File: "Davie, Donald"

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 133 CQA1/1/27
  • Dates of Creation
      15 Jun 1962-19 Mar 1981
  • Physical Description
      39 pieces; 40 leaves.

Scope and Content

Correspondence with Donald (Alfred) Davie (1922-1995), British poet and critic. Contains various references to poems by Davie submitted to CQ, including: 'Housekeeping' (1962) (/1-4); a series of 'poems of the fifties' contributed toWord in the Desert, the tenth anniversary issue of CQ in 1968 (/8-10); 'To a Teacher of French' (1972) (/19-21); and a review article of a book by Hugh Kenner on Ezra Pound in 1972 (/26-7). Other topics include: Davie's decision to move to Stanford University, California (/9-10); a poetry reading by Davie at Manchester Poetry Centre on 3 November 1972 (/21-4 and /29-30); the publication of his Collected Poems (1972) (/23-4 and /31); the establishment of Poetry Nationin 1973 (/31-2 and /34-6); Philip Larkin's Oxford Book of Twentieth-Century English Verse (1973) and Davie's reservations about his editorial policy (/32-3).

/2 is a typescript copy of Davie's poem 'Housekeeping'.

Dated at: Cambridge; Colchester, Essex; Stroud, Glos; Exeter [Devon]; Stanford, California, USA; Tours, France; and Nashville, Tennessee, USA.

Holograph and typescript.


/1-36 formed the contents of the original file which came to the Library as part of the first CQ accession. /37-39 came to the Library with the rest of the archive in 1991.

Access Information

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