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Raworth, Thomas Moore, 1938- 2017 (poet and publisher)



  • Existence: 1938 - 2017


Born Bexleyheath, London, 19 July 1938. He published more than 40 books of poetry and was credited with promoting the post-war American poetry tradition on the modern British poetry scene. He particularly promoted the work of poets associated with the Black Mountain School. He founded the Goliard Press in 1965 with the artist Barry Hall. Having left school at 15, he later attended the University of Essex where he gained an MA in literary translation. He travelled extensively, giving poetry readings in Mexico, Spain, the United States and South Africa. He held visiting teaching positions at the University of Texas in Austin, the University of California in San Diego, and the University of Cape Town. He was also poet-in-residence at King’s College, Cambridge. He died on 8 February 2017.

Found in 2 Collections and/or Records:


Tom Raworth, 9 June 1986-15 Sept. 1994

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.10087/6/53
Scope and Contents

Comprises 4 letters, 7 postcards and 3 notes from Raworth to Riley. Includes 8 issues of the third series of 'Infolio', 26 Nov. 1990-7 Aug. 1991.

Dates: 9 June 1986-15 Sept. 1994
Conditions Governing Access: From the Series: A small number of files in this series are restricted under data protection legislation.

Tom Raworth: Poems and Correspondence

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.10033
Scope and Contents

Letters, postcards and notes (10 items) from Tom Raworth, nine to Ken Edwards and one (a copy) to Eric Mottram. With an untitled collection of poems by Raworth, dated 21 August 1987, some consisting of part of 'Visible Shivers' and the remainder of more recent work, 55 sheets in a binder strip, the cover sheet and one interior sheet annotated by Raworth; a copy of Raworth's 'Tractor Parts' (1984); and a flyer publicising 'Infolio'.

Dates: 16 Oct. 1986-18 Jan. 1998 (and no year)
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