Literary records

Title: Literary records
Dates of Material:
1942–2009, predominant 1980–2002
Extent:
1.14 m of textual records
120 photographs : col.
58 photogprahs : col. slides
Scope and content

Series consists of records, 1942–2009, including typescripts, manuscripts, page proofs, correspondence, printouts, annotated copies, drafts, holographs, photographs and other material, relating to collections of poems, predominantly published, uncollected poems, and a play.

NOTE(S)
Finding aids

File list available (see below).

BOX FILE TITLE YEAR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Box 1
Poetry—uncollected
11a–1dPoems, uncollected1942-1945

holographs; tss., annotated; tss., cc., annotated; Written: 1942–1945. Some poems later gathered under the following titles: “Alpha to Omega,” “Eclogue for One,” and “First Trumpet.” “Alpha to Omega” later published as A Divided Voice.

Box 2
Poetry—collected
22“Alpha to Omega”

ts., cc., annotated, with holograph cover page; rejected pages, ts., annotated, with holograph cover page; Later published as A Divided Voice.

23“Alpha to Omega:” holographs; tss., annotated; tss., cc., annotated; Note on packing folder stated: “Copy #1.”

Includes related correspondence.

25A Cardboard Garage

holographs; tss., annotated; tss., cc., annotated

Poetry—uncollected
24Poems, uncollected (in notebook titled “Worlds We Live In”):1942-1947

holographs; Some poems later included in A Divided Voice and A Cardboard Garage. Written 1942–1947.

Box 3
Poetry—collected
38a–8b“Dried Ballads”

holographs; tss., annotated; ts., cc., annotated; printed page, photocopied, annotated. Includes reader’s notes. Note in file states that “Dried Ballads” was later published as The Naming of the Beast.

39“Dried Ballads”1977

ts., annotated, with additional copy of table of contents, ts., cc., annotated. 1977 version

310“Dried Ballads”1970

holographs; tss., annotated. 1970 version.

Plays
37a–7bBacchae / Euripedes ; tr. Francis Sparshott (two drafts): ts., annotated, with a copy of one draft, ts., cc., annotated.

Includes related correspondence, readers’ reports and related notes.

Box 4
Poetry—collected
411“Dried Ballads”

ts., cc., annotated. Note in file states: “Carbon as submitted to Black Moss Press.”

412The Rainy Hills

ts., annotated, with preface

413The Rainy Hills

ts., cc., annotated, with drafts of preface; additional drafts of poems, holographs and tss., annotated

414The Rainy Hills: verses after a Japanese fashion1978

holographs; tss., annotated; 1978 version.

Box 16
165The Cave of Trophonius: a poem in ten parts

tss., annotated; tss., cc., annotated

167The Hanging Gardens of Etobicoke: poems by Francis Sparshott1983

ts., annotated; ts., photocopied, annotated. Note on packing envelope states: “Hanging Gardens, 1983. Ms. as submitted.”

168The Rainy Hills (collection of one hundred and fifty haiku and other short poems)

ts., photocopy. Note on packing envelope stated: “The Rainy Hills, original, xerox.”

Poetry—uncollected
166Poems, uncollected1983, 1983-1986

holographs; tss., annotated; print-outs, annotated. Note on packing envelope stated: “Poems later than The Cave of Trophonius, 1983. Roughs and seconds, c. 1983–1986.”

169Poems, uncollected1980

holographs; tss., annotated; tss., carbon copied, annotated. Note on packing envelope stated: “Uncollected—rough and second copies, to c. 1980.” Material in Files 9 and 10 was held originally in one packing envelope.

1610Poems, uncollected

holographs; tss., annotated; tss., carbon copied, annotated;

Box 17
Poetry—collected
171Storms and Screens: poems by Francis Sparshott1981

holographs; tss., annotated; tss., cc.,annotated; photocopy of printed poem. Note on packing envelope stated: “Roughs and copies, 1981”

172Storms and Screens: poems by Francis Sparshott 1981

tss., cc., annotated; related correspondence. Note on packing folder stated: “1981 version, carbon.”

173Storms and Screens: poems by Francis Sparshott

tss., annotated

174Storms and Screens: poems by Francis Sparshott1982

holographs; computer print-outs, annotated. Note on packing envelope stated: “Drafts. Poems later than original long version of Storms and Screens, c. 1982.”

175Storms and Screens: poems by Francis Sparshott

tss., annotated; tss., cc., annotated; print-outs, annotated; page proofs, annotated; title pages and tables of contents, holographs, print-outs and page proofs

176Storms and Screens: poems by Francis Sparshott: 1986

computer print-out, annotated. Note on packing envelope stated: “Print-out submitted to publisher, 1986.”

