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Abstract

Papers of the poet Gael Turnbull, containing correspondence, manuscripts of poems, translations, and ephemera. The correspondence consists of letters written to the poet and editor Cid Corman during the period 1965-1982.

Biography

Gael Lundin Turnbull was born on April 7, 1928, in Edinburgh, Scotland. He received a B.A. from Cambridge University (1948) and an M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania (1951). In addition to his career as a physician and anesthesiologist, he is also an accomplished poet and has published over twenty volumes of poetry.

Scope and Content of Collection

The Gael Turnbull Papers are arranged in two series: 1) LETTERS TO CID CORMAN and 2) MISCELLANEOUS MATERIALS.

SERIES 1: LETTERS TO CID CORMAN

The LETTERS TO CID CORMAN series dates from 1966 to 1982 and contains over sixty letters from Turnbull. Topics of discussion include poetry, Turnbull's hospital duties, his family life, and their mutual friends, including Basil Bunting, who was a strong influence on Turnbull. The letters are arranged chronologically.

SERIES 2: MISCELLANEOUS MATERIALS

The series includes typescripts of the poem Iliados A, a typescript of the essay "On translating Homer or Anyone Else," a printed broadside of the poem "Aurora," a program for a production of The Real McCoy, and manuscripts and printed editions of the poem "Seven from Stifford's Bridge." The materials are arranged alphabetically.

LETTERS TO CID CORMAN

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1 1 Letters, 1966 - 1982.

MISCELLANEOUS MATERIALS

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1 2 Iliados A - Typescripts with holograph corrections.
1 3 On Translating Homer or Anyone Else - Typescript, includes "Aurora," signed broadside.
1 4 Real McCoy - Program for the production. The play was performed in Worcester, England. Also included is the text of Turnbull's poem "A Threnody for McCoy," signed.
1 5 Seven from Stifford's Bridge - MS and envelope; mimeograph, signed, 1965.


Finding aid generated: 2012-09-25