Finding-Aid for the Progressive League Archive (MSS097)


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Table of Contents

Collection Outline

Descriptive Summary

Organization History

Scope and Contents Note

Restrictions

Administrative Information


Collection Outline

Series I. Correspondence

Series II. Ephemera

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Descriptive Summary

CreatorProgressive League
TitleProgressive League Archive,
Dates: 1935-1963
Quantity: 125 items
Identification: MSS097

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Organization History

The Progressive League was a literary and political group which flourished in London from the 1930’s through the early 1960’s. Its primary function was to sponsor readings and lectures and to provide a meeting place for the literary and political minds of the time. These lectures and readings were often loosely thematic and an emphasis was placed on presenting differing views of an issue. The League was a descendent of the similarly Promethean Society, and in 1957, it in turn spawned the Contemporary Poetry and Music Circle which maintained its activities through the early 1960’s.

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Scope and Contents Note

The Progressive League collection consists almost entirely of correspondence between League members A. Ashton Burall, Peter Russell, Alec Craig, and the people whom they solicited for lectures or readings. Among the correspondents are W. H. Auden, Robert Graves, Donald Hall, Elizabeth Jennings, V. S. Pritchett, Stevie Smith, and Enid Starkie. the collection also contains several poetry manuscripts and a small group of clippings.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Open.

Use Restriction

None

Users of the collections must read and abide by the Rules for the use of manuscript collection materials.

Users of the collections who wish to use items from this collection, in whole or in part, in any form of publication (as defined in the form) must sign and submit to the Washington University Department of Special Collections a hard copy of the Notification of intent publish manuscript collection materials form.

All publication not covered by fair use restricted to those who have permission of the copyright holder.

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Administrative Information

Source of Collection

Purchased from Bertram Rota Ltd., December 15, 1967. Accession # 879.

Accruals

Interfiled within collection or by accession at end of collection.

