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Spender, Stephen: letter (1953)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0096 AL440
Held at: Senate House Library, University of London
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Full title: Spender, Stephen: letter (1953)
Date(s): 1953
Level of description: fonds
Extent: 1 leaf
Name of creator(s): Spender | Sir | Stephen Harold | 1909-1995 | Knight | poet and critic


Administrative/Biographical history:

Stephen Spender was born in London, brought up in London and Norfolk, and educated at University College School in Hampstead and University College, Oxford. His first book of poetry was published in 1930 and was followed by many other works of poetry and prose, including World within World (1951), a novel heavily influenced by his earlier life and complicated sexuality. He co-edited the literary magazine Encounter 1953 until 1967, when he resigned over a funding scandal. In his later years, Spender was acclaimed as one of the leading poets writing in English and held several academic positions, including a chair at University College London (1970-1975). He received a CBE in 1962 and was knighted in 1983.


Scope and content/abstract:

Letter from Sir Stephen Spender of Panton House, 25 Haymarket, London to [? J H P Pafford, Goldsmiths' Librarian, University of London Library], 30 Sep 1953. Covering note enclosing 'a copy of our new venture, Encounter', a magazine of which Spender was one of the editors. Typescript, signed by Spender.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

See hard copy catalogue.

Conditions governing access:

Access to this collection is unrestricted for the purpose of private study and personal research within the supervised environment and restrictions of the Library's Palaeography Room. Access to individual items in Senate House Library archives collections may be restricted under the Data Protection Act or the Freedom of Information Act. Please contact the University Archivist for details. 24 hours notice is required for research visits.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copies may be made, subject to the condition of the original. Copying must be undertaken by the Palaeography Room staff, who will need a minimum of 24 hours to process requests.

Finding aids:

Typescript catalogue available in the Library's Palaeography Room.

Archival Information

Archival history:

See archivist

Immediate source of acquisition:

Transferred from the Goldsmiths' Librarian's files, 1970.

Allied Materials

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Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Compiled by Anya Turner.

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:
Aug 2008

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