177Storms and Screens: poems by Francis Sparshott: 1986

page proofs. Note on packing envelope stated: “Proof, 1986.”

1737List of publications

(poetry)

Poetry—uncollected
178Poems, uncollected: 1980-1983

holographs; tss., annotated; tss., carbon copied, annotatedNote on packing envelope stated: “Uncollected poems, July 1980–1983, roughs and second copies.”

Box 23
231Poems, uncollected1987

print-outs and handwritten, annotated. Note on packing envelope stated: “Rough draft and second copies, etc., between Storms and Screens and 1987.”

232Poems, uncollected1987

print-outs and handwritten, annotated. Note on packing envelope stated: “Rough draft, second copies, etc., 1987 (mostly in Sculling to Byzantium).”

233Poems, uncollected1988

print-outs and handwritten, annotated. Note on packing envelope stated: “Rough drafts, etc., since Jan. 1988 (mostly: Sculling to Byzantium).”

Box 25
Poetry—collected
255Shocks and Springs: Views From the Zucchini Gazebo1994

printout. Note on packing envelope stated: “Childe Thursday, April 1994—minus ‘[?]’ and notes.”

Poetry—uncollected
253Poems, uncollected1991-1994

printouts and handwritten, annotated. Note on packing envelope stated: “Poems, 1991–1994—rough copies and drafts.”

Box 28
Poetry—collected
2811A Cardboard Garage1969

galley proofs, 1969. Includes card insert from publisher indicating that this item was distributed as a review copy.

Box 32
321City Dwellers 2000

(pub. 2000)

322City Dwellers 2000

(pub. 2000): drafts, notes and correspondence

Poetry—uncollected
323Poems1997-1998
324Poems[between 2000 and 2002]
325Poems [between 2000 and 2002]
Box 33
Poetry—collected
331Views from the Zucchini Gazebo1994

(pub. 1994)

332Views from the Zucchini Gazebo, Home from the Air1997

(pub. 1997): mss. of poems primarily from two collections

333Home from the Air 1995-1997
334Home from the Air1997

(pub. 1997)

Poetry—uncollected
335Poems[198–?]
2015.07
Box 5
Poetry
51"Scoring in Injury Time" 2005?

Draft typescript.  Includes 2 poems not included in final published version.    

52"Days Going By"1989-2008

Includes poems and list for "Days Gone By" as well as correspondence with editors about submissions, lists of uncollected poems  

53"Scoring in Injury Time : Verses by Francis Sparshott"[200-]

Draft typescript.  

54"The Cave of Trophonius" Notes[198-]

Two copies of the poem and notes.   

55[Various poems]1992-2004

Handwritten and typed poems.   

56[Uncollected poems and lists]1970-2006

Contains copies of lists of uncollected poems and copies of poems, typed and handwritten.   

57Roughs and Seconds1998-2005

Handwritten and typed drafts of poems, many which were published in the book "Days Going By"  

58[Notes, reading lists, correspondence, advertising related to poetry readings]1982-2000

   

59"Last Gasps"[199?]

   

Box 6
63[Notebook with poems, diary entries and other writings]1951-1952

   

66"Last Gasps" - versified and photographed by Francis Sparshott1995-1996

Draft typescript with photographs.  Includes 81 colour photographs of balloons and ribbons.  

67[Photographs and notations for 'Last Gasps']1995-1999

Includes 120 photographs: col.   Photographs are of balloons and ribbons.

68[Photographs of balloons]1985-1994

58 photographs : col. slides. 

Photographs are of balloons and ribbons used in "Last Gasps" 

69"Scoring in Injury Time"2002-2003

Draft typecript and correspondence with publisher.   

610-11"Days Going By"[200-]

 Annotated draft typescripts.  

Prose
61Stories[197-]

Typed stories including "The Montcalm who Cried 'Wolfe', "The King who knew all about harness", "The Surviving Grandmother"

62"Manx Minx"n.d.

   

64[Various stories including "One of his sickness headaches", "In my father's house" , "Evaluating the humanities", "Genesis", etc.]1997-2004

Typecripts.   

Musical scores
65[Musical score] For Male Voice and Piano1951

   

Box 10
Poetry
1019"The Naming of the Beasts"n.d.

   

1022"Easter"1951-1957

2 typescripts.

**It is unclear if this poem was written by John Mann or Francis Sparshott.  There is a note that says: "'Easter'  - Formal poem written age 18-19 (in army). Francis says he planned it out and worked on it pretty much daily on it." One of the typescripts has John Mann's name on the cover page and the preface is written by John Mann - he refers to the 'author of the poem' and does not indicate who it is (himself of Francis Sparshott).  Francis Sparshott's handwritten notes appear on the back of many of the pages. 

Journal
1020[Journal entries]1966-1980

   

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