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Anne Buchanan Crosby Collection of Galway Kinnell Letters and Manuscripts


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Anne Buchanan Crosby (1929-) is an English artist. Born in London, Crosby lived abroad for several years in Rome, Paris, and the Var region of France. After returning to London, she painted and taught at an art school. Crobsy married architect Theo Crosby in 1960 with whom she had two children before the couple divorced. One of their children, Matthew, who was born with Down syndrome, was the subject of a memoir Crosby published in 2009 entitled Matthew (Haus Publishing).

Crosby became close friends with Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award-winning poet Galway Kinnell (1927-2014) after meeting him in Paris in the late 1950s.


Galway Kinnell (1927-2014) was an award-winning American poet, translator, essayist, civil rights activist, orator, and teacher, including serving as professor and director of the creative writing program at New York University.

Born in Providence, Rhode Island, Kinnell served in the Navy during World War II. He graduated from Princeton University in 1948 (his roommate was the poet W. S. Merwin), and received a master's degree from the University of Rochester a year later. He held several teaching positions early on both in the United States and abroad, including a tour in Tehran that led to the writing of his only novel, "Black Light." His "Selected Poems" won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry in 1983, and a share of the National Book Award the same year.

In 1965, Kinnell married Spanish translator Ines Delgado de Torres with whom he had two children. The couple divorced after 20 years. In 1997, Kinnell married Barbara Kammer Bristol.

Kinnell became close friends with English artist Anne Buchanan Crosby (1929-) after meeting her in Paris in the late 1950s.

This collection consists of letters from Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award-winning American poet Galway Kinnell (1927-2014) to English artist Anne Buchanan Crosby (b.1929). Kinnell and Crosby met in Paris in the late 1950s and maintained a strong connection spanning several decades. Part travelogue, Kinnell's letters touch on themes that are reflected in his work and document in detail the varied landscapes surrounding the poet as he travelled the world, including New York City, the artists' community, Yaddo, in Saratoga Springs, and New England. Several letters are postmarked from the South and Mississippi, where he spent time during the Civil Rights Movement, as well as countries throughout Europe and Asia. Over a dozen capture his time in Tehran. Some of the letters include photographs.

Also included in the collection are several annotated poetry typescripts and manuscripts authored by Kinnell dating from the late 1950s to early 1960s.

Purchased from Christie's New York in 2021. AM 2022-011

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This collection was processed by Faith Charlton in August 2021. Finding aid written by Faith Charlton in August 2021.

No materials were removed from the collection during 2021 processing beyond routine appraisal practices.

Manuscripts Division
Finding Aid Author
Faith Charlton
Finding Aid Date
August 2021
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Collection Inventory

Physical Description

9 folders

Letters from Kinnell to Crosby, 1957-1959.
Letters from Kinnell to Crosby, Tehran 1959-1961.
Letters from Kinnell to Crosby, 1960s.
Scope and Contents

A letter dated March 7, 1967, includes photographs of Kinnell and his daughter, Maud.

Letters from Kinnell to Crosby, 1970s-1990s.
Letter from Kinnell to Crosby, 2006.

Physical Description

10 folders

The Descent, undated.
Scope and Contents

Heavily annotated typescript draft pages including multiple versions of some pages. Possibly an earlier version of "Seekonk Woods."

Untitled [Possibly Seekonk Woods], undated.
Scope and Contents

Heavily annotated typescript draft pages.

Monadnock, 1960 January 1.
Scope and Contents

An early draft of this poem with differences from the April iteration.

Flower Herding on Mount Monadnock, 1960 April 1.
Scope and Contents

Typescript carbon with several corrections, with Crosby's autograph note, "we read and read it didn't we / now I think it is done. Love Anne."

The River that is East, undated.
Scope and Contents

Typescript with a few handwritten corrections.

The Rising of Flamingoes Near Arles, 1960 January 18.
Scope and Contents

Annotated typescript.

John Landless Defined by Yvan Goll, undated.
Scope and Contents

Heavily annotated typescript.

John Landless and His Shadow (2nd Version), undated.
Scope and Contents

Heavily annotated typescript

Untitled Autograph Manuscript of Various Poems (Including Seekonk Woods), undated.
Poems of Galway Kinnell / Reading of 9 May 1957, 1957 May 9.
Scope and Contents

Mimeograph typescript

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