Simon Lowy, Melusine and the nigredo

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 133 CPA/1/2/2/18
  • Former Reference
      GB 133 Sequence 2, Box 35 [87]
  • Dates of Creation
  • Physical Description
      56 sheets

Scope and Content

File containing the manuscript of Simon Lowy's poetry collection Melusine and the nigredo (Manchester: Carcanet New Press, 1979). The book was printed by Billings and the proof-reader was Margaret Hutchinson. The copy-editor was probably Peter Jones. The manuscript is in photocopied typescript form and consists of all the poems with no preliminaries other than part-titles; there is also an additional poem at the end called 'Oysters' which was subsequently cut from the collection. There are some minor annotations by Lowy in fine black ink and Schmidt has added further annotation, some typesetting directions and page divisions in black. The typesetting direction on the second sheet in red is probably by Jones.


The manuscript has been numbered throughout by Schmidt (reflecting the projected page divisions in the printed text). It runs 7-63, although 24-25 are on the same sheet, as are 26-27; the final sheet is unnumbered.