Jim McKinley and his wife Mary Ann first visited Deyá in 1964 and McKinley's correspondence indicates the strong influence that the village and Graves had on this period of their lives. McKinley and his family returned for extended visits; part of the correspondence concerns Graves's assistance to them in purchasing a house in the village. McKinley's correspondence also covers his writing and academic career, both of which involved Graves at a number of points: McKinley wrote his doctoral thesis on Graves's poetry; in 1970 he interviewed Graves for 'Playboy' magazine; in the early 1970s he worked on a biography of Graves, which was obstructed by Laura Riding; he also wrote the introduction for the American edition of Graves's 'New Collected Poems' (1977). The correspondence also mentions mutual acquaintances, including Aemilia Laraçuen, Tom Lipp, Peter Lewis, Peter Kolesar, Bob de Maria and Juli Simon. From 1973 McKinley begins to correspond with Beryl Graves, often to discuss his work on Graves's biography. The file also contains two draft or unsent letters from Graves and Beryl Graves to McKinley, and some drafts and other material associated with the editorial matter for 'New Collected Poems'.
Correspondence of Jim McKinley
Scope and Content
Correspondence is arranged in chronological order, by recipient; other material has been placed at the end of the sequence.
Canelluñ Collection number: CC0472
This refers to the arrangement of the papers in Robert Graves’ study before they were transferred to the College.
Correspondence from Mary Ann McKinley was filed in the chronological sequence; this was placed in a separate series during cataloguing [RG/J/McKinleyM).