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Grevel Lindop Papers

Date range: 1963 to present.

Grevel Lindop (b. 1948) has combined a distinguished academic career with being an acclaimed poet and writer. He began to write poetry seriously as an undergraduate at Wadham College, Oxford, and was one of the first poets to be published in Carcanet magazine, edited by his friend and fellow student Michael Schmidt.

In 1977 Carcanet Press published his first full-length collection, Fools’ Paradise, and since then the press has published four other collections of his poetry.

In 1971 Lindop took up a post as junior lecturer at the University of Manchester, and he remained there for thirty years, ultimately becoming Professor of Romantic and Early Victorian Studies. He has made a particular study of the Manchester-born essayist Thomas de Quincey, and was general editor of his collected works, published in twenty-one volumes in 2000–2003.

The archive reflects Grevel Lindop’s broad range of interests and spans his entire career as poet, writer, critic, editor and academic.

As well as drafts and manuscripts of Lindop’s own poetry and other writings, there is extensive correspondence with an array of fellow poets, editors, publishers and literary critics, as well as artists, Buddhist monks, journalists, folklorists and others.

Poets include:

  • Simon Armitage
  • Neil Astley
  • Gillian Clarke
  • Brian Cox
  • Neil Curry
  • Robert Crawford
  • John Heath-Stubbs
  • Elizabeth Jennings
  • Peter Levi
  • Chris McCully
  • Christopher Middleton
  • Bernard O’Donoghue
  • Tom Paulin
  • Christopher Reid
  • Anne Ridler
  • Peter Russell
  • Peter Sansom
  • Michael Schmidt
  • Anne Stevenson
  • Tambimuttu
  • R.S. Thomas
  • David Wright

Lindop’s twenty-year literary friendship with Kathleen Raine is well documented through correspondence, and papers relating to Lindop’s work on her Collected Poems and his editing of the PN Review tribute to her in 2000.

There is also a significant body of material relating to Lindop’s involvement in the Temenos Academy, as director and editor of the Temenos Academy Review. However, the largest body of material in the archive relates to the monumental edition of The Works of Thomas De Quincey.

Finding aids

Catalogue available online via ELGAR.

Location

The John Rylands Library

Using the reading rooms in the John Rylands Library

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