||The papers of the Russian-born Irish surrealist poet, translator, literary agent,
and publisher George Reavey include notes and manuscript drafts for his poems, his
works on Russian literature and life, and his translations of Russian literary works
into English, along with extensive correspondence, personal papers, and manuscripts
by others. Materials relating to Reavey's Bureau Littéraire Européen (later European
Literary Bureau) and the publications of his Europa Press are also present. English,
French, Italian, Polish and Russian language materials are present throughout. A small
segment of this preliminary inventory replicates and replaces information previously
available only in a card catalog. Please see the explanatory note at the end of this
finding aid for information regarding the arrangement of the manuscripts as well as
the abbreviations commonly used in descriptions.
||The papers range in date from 1914 to 1976 and are arranged in four series: Works,
Letters, Recipient, and Miscellaneous, followed by a separate small group of materials
previously described in the card catalog.
||The Works series (boxes 1-39) contains manuscripts for a number of Reavey's works,
including The Colours of Memory (1955), Faust's Metamorphoses (1932), 14 Great Short Stories by Soviet Authors (1959), Modern Soviet Short Stories (1961), The New Russian Poets (1966), Nostradam (1935), and Signes d'Adieu (1935). There are also a number of Reavey's diaries, notebooks, and notes. Because
Reavey was Samuel Beckett's first literary agent, there are memoirs, notes, and writings
by Reavey about Beckett in this series. For a complete list of manuscript works by
Reavey, see the Index of Works located at the end of this finding aid.
||Letters written by Reavey are found in the Letters series (boxes 40-42), and his incoming
correspondence is located in the Recipient series (boxes 43-63). Authors, writers,
artists, translators, publications, publishers, and universities make up the bulk
of Reavey's correspondents, which include notables such as Samuel Beckett, Brian Coffey,
Denis Devlin, Stanley William Hayter, John Lehmann, Thomas MacGreevy, Marianne Moore,
Boris Pasternak, Irene Rice Pereira, Dylan Thomas and others. For a complete list
of correspondent names, see the Index of Letters (Reavey's outgoing) and the Index
of Recipients (Reavey's incoming) located at end of this finding aid.
||The Miscellaneous series (boxes 64-114) includes works and/or correspondence written
by or to persons other than Reavey. Most frequently, the works represent by translations
created by Reavey or others. The files often include the English translations along
with original Russian texts, usually pasteup copies from print sources. Russian authors
whose works predominate include Andrey Bely, Boris Pasternak, and Yevgeny Yevtushenko,
but the work of more than fifty other Russian poets or writers are represented.
||Samuel Beckett, Brian Coffey, Denis Devlin, Paul Éluard, Charles Henri Ford, and George
Reavey are also documented in files for Reavey's Europa Press (1932-1939), which contain
advertisements, order forms, book jackets, specimen pages, and some financial information.
Also dating from the 1930s, Reavey's European Literary Bureau is represented by an
author list and some contracts, notes, and sales information. Some manuscripts in
the Miscellaneous series also bear the label or stamp of the European Literary Bureau,
but are filed under the author's name. Among the authors represented by original manuscripts
in this series are Denis Devlin, Georges Duhamel, Paul Éluard, Jacques Maritain, and
Alexey Remizov among others.
||Many personal papers in the Miscellaneous series help to illuminate Reavey's life,
such as address and appointment books, biographical and bibliographical notes, contracts,
divorce papers, financial records, notebooks, passports, school certificates, and
teaching and other employment records. Also present are works, correspondence, and
other papers of Reavey's three wives: Gwynedd Reavey (married 1937; divorced 1950),
artist Irene Rice Pereira (1902-1971; married 1950, divorced 1959), and playwright
Jean Bullowa Reavey (1917-1987; married 1960). The materials representing Pereira
are the most extensive and help to document her career. Other relations, such as Reavey's
father Daniel and his mother Sophia, are represented by correspondence and other papers.
||A small group of printed invitations, programs, catalogs, and flyers in the Reavey
papers represent a number of literary and other cultural events, such as art exhibitions,
concerts, readings, and other cultural events, including the London International
Surrealism Exhibition of 1936.
||A detailed Index of items in the Miscellaneous series is included at the end of this
||The materials previously described in the card catalog include nearly 200 letters
between George Reavey and Samuel Beckett from 1932-1976; letters from Beckett to Gwynedd
Reavey; letters between Beckett and Jean Bullowa Reavey; a manuscript by Paul Éluard;
and a letter from Edward Weeks to Reavey. The container list reproduces the card catalog
descriptions of all of these materials, with box 115 containing the letters of Samuel
Beckett to George Reavey. The rest of the card catalog materials were distributed
into the previous four series as appropriate. The card catalog materials are also
indexed in the relevant indexes contained in this finding aid.