L Miscellaneous

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 133 CPA/2/3/89
  • Former Reference
      GB 133 Sequence 2, Box 32 [84]
  • Dates of Creation
      10 Jul 1975-30 Jun 1980
  • Physical Description
      77 pieces; 98 sheets

Scope and Content

File containing correspondence and papers as follows:

  • /1-2 Letter from Paul Lake with copy reply, relating to: his submission of poem 'An Old Folks Home' and another two poems at the suggestion of Donald Davie (originally enclosed in /1 but not included here), which Schmidt rejects due to the abundance of American work he already has for PN Review; Lake's work on the magazine Occident and the possibility of exchanging advertisements (27 Feb 1980 & n.d.).
  • /3 Copy letter to David Lamb relating to an error in a publication for which Schmidt apologises (21 Sep 1979).
  • /4-19 Correspondence with George Lamb relating to: a five-volume prose work on the death of his wife Lamb has written, which Schmidt declines; a piece relating to James Joyce he has produced; and his submission of a selection of his poems, provisionally titled 'Poems Early and Late' (15 Jun 1979-16 Jun 1980).
  • /20-21 Letter from Stephen Lane with copy reply, relating to an article on Jack Clemo he has submitted to Schmidt, which Schmidt declines but on which he intends to comment after a second reading (29 Apr-7 May 1980).
  • /22-23 Copy letter to Marghanita Laski with Laski's reply, relating to: their recent meeting on 'Critics' Forum', and Schmidt's intention to send Laski the three-volume Carcanet book The English sermon 1550-1850 as a token of his admiration and gratitude (9-16 Jun 1980).
  • /24 Letter from Donald L[...?], of Lambeth Palace, who accepts Schmidt's offer of three volumes [probably The English sermon 1550-1850] for Lambeth Palace Library (15 Dec 1975).
  • /25-26 Letter from Keith Laycock with copy reply, relating to an anthology of Swedish poetry in translation he has prepared, which Schmidt declines (30 Mar-6 Apr 1979).
  • /27-28 Letter from Christopher Layne with copy reply, relating to a request for a copy of PN Review 13, made by Layne on behalf of Paul Seabury, who contributed to the issue (14-18 Feb 1980).
  • /29 Copy letter to Paris Leary relating to the planned disposal of excess stock of Leary's The snake at Saffron Walden [1973] (22 Jan 1980).
  • /30-31 Letter from Robert Lecker and Jack David relating to copyright in work by Roy Fisher, Elizabeth Jennings, Charles Tomlinson and Michael Hamburger, which they plan to include in an anthology (23-30 Jun 1980).
  • /32-33 Letter from John Lehmann with copy reply, relating to copyright in articles by Frances Cornford from which he hopes to quote in a book he is writing on Rupert Brooke (9-14 Nov 1979).
  • /34 Letter from Herb[ert] Leibowitz relating to: the establishment of the Poetry in Review Foundation; and the new double issue of his magazine Parnassus, featuring a supplement on Charles Ives (10 Jul 1975).
  • /35 Letter from Julian Le Vay relating to copyright in work by [Robert] Musil (15 Aug 1977).
  • /36-44 Correspondence with Peter Levi relating to: an introduction for an Orestes book written by Levi; the possibility of Levi becoming a regular contributor to PN Review; an essay-review of Michael Hamburger's anthology German Poetry 1910-1975 written by Levi for PN Review [16] at Schmidt's invitation (/38 includes his holograph version of this, along with a typed transcript completed by the secretary at Carcanet); and a planned anthology of Medieval Latin Poetry being undertaken by Peter Godman, recommended by Levi but declined by Schmidt (14 Sep 1979-11 Mar 1980).
  • /45-46 Letter from Diana Levy with copy reply, relating to her request for material to display in an exhibition on living poets she is arranging at her school (30 Apr-14 May 1979).
  • /47-48 Letter from Angela Livingstone with copy reply, relating to Livingstone's plan to include Pasternak material from PN Review in a book on his aesthetical writings she is preparing (17 [Jun]-6 Jul 1979).
  • /49-50 Letter from Dawn Lloyd with copy reply, relating to the possibility of Carcanet publishing a collection of poetry by poets about other poets, a project which Schmidt declines (30 Jul-1Aug 1979).
  • /51-52 Letter from Simon J.C. Berry of Lodestone Distributors, Glasgow, with copy reply, relating to the American publishers Black Sparrow Press, who are represented in Britain by Lodestone; Schmidt expresses interest in various titles, especially volumes of Olsen/Creeley correspondence (16-18 Jun 1980).
  • /53-54 Letter from Alan Ross, editor of the London Magazine, with copy reply, relating to advertising in the Christmas 1979 issue of the magazine (9 Oct 1979 & n.d.).
  • /55 Letter from Susannah Clapp of the London Review of Books relating to poems by Schmidt published in their third issue (25 Oct 1979).
  • /56 Copy letter to Eleanor Loucks of the Kenyon Review relating to a complimentary subscription to the magazine (30 Mar 1979).
  • /57-60 Correspondence with Liz Lochhead relating to: the submission to Carcanet of her new poetry collection The Grimm sisters which Toronto's Coach House Press are keen to see published in Britain; Schmidt's delay in making a decision over this in the light of Lochhead's change in poetic style; Emma Tennant's interest in publishing a selection of the poems from the collection as a 'New Editions' illustrated notebook; and the ultimate return of Lochhead's manuscript which is to be offered to Faber and Faber, who wish to have a first option on larger works by New Editions authors (22 Jan-21 Mar 1980).
  • /61-69 Correspondence with Andrew Louth relating to: his review [for PN Review 17] of Lerzek Kolakowski's Main currents of Marxism; Louth's thoughts on Schmidt's novel The colonist; and delays relating to copyright over [Philip] Mairet's [Autobiographical and other papers (1981)] (17 Sep 1979-18 Jun 1980).
  • /70-71 Letter from John Lucas relating to the possibility of Carcanet Press publishing the Collected poems of G.S. Fraser, edited by Lucas and Ian Fletcher, a project Schmidt reluctantly declines (2-15 Apr 1980).
  • /72-77 Correspondence with John Lyons relating to: reviews of Spanish books undertaken by Lyons for PN Review; Lyons's PhD thesis on Ernesto Cardenal; Schmidt's thoughts on Cardenal's work and politics; and the possibility of Lyons writing on Cardenal for PN Review (4 May 1979-25 Jun 1980).