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Jon Silkin Papers

Identifier: MS Group 032

Scope and Content

The Silkin Papers consist of correspondence, manuscripts of poems and some prose writings. Many of the manuscripts are working drafts with many versions of the same poem. Poems are often written on the verso of correspondence and may not be identified in the list of contents. Some of the correspondence relates to Stand and to publication of Silkin's works. Correspondents include Dannie Abse, Desmond Elliott, John Heath-Stubbs, C. Day Lewis, Roy Fuller, and Jon Silkin, Jr.


  • 1952-1956



The collection is open for research.

Usage Restrictions

Rights belong to the authors. Silkin's last know agent was John Smith, 52 Floral Street, London WC2, England.

Biographical/Historical Note

Jon Silkin was a British poet who authored and edited many volumes of poetry. His Selected Poems were published in 1980 and in a revised edition, 1994. He was founding co-editor of Stand (1952-1997). He was a teacher of English for foreign students at the University of Leeds, England. Silkin was a Gregory Fellow in poetry. (Source: Contemporary Authors Online, Gale, 2003. Reproduced in Biography Resource Center. Farmington Hills, Mich.: The Gale Group. 2003.)


1 Linear feet (2 boxes)

Language of Materials



Correspondence, poems and some prose writings of British poet and poetry magazine editor, Jon Silkin.

Physical Location

University of Florida Smathers Library Building

Acquisition Information

Donated by the author to the University of Florida through Gene Baro, ca. 1956.


A Guide to the Jon Silkin Papers
Finding aid created by Frank Orser
August 2011
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Repository Details

Part of the Special and Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida Repository

George A. Smathers Libraries
PO Box 117005
Gainesville Florida 32611-7005 United States of America