||The papers of British poet, author, educator, editor, publisher, and contributor,
Hopkins, spans his literary career from 1933 to his death in 1988. The collection
Hopkins’s writings, editorial material for his Warren House Press publications, and
extensive correspondence with friends, family, colleagues, authors, poets, and publishers.
The papers are organized into six series: I. Writings and Related Material, II. Saturdays
Literary Club and Related Material, III. Warren House Press and Related Material,
Correspondence, V. Information About Hopkins, and VI. Miscellaneous. Listed after
series are additional Hopkins materials described in the Ransom Center card catalog.
materials are organized into four groups: Works, Letters, Recipients, and Miscellaneous.
||Series I., Writings and Related Material, is arranged in six subseries: A. Anthologies
Works Edited by Hopkins; B. Articles, Essays, and Lectures; C. Novels, Short Stories,
Other Works; D. Poems; E. Scrap-books and Clippings; and F. Visual Materials. Subseries
contains typescript drafts and prefatory material for a portion of the numerous anthologies
on literature and poetry that Hopkins edited. In addition to his writing career, Hopkins
lectured at American universities, including The University of Texas at Austin, Southern
Illinois University at Carbondale (SIU), Colgate University, and others. This role
reflected in the lecture notes in Subseries B, as well as essays and articles prepared
publication in newspapers and magazines. Specimen chapters for two of Hopkins’ detective
novels, written under the pseudonyms Christopher Adams and Arnold Winter, are included
Subseries C along with short versions and drafts of nonfiction. Contracts for his
works are also present. With the exception of his "Journals," material in this subseries is largely fragmentary, rather than complete
drafts. Hopkins’ poetry is found in Subseries D, the bulk being poems collected by
1968 to 1978. Thirty years of Hopkins’ literary activity from 1933-1963 is documented
scrapbooks in Subseries E. Clippings of Hopkins’ published work as well as reviews
writings are present. Subseries F contains photographs and drawings of literary figures,
used in Hopkins’ publications such as Portraits in Satire.
The final subseries contains bound, mostly blank volumes in which Hopkins recorded
||As a founding member of the Saturdays, a literary club devoted to the appreciation
poetry, active from the 1940s through the 1960s, Hopkins composed and critiqued verse.
Included in this collection are the minutes of Saturdays meetings, drafts of original
affiliated publications, and correspondence of and pertaining to member H. Pearl Adam.
||Acting as editor for his private press, Warren House, Hopkins published poetry,
biographies, correspondence, and other works from 1969 through the mid-1980s. The
House publications in this collection include works by and about the Powys family,
the brothers John Cowper, Llewelyn and his wife Alyse Gregory, and T. F. Powys; Gamel
Woolsey and her husbands Gerald Brenan and Rex Hunter; and Louis U. Wilkinson. Each
in a separate subseries. Correspondence, research and production material, and photographs
are often present.
||Hopkins’ correspondence spans 1937 to the last days before his death on April 1, 1988.
Following original order, both incoming and outgoing correspondence is organized in
subseries: A. Active Files, as of 1988; B. Additional correspondence for the Hopkins
at the HRHRC; C. Overseas (mostly academics); and D. Publishers. Hopkins’ correspondence
reflects his activities as book collector; editor of Warren House Press publications;
supportive critic for aspiring poets and writers; lecturer and academic colleague;
literary societies, especially The Powys Society; and friend to many sharing similar
||Series V provides a few newspaper articles, a thesis and a dissertation written about
Hopkins, as well as biographical information and lists he compiled of material sent
archive at the Ransom Center and elsewhere. Miscellaneous articles and booklets about
writers are found in Series VI.
||Hopkins began transferring his papers to the Ransom Center in 1961 when he was visiting
lecturer at the University. Over the next three decades, he continued incremental
to his papers so that the output of his entire literary career is now represented
Ransom Center’s holdings. Prior to the collection’s move to off-site storage, materials
later gifts were added to the extant arrangement. These additions are denoted by the
numbers both in the finding aid and on the folders. Hopkins’ descriptions from folders
envelopes are retained in the rehousing of this collection.
||The collection is in good physical condition, although scrapbooks and photo albums
somewhat fragile and may require special handling for viewing. One photo album is
for preservation and a digital copy available in the Ransom Center Reading and Viewing