John Peck

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 133 CPA/2/3/117
  • Former Reference
      GB 133 Sequence 2, Box 34 [86]
  • Dates of Creation
      6 Feb 1979-27 Jun 1980
  • Physical Description
      19 pieces; 25 sheets

Scope and Content

Correspondence with American poet John Peck. Some of this relates to Carcanet's publication of Peck's collection The broken blockhouse wall (1979), first published in America by Godine, including references to: plans for taking the book over from Godine; Peck's concern about a misprint in one of the syllabic poems; advance copies and reviews (/3-4 are photocopied reviews of the American edition of the book). There are also references to the anthology, Five American poets, published by Carcanet in 1979, including: reservations felt by Peck and some of the other poets included in the volume about Schmidt's Preface in its first draft; advance copies; and reviews. Other topics include: Schmidt's admiration of the work of Peck, [Robert] Pinsky and [Robert] Hass; Peck's orders for various Carcanet books, including volumes by Montale, Edgell Rickword, and C.H. Sisson's Dante translations; the revival of American poetry magazine Occident; Schmidt's thoughts on [Yvor] Winters; Schmidt's hopes that Peck will write for PN Review; and the poet Roy Fisher, who has left the Carcanet list.

/16 includes a typescript poem by Peck called 'Viaticum', and /19 is a corrected proof of Peck's poem from 'Graduals' [published in PN Review 16].

Dated at: Rome, Italy; and South Hadley, Massachusetts, USA.

Holograph and typescript.