Bundle of papers

Scope and Content

Letters from, and papers relating to, (Irwin) Peter Russell (1921-2003), English poet. The letters relate to: his response to a letter from Lindop; his belief that what is important when reading a poem is not precise meaning but something more universal - a unique emotion; [Joseph] Brodsky's idea that the "Muse" is the emergent fund of language; his home in Italy, which he describes; his interest in tracking down Elizabeth Sewell; his interest in Lindop's thoughts on who the living British poets currently are; and his admiration for Temenos, which he considers "the one really living animal in England today". Also included are: photocopy holograph 'Quintilius' poems by Russell (3 sheets); photocopy typescript poems 'Night Figure', by Russell; a circular sent to correspondents and readers of Marginalia, reporting on his current work in November 1996; dust jacket design for his 1996 Anvil collection, The elegies of Quintilius; a 1997 cutting from Time magazine relating to the apparent discovery of the Buddha's birthplace in Nepal (forwarded to Lindop by Russell); and an annotated photocopy of an untitled sonnet by Russell ("Perhaps because you are the fatal image...").

Dated at: Prov. Arezzo, Italy.

Holograph and typescript.

Conditions Governing Access

Sheet 6 of piece /3 is closed.