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Restrictions

Separated Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Series I. Works, 1968-2003

Series II. Correspondence, 1962-2001

Series III. Periodical Publications

Index

University of Texas, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center

Christopher Middleton:

A Preliminary Inventory of an Addition to His Papers in the Manuscript Collection at the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center



Creator: Middleton, Christopher, 1926-
Title: Christopher Middleton Papers (Addition)
Dates: 1962-2003
Abstract: This acquisition of papers from Christopher Middleton, poet, translator, and essayist, is a substantial addition to his materials previously received and cataloged at the Ransom Center. The papers include his original poetry and prose works, translations, essays, correspondence, and published writings.
Extent: 40 boxes, 6 galley folders (16.8 linear feet)
Language: English
Repository: The University of Texas at Austin, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center

Scope and Contents

This acquisition of papers from Christopher Middleton, poet, translator, and essayist, is a substantial addition to his materials previously received and cataloged at the Ransom Center. The papers include his original poetry and prose works, translations, essays, correspondence, and published writings. Middleton provided a detailed descriptive list for the collection, and his original order has been followed throughout, except for minor adjustments to maintain consistency. For his original writings, Middleton's order of creation follows a progression from handwritten drafts, primarily in notebooks, to typescripts and ultimately to page proofs and galleys. The material is arranged in three series: Series I. Works, 1968-2003; Series II. Correspondence, 1962-2001; and Series III. Periodical Publications.

Series I. Works contains three subseries, each arranged in chronological order: A. Original Poetry and Prose; B. Translations; and C. Essays and Reviews. Titles of works, primarily published poetry, in Subseries A. include Our Flowers & Nice Bones (1969), The Lonely Suppers of W. V. Balloon (1975), Pataxanadu, & Other Prose (1977), Carminalenia (1980), 111 Poems (1983), Serpentine (1985), Two Horse Wagon Going By (1986), Selected Writings (1989), The Balcony Tree (1992), Intimate Chronicles (1996), In the Mirror of the Eighth King (1999), Twenty Tropes for Doctor Dark (2000), The Word Pavilion and Selected Poems (2001), Crypto-Topographia: Stories of Secret Places (2002), and Of Mortal Fire: 1999-2002 (2003). In addition to handwritten notes for the majority of works in the chronological listing, there are additional notebooks that contain drafts of poems, translations, and essays. Because multiple works are represented in each notebook, an index was created to link the published work with the various notebooks. This alphabetical index is found at the end of the folder list.

The prose and poetry translations in Subseries B. contain anthologies, edited by Middleton and translated in collaboration with others, as well as his translations of others' works. Included are Modern German Poetry, 1910-1960 (1962), German Writing Today (1967), Selected Letters of Friedrich Nietzsche (1969), Christa Wolf's The Quest for Christa T (1970), Selected Poems of Friedrich Hölderlin and Eduard Mörike (1972), Robert Walser's Selected Stories (1983), Selected Poems of Goethe (1983), Christoph Meckel's The Figure on the Boundary Line: Selected Prose (1983), Andalusian Poems (1993), and numerous works by Gert Hofmann and Lars Gustaffson (1984-2000). Essays and reviews are found in Subseries C., most especially The Pursuit of the Kingfisher (1983).

