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Baxter, James

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0096 MS1119
Held at: Senate House Library, University of London
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Full title: Baxter, James
Date(s): 1960 October 25
Level of description: fonds
Extent: 1 letter
Name of creator(s): Baxter | James Keir | 1926-1972 | poet and playwright
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Administrative/Biographical history:

Born Dunedin, New Zealand, June 1926; poet and playright, his radio play, Jack Winter's Dream (1959), made him internationally famous. Among his poetry collections was Pig Island Letters, published in 1966. In that year, he accepted the Robert Burns Fellowship at the University of Otago. He resigned to live in Jerusalem, a Maori settlement on the Wanganui river and travelled to nearby cities to work with the poor. His poems of this period often railed against society for tolerating poverty. The ascetic life he led from this period resulted in his health suffering. He moved to a commune near Auckland and died there in October 1972.


Scope and content/abstract:

Letter, 1960, from James Baxter to John Pocock, thanking him for the review of his two plays, The Wide Open Cage, and Jack Winter's Dream.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

Catalogued as a single item with arrangement unaltered.

Conditions governing access:

Open for research.

Conditions governing reproduction:

May be copied so long as researchers fill in the appropriate copyright form.

Finding aids:

Description also available on the University of London Research Library Services on-line archives catalogue.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Transferred from Senate House Library.

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Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Compiled by Richard Temple, July 2006.

Rules or conventions:
Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal Place and Corporate Names 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
24 July 2006

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