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Series I. Correspondence,

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Laurence Housman to Ashton Burrall, 1935: January 23 (Autograph card signed, 1 page)
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Roy Campbell to Ross Nichols, 1949: May 2 (Autograph letter signed, 3 pages)
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Ross Nichols to Ashton Burrall, 1949: May (Autograph letter, 1 page)
Includes a copy of a letter from Nichols to Roy Campbell.
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Peter Russell to Roy Campbell, 1949: May (Typed letter signed, 1 page)
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Herbert Reed to Ashton Burrall, 1949: May 20 (Typed letter signed, 1 page)
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John Rickman to Ashton Burrall, 1949: May 20 (Typed letter signed, 1 page)
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Mosco Carner to Ashton Burrall, 1949: May 23 (Autograph letter signed, 1 page)
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W.J.H. Sprott to Ashton Burrall (On behalf of E.M. Forster), 1949: May 23 (Autograph letter signed, 1 page)
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G. Wilson Knight to Ashton Burrall, 1949: May 25 (Autograph letter signed, 2 pages)
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Eric Newton to Ashton Burrall, 1949: May 27 (Typed letter signed, 1 page)
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V.S. Pritchett to Ashton Burrall, 1949: May 30 (Typed letter signed, 1 page)
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Michael Ayrton to Ashton Burrall, 1949: June 11 (Typed letter signed, 1 page)
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Pamela Hansford Johnson to Ashton Burrall, 1949: June 12 (Autograph letter signed, 2 pages)
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James Laver to Ashton Burrall, 1949: June 19 (Autograph letter signed, 1 page)
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Felix Aprahamian to Ashton Burrall, 1949: June 23 (Autograph letter signed, 2 pages)
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Francis Berry to Ashton Burrall, 1949: June 23 (Autograph letter signed, 1 page)
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E. Gombrich to Ashton Burrall, 1949: July 4 (Autograph card signed, 1 page)
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C.E.M. Joad to Ashton Burrall, 1952 (Autograph letter signed, 2 pages)
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C.E.M. Joad to Ashton Burrall, 1952: November 20 (Typed letter signed, 1 page)
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Ashton Burrall to Julian Huxley, 1955: November 17 (Typed letter [carbon], 2 pages)
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Julian Huxley to Ashton Burrall, 1955: December 1 (Typed letter signed, 1 page)
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Ashton Burrall to Julian Huxley, 1955: December 2 (Typed letter [carbon], 1 page)
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Ashton Burrall to Julian Huxley, 1955: December 12 (Typed letter [carbon], 2 pages)
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Julian Huxley to Ashton Burrall, 1956: January 26 (Typed letter signed, 1 page)
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Ashton Burrall to Julian Huxley, 1956: January 28 (Typed letter [carbon], 1 page)
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Ashton Burrall to Julian Huxley, 1956: February 20 (Typed letter signed [carbon], 1 page)
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Alec Craig to Robert Graves, 1956: April 27 (Typed letter [carbon], 1 page)
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Robert Graves to Alec Craig, 1956: May 19 (Autograph letter signed, 1 page)
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Alec Craig to George Hartley, 1956: May 31 (Autograph letter signed [carbon], 2 pages)
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Alec Craig to W.A. Auden, 1956: July 19 (Autograph letter, 2 pages)
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W.H. Auden to Alec Craig, 1956: August 2 (Autograph letter signed, 1 page)
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Alec Craig to George Hartley, 1956: August 12 (Autograph letter signed [carbon], 2 pages)
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George Hartley to Alec Craig, 1956: September 30 (Typed letter signed, 1 page)
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Alec Craig to George Hartley, 1956: October 5 (Autograph letter signed [carbon], 2 pages)
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Alec Craig to John Holloway, 1957: January 10 (Autograph letter signed [carbon], 2 pages)
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John Holloway to Alec Craig, 1957: January 14 (Autograph letter signed, 1 page)
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Alec Craig to Robert Graves, 1957: February 4 (Autograph letter signed [carbon], 2 pages)
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Alec Craig to W.H. Auden, 1957: February 5 (Autograph letter signed [carbon], 2 pages)
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W.H. Auden to Alec Craig, 1957: February 14 (Autograph letter signed, 1 page)
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Robert Graves to Alec Craig, 1957: February 19 (Autograph letter signed, 1 page)
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Alec Craig to James Reeves, 1957: April 10 (Autograph letter signed [carbon], 2 pages)
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James Reeves to Alec Craig, 1957: April 15 (Typed letter signed, 1 page)
