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British and Commonwealth Literary Studies


Charles Wrey Gardiner Manuscript

The Octopus of Love by Charles Wrey Gardiner
An unpublished autobiographical manuscript

Location: Department of Special Collections, Green Library.

Research Access and Use: Materials in the Department of Special Collections are non-circulating and must be used in the Special Collections' Reading Room in the Cecil H. Green Library. The Reading Room is open 10:00am to 5:00pm Monday through Friday. Photocopies, photographs, and microfilm can be made of some materials in the collections. For more information about the collections and access policies, please contact Special Collections by telephone at (650) 725-1022, by electronic mail at speccollref@stanford.edu or by regular mail at the Department of Special Collections, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, California 94305-6004.

Content: Charles Wrey Gardiner was a distinguished figure of the 20th century British literary scene. The editor of Poetry Quarterly and founder of Grey Walls Press, he was the author of several autobiographies including The Colonies of Heaven and The Dark Thorn. In this 396-page manuscript, written in the 1970's, Gardiner traces his literary and personal life from his early childhood into his seventies in a conventional rather than the poetical fashion. The manuscript consists of both revised typescript and holograph materials, chronicling his own work as an author and editor, and includes lengthy references to major figures with whom he worked. Among them are: Nicholas Moore, Kathleen Farrell, Kay Dick, Derek Stanford, Colin Wilson, Ruthven Todd, Elizabeth Barker, Paul Potts, and many others. It also includes references to Denise Levertov, whose Papers are in Stanford's Special Collections. He also develops in considerable detail his personal relations with friends and lovers, and recounts his world travels which served as inspiration for his writings

 

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