Annotated typescript of Ronald Bottrall's book of poetry, entitled "Poems 1955-1973"

Scope and Content

The typescript is annotated by the author (by hand) and includes a letter, dated 1 December 1973, from Bottrall to Burgess in which Bottrall asks Burgess if he would be willing to write a preface to his book. The book of poetry is to be divided into five parts; the first is a single long poem about Bottrall's childhood in Cornwall. There follows groups of shorter poems about people, events and places, arranged into sections entitled "Time and Place", "Interlude", Daybook" and "Nightlights".


The typescript is dated c.1973. The poems in the collection were composed between 1955 and 1973, with the majority having been created between 2 February 1972 and 22 October 1972.

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

Rust damage to some pages due to the use of metal fasteners.


"Poems, 1955-1973" by Ronald Bottrall was first published in 1974 by Anvil Press. The book jacket includes a review by Anthony Burgess.