Series II. Correspondence, 1962-2001, contains two subseries, Alphabetical Files and Chronological Files. The Alphabetical Files contain letters from poets, writers, and translators, with occasional copies of Middleton's responses. Correspondents include Leonardo Alishan, Basil Bunting, Cid Corman, Michel Deguy, Babette Deutsch, James Dickey, Lawrence Durrell, Ian Hamilton Finlay, Günter Grass, Thom Gunn, Donald Hall, Michael Hamburger, Michael Harlow, John Hawkes, Ernst Jandl, Robinson Jeffers, Erwin Jereb, Ronald Johnson, August Kleinzahler, Denise Levertov, Cecil Day Lewis, Thomas Lowenstein, Gerard Malanga, Robert Marteau, Friederike Mayröcker, Mary McCarthy, W. S. Merwin, Gloria Oden, Octavio Paz, Peter Redgrove, Hans Richter, David Rokeah, Claude Royet-Journoud, Siegfried Sassoon, Thomás Segovia, Karl Shapiro, Roger Shattuck, Edison Simons, Nathaniel Tarn, Dumitru Tsepeneag, Rosmarie and Keith Waldrop, Donald Weismann, David Wevill, Tom Whalen, John Willett, and Jonathan Williams. The Chronological Files, 1962-2001, are subdivided into three subject areas: Publishers, Periodicals, and Translations and editorial material.

The periodical publications in Series III. contain writings by Middleton, especially poems, but also essays and reviews. The material is arranged in alphabetical order by serial title.

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Restrictions

Access:

Open for research

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Separated Material

Middleton's works and other books received with the manuscripts have been transferred to the Ransom Center Library.

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Administrative Information

Acquisition:

Purchase, 2003 (Reg. no. 15159)

Processed by:

Isabel Morales and Liz Murray, 2004

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Folder List

 

