Literary papers of Vernon Scannell, together with an autograph letter

Scope and Content

Comprises: (1) Literary papers of Vernon Scannell dated 1963-1966, including (a) autograph manuscripts and revised typescripts of eight poems, together with a press cutting from the Sunday Times for 29 January 1967 of his poem 'View from a High Chair'; (b) two manuscript notebooks of reviews and broadcasts, together with miscellaneous other typescripts (mainly of his reviews for The World of Books); and (c) and a printed copy of BBC Radio broadcast poems for schools in the Summer Term 1964, which includes Scannell's poem 'First Fight' with autograph marginal annotations written with a red ballpoint pen; and (2) 1 autograph manuscript letter from Scannell to David [Tipton] dated 13 November 1962.

Administrative / Biographical History

Vernon Scannell, Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, and free-lance author, poet, and broadcaster since 1962, was born on 23 January 1922 in Lincolnshire and educated at Leeds University. For fuller details of his life and achievements see Who's who.

Access Information

Access is unrestricted.

Acquisition Information

The literary papers were purchased from Gekoski on 12 March 1987, and the letter was purchased from Huggett on 29 January 1992.


In English.

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