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"The Plain Sense of Things", 1985
Collection Description & Creator Information
The collection consists of critical writings, reviews, essays, lectures, transcripts, radio broadcast transcripts, correspondence, photographs, and printed material of Kermode, representing his entire extant archive. The collection includes original typescripts and drafts of Kermode's published work, as well as transcripts of lectures and radio broadcasts. There are many uncollected essays dating from 1969 to 2003. An extensive circle of major correspondents from the academic and literary world, such as Al Alvarez, William Empson, William Golding, Kenneth Koch, Muriel Spark, Stephen and Natasha Spender, and Allen Tate, throw light on the literature and critical thought of that era. Included is substantial material documenting the circumstances leading to the resignation of Kermode and Spender from the board of Encounter in 1967, after it was revealed that the magazine was funded by the CIA.
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- Access Restrictions:
The collection is open for research.
- Conditions for Reproduction and Use:
Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to RBSC Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.
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"The Plain Sense of Things"; Sir Frank Kermode Papers, C1149, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library
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