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David R. Clark Papers
Manuscript Collection Number: 180
Accessioned: Purchase, February 1995
Extent: 1 linear foot
Content: Correspondence, manuscripts, photographs, and ephemera
Access: The collection is open for research.
Processed: March 1999, by Meghan J. Fuller
Special Collections, University of Delaware Library
Newark, Delaware 19717-5267
Table of Contents
Clark is the author of W.B. Yeats and the Theater of Desolate Reality (1965); The Tower of Polished Black Stones: Early Versions of The Shadowy Waters (1971); Critical Essays on Hart Crane (1982); and Day Tree: Poems (1966). He served as the editor for a number of books on Yeats, including William Butler Yeats, 1865-1965: Catalogue of His Works and Associated Items, Olin Library, Wesleyan University (1965); Yeats at Songs and Choruses (1983); W.B. Yeats and the Writing of Sophocles' King Oedipus: Manuscripts of W.B. Yeats (1989); and W. B. Yeats' The Winding Stair: Manuscript Materials (1995). He is also the co-editor, with Robin Skelton, of Irish Renaissance: A Gathering of Essays, Memoirs, Letters, and Dramatic Poetry from the Massachusetts Review (1965).
Clark has been an Emeritus professor at the University of Massachusetts since 1985.
Source:Press, Jacques Cattell. Directory of American Scholars. vol. 7 New York: R.R. Bowker Co., 1978.
Scope and Contents Note
Scholars of Irish literature will find this collection particularly interesting, as it details the early careers of many of Ireland's now-established writers, including Richard Murphy, Richard Weber, and Alexander Hutchison. Clark was a close friend and mentor to these poets, often arranging lectures and poetry readings or assisting them in their searches for academic positions or publishers for their work.
The David R. Clark Papers also reflects the difficulties inherent in scholarly research: the frequent problems securing copyrights, the hardships involved with finding a publisher, and, perhaps the most prevalent concern for Clark's collegues, the scarcity of funds for both scholarly and creative endeavors. Of particular note is the correspondence of Clark and George Mayhew during collaboration on a book entitled A Tower of Polished Stones for The Dolmen Press. These letters illustrate the problems which arise from a joint-publication effort -- particularly when the publisher is overseas.
The Folders 1-31 are arranged alphabetically by scholar or writer with whom Clark corresponded. Folders 28 and 29 are related to the publication of specific books (Clark and Mayhew's A Tower of Polished Stones, and Clark's Visible Array), and Folder 30 contains materials which detail the establishment of the Cornell Press Yeats Series. The last folder in the collection houses miscellaneous material related to the Dolmen Press.
Summary Contents List
F1 Achebe, Chinua, 1975-1976 F2 Correspondence related to Aubrey Beardsley, 1965-1966 F3 Bradford, Curtis, 1975-1977 F4 Bushrui, S.B., 1969-1971 F5 Ellmann, Richard, 1975-1982 F6 Fallon, Peter, 1980-1986 F7 Heaney, Seamus, 1979-1980 F8 Hutchison, Alexander, 1972-1989 F9 Johnston, Denis, 1961-1981 F10 MacGreevey, Thomas, 1965 F11 MacKenzie, Norman, 1972-1976 F12 Mayhew, George, 1967-1972 F13 McHugh, Roger, 1966-1979 F14 Miller, Liam, 1964-1987 F15 Montague, John, 1965-1977 F16 Moore, John Rees, 1966-1972 F17 Murphy, Richard, 1963-1964 F18 Murphy, William, 1976-1981 F19 Murray, Alexander, 1984 F20 Material related to Sean O'Casey, 1957-1989 F21 O'Clerigh, Gearoid, 1976 F22 O'Connor, Frank, 1982 F23 O'Driscoll, Robert, 1967-1978 F24 O'Driscoll Robert, 1985-1987 F25 O'Malley, Mary, 1963-1965 F26 Stalworthy, Jon, 1964-1982 F27 Weber, Richard, 1966-1984 F28 Clark/Mayhew, material related to the publication of Tower of Polished Stones, 1966 F29 Clark, material related to the publication of Visible Array, 1982-1983 F30 Cornell Press Yeats Series, 1966-1977 F31 Dolmen Press
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