Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Fainlight mss., 1952-1982, consist of the correspondence, notebooks, manuscripts, and typescripts of British poet Harry Fainlight.

Harry Fainlight, the younger brother of poet Ruth Fainlight, was born in New York in 1935 to an English father and a naturalized American mother. Educated at Brighton and Hove Grammar School, Fainlight won a scholarship to read English literature at Pembroke College, Cambridge, where he became a contemporary and close friend of Ted Hughes.

A precocious youth who admired the Beat poets and published in English magazines like Encounter from his early twenties, Fainlight's dual citizenship gave him the opportunity to travel freely to the United States and view heroes such as Allen Ginsberg at first-hand. Ginsberg called him, "the most gifted English poet of his generation."

Acquired: 2007

Collection size: 500 items

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