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Guide to the W. K. Rose Papers, [ca. 1940]-1968

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Collection Summary

Repository: Archives and Special Collections Library, Vassar College Libraries
Creator: Rose, W. K
Title: W. K. Rose Papers
Dates: [ca. 1940]-1968
Quantity: 12 cubic ft (13 boxes)
Abstract: Correspondence with publishers and many contemporary literary figures, college notebooks and notes, course materials, publications and reviews, manuscripts, and published materials on Wyndham Lewis and other writers.
Forms of Materials: Correspondence, notebooks, notes, course materials, publications and reviews, manuscripts, and published materials.

Biographical Note

W. K. (William Kent) Rose (1924-1968) was a professor of English at Vassar College from 1953 until his death in 1968. He did his undergraduate work at Stanford University and received his Ph.D. from Cornell University. He best known for his work on the poet Wyndham K. Lewis, but also wrote about Ezra Pound, T.S. Eliot, James Joyce and other writers and poets.

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Scope and Content Note

Correspondence with publishers and many contemporary literary figures, college notebooks and notes, course materials, publications and reviews, manuscripts, and published materials on Wyndham Lewis and other writers. Includes manuscripts by Jane Brown, Charles Burkhart, W.G. Isaak, and David Kahma. Correspondents include Richard Aldington, Joseph Alsop, Agnes Bedford, Clive Bell, Quentin Bell, Saul Bellow, Elizabeth Bishop, Elizabeth Bowen, Kenneth Clark, Ivy Compton-Burnett, T.S. Eliot, Duncan Grant, Peggy Guggenheim, Granville Hicks, Robert Kennedy, Denise Levertov, Anne Wyndham Lewis, Wyndham Lewis, Dwight MacDonald, Archibald MacLeish, Marshall McLuhan, Marianne Moore, Iris Murdoch, Dorothy Pound (Mrs. Ezra Pound), Ezra Pound, Dame Edith Sitwell, Adlai Stevenson, Julian Symons, Eudora Welty, and Rebecca West.

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Access and Use


This collection is open for research according to the regulations of the Vassar College Archives and Special Collections Library without any additional restrictions.

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Subject Headings


  • Aldington, Richard, 1892-1962.
  • Alsop, Joseph, 1910-
  • Bedford, Agnes.
  • Bell, Clive, 1881-1964.
  • Bell, Quentin.
  • Bellow, Saul.
  • Bishop, Elizabeth, 1911-1979.
  • Bowen, Elizabeth, 1899-1973.
  • Brown, Jane.
  • Burkhart, Charles.
  • Clark, Kenneth, 1903-
  • Compton-Burnett, I. (Ivy), 1884-1969.
  • Eliot, T. S. (Thomas Stearns), 1888-1965.
  • Grant, Duncan, 1885-1978.
  • Guggenheim, Peggy, 1898-
  • Hicks, Granville, 1901-
  • Isaak, W. G.
  • Kahma, David.
  • Kennedy, Robert F., 1925-1968.
  • Levertov, Denise, 1923-
  • Lewis, Anne Wyndham.
  • Lewis, Wyndham, 1882-1957.
  • MacDonald, Dwight.
  • MacLeish, Archibald, 1892-
  • McLuhan, Marshall, 1911-
  • Moore, Marianne, 1887-1972.
  • Murdoch, Iris.
  • Pound, Dorothy.
  • Pound, Ezra, 1885-1972.
  • Sitwell, Edith, Dame, 1887-1964.
  • Stevenson, Adlai E. (Adlai Ewing), 1900-1965.
  • Symons, Julian, 1912-
  • Welty, Eudora, 1909-
  • West, Rebecca, Dame, 1892-


  • Vassar College--Faculty.


  • Authors.
  • College teachers.
  • English language--Study and teaching.
  • Literature publishing.
  • Literature--Study and teaching.
  • Literature--Women authors.
  • Women's colleges--New York (State)--Poughkeepsie.

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Encoding Information

Encoded by Elizabeth Clarke, April 2007.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

William Kent Rose Papers, Archives and Special Collections Library, Vassar College Libraries.

Processing Information

Original processing completed 1989. Last 2 boxes still require additional processing.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Eugene A. Carroll, September 1970.