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Alec Craig to Rayner Heppenstall, 1957: October 20 (Autograph letter signed [carbon], 2 pages)
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Rayner Heppenstall to Alec Craig, 1957: October 24 (Autograph card signed, 1 page)
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Alec Craig to Kathleen Raine, 1957: November 20 (Autograph letter signed [carbon], 2 pages)
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Kathleen Raine to Alec Craig, 1957: November (Autograph letter signed, 2 pages)
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Alec Craig to W.H. Auden, 1958: January 19 (Autograph letter signed [carbon], 2 pages)
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Elizabeth Jennings to Alec Craig, 1958: February 8 (Autograph letter signed, 1 page)
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Alec Craig to Anne Ridler, 1958: March 8 (Autograph letter signed [carbon], 3 pages)
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Enid Starkie to Rayner Heppenstall, 1958: March 8 (Typed letter signed, 2 pages)
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Alec Craig to W.H. Auden, 1958: March 11 (Autograph letter signed [carbon], 1 page)
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Anne Ridler to Alec Craig, 1958: March 12 (Typed letter signed, 1 page)
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Alec Craig to Elizabeth Jennings, 1958: March 14 (Autograph letter signed [carbon], 2 pages)
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Peter Redgrave to Alec Craig, 1958: May 13 (Typed letter signed, 1 page with enclosures.)
Enclosure: The Nature of Cold Weather [poem] by Redgrave (Typescript [photocopy], 5 pages)
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Elizabeth Jennings to Alec Craig, 1958: November 6 (Autograph letter signed, 2 pages)
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Alec Craig to John Heath-Stubbs, 1958: June 13 (Autograph letter signed [carbon], 2 pages)
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Vernon Watkins to Alec Craig, 1958: June 13 (Typed letter signed, 1 page)
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Alec Craig to John Heath-Stubbs, 1958: September 1 (Autograph letter signed [carbon], 2 pages)
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Neville Braybrooke to Alec Craig, 1958: July 10 (Autograph letter signed, 2 pages)
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John Heath-Stubbs to Alec Craig, 1958: September 2 (Autograph letter signed, 3 pages)
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Victor Purcell to Alec Craig, 1958: October 7 (Autograph letter signed, 1 page)
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Victor Purcell to Alec Craig, 1958: November 8 (Autograph letter signed, 2 pages)
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Anne Ridler to Alec Craig, 1958: December 15 (Typed letter signed, 1 page)
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Oswell Blakeston to Alec Craig, 1959 (Typed letter signed, 1 page)
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Edwin Brock to Alec Craig, 1959 (Typed letter signed, 1 page)
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Alec Craig to Donald Hall, 1959 (Autograph letter signed [carbon], 1 page)
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Anne Ridler to Alec Craig, 1959: January 12 (Typed letter signed, 1 page)
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Norman MacCraig to Alec Craig, 1959: January 26 (Autograph letter signed, 1 page)
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Alec Craig to W.H. Auden, 1959: February 16 (Autograph letter signed [carbon], 1 page)
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Christopher Logue to Alec Craig, 1959: March 13 (Autograph card signed, 1 page)
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Anne Ridler to Alec Craig, 1959: September 4 (Autograph letter signed, 2 pages)
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Oswell Blakeston to Alec Craig, 1959: July 17 (Typed letter signed, 2 pages with enclosures)
Enclosures: Poems in a Sequence by Blakeston (Typescript, 5 pages)
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Alec Craig to Patrick Dickinson, 1959: August 23 (Autograph letter signed [carbon], 2 pages)
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Stevie Smith to Alec Craig, 1959: September 15 (Autograph letter signed, 2 pages)
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Patrick Dickinson to Alec Craig, 1959: August 26 (Autograph letter signed, 1 page)
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Alec Craig to Patrick Dickinson, 1959: October 5 (Typed letter [carbon], 1 page)
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Patrick Dickinson to Alec Craig, 1959: October 8 (Autograph letter signed, 1 page)
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Stevie Smith to Alec Craig, 1959: October 13 (Autograph letter signed, 2 pages)
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Oswell Blakeston to Alec Craig, 1959: October 29 (Typed letter signed, 1 page)
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Alec Craig to Oswell Blakeston, 1959: November 7 (Autograph letter signed [carbon], 1 page)
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Alec Craig to Donald Hall, 1959: November 16 (Typed letter [carbon], 1 page)
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Donald Hall to Alec Craig, 1959: November 17 (Typed letter, 1 page)
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Alec Craig to Donald Hall, 1959: November 30 (Autograph letter signed [carbon], 1 page)
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Alec Craig to Andrew Roberts, 1959: December 1 (Typed letter signed [carbon], 1 page)
