Substantial bound manuscript by the poet David Gascoyne (1916-2001) together with an archive of photographs,, letters from Gascoyne and his wife Judy Gascoyne and from Alan Clodd of the Enitharmon Press and many others. This collection which dates from David Gascoyne’s old age was acquired by his friend the society photographer Pamela Chandler (1928-1993). The main item is the bound manuscript which runs to 155 pages in Gascoyne’s hand, 1989-1991, contained within a French ‘Livre de Brouillon’. The manuscript is a mixture of draft letters and other writings including notes for a talk on Elizabeth and Robert Browning, letters to George Steiner about the reception of ‘Real Presences’, Barry Humphries, Alan Hollinghurst, the Literary Editor of The Independent (about an obituary of his friend Salvador Dali), Greenpeace, a musician who’d set his verse to music, Hay on Wye Festival, the Editor of the Independent on Sunday (about Salman Rushdie), Edward Jabes (in French), novelist Tracy Chevalier, and 10 Downing Street regarding payment of his Civil List Pension. Additionally there are 16 letters and cards from David Gascoyne to Chandler; 50 from Gascoyne’s wife Judy Gascoyne to Pamela Chandler and 13 from Alan Clodd at Enitharmon Press to Gascoyne and Pamela Chandler. David Gascoyne was heavily associated with the Surrealist movement, achieved early success, lived in Paris after the second war before falling into mental ill-health. This collection which dates from his final years, after his marriage, reveals his intense literary activity and attention to his own legacy - the notebook includes a letter to Reading University offering one of his manuscripts. Pamela Chandler (1928-1993) was a leading London based photographer who became the photographer of choice for the publicly evasive J. R. R. Tolkien after being commissioned by his publisher to photograph him in 1961. She has the distinction of being the first female photographer to produce an official portrait of a Prime Minister when she photographed Harold Macmillan. After her death her collection was curated by her sister Diana Willson who also corresponded with Gascoyne’s widow, Judy, as witnessed in this collection.
Author David Gascoyne