Series I. Works, 1968-2003

Subseries A. Original Poetry and Prose
Box Folder
1 1 Our Flowers & Nice Bones (1969), typescript
The Lonely Suppers of W. V. Balloon (1975)
Handwritten notebooks
2 1968-1972
3 1968-1973
4-6 Corrected typescript
Box Folder
2 1-4 Pataxanadu, & Other Prose (1977), corrected typescripts
Carminalenia (1980)
5 Handwritten notebooks, 1975 and 1977-1978
6-7 Corrected typescripts
Box Folder
3 1 Corrected typescripts (cont'd)
2 Page proofs, corrected
3 "Poems about People," reading in Boston, March 1982, typescripts and published poems
4-6 111 Poems (1983), production material and proofs
7 Serpentine (1985), typescript
Box Folder
4 1-2 Typescript, cont'd
Two Horse Wagon Going By (1986)
Handwritten notebooks
3 1984-1985
4 1985-1986
5-7 Typescript with handwritten notes
Box Folder
5 1 Corrected page proofs
2-3 Selected Writings (1989), typescript
The Balcony Tree (1992)
Handwritten notebooks
4 Mar. 1987-Jan. 1990
5 July 1990-Sept. 1991
6-8 Typescripts
Box Folder
6 1 Typescripts, cont'd
Intimate Chronicles (1996)
Handwritten notebooks
2 1991-1993
3 1993-1995
4 Corrected typescript
5 Corrected page proofs
6 "Typescripts removed for French book"
In the Mirror of the Eighth King (1999)
7 Handwritten notebooks, n.d.
Box Folder
7 1 Typescript
2 Typescript sent to publisher
3 Corrected proofs
Twenty Tropes for Doctor Dark (2000)
4-6 Handwritten and typescript drafts
7 Corrected proofs
The Word Pavilion and Selected Poems (2001)
8-9 Handwritten notebooks, 1995-1999
Box Folder
8 1 Corrected typescript
Crypto-Topographia: Stories of Secret Places (2002)
2-3 Typescripts, complete and incomplete
4 Two unpublished (omitted) texts
5 Corrected page proofs
6 Of the Mortal Fire: 1999-2002 (2003), handwritten and typescript drafts of poems
Box Folder
9 Miscellaneous notebooks
1 1971-1974
2-3 1974-1975
4 1976-1978
5 1977
6 1977-1982
7 1981-1984
8 1983
Box Folder
10 1 1993
2 1994
3 1995
4 1996
5 1996-1997
6 1997
7 1997-1998
8-9 1998
Subseries B. Translations
Modern German Poetry, 1910-1960 (1962), edited by Michael Hamburger and CM
10-11 Handwritten and typescript translations
* Galleys [*removed to galley files]
German Writing Today (1967), CM editor and contributing translator
12 Editorial material, duplicate typescripts, and translations
Box Folder
11 1-2 Typescript, complete
Selected Letters of Friedrich Nietzsche (1969), edited and translated by CM
3-4 Handwritten notebooks, translations
5 Additions to Nietzsche letters
6 Walser, Robert. Jakob von Gunten (1969), CM translator; handwritten notebooks and typescripts
"Rudolf Kassner, Selected Essays" (ca. 1969)
7 Handwritten notebook
Box Folder
12 1 Handwritten notebook (cont'd)
2-3 Typescript
4 Wolf, Christa. The Quest for Christa T (1970), CM translator; handwritten notebooks
5-6 Selected Poems of Friedrich Hölderlin and Eduard Mörike (1972), CM translator; typescript
Richter, Hans. "Begegnungen von Dada bis Heute" (ca. 1974), translation by CM
7 Handwritten draft
Box Folder
13 1 Complete typescript
Walser, Robert. Selected Stories (1983), CM editor and contributing translator
2-5 Handwritten notebooks and typescript drafts
* Galleys [*removed to galley files]
Selected Poems of Goethe (1983), CM editor and contributing translator
6-7 Handwritten notebooks
Box Folder
14 Typescripts
1-2 English
3-4 German
Meckel, Christoph. The Figure on the Boundary Line: Selected Prose (1983), CM editor and contributing translator
5 Handwritten notebook
6 Typescript
Hofmann, Gert
The Spectacle at the Tower (1984), CM translator
7-8 Handwritten notebooks
9 Translator's observations on the book
Box Folder
15 1-2 Typescript
* Galleys [*removed to galley files]
Our Conquest (1985), CM translator
3-4 Handwritten notebooks
5-6 Typescript
Box Folder
16 1-2 Page proofs
3 Galleys
The Parable of the Blind (1986), CM translator
4 Handwritten notebook
5-6 Typescripts, revised; received from the publishers
7 Galleys
German edition
8 Typescript
Box Folder
17 1 Page proofs
2 Galleys
Balzac's Horse and Other Stories (1988), selected and translated by CM
3 Handwritten notebook
4 "Tolstoy's Head" typescript
5-6 Typescripts
7 German typescripts by Hofmann
8 Galleys
9 Offprints of translations
Gustafsson, Lars. The Stillness of the World before Bach: New Selected Poems (1988), CM editor and contributing translator
10 Handwritten material, possibly not used
11 Translation of poem by Yvonne Sandstrom; typescript of introduction and editorial note by CM
Box Folder
18 1-2 Handwritten and typescript drafts
3-4 Typescripts, complete collection with copy
* Galleys [*removed to galley files]
Andalusian Poems (1993), CM translator, in collaboration with Leticia Garza-Falcón
5-6 Handwritten and typescript drafts
7 Editorial material
8 Photocopies of related articles and translations
Box Folder
19 1 Paginated typescript
2 Paginated typescript, photocopy
3-4 Corrected proofs, with spiral bound version
5 Translations published in periodicals
6 "Robert Walser, A Painter's Life," in Robert Walser and the Visual Arts, ed. by Tamara Evans (1996); handwritten notebook
Gustafsson, Lars. Elegies and Other Poems (2000), CM editor and contributing translator
7 Handwritten and typescript translations of all twenty-one new poems
8 Editorial materials
Box Folder
20 1 Paginated typescripts, complete
2-3 Incomplete typescripts, culled pages
Other translations
German, 1950s-1980s
4 Handwritten and typescript translations from eighteen poets
5-6 Translations from eight poets and one prose writer, 1960s-1980s
7 Translations including the L.A. Festival of 1980
8 Original and translation of Ernst Jandl's radio play "The Giant"
Box Folder
21 1-3 French poets Albert Glatigny, Mallarmé, Rimbaud, Laforgue, Péret; most used in Faint Harps and Silver Voices: Selected Translations (2000); translations from other languages; and editorial work
Subseries C. Essays and Reviews
The Pursuit of the Kingfisher (1983)
4-5 Typescripts
6 Galleys
7 "On the Mental Image," in Jackdaw Jiving (1997), handwritten and typescript drafts, 1990-1996
8 Introduction to Jackdaw Jiving; essay "Mallarmé, Rilke, and the Orphic Voice," 1998; and review article on Millan's Life of Stéphane Mallarmé
9 Various essays and reviews

