Correspondence of Alastair Reid

Scope and Content

Between 1953 and 1962 Alastair Reid writes to Graves, and occasionally Beryl Graves, about his working, domestic and social life in America and Madrid. Mutual acquaintances mentioned include: Alston Anderson, James Reeves, Ruthven Todd, Early letters include occasional notes from Jean Reid, and texts of Reid's poems. Letter dated 24 January 1953 [1954?] part-authored by Alston Anderson. Reid assisted Graves in his lecture tours of the US, and the file includes some material about itineraries. One letter is addressed to 'Otinavj' [?] ([July 1956]). Ms poem by Reid beginning "'Why should a thought of winter [...]" uses verso of page 187 of ts draft, with ms annotations in the hand of Karl Gay, of Graves's translation of Pharsalia. Following the rupture between the two men after Reid began a relationship with Margot Callas, the correspondence only resumed, with Beryl Graves, in 1979. Reid, in this later correspondence, then discusses, inter alia, 'Quoz' and life in the Dominican Republic. The series also contains two photocopies of a ts text 'Remembering Robert' by Reid, one dated 1982, the other November 1985; also two copies of Reid's article 'Waiting for Columbus' (New Yorker, 24 February 1992).


Correspondence arranged in approximate chronological order.


Canelluñ Collection number: CC0453

This refers to the arrangement of the papers in Robert Graves’ study before they were transferred to the College.

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