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Edwin Brock to Alec Craig, 1959: December 2 (Typed letter signed, 1 page)
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Alec Craig to Edwin Brock, 1959: December 3 (Typed letter [carbon], 1 page)
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Donald Hall to Alec Craig, 1959: December 3 (Autograph card signed, 1 page)
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Andrew Roberts to Alec Craig, 1959: December 3 (Autograph letter signed, 2 pages)
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Janet Burroway to Alec Craig, 1959: December 5 (Autograph letter signed, 1 page)
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Alec Craig to Oswell Blakeston, 1959: December 5 (Autograph letter signed [carbon], 1 page)
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Alec Craig to Oliver Bernard, 1959: December 7 (Autograph letter signed [carbon], 1 page)
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Maureen Duffy to Alec Craig, 1959: December 29 (Autograph letter signed, 1 page)
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Alec Craig to Maureen Duffy, 1959: December 31 (Autograph letter signed [carbon], 1 page)
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Sir William Russell Flint to Ashton Burall, 1960 (Autograph letter signed, 1 page)
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Maureen Duffy to Alec Craig, 1960: January 5 (Autograph letter signed, 2 pages)
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Donald Hall to Alec Craig, 1960: January 13 (Autograph card signed, 1 page)
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John Wain to Alec Craig, 1961: May 3 (Typed letter signed, 1 page)
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Philip Hobsbaum to Alec Craig, 1961: May 7 (Typed letter signed, 1 page)
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Alec Craig to Philip Hobsbaum, 1961: July 7 (Autograph letter signed [carbon], 2 pages)
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Oswell Blakeston to Alec Craig, 1961: July 10 (Typed letter signed, 2 pages)
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Philip Hobsbaum to Alec Craig, 1961: July 11 (Typed letter signed, 1 page)
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Laurie Lee to Alec Craig, 1961: August 23 (Autograph letter signed, 1 page)
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Laurie Lee to Alec Craig, 1961: August 31 (Autograph letter signed, 1 page)
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Philip Hobsbaum to Ashton Burall, 1961: October 2 (Typed letter signed, 1 page)
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Laurie Lee to Ashton Burall, 1961: December 13 (Autograph letter signed, 1 page)
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Laurie Lee to Ashton Burall, 1962: January 18 (Autograph letter signed, 1 page)
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David Holbrook to Alec Craig, 1962: May 9 (Typed letter signed, 1 page)
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David Holbrook to Ashton Burall, 1962: May 9 (Typed letter signed, 1 page)
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Oswell Blakeston to Ashton Burall, 1963: March 7 (Typed letter signed, 1 page)
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Zulfikhar Ghose to Ashton Burall, 1963: March 15 (Typed letter signed, 1 page)
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Charles Causley to Ashton Burall, 1963: april 2 (Autograph letter signed, 1 page)
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Oswell Blakeston to Ashton Burall, 1963: July 9 (Typed letter signed, 1 page with enclosure)
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Oswell Blakeston to Ashton Burall, 1963: August 18 (Typed letter signed, 1 page)
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Vernon Scannell to Ashton Burall, 1963: November 17 (Autograph letter signed, 2 pages)
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Cecil Day Lewis to Ashton Burall, [no year]: June 3 (Autograph letter signed, 1 page)
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Kathleen Raine to Ashton Burall, [no year]: June 3 (Autograph letter signed, 1 page)
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K. Gransden to Alec Craig, [no year]: October 14 (Autograph letter signed, 1 page)
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Edward Lucie-Smith to Alec Craig, [no year]: November 10 (Typed letter signed, 2 pages)
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Oswell Blakeston to Alec Craig, [no date] (Typed letter signed, 1 page)
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Lydia Pasternak Slater to Ashton Burall, [no date] (Autograph letter signed, 1 page)

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Series II. Ephemera,

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Prospectuses, (4 items, concerning George Hartley, John Holloway, James Reeves)
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Clippings, 1956-1959 (4 items, concerning W.H. Auden, Patric Dickinson, Anne Ridler, and Elizabeth Jennings)
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Miscellany, (3 items)
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Best Wishes for Christmas from John Heath-Stubbs (Contains the poem, The Magi), (1 item)
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Notes for reading featuring John Heath-Stubbs, Ewart Milne, and Leonard Kendall, (1 item)
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Selected Press Criticisms of "Isle of Saint Helena" by Oswell Blakeston, (1 item)

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