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Paris Review archives

Call Number: MS 55


Collection of correspondence and manuscripts sent circa 1964-1966 to Tom Clark (1941-2018), the poetry editor of the Paris Review from 1963-1973. Includes correspondence and/or manuscripts from approximately 45 writers, including among others Denise Levertov, Ed Dorn, Larry Eigner, Louis Zukofsky, Allen Ginsberg, Joanne Kyger, Robin Blaser, Charles Olson, and Ian Hamilton Finlay.


  • 1949, 1960-1966 (bulk 1964-1966)


Conditions Governing Access

No access restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

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

Biography of Tom Clark

Thomas Willard Clark was born March 1, 1941 in Chicago, Illinois to Arthur Willard, an artist, and Rita Mary Clark. He attended John Carroll University and graduated with a BA from the University of Michigan in 1963. He received an MA from Cambridge University in 1965 and performed some graduate study at the University of Essex.

From 1963-1973 Clark served as poetry editor for the Paris Review. In 1966-1967 he was an instructor in American poetry at the University of Essex, and he was an instructor in poetics at the New College of California starting in 1987. Clark was also senior writer for Boulder Monthly from 1978-1979. He received a Fulbright Fellowship in 1963-1965, a Rockefeller Fellowship in 1967-1968, a Guggenhime fellowship in 1970-1971, and a National Endowment for the Arts grant in 1985.

Clark had an extensive list of poetry publications, including the collections When Things Get Tough on Easy Street: Selected Poems, 1963-1978 (1978), Paradise Resisted: Selected Poems, 1978-1984 (1984), Sleepwalkers Fate: New and Selected Poems, 1967-1991 (1992), and Light & Shade: New and Selected Poems (2006). Themes in his poetry included sports, parodies, tributes, and politics. He also wrote some biographies, including an autobiography and works about Robert Creeley, Edward Dorn, and Jack Kerouac; as well as some nonfiction and fiction and a three-act play entitled The Emperor of the Animals.

Clark has received numerous awards for his work, including the Hopwood Prize from the University of Michigan in 1963 and both the Bess Hokin Prize (1966) and the George Dillon Memorial Prize (1968) from Poetry. Tom Clark passed away August 17, 2018.

History of the Paris Review

The Paris Review, a literary magazine for fiction and poetry, was founded by Harold L. Humes, Peter Matthiessen, and George Plimpton in 1953 in Paris, France. The founders wanted to emphasize creative works over criticism, which they thought was dominating most literary magazines of the time. The first publisher was Sadri, or Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan. The magazine has included numerous interviews with writers, notably in the "Writers at Work" interview series. In 1973 the magazine's offices moved from Paris to New York City, where it remains.


.5 Linear Feet (1 document case)


The collection is arranged into two series: Correspondence and Manuscripts. Correspondence is in alphabetical order by correspondent's family name.

Physical Location

MS 55

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchase, Argosy Bookstore, 1967.

Related Materials

Paris Review archives, Pierpont Morgan Library, New York.

Processing Information

The archives was received from the bookseller without a clear organization. Because Spencer Library staff are uncertain whether the bookseller received the collection in that order or not, it has been maintained in case it is the original order.


Guide to the Paris Review Collection
Paris Review archives
Finding aid prepared by alh, 1968; mrm and mab, 2008. Finding aid encoded by mab, 2008. Finding aid revised by mwh, 2019.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Finding aid written in English.
Finding aid permalink
Preferred citation
<emph render="italic">Paris Review</emph> archives, MS 55, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas.

Repository Details

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

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Lawrence KS 66045-7616 United States