This collection is composed of the papers of Knute Skinner prior to 1970. It is
arranged into two series: I. Works (arranged alphabetically) and II. Correspondence
(which is subdivided into outgoing and incoming and arranged chronologically).
Poems account for the majority of the works present, with multiple handwritten and
typescript drafts and Skinner's handwritten edits. Many are dated and signed by
as well. Included are poems that were published in his collections A Close Sky over Killaspuglonane (1968 edition), for
which the galley proof sheets are also present, and In
Dinosaur Country (1969), for which the proof copy is included.
There are two short stories: "A Room for Sixty
Francs" and the published version of "The Man Who
Checked Out the Library" (Limbo, October
1964) with many handwritten revisions by Skinner. A selection of book reviews
1961 to 1969 is organized alphabetically by the title. While the author and title
the book is typically documented, the publications for which the reviews were
written are not.
The Correspondence for the collection concerns Skinner’s professional life with a
references of a personal nature. There are acceptance and rejection letters from
poetry submissions, royalty notices, and academic letters from university
colleagues. The sole letter written by Skinner in the series is a response to
critique from Larry Lee of A Stranger with a Watch
(1965). Other correspondents include Elizabeth Bartlett, Beth Bentley, Thomas
Churchill, Edward Field, Robert Huff, X.J. (Joseph) Kennedy, Thomas Kinsella,
Liddy, Richard Lloyd-Jones, Tom MacIntyre, Lorna Reynolds, Robert Sward, and Reed