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Series II. Correspondence, 1962-2001

Subseries A. Alphabetical Files
Box Folder
22 1 A
2 Alishan, Leonardo
3 Ba-Bi
4 Bl-Bu
5 C
6 D
7 Deguy, Michel
8 E
9 F
10 Finlay, Ian Hamilton
11 G
12 Ha-Hi
Box Folder
23 1-2 Hall, Donald
3-4 Hamburger, Michael
5 Harlow, Michael
6 Ho-Hu
7 I-J
8 Jandl, Ernst
Box Folder
24 1 Jereb, Erwin
2 K
3 Kleinzahler, August
4 L
5-6 Lowenstein, Thomas
7 M
8 Marteau, Robert
9 Mayröcker, Friederike
10 O
11 Oden, Gloria
12 P
Box Folder
25 1 R
2 Richter, Hans
3 Rokeah, David
4 Royet-Journoud, Claude
5 S
6 Segovia, Thomás
7 Shattuck, Roger
8 Simons, Edison
9 T
10 Tarn, Nathaniel
11 Tsepeneag, Dumitru
12 V-W
13 Waldrop, Rosmarie and Keith
14 Weissman, Donald
15 Wevill, David
16 Whalen, Tom
17 Willett, John
Box Folder
26 1-2 Williams, Jonathan
3 Y-Z
Subseries B. Chronological Files
Publishers
4-5 1962, Torse 3: Poems 1949-1961, with reviews
6-7 1965, Nonsequences: Self Poems, with reviews
8 1965-1966, miscellaneous clippings; radio script by Barry Sullivan (BBC); and letters from "Jyl"
9 1969, Our Flowers & Nice Bones, with reviews and clippings
Box Folder
27 1 1970s-2000, small and other presses
2 1975, The Lonely Suppers of W. V. Balloon
3 1975-1984, Graziano, Frank; Grilled Flowers Press and Logbridge-Rhodes publishers
4-7 1975-2000, Carcanet Press
Box Folder
28 1-4 1975-2000, Carcanet Press, cont'd
5 1976-1999, Whalen, Tom (writer, teacher, and translator of Robert Walser)
6 1978, Pataxanadu, & Other Prose and Carminalenia, reviews
7 1979-1982, Longville, Tom; Grosseteste Press
8 1981-1983, Meckel, The Figure on the Boundary Line
9 1981-2000, Frazer, Tony; Shearsman Press
10 1983-1986, 1989, reviews of various works
11 1988-1994, Andalusian Poems, with reviews
Box Folder
29 1 1988-1994, Andalusian Poems, cont'd
2 1992-2002, reviews
3 1997, Jackdaw Jiving: Selected Essays on Poetry & Translation
4 2000, Faint Harps and Silver Voices: Selected Translations
Periodicals
5 1962, 1973-1978
6 1979-1981
7 1982-1983
Box Folder
30 1-2 1984-1995
3-4 1996-2001
Translations and editorial material
5 1962, Modern German Poetry; Secker and Warburg, Günter Grass
6 1964-1967, German Writing Today, reviews and textual material
Box Folder
31 1966-1969
1-3 Selected Letters of Friedrich Nietzsche, with reviews and reprint of Nietzsche letters by Hackett (1996)
4-5 Walser, Robert. Jakob von Gunten, with reviews
6 1967, Georg Trakl, Selected Poems
7 1969-1974, Willett, John and Ralph Manheim, eds., Bertolt Brecht, with translations
8 1970, Wolf, Christa. The Quest for Christa T., reviews only
9-10 1979-1984, Jayyusi, Salma, with translations for Modern Arabic Poetry
Box Folder
32 1980-1983
1-2 Robert Walser, Selected Stories, with reviews and translations
3-5 Selected Poems of Goethe, with reviews
6 1985-2001, Gustafsson, Lars. The Stillness of the World Before Bach and Elegies and Other Poems, with reviews

