A Preliminary Inventory of His Papers at the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
This collection is composed of the papers of Knute Skinner prior to 1970. It is arranged into two series: I. Works (arranged alphabetically) and II. Correspondence (which is subdivided into outgoing and incoming and arranged chronologically).
Poems account for the majority of the works present, with multiple handwritten and typescript drafts and Skinner's handwritten edits. Many are dated and signed by him as well. Included are poems that were published in his collections A Close Sky over Killaspuglonane (1968 edition), for which the galley proof sheets are also present, and In Dinosaur Country (1969), for which the proof copy is included.
There are two short stories: "A Room for Sixty Francs" and the published version of "The Man Who Checked Out the Library" (Limbo, October 1964) with many handwritten revisions by Skinner. A selection of book reviews from 1961 to 1969 is organized alphabetically by the title. While the author and title of the book is typically documented, the publications for which the reviews were written are not.
The Correspondence for the collection concerns Skinner’s professional life with a few references of a personal nature. There are acceptance and rejection letters from poetry submissions, royalty notices, and academic letters from university colleagues. The sole letter written by Skinner in the series is a response to a critique from Larry Lee of A Stranger with a Watch (1965). Other correspondents include Elizabeth Bartlett, Beth Bentley, Thomas Churchill, Edward Field, Robert Huff, X.J. (Joseph) Kennedy, Thomas Kinsella, James Liddy, Richard Lloyd-Jones, Tom MacIntyre, Lorna Reynolds, Robert Sward, and Reed Whittemore.
Open for research
Purchases, 1968-1969 (R 3967, R 4662, R 5072)
Jonathan Reynolds, 2006
Knute Skinner Papers--Container List