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Martin Seymour-Smith Collection

 Collection
Identifier: PCMS-0021
The Martin Seymour-Smith Collection contains letters from Robert Creeley, Ian Hamilton Finlay, Robert Graves, Donald Hall, Philip Larkin, Tom Raworth, Giles Gordon, Terence Hards, Brian Higgins, Alan Hodge, Judith Nye, James Reeves, and Charles Sisson; notebooks, manuscripts, and/or proofs for many of Seymour-Smith's creative, critical, and biographical publications; photocopies of letters and diaries by Robert Graves; and photocopies of letters by Laura Riding Jackson.

Dates

  • 1930-1981

Creator

Language of Materials

Collection material in English.

Unprocessed Accession

18 feet of unprocessed material

Terms of Access

The Martin Seymour-Smith Collection, 1930-1981, is open for research.

Copyright

Copyright of papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns. Researchers must obtain the written permission of the holder(s) of copyright and the Poetry Collection before requesting photocopies and/or publishing quotations from materials in the collection. Once permission is obtained, most papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures unless otherwise specified.

Extent

76 Linear Feet (88 boxes)

Overview

The Martin Seymour-Smith Collection contains letters from Robert Creeley, Ian Hamilton Finlay, Robert Graves, Donald Hall, Philip Larkin, Tom Raworth, Giles Gordon, Terence Hards, Brian Higgins, Alan Hodge, Judith Nye, James Reeves, and Charles Sisson; notebooks, manuscripts, and/or proofs for many of Seymour-Smith's creative, critical, and biographical publications; photocopies of letters and diaries by Robert Graves; and photocopies of letters by Laura Riding Jackson.

Biographical Note

Born in Highgate, London, Martin Seymour-Smith (1928-1998) was a British poet, critic, and biographer whose collections of poetry include Tea with Miss Stockport (1963), Reminiscences of Norma (1971), and Wilderness (1994). Seymour-Smith is also known for his biographies of Robert Graves, whom he befriended at a young age, Rudyard Kipling, and Thomas Hardy, as well as for his old spelling edition of Shakespeare's sonnets. He also wrote several critical works including Poets Through Their Letters (1969), Guide to Modern World Literature (1973), and Who's Who in Twentieth Century Literature (1976). His Collected Poems 1943-1993 was published in 2006.

Arrangement

This collection is arranged in three series: I. Letters (34 boxes alphabetized), II. Manuscripts (42 boxes alphabetized), III. Auxiliary material (12 boxes).

Acquisition Information

Purchased from Martin Seymour-Smith.

Accruals and Additions

No further accruals are expected to this collection.

Unprocessed Accession

18 feet of unprocessed material

Processing Information

Collection processed by Poetry Collection staff.
Title
Finding aid for the Martin Seymour-Smith Collection PCMS-0021
Author
Finding aid prepared by James Maynard and revised by Marie Elia.
Date
2008
Description rules
Finding aid prepared using local best practices.
Language of description
und

Repository Details

Part of the The Poetry Collection Repository

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