1p. 23 x 20 cm. About job.
2 20 Heath-Stubbs, John. ALS to Jon Silkin, London. n.d. 2p. 17 1/2 x 13 1/2 cm. Enclosing a poem that Time and Tide will not publish. He leaves the remainder of the article up to Silkin.
2 20 Heath-Stubbs, John. ALS to Jon Silkin, London. n.d. 2p. 17 1/2 x 11 1/2. Authorizing him to make three cuts in his poems. He, himself , has made essential cuts for including it in an appendix to the Triumph of the Muse.
2 20 Silkin, Jon. TL (incomplete and copy) to Marguerite Caetani, London. n.d. 1p. 23 x 20 cm. Explanation about his poem--"The Quality of Desert." Original in Poems-Box 1, Folder 4
2 20 Silkin, Jon. ALS to Carne--Ross, London. n.d. 1p. 21 x 17 cm. Sending "Skeleton" of the proposed program for "Poems of Anger and Protest"
2 20 Silkin, Jon. T1 to Carne--Ross, London. n.d. 1p. 25 x 20 cm. Sending three poems. Explanation about them.
2 20 Silkin, Jon. TLS to Ron, [London]. n.d. 1p. 20 x 25 cm. Sending the story promised and three poems. Original in Poems, 19.


Selected Subjects and Access Terms

Abse, Dannie
Day Lewis, C. -- (Cecil) -- 1904-1972
Elliot, Desmond
Fuller, Roy Broadbent -- 1912-
Heath Stubbs, John Francis Alexander -- 1918-
Poets, English -- 20th century -- Correspondence



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