Jack Clemo

Scope and Content

Consists of letters and proofs relating to the published poetry works of Jack Clemo.

Administrative / Biographical History

As a young man, Jack Clemo lived in poverty amidst the bleak clay wastelands of Cornwall. He was also stone deaf, and after writing two visionary novels and his autobiographical Confession of a Rebel, he lost his sight in 1955. His Selected Poems (1988) and Approach to Murano (1993) show the development of his poetry from a puritanical anti-nature stance to a later, mellower outlook. The Cured Arno is his last collection, which he had only just completed at the time of his death in 1994.

Related Material


Other archival material for Jack Clemo is held by University of Exeter Library, Wheal Martyn China Clay Museum and University of Texas at Austin: Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center Library.