Finding-Aid for the David Jackson Papers (MSS060)


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Table of Contents

Collection Outline

Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents Note

Restrictions

Administrative Information


Collection Outline

Papers

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Descriptive Summary

Creator: Jackson, David, 1922 - 2002, American author,
Title: David Jackson Papers
Identification: MSS060

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Biographical Note

Known primarily to literary historians as the longtime companion of poet James Merrill, Jackson also produced, though never published, a wealth of ms. material himself, including poems, stories, and novels. However, his greatest claim-to-fame as a writer is a most enigmatic one. Together with Merrill, Jackson helped to “write” the epic Changing Light of Sandover (1982) with the aid of a Ouija Board. Though Merrill is most often singly credited with writing Sandover, Jackson’s own role in the process of composition makes such a facile designation problematic.

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Scope and Contents Note

The Jackson papers consist of extensive correspondence, photographs of family and friends, and manuscript material towards Jackson’s poems, stories, and plays. Bringing together the letters and lives of two men whose professional and personal experiences were intertwined in so many interesting ways, the David Jackson Papers nicely complement the vast James Merrill Archive at Washington University.

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Restrictions

Collection is open to research.

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Administrative Information

Source

Unknown.

Processed by Washington University Department Special Collections Staff

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Box/folder
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Papers, (21 linear feet)

The Jackson papers consist of extensive correspondence, photographs of family and friends, and manuscript material towards Jackson’s poems, stories, and plays. Bringing together the letters and lives of two men whose professional and personal experiences were intertwined in so many interesting ways, the David Jackson Papers nicely complement the vast James Merrill Archive at Washington University.

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