RepositorySpecial Collections Archives (GB 0029)
Ref NoEUL MS 68
Datec 1935-1990
LevelCollection
Extent40 boxes
TitleJack Clemo literary and personal papers
DescriptionThe collection is the complete literary and personal archive of Jack Clemo. Included are all his manuscript notebooks and typescripts for prose work as well as poetry. The collection also includes personal letters, diaries, photographs, reviews, newcuttings and files of correspondence with readers, together with a small library of his printed books.
Admin HistoryReginald John 'Jack' Clemo (1916-1994), poet, was born in Cornwall and lived there for many years until he moved to Weymouth in 1984. As a child he experienced two periods of complete blindness, and he left school at the age of twelve. He began to write at the end of his schooldays, but for many years his only vehicle for publishing his verse and stories was a local newspaper. In 1948 he published a novel, 'Wilding Graft'. This was followed in 1949 by an autobiography, 'Confession of a Rebel', and in 1951 by his first volume of poetry, 'The Clay Verge'. Further volumes of poetry in 1961 'The Map of Clay', and in 1967 'Cactus on Carmel', furthered his reputation as a poet. He published a theological volume, 'The Invading Gospel' in 1958. By 1955 he was totally blind; although periodically he was able to hear music faintly, he could never again recognise speech. His later works include 'The Echoing Tip' (1971) and 'Broad Autumn' (1975). He was awarded a Civil List Pension in 1961 in recognition of his literary achievements. In 1981 he was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Exeter. In 1968 he married Ruth Peaty (1923-2007), a laundry worker from Weymouth.
LanguageEnglish
Access StatusOpen
Related MaterialEUL MS 375 Jack Clemo: letters to Victor Perry; EUL MS 395 Eveline Clemo's booklet are also held here at Special Collections. Wheal Martyn China Clay Museum holds manuscripts and printed material. Some related papers are also held at Trethosa Methodist Chapel, Cornwall.
Access ConditionsSome material is closed under the Data Protection Act (1998). Otherwise usual EUL arrangements apply.
ArrangementThe literary papers in this collection have been listed following John Hurst's arrangement, as described in his article 'Voice from a white silence: the manuscripts of Jack Clemo', 'Cornish Studies', 3 (1995), 125-143.
Finding_AidsCatalogued on CALM online archive catalogue.
THE PERSONAL PAPERS SECTION OF THIS CATALOGUE HAVE BEEN CREATED WITH THE AID OF A GRANT FROM THE NATIONAL CATALOGUING GRANTS SCHEME
Creator_NameClemo; Reginald John (1916-1994); poet; known as Jack
Mgt_GroupLiterary papers
Persons
CodePersonNameDates
DS/UK/3Clemo; Reginald John (1916-1994); poet and novelist1916-1994
Persons
CodePersonNameDates
DS/UK/3Clemo; Reginald John (1916-1994); poet and novelist1916-1994
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