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Container List

Box 1 Biographical, manuscripts, etc. (Includes Rose manuscripts and notes and manuscripts by Jane Brown, Charles Burkhart, W.G. Isaak and David Kahma. Also, Vassar course materials.)
Box 2 College notebooks and notes.
Box 3 Correspondence:
Box 3 J. R. Ackerley
Box 3 John J. Adams
Box 3 Richard Aldington
Box 3 Joseph Alsop
Box 3 Walter Allen, (16 letters)
Box 3 Michael Ayrton
Box 3 Lois Barry, (2 letters)
Box 3 Francis N. Beaufort-Palmer
Box 3 Sylvia Beaufort-Palmer
Box 3 Agnes Bedford, (33 letters)
Box 3 Clive Bell, (2 letters)
Box 3 Quentin Bell, (2 letters)
Box 3 Saul Bellow
Box 3 Marius Bewley
Box 3 Elizabeth Bishop, (2 letters)
Box 3 Sir Arthur Bliss
Box 3 Elizabeth Bowen, (3 letters)
Box 3 Neville Braybrooke
Box 3 Mary Campbell (Mrs. Roy Campbell), (2 letters)
Box 3 Lady Sybil Cholmondeley
Box 3 Kenneth Clark
Box 3 William Cookson
Box 3 Ivy Compton-Burnett
Box 3 Frances Cornford, (7 letters)
Box 3 Nancy Cunard, (35 letters)
Box 3 David Daiches, (2 letters)
Box 3 Rev. M. C. D'Arcy, (2 letters)
Box 3 Mrs. O. Raymond Drey (Anne Estelle Rice)
Box 3 O. Raymond Drey, (4 letters)
Box 3 T. S. Eliot, (12 letters)
Box 3 Richard Ellmann, (2 letters)
Box 3 Frederick Etchells
Box 3 Kathleen Farrell, (2 letters)
Box 3 Hugh Ford
Box 3 David Garnett
Box 3 William Gaunt
Box 3 Stuart Gilbert
Box 3 Felix Giovanelli
Box 3 Duncan Grant
Box 3 Jane Brown Gillette, (3 letters)
Box 3 Rube Goldberg, (5 letters, 10 Christmas cards)
Box 3 Peggy Guggenheim, (34 letters, cards)
Box 3 Stuart Hampshire
Box 3 Rupert Hart-Davis, (2 letters)
Box 3 Granville Hicks
Box 3 Sir Anthony de Hoghton
Box 3 Alison Hooper, (12 letters)
Box 3 Patricia Hutchins, (2 letters)
Box 3 Douglas Jerrold
Box 3 Augustus John, (2 letters)
Box 3 George Kaufman
Box 3 Robert Kennedy, (2 letters)
Box 3 Hugh Kenner, (7 letters)
Box 3 Russell Kirk
Box 3 David Kahma, (11 letters)
Box 3 Francis King, (2 letters)
Box 3 John Lardner
Box 3 Harry Levin
Box 3 Denise Levertov, (21 letters)
Box 3 Anne Wyndham Lewis, (18 letters, 1 holiday telegram)
Box 3 Wyndham Lewis, (3 letters, 1 telegram)
Box 3 Elizabeth Lowell
Box 3 Walter Lowenfels
Box 3 Anthony Ludovici
Box 3 Richard Ludwig
Box 3 Philip Mairet, (2 letters)
Box 3 Walter Michel, (13 letters)
Box 3 Naomi Mitchison
Box 3 Arthur Mizener, (2 letters)
Box 3 Harry T. Moore
Box 3 Iris Murdoch, n.d. (4 notes)
Box 3 Rev. J. Stanley Murphy
Box 3 Marianne Moore, (3 letters)
Box 3 Archibald MacLeish
Box 3 Dwight Macdonald, (3 letters)
Box 3 Marshall McLuhan, (3 letters)
Box 3 Marjorie Nicolson
Box 3 Lorne Pierce, (2 letters)
Box 3 Hugh Gordon Porteus, (7 letters)
Box 3 Dorothy (Mrs. Ezra) Pound, (3 letters)
Box 3 Ezra Pound, (2 letters)
Box 3 Omar S. Pound, (5 letters)
Box 3 William H. Pritchard
Box 3 John Pope-Hennessy, (2 letters)
Box 3 Anthony Powell
Box 3 Herbert Read, (3 letters)
Box 3 John Reid
Box 3 Marianne Rodker
Box 3 Alan Ross
Box 3 John Rothenstein, (3 letters)
Box 3 Kenneth Ruthven, (2 letters)
Box 3 Richard Rovere
Box 3 Helen Saunders
Box 3 Dame Edith Sitwell
Box 3 Sir Osbert Sitwell
Box 3 Sacheverell Sitwell
Box 3 John J. Slocum
Box 3 Robert Speaight, (2 letters)
Box 3 Adlai Stevenson
Box 3 Stephen Spender, (4 letters)
Box 3 Julian Symons, (12 letters, 2 to Eugene Carroll)
Box 3 Ruthven Todd
Box 3 Louise Theis, (4 letters)
Box 3 W. E. F. Tomlin, (3 letters)
Box 3 Arthur Waley
Box 3 Harriet Weaver, (2 letters)
Box 3 William C. Wees, (8 letters)
Box 3 Rebecca West, (2 letters)
Box 3 R. H. Wilson, (3 letters)
Box 3 Eudora Welty, (6 letters)
Box 3 Violet Wyndham
Box 3 Patricia Hutchins, (2 letters)
Publishers: Methuen and New Directions
Box 4 Rose publications
Box 5 Wyndham Lewis' letters (Includes Rose manuscripts, galley, proof copy, unbound copies and reviews.)
Box 6 Wyndham Lewis material (Includes Lewis' periodicals, articles by and about Lewis, galley of Ezra Pound's Kensington by Patricia Hutchins and notes.)
Box 7 Material on various writers (Includes material on Nancy Cunard, T.S. Eliot, Ford Madox Ford, James Joyce, D.H. Lawrence, Ezra Pound, Marcel Proust, Edith Sitwell, Eudora Welty, and William Butler Yeats.)
Boxes 8 and 9 Miscellaneous periodicals (Including tapes of Iris Murdoch and Yves Tinayre interviews with W.K. Rose.)
Box 10 Theater and concert programs
Box 11 Hollinger of notecards
Box 12 Unsorted material - Wyndham Lewis' letters (Galley proofs, reviews, etc.)
Box 13 Unsorted material (including financial papers)

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