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Drafts of poems by and letters received by Charles Tomlinson

Call Number: MS 124


Album including drafts of poems (with a separate list of the poems) by British poet, Charles Tomlinson (1927-), as well as letters received by him from fellow authors Wallace Stevens (2), T. S. Eliot (1), and William Carlos Williams (8).


  • Creation: 1951 - 1965


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No access restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Spencer Library staff may determine use restrictions dependent on the physical condition of manuscript materials.

Biography of Charles Tomlinson

Charles Tomlinson was born in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, Great Briatin, in 1927. He studied at Queen's College Cambridge under poet Donald Davie and taught primary school before securing a position at the University of Bristol, where he taught for the majority of his career (36 years).

Tomlinson's poetry collections include American Scenes and Other Poems (1966), The Shaft (1978), and Skywriting and Other Poems (2003), among others. Tomlinson held visiting positions at the University of New Mexico and at Princeton University; he was always interested in American poetry and culture. Poetical influences included American poets William Carlos Williams, Wallace Stevens, Ezra Pound, Marianne Moore, and others.

Tomlinson was fluent in German, French, and Italian, and served as a translator, as well as an editor, including editing The Oxford Book of Verse in English Translation (1980), as well as a collection of William Carlos Williams' works (1976).

Charles Tomlinson died in 2015.


.25 Linear Feet (1 document case containing 1 volume and 11 letters)

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Physical Location

MS 124

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Argosy, 1966

Guide to the Charles Tomlinson Collection
Drafts of poems by and letters received by Charles Tomlinson
Finding aid prepared by alh, 1973. Finding aid encoded by skt, 2006. Finding aid revised by ksc, 2006; mwh, 2023.
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Drafts of poems by and letters received by Charles Tomlinson, MS 124, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas.

Repository Details

Part of the University of Kansas. Kenneth Spencer Research Library Repository

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