Davie, Donald

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Donald Davie, a poet, literary critic, and teacher, was born in Barnsley in Yorkshire, England on 17 July 1922. His service in the Royal Navy during World War II, which sent him to Russia, sparked an interest in Russian literature; he later wrote his doctoral dissertation and other works on that subject, including Slavic Excursions: Essays on Russian and Polish Literature . Davie married Doreen John in 1945; they later had three children. He received his bachelor's degree in 1947 and his doctoral degree in 1951, both from the University of Cambridge. His teaching career began at Trinity College, Dublin, in 1950. He went on to teach at the University of Cambridge from 1958 to 1964, and at the University of Essex from 1964 to 1968. That year, Davie left England for the United States, where he taught at Stanford University for ten years. He then taught at Vanderbilt University until 1988, when he retired and returned to England. Davie's work includes poetry collections, such as Brides of Reason, Essex Poems, 1963-67, and To Scorch or Freeze, as well as literary criticism, such as Purity of Diction in English Verse and Ezra Pound: Poet as Sculptor . Davie died on 18 September 1995 in Exeter in Devon, England.

From the guide to the Donald Davie papers, 1926-1995, 1970-1990, (Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library)

Donald Davie, English poet and critic, 1922-1995.

From the description of Donald Davie letters and notes, 1942-1966. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 84399060

From the description of Donald Davie letters and notes, 1942-1966. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 702159829

Donald Davie was a poet, educator and critic. He was born in England in 1922 and died there in 1995. He was appointed the first Mellon Professor of the Humanities at Vanderbilt University and taught there 1978-1988.

From the description of Donald Davie Papers, 1942-1995. (Vanderbilt University Library). WorldCat record id: 53936373

Davie (1922-1995) was a British poet, literary critic, and teacher who was a major influence on British poetry in the 1950s.

From the description of Donald Davie papers, 1926-1995 (bulk 1970-1990). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 86131369

From the description of Donald Davie papers, 1926-1995 (bulk 1970-1990). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 702135903

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referencedIn Parnassus: poetry in review records, 1971-1996 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
referencedIn New Directions Publishing Corp. records, ca. 1933-1997. Houghton Library
referencedIn Sitwell, Edith, 1887-1964. Autograph letter signed : London, to Kenneth Clark, 1954 Aug. 28. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Dillon, Millicent. Papers, 1905-1990 (bulk 1935-1986). Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
creatorOf Davie, Donald. Donald Davie papers, 1926-1995 (bulk 1970-1990). Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Jones, Madison, 1925-. Madison Jones papers, 1950-1989. Emory University Library, Special Collect Department
referencedIn Agenda records, 1914-2001, 1969-2001 Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn William Harmon Papers (#4568), 1939-2000 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library. Southern Historical Collection
referencedIn Stanford Program for Recordings in Sound audio recordings, 1953-1975 Cecil H. Green Library. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
creatorOf Davie, Donald. Donald Davie papers, 1926-1995 (bulk 1970-1990). Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Stanford, Donald E. (Donald Elwin), 1913-1998. Donald E. Stanford papers, 1933-1985. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn John Hollander Papers, circa 1950-2007 Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Daiches, David, 1912-2005. Hopwood Awards Collection, 1930- University of Michigan
creatorOf Davie, Donald. Donald Davie Papers, 1942-1995. Vanderbilt University Library, Jean and Alexander Heard Library
referencedIn Edward Dorn Papers., undated, 1956-1993. Archives & Special Collections at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center.
referencedIn Sitwell, Edith, 1887-1964. Autograph letter signed : Montagnana, Italy, to Jane Clark, 1954 Oct. 10. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn University of Virginia. Dept. of English. Papers of the Dept. of English Language and Literature [manuscript], 1956-1970. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Carnochan, Brigitte Hoy. Papers relating to research on Janet Lewis, 1930-1994. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
creatorOf Updike, John. [Broadside collection]. Hollins University, Wyndham Robertson Library
creatorOf Finlay, Ian Hamilton,. Ian Hamilton Finlay correspondence, 1962-1969. A-F. The Sage Colleges Libraries
creatorOf Davie, Donald. Donald Davie letters and notes, 1942-1966. Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Davie, Donald. Letter, 1973 Apr. 19, Tours, France, to Stephen M. Savage, Cambridge, Mass. Ball State University Library, Bracken Library
referencedIn Tom Clark Papers, 1963-1991 University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections.
referencedIn Sitwell, Edith, 1887-1964. Autograph letter signed : Montagnana, Italy, to Kenneth Clark, 1954 Sept. 28. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Harmon, William, 1938-. William Harmon papers, 1939-2000 (correspondents C-D). University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
creatorOf Lowell, Robert, 1917-1977. Papers, 1845-1988 (bulk 1970-1977). Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
creatorOf Brooke-Rose, Christine, 1923-. Papers, 1893-1992 (bulk 1957-1992). Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
creatorOf Davie, Donald. Typed letter signed : Raheny, Dublin, to Mr. Woods, 1957 June 1. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Lewis, Janet, 1899-1998. Janet Lewis papers, 1964-1989. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Woodberry Poetry Room (Harvard College Library) poetry readings, 1931- (ongoing). Woodberry Poetry Room, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University
creatorOf General Literary Manuscripts collection, 1677-1969 USC Libraries Special Collections
referencedIn Agenda records, 1914-1985 (bulk 1969-1984). Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Macdonald, Ross, 1915-1983. Letter : 4420 Via Esperanza, Santa Barbara, Calif., to Donald Davie, 989 Cottrell Way, Stanford, Calif., 1968 Oct. 28. University of South Carolina, University Libraries
creatorOf Palaemon Press (Winston-Salem, N.C.). Editorial archive, 1974-1984. Brown University, John Hay Library
referencedIn William Empson papers, 1811-1996 (inclusive), 1911-1984 (bulk). Houghton Library
referencedIn Stanford Program for Recordings in Sound. Stanford Program for Recordings in Sound assorted recordings, 1953-1975. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
creatorOf Donald Davie papers, 1926-1995, 1970-1990 Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Clark, Tom, 1941-. Papers, 1963-1991. University of California, Los Angeles
creatorOf Carter, Thomas H. (Thomas Henry), 1931-1963. Correspondence, 1950-1962. Washington & Lee University, James G. Leyburn Library
creatorOf Davie, Donald. Donald Davie letters and notes, 1942-1966. Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn General Literary Manuscripts collection, 1677-1969. University of Southern California, USC Libraries
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India
Russia
England
England
Subject
World War, 1939-1945--Personal narratives, Soviet
Critics--20th century--Archives
Critics--England--20th century--Archives
Authors, American--19th century--Archival resources
Poets, English--20th century--Archives
Authors, American--20th century--Archival resources
English poetry--20th century
Poets, English--20th century
World War, 1939-1945--Personal narratives, East Indian
World War, 1939-1945--Personal narratives
Authors, English--20th century--Biography--Sources
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Critics--England
Poets--England
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