Briggflatts: an autobiography : typescript


Creator: Bunting, Basil
Date(s): 1965
Call Number: MSS 0099, F0639
Language: Materials entirely in English.
Abstract: This original carbon typescript of Basil Bunting's Briggflatts: an autobiography bears three ink corrections made by the author.
Physical Description: 1 item (28 pages)
Source: Purchase, 2000.
Processing: Processed and encoded by Anita Wellner, October 2009. Further encoded by George Apodaca, October 2015. Finding aid prepared using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Biographical and Historical Notes

Basil Bunting (1900-1985)

Although British educator, journalist, and poet Basil Bunting has published numerous books of poetry, most critics consider Briggflatts: an autobiography his best work. Bunting was born on March 1, 1900, in Scotswood, Northumberland, England, and died on April 17, 1985, in Hexham, England.

Bunting's first publication was a book of poetry, Redimiculum Matellarum, (1930). His early poetry went largely unnoticed because of a mistaken association with Mussolini; Ezra Pound, one of Bunting's admirers and promoters, was well-known as a Mussolini supporter. Bunting reached the height of his success in the 1960s, with many of his older works being reconsidered and reprinted alongside of his new output.

In addition to writing poetry, Basil Bunting has held a variety of positions, including assistant editor of Transatlantic Review, in 1923; newspaper music critic in London, England, 1925-28; financial sub-editor for the Evening Chronicle, Newcastle, England, from 1953 to 1966; and teacher of poetry at several English, American, and Canadian universities, between 1966 and 1973.


"Basil Bunting." Contemporary Authors Online. Reproduced in Biography Resource Center. Farmington Hills, Mich.: Gale, 2009. (accessed October 2009).

Scope and Content Note

This original carbon typescript of Basil Bunting's Briggflatts: an autobiography bears three ink corrections made by the author.

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  • Box 38, F0639: Shelved in SPEC MSS 0099 manuscript boxes.

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MSS 0099, F0639, Basil Bunting, Briggflatts: an autobiography : typescript, Special Collections, University of Delaware Library, Newark, Delaware.

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Briggflatts : an autobiography : typescript, 1965 Box 38, F0639

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