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Crozier, Andrew Thomas Knights, 1943-2008 (poet, publisher and academic)

 Person

Dates

  • Existence: 1943-2008

Andrew Thomas Knights Crozier, poet, publisher and academic, was born in Little Gaddesden, Hertfordshire, on 26 July 1943 and educated at Dulwich College and Christ's College Cambridge, where he read English (B.A. 1964, M.A. 1968) and edited an American supplement to 'Granta'. In 1964 he founded the Ferry Press, and in succeeding years produced editions of poetry by J. H. Prynne, John James, Douglas Oliver, Peter Riley and others. In 1964-5 he studied at the State University of New York at Buffalo on a Fulbright scholarship, being taught there by the poet Charles Olson. On his return to the United Kingdom he began a thesis, 'Free Verse as Formal Restraint', at the Department of Comparative Literature at Essex University, and founded the 'Wivenhoe Park Review'. From 1966 he was co-editor of 'The English Intelligencer', described as a 'worksheet' circulated among a small group of poets sharing a common outlook. In 1967 he was appointed to a teaching post at Keele University, moving to the University of Sussex in 1973. As a critic, academic and publisher he helped to revive the reputations of a number of writers, most notably the American poets Carl Rakosi and John Rodker; in 1987 he edited with Tim Longville the anthology 'A Various Art'. His own verse publications included 'Loved Litter of Time Spent', 'Walking on Grass', 'The Veil Poem', 'Pleats' (joint winner of the Alice Hunt Bartlett Prize in 1976), 'Residing', 'High Zero', 'Were There' and (with Ian Tyson) 'Utamaro Variations'; a collected poems, 'All Where Each Is', appeared in 1985. Crozier retired from Sussex as Professor of Prose in 2005, and died on 3 April 2008. 'An Andrew Crozier Reader', edited with an introduction by Ian Brinton, was published in 2012.

Found in 7 Collections and/or Records:

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Andrew Crozier, 1966-2008 (circa)

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.10013/2/10
Scope and Contents Letters and cards, poems, reviews and a lecture. Includes a text in verse and prose entitled 'Survival Kit', and copies of collaborations with John James. With a file relating to an projected festschrift for Crozier, containing essays by Riley, D. S. Marriott and Douglas Oliver, and letters.
Dates: 1966-2008 (circa)
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: The collection contains personal correspondence. The provisions of the Data Protection Act (1998) apply. Access to documents may be restricted if they contain information exempted from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act, 2000.
 Fonds

Andrew Crozier, 'Were There'

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.10020
Scope and Contents Papers relating to the publication of Andrew Crozier, 'Were There' (London: The Many Press, 1978), including: Crozier's text of 'Were There', photocopied typescript in binder; paste-up/camera ready copy of 'Were There', with notes on page layout by Crozier; pages from Andrew Crozier, 'Seven Contemporary Sun Dials' (Brighton: 1975), with a cover sheet marked by Crozier; nine letters from Crozier to John Welch of The Many Press, one with a sheet of autobiographical notes; a copy of 'Were There'...
Dates: 1975-1979 (and undated)
Conditions Governing Access: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Andrew Crozier: 'Were there'

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.10064/2/1/21
Scope and Contents From the Series: A file for each individual collection
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: The collection contains personal correspondence. The provisions of the Data Protection Act (1998) apply. Access to documents may be restricted if they contain information exempted from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act, 2000. Papers not relating to the Many Press (MS Add.10064/1) remain uncatalogued and are not available for consultation.
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CROZIER, Andrew Thomas Knights, 1975-1976

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.10038/8/7
Scope and Contents Six letters from Crozier to Riley.
See also 10038/8/57
Dates: 1975-1976
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: The collection contains personal correspondence. The provisions of the Data Protection Act (1998) apply. Access to documents may be restricted if they contain information exempted from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act, 2000. Some correspondence files are closed for specified periods for reasons of confidentiality.
 Fonds

Letters from Andrew Crozier

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.10021
Scope and Contents The letters are to David Tipton (1 letter, 1970); Peter Baker (9 letters, 1972-1977 and no year); John Welch (13 letters, 1974-1982); and Ken Edwards (5 letters, 1987-1988).
Dates: 18 Feb. 1970-1 June 1988
Conditions Governing Access: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Poems to be considered, circa 1974

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.10038/7/7
Scope and Contents Contains an original file labelled ‘Poems to be considered’ holding photocopied or carbon-copied poems by Andrew Crozier, Michael Grant, Tim Longville and David Miller. Also includes a letter from Longville to Riley dated 26 September 1974.
Dates: circa 1974
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: The collection contains personal correspondence. The provisions of the Data Protection Act (1998) apply. Access to documents may be restricted if they contain information exempted from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act, 2000. Some correspondence files are closed for specified periods for reasons of confidentiality.
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'The Harmless Building File', 1973-1974

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.10038/8/57
Scope and Contents Twelve letters from Andrew Crozier and Douglas Oliver to John Riley and Tim Longville concerning requests for copies of Oliver’s novel The Harmless Building (1973) jointly published by Grosseteste and Ferry Presses. The letters are held in an original file labelled ‘The Harmless Building File’.
Dates: 1973-1974
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: The collection contains personal correspondence. The provisions of the Data Protection Act (1998) apply. Access to documents may be restricted if they contain information exempted from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act, 2000. Some correspondence files are closed for specified periods for reasons of confidentiality.

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