Collection ID: LMC 1003
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Collection context

Summary

Creator:
Callow, Philip Kenneth
Abstract:
The Ackroyd mss., 1959-1967, consists of letters written to artist Graham Ackroyd, 1920-, from author Philip Kenneth Callow, 1924-2007.
Extent:
0.1 Linear Feet (1 folio)
Language:
English
Preferred citation:

[Item], Ackroyd mss., Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.

Background

Biographical / Historical:

Philip Kenneth Callow, 1924-2007, was born in Stechford, England, on 26 October 1924. He was educated at Coventry Technical College (1937-1939), and following his degree he worked as an electrician as well as a clerk for the Minister of War (1948-1951). He received his Teacher's Certificate in 1970 from St. Luke's College, Exeter, Devon. Callow published his first novel, The Hosanna Man (Cape), in 1956 and went on to publish dozens of novels, biographies, poetry collections, and other works. He recieved several writing awards, including the Arts Council Bursary (1966, 1970, 1973, 1979), Society of Authors Traveling Scholarship (1973), C. Day Lewis Fellowship (1973), and Southern Arts Association Fellowship (1974). From 1980-1986, Callow was the Arts Council Writer-in-Residence at Sheffield Polytechnic. He died in Coventry, England, on 22 September 2007.

Graham Ackroyd was born in England in 1920. He joined the Royal Air Force in 1939 and served in the Middle East until 1945. After his service, he moved to Paris, where he befriended painters Jean Dubuffet, Asger Jorn, Jean Fautrier, and Joan Miró and was inspired to become a painter himself. In addition to painting, Ackroyd published several collections of poetry, including A Trembling Light (1993), Love Feast (1993), Everything Passes (1996), and A Time for Loving (1997). Ackroyd also taught literature and edited the literary magazine Nineties Poetry.

Scope and Content:

The letters comment on painting, fellow writers and artists, and other details of Callow's life. In 1962 Callow completed a short novel which he said would not be coming out because there was "too much Henry Miller in it." At one time he was seriously considering going to live in Dublin and later asked for advice on ways and means of settling in India and making some sort of living.

Acquisition information:
Purchase: 1969
Arrangement:

This collection is arranged following original order.

Physical location:
Lilly - Folio

Indexed Terms

Subjects:
Art
Names:
Callow, Philip
Ackroyd, Graham

Access

RESTRICTIONS:

This collection is open for research.

TERMS OF ACCESS:

Prior arrangements are not necessary before coming to the Library, however, patrons from out of town are encouraged to communicate with the Library in advance of their visits to ascertain availability of materials.

Photocopying permitted only with permission of the curator.

PREFERRED CITATION:

[Item], Ackroyd mss., Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.

CAMPUS:
Indiana University Bloomington
LOCATION OF THIS COLLECTION:
1200 East Seventh Street
Bloomington, Indiana 47405-5500, USA
CAMPUS:
Indiana University Bloomington
CONTACT:
(812) 855-2452
liblilly@indiana.edu