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Correspondence of Nevill Coghill and David Luke, c.1959-1974, and additional papers

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MS. 15021

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Comprises:
  1. manuscript postcard from Coghill to Luke to accompany a copy of his translation of Chaucer, The Canterbury Tales, sent from Merton College, nd [New Year 1960]
  2. manuscript letter from Coghill to Luke, relating to the different treatments of Faust by Marlowe and Goethe, 30 Oct 1961
  3. manuscript postcard from Coghill to Luke, relating to the film of Faust, sent from Merton College, 2 Nov 1961
  4. typescript letter from Coghill to Luke, relating to the latter's translations of Goethe, the difference between heterosexual and homosexual relationships and the effects of old age, 26 Jul 1964
  5. manuscript letter from Coghill to Luke, discussing Pierre Choderlos de Laclos, Liaisons Dangereuses, a forthcoming concert at Cliveden, and giving relationship advice for his Salzburg trip, July [1965]
  6. manuscript postcard from Luke to Coghill, containing details of his relationship problems with Graham, sent from Salzburg, 24 Aug [1965]
  7. typescript letter from Mischa Scorer, BBC to Luke thanking him for agreeing to be filmed having lunch with Coghill, which will mark Coghill's retirement, 13 Jun 1966
  8. manuscript letter from Coghill to Luke, discussing Luke's translation of Adalbert Stifter and Auden's views on the same, sent from New York, 12 Nov 1968
  9. manuscript letter from Coghill to Luke, relating to his translation of Thomas Mann's stories, sent from Aylburton, 15 Dec 1970
  10. manuscript letter from Coghill to Luke, containing his reminiscences of Auden as a student, 27 Dec 1970, together with a typescript poem, 'The Tempter', written by Coghill for Auden
  11. manuscript letter from Coghill to Luke, with commiserations on an unhappy love affair, sent from Aylburton, 21 May 1971
  12. manuscript letter from Coghill to Luke, giving advice on his relationship with Alfred, sent from Aylburton, [?early Jun 1971]
  13. manuscript letter from Coghill to Luke, thanking him for dinner in Christ Church with Auden and Alfred, sent from Aylburton, 24 Jun 1971
  14. manuscript letter from Coghill to Luke, referring to Auden's return to Oxford as Professor of Poetry and to Erich Alport's ill-health, sent from Aylburton, 9 Feb 1972
  15. manuscript letter from Coghill to Luke, giving advice on an unhappy relationship and defending the lifestyle of his friends, Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor, sent from Aylburton, 29 Mar 1972
  16. draft version of 'Thanks before going, for Wystan', Coghill's contribution to Auden's Festschrift, For W.H. Auden, published 21 Feb 1972, photocopy of typescript
  17. manuscript letter from Coghill to Luke, accepting an invitation to a party together with Auden and some of Luke's pupils, sent from Aylburton, 29 Jan 1973
  18. manuscript letter from Coghill to Luke, stating how much he enjoyed the party and giving advice on a burgeoning relationship with a pupil, sent from Aylburton, 18 Feb 1973
  19. picture postcard from Luke to Coghill, describing a holiday with his boyfriend, sent from Livigno in the Italian Alps, 1 Apr [1973]
  20. manuscript letter from Coghill to Luke, warning him not to send personal information on a postcard as his family can read it, sent from Aylburton, [early Apr 1973]
  21. manuscript letter from Coghill to Luke, giving relationship advice, warning him not to write anything down which he would not want published, even in a private letter, and discussing the effect of old age and his recovery from a stroke, 13 Apr 1973
  22. manuscript letter from Coghill to Luke, apologising for being unable to talk on the telephone due to being overheard and also still being unwell, 12 Aug 1973
  23. manuscript letter from Coghill to Luke, relating to photographs of the bronze bust of Auden made by Michael Werner, sent from Aylburton, 5 Jan 1974
  24. typescript letter from Coghill to Luke, listing all the main sights in Cork for Luke's 'Irish trip', sent from Aylburton, [?Jul 1974]
  25. photocopy of typescript letter from Luke to Coghill, describing his trip to Cork particularly the places Coghill knew from his childhood, sent from Iffley, 27 Sep 1974
  26. manuscript letter from Coghill to Luke, relating to Luke's trip to Ireland, the recent General Election and the rate of inflation, sent from Aylburton, 18 Oct 1974
  27. manuscript letter from Coghill to Luke, giving him advice on his tutorial style, sent from Merton College, nd [1959-1966]
  28. manuscript letter from Coghill to Luke, giving him relationship advice, nd [1959-1966]
  29. manuscript postcard from Coghill to Luke including two short poems, sent from Merton College, nd [1959-1966]
  30. manuscript poem, 'Nous n'irons plus', written on Merton College notepaper, nd [1959-1966]
  31. manuscript letter from Coghill to Luke, praising his translation of Goethe, Conversations and Encounters, published in 1966, nd
  32. programme for OUDS performance of Dr. Faustus, at the Oxford Playhouse, Feb 1966, starring Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor and directed by Nevill Coghill, with loose press cuttings
  33. obituaries for David Luke: cutting and transcript of The Times obituary, 9 Dec 2005; transcript of The Independent obituary, 9 Dec 2005

Dates

  • c.1959-2005

Extent

1 box

Language of Materials

English

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. 15021].
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Shelfmark:

MS. 15021

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 15021

Overview

Correspondence of Nevill Coghill and David Luke, c.1959-1974, and additional papers

Biographical / Historical

Nevill Coghill (1899-1980) was a Fellow and Tutor of English Literature at Exeter College, Oxford, 1924-1957, and Merton Professor of English Literature at Oxford from 1957 until his retirement in 1966. He was also an amateur theatre director, who directed the Oxford University Dramatic Society's open-air productions. For further details see the Dictionary of National Biography.

David Luke (1921-2005) was Tutor in German at Christ Church, Oxford from 1959 until his retirement in 1988. He was also a renowned translator of German literary classics into English. He was a close friend of Coghill and of W.H. Auden. For further details see the Dictionary of National Biography.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased from Thornton's Bookshop, Oxford, April 2018.
Title
Correspondence of Nevill Coghill and David Luke, c.1959-1974, and additional papers
Status
Completed
Author
Finding aid prepared by Catherine McIlwaine
Date
2018
Language of description
English

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

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