Kermode, Frank, 1919-2010

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Sir Frank Kermode was one of the most distinguished literary critics of his time. Co-editor of the magazine ENCOUNTER with Melvin J. Lasky from around 1958 to 1967, he resigned after learning in 1967 of the covert CIA funding of the magazine. He is best known for his studies of Shakespeare (1963-1965) and D. H. Lawrence (1973), his editorship of THE OXFORD ANTHOLOGY OF ENGLISH LITERATURE (2 vols., 1973), and his provocative studies THE SENSE OF AN ENDING (1967), THE GENESIS OF SECRECY (1979), and THE ART OF TELLING (1983). Kermode's memoir, NOT ENTITLED, was published in 1995, and his selection of essays, PIECES OF MY MIND, appeared in 2003. He was knighted in 1991. Sir Stephen Harold Spender was an English poet, novelist, and essayist who wrote on themes of social injustice and the class struggle in his work. He was editor of ENCOUNTER from 1953 to 1966.

ENCOUNTER was a controversial British literary magazine, founded in 1953 by poet Stephen Spender and early neoconservative author Irving Kristol. In 1966-1967 it was revealed that the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency had subsidized the magazine for more than ten years through the Congress for Cultural Freedom, and that Melvin Lasky, Kermode's co-editor, was a CIA agent. Kermode and Spender both resigned in 1967, proclaiming they had been misled and lied to by Lasky.

From the description of Sir Frank Kermode papers 1951-2005. (Peking University Library). WorldCat record id: 85772734

Epithet: King Edward VII Professor of English Literature University of Cambridge

Title: Knight

British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000000561.0x000138

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referencedIn Mary Katharine Woodworth papers, 1787-1989 Bryn Mawr College
referencedIn Lionel Trilling Seminars. Manuscripts, 1976-1996. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn University of Virginia. Dept. of English. Papers of the Dept. of English Language and Literature [manuscript], 1956-1970. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Chilmark Press (New York, N.Y.). Chilmark Press records, 1960-1976. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn Max Reinhardt papers, 1899-2006 British Library: Western Manuscripts
creatorOf Logue, Christopher, 1926-2011. Christopher Logue papers, 1939-1993 (bulk 1950-1993). Pennsylvania State University Libraries
referencedIn John Hollander Papers, circa 1950-2007 Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Edward Upward: Correspondence (1994-95), 1994-1995 British Library
referencedIn Bradbury, M. mss. II, 1949-1993 Lilly Library (Indiana University, Bloomington)
creatorOf Edward Upward: Correspondence (1996-99), 1996-1999 British Library
referencedIn William Empson papers, 1811-1996 (inclusive), 1911-1984 (bulk). Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard
creatorOf Edward Upward: Correspondence (1987), 1987 British Library
referencedIn Chilmark Press Papers, 1960-1976. Columbia University. Rare Book and Manuscript Library,
referencedIn Harold Matson Company, Inc. (New York, N.Y.). Harold Matson Company, Inc. Records, 1937-1980. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn B.S. Johnson Archive, 1933-2004 British Library: Western Manuscripts
creatorOf Correspondence and papers relating to later publications and events relating to Shaw, including royalties accruing to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, of which Reinhardt was a trustee, and to the British Museum through the provisions of Shaw’s will..., 1960-1993 British Library
creatorOf Kermode, Frank, 1919-2010. Sir Frank Kermode papers 1951-2005. Princeton University Library
creatorOf Healing, Bryan. Letters, 1960-1966, to Lewis Mumford. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Brooke-Rose, Christine, 1923-. Papers, 1893-1992 (bulk 1957-1992). Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
creatorOf Kermode, Frank, 1919-2010. Letters, 1963, n.d., to Lewis Mumford. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Edward Upward: Correspondence (1993), 1993 British Library
creatorOf MARGARET GARDINER PAPERS. Vol. IV (ff. 73). Correspondence and papers; 1967-1972. 1. ff. 1-30. 'Britons and American Draft Resisters'; 1967. 2. ff. 31-54. Czechoslovakia; 1968. 3. ff. 55-73. 'Appeal to the American People'; 1972.includes:f. 2 Peter..., 1967-1972 British Library
referencedIn Edward Upward: Supplementary Papers, 1920-2009 British Library: Western Manuscripts
referencedIn M. L. Rosenthal Papers, ca. 1930-1996 Fales Library & Special Collections
referencedIn Christine Brooke-Rose Papers TXRC98-A40., 1893-1992, (bulk 1957-1992) Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
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correspondedWith Alvarez, A. (Alfred), 1929- person
associatedWith Bradbury, Malcolm, 1932-2000 person
associatedWith Brooke-Rose, Christine, 1923- person
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correspondedWith Empson, William, 1906-1984 person
correspondedWith Golding, William, 1911-1993 person
associatedWith Harold Matson Company, Inc. (New York, N.Y.) corporateBody
associatedWith Hollander, John. person
correspondedWith Johnson, Bryan Stanley William, 1933-1973 person
correspondedWith Lasky, Melvin J. person
associatedWith Lionel Trilling Seminars. corporateBody
associatedWith Logue, Christopher, 1926-2011. person
correspondedWith Spark, Muriel person
correspondedWith Spender, Natasha person
correspondedWith Spender, Stephen, 1909-1995 person
correspondedWith Tate, Allen, 1899-1979 person
associatedWith University of Virginia. Dept. of English. corporateBody
correspondedWith Upward, Edward Falaise, 1903-2009 person
associatedWith Woodworth, Elizabeth person
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Birth 1919-11-29

Death 2010-08-17





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