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John Heath-Stubbs Book Collection

Date range: 1755-2006

Medium: Printed

Number of items: 400 items

Books from the library of the poet and translator John Francis Alexander Heath-Stubbs (1918-2006), purchased in 2007 with financial assistance from the Robert Gavron Charitable Trust. Partially sighted throughout his adult life, and completely blind by 1978, Heath-Stubbs believed that his progressive blindness stimulated his imagination. Most of the books are literary, with an emphasis on 20th/21st century poetry. Examples of Heath-Stubbs’s own works sit alongside volumes by individual authors, and anthologies. Many of these were published by small, independent presses such as Anvil Press Poetry, Carcanet, Enitharmon, Greville Press and Hearing Eye.

Several of the poets represented were friends or acquaintances of Heath-Stubbs. These include fellow-undergraduate Sidney Keyes (1922-43); Charles Williams (1886-1945), whose lectures Heath-Stubbs attended at Oxford, and the deaf poet, David Wright (1920-94), with whom Heath-Stubbs edited several anthologies. Single issues and short runs of various literary magazines reflect Heath-Stubbs’s interest in the contemporary poetry scene.

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