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Dunstan Thompson Papers: Finding Aid
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Description
This collection contains the papers of American poet Dunstan Thompson (1918-1975), a Catholic who lived in England beginning in 1940s. Consists of manuscripts, including book reviews, diaries, essays, plays, poems, and short stories, and correspondence (both to and from Thompson), photographs, drawings and ephemera.
Background
Terry Dunstan Thompson (1918-1975) was born in New London, Connecticut, August 30, 1918, the only son of Terry B. Thompson, a Naval officer, and Virginia Leita Thompson. Raised in a devout Catholic family, Thompson was educated at a variety of Catholic schools before entering Harvard in 1936. During his three years at Harvard, Thompson began exploring his vocation as a writer, especially as a poet; during this time Thompson experienced a loss of faith and left the Catholic church and, at the same time, embarked on a homosexual lifestyle.
Extent
1,355 pieces in 11 boxes
Restrictions
All photocopies, for which the Huntington does not hold the original manuscript or letter, may not be copied in any way, as noted in the Container List and on the folders.
Availability
Open to qualified researchers by prior application through the Reader Services Department. For more information, contact Reader Services.