Letter from Kathleen Raine to Robin and Sylvia Skelton, April 30, 1996


Part of a collection of correspondence from Kathleen Raine to Robin Skelton. Skelton was a British poet, academic, anthologist, and practicing Wiccan. He taught at Manchester University before emigrating to Canada in 1963, where he taught creative writing at the University of Victoria and started the literary magazine The Malahat Review. Also included are some letters to Skelton’s wife Sylvia, and his daughters. Spanning close to forty-five years, the correspondence discusses poetry, writing, and philosophy; particularly Platonism and Neoplatonism. Raine often refers to the writings of William Blake and W. B. Yeats. Many letters also mention contemporary literary figures at the time including: Herbert Read, Peter Russell, Liam Miller, and Thurairajah Tambimuttu. In this letter, Raine talks about the Skeltons' friend Ian Robinson, and about the loss of the Skeltons' son Nick and her own grandson.

In Collection:
Creator Contributor Subject Language Date created Resource type Rights statement Extent
  • 2 pages
Geographic coverage Coordinates
  • 51.50853, -0.12574
Additional physical characteristics
  • Typewritten with handwritten note on letterhead.
Physical repository Collection
  • Robin Skelton Collection
Provider Genre Archival item identifier
  • Accession Number: 2005-24
Fonds title Fonds identifier Is referenced by Date digitized
  • November 9, 2022
Technical note
  • Scanning and metadata by Rowan O'Brian and additional metadata by SC.
  • Use of this material is permitted for research and private study purposes only. For all other uses, contact University of Victoria Special Collections and University Archives.

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