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Series III. Periodical Publications

Box
33 Agenda
Vol. 32, no. 2, Summer 1994
Vol. 35, no. 3, Autumn 1997
The Agni Review, vol. 22, 1985
Aileron, vol. 6, no. 1, 1985
Antaeus, no. 60, Spring 1988
Bookways
No. 6, January 1993
No. 11, April 1994
Box
34 Chicago Review
Vol. 46, no. 2, 2000
Vol. 48, no. 2-3, Summer 2002
Columbia: A Journal of Literature and Art, no. 26, 1996
Frames 6, 1987
Grand Street
50, vol. 13, no. 2, Fall 1994
53, vol. 14, no. 1, Summer 1995
Box
35 62, vol. 16, no. 2, Fall 1997
The Haiku Quarterly, no. 17, 1996
Hang Together, nos. 50-51, 1987
The Lace Neck Review, no. 1, 1991
Lingo: A Journal of the Arts, no. 5, 1996
Literary Imagination
Vol. 2, no. 2, Spring 2000
Vol. 3, no. 1, Winter 2001
Vol. 4, no. 1, Winter 2002
Box
36 The New Yorker
December 6, 1993
April 5, 1993
June 20, 1994
Ninth Decade
No. 2, 1983
No. 4, 1984
No. 9, 1987
Numbers
Two, Vol. 2, no. 1, Spring 1987
Five, Vol. 4, no. 1, Spring 1989
Oasis
No. 57, January 1993
No. 100, June 2000
Box
37 The Oxford Quarterly, vol. 1, no. 4/vol. 2, no. 1, Spring/Summer 1977
The Paris Review, vol. 37, no. 135, Summer 1995
Partisan Review
Vol. 65, no. 1-2, 1998
Box
38 PN Review
47, vol. 12, no. 3, 1985
52, vol. 13, no. 2, 1986
55, vol. 13, no. 5, 1987
67, vol. 15, no. 5, 1989
68, vol. 15, no. 6, 1989
70, vol. 16, no. 2, 1989
73, vol. 16, no. 5, 1989
78, vol. 17, no. 4, Mar.-Apr. 1991
84, vol. 18, no. 4, Mar.-Apr. 1992
85, vol. 18, no. 5, May-June 1992
87, vol. 19, no. 1, Sept.-Oct. 1992
90, vol. 19, no. 4, Mar.-Apr. 1993
91, vol. 19, no. 5, May-June 1993
92, vol. 19, no. 6, July-Aug. 1993
94, vol. 20, no. 2, Nov.-Dec. 1993
Box
39 97, vol. 20, no. 5, May-June 1994
99, vol. 21, no. 1, Sept.-Oct. 1994
100, vol. 21, no. 2, Nov.-Dec. 1994
102, vol. 21, no. 4, Mar.-Apr. 1995
105, vol. 21, no. 7, Sept.-Oct. 1995
108, vol. 22, no. 4, Mar.-Apr. 1996
109, vol. 22, no. 5, May-June 1996
110, vol. 22, no. 6, July-Aug. 1996
111, vol. 23, no. 1, Sept.-Oct. 1996
115, vol. 23, no. 5, May-June 1997
121, vol. 24, no. 5, May-June 1998
125, vol. 25, no. 3, Jan.-Feb. 1999
126, vol. 25, no. 4, Mar.-Apr. 1999
128, vol. 25, no. 6, July-Aug. 1999
132, vol. 26, no. 4, Mar.-Apr. 2000
Poetry, vol. 139, no. 2
Poetry Australia, no. 102, 1985
RiverSedge, vol. 12, no. 2, Spring 1998
Box
40 Southern Humanities Review
Vol. 20, no. 2, Spring 1986
Vol. 21, no. 1, Winter 1987
Sulfur
Vol. 15-17, 1986
Vol. 38, Spring 1996
The Threepenny Review
51, vol. 13, no. 3, Fall 1992
52, vol. 13, no. 4, Winter 1993
54, vol. 14, no. 2, Summer 1993
55, vol. 14, no. 3, Fall 1993

