The Charles Tomlinson Papers contain materials related to his career as a poet and
translator, including notebooks, handwritten and typescript drafts, and proofs
many of his works. Also present is extensive correspondence from colleagues and
friends. The collection is divided into three series: Series I. Works; Series
Correspondence; and Series III. Other Papers. Some of the materials in the
collection are in French, Italian, Spanish, or Portuguese.
The works in Series I. are arranged alphabetically by title, and include published
and unpublished individual poems, articles, lectures, and books. There are several
interviews with and by Tomlinson about poetry, as well as introductions for several
collections edited by Tomlinson. Some titles are more heavily represented than
others, and frequently there is a mix of handwritten and typescript drafts, as
as proofs and tear sheets. Titles include Airborn/ Hijos del
Aire, a book of collaborative poems written by Tomlinson and Octavio
Paz; American Scenes, and Other Poems; The Necklace, one of Tomlinson's earliest published
efforts; A Peopled Landscape; Poetry and
Metamorphosis, a collection of lectures Tomlinson delivered at Cambridge
University; and Renga: A Chain of Poems, a
collaboration between Tomlinson, Paz, Jacques Roubaud, and Edoardo Sanguineti.
are several boxes of poetry notebooks that contain early ideas and drafts for
from the early 1950s through 1990. Also present are five folders labeled Juvenilia
that contain early projects, as well as some student essays from Tomlinson's time
Queens' College, Cambridge.
Series II. Correspondence is divided into Subseries A. Outgoing; and Subseries B.
Incoming. The Outgoing correspondence is comprised of letters to the poet and
educator Donald Davie, Tomlinson's tutor at Queens' College and later a close
personal friend, and to Oscar Mellors at Fantasy Press, who published the first
edition of The Necklace.
The incoming correspondence in Subseries B. represents Tomlinson's wide circle of
acquaintances in the world of poetry and literature. Particularly well-represented
are Bruce Berlind, Attilio Bertolucci, Ronald Bottrall, Frederick Busch, Donald
Davie, Ted Hughes, Hugh Kenner, James Laughlin, George Oppen, Octavio Paz, and
Michael Schmidt. Other notable correspondents include Dannie Abse, Homero Aridjis,
John Betjeman, Austin Clarke, Cid Corman, Guy Davenport, Fay Godwin, Donald Hall,
Seamus Heaney, F. R. Leavis, Marianne Moore, Kathleen O'Gorman, Omar Pound, Mary
Rachewiltz, and Louis Zukofsky.
Series III. Other Papers includes several academic papers written by others about
Tomlinson's poetry, as well as extensive newspaper clippings of reviews of his