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 Index of Works 

Bolded locations indicate that the relevant material is included in a notebook containing multiple works.

  • 111 Poems--3.4-6
  • Andalusian Poems--18.5-19.5
  • The Balcony Tree--4.4; 5.4-6.1; 9.6
  • Balzac’s Horse and Other Stories--17.3-9
  • Carminalenia--2.5-3.2; 9.2; 9.4; 9.6
  • Crypto-Topographia: Stories of Secret Places--8.2-5; 10.9
  • Faint Harps and Silver Voices: Selected Translations--21.1-3
  • German Writing Today--10.12-11.2
  • Gustafsson, Lars. Elegies and Other Poems--19.7-20.3
  • Gustafsson, Lars. The Stillness of the World before Bach: New Selected Poems--17.10-18.4
  • Hofmann, Gert. Our Conquest--15.3-16.3
  • Hofmann, Gert. The Parable of the Blind--16.4-17.2
  • Hofmann, Gert. The Spectacle at the Tower--14.7-15.2
  • In the Mirror of the Eighth King--4.4; 5.5; 6.3; 6.7-7.3; 10.3
  • Intimate Chronicles--5.5; 6.2-6; 10.3
  • Jackdaw Jiving: Selected Essays on Poetry & Translation--10.2; 10.3; 21.7-8
  • Jandl, Ernst. "The Giant"--20.8
  • The Lonely Suppers of W. V. Balloon--1.2-6
  • "Mallarmé, Rilke, and the Orphic Voice"--21.8
  • Meckel, Christoph. The Figure on the Boundary Line: Selected Prose--14.5-6
  • Modern German Poetry, 1910-1960--10.10-11
  • Of the Mortal Fire: 1999-2002--8.6
  • "On the Mental Image"--21.7
  • Our Flowers & Nice Bones--1.1
  • Pataxanadu, & Other Prose--1.2; 2.1-4
  • "Poems about People"--3.3
  • The Pursuit of the Kingfisher--9.4; 9.7; 21.4-6
  • Richter, Hans. "Begegnungen von Dada bis Heute"--12.7-13.1
  • "Robert Walser, A Painter’s Life"--19.6
  • Rudolf Kassner, Selected Essays--11.7-12.3
  • Selected Letters of Friedrich Nietzsche--11.3-5
  • Selected Poems of Friedrich Hölderlin and Eduard Mörike--12.5-6
  • Selected Poems of Goethe--13.6-14.4
  • Selected Writings--5.2-3
  • Serpentine--3.7-4.2; 9.4; 9.6; 9.7
  • Swallow Diver--6.2
  • Travel Notes of an Art Scavenger--10.8
  • Twenty Tropes for Doctor Dark--7.4-7
  • Two Horse Wagon Going By--4.3-5.1; 9.4; 9.6; 9.7
  • Walser, Robert. Jakob von Gunten--11.6
  • Walser, Robert. Selected Stories--13.2-5; see also 14.1
  • Wolf, Christa. The Quest for Christa T--12.4
  • The Word Pavilion and Selected Poems--7.8-8.1; 10.4; 10.5; 10.7; 10.9

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