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Barker, George, 1913-1991



  • Existence: 1913 - 1991

Biographical Note

George Barker grew up in relative poverty and left school at age 14 to pursue writing. In 1932, he submitted a typescript to editor John Middleton Murray, who hired him as a reviewer. Working for Murray introduced Barker to an influential circle of writers and promoted his career as a poet. Barker published his first book, Poems (1935), with the support of T.S. Eliot. Barker continued to publish with varying success; his best work is considered to be Anno Domini (1983). Barker's personal life was tumultuous, but settled somewhat in 1967 when he and his wife Elizabeth (Elspeth) Langlands moved to Norfolk. Barker died from emphysema in 1991.

Found in 2 Collections and/or Records:

Barker, George, 1968-1977

 File — Shared_box 22430: Series III [Barcode: C0129644], Folder: 3
Scope and Contents From the Collection:

Consists of correspondence to John Cumming, literary editor of The Tablet, from various English and Scottish writers. Manuscripts of poems, essays, and reviews by these authors are also included.

Restrictions on Access

Collection is open for research.

Dates: 1968-1977

George Barker collection


The collection documents the career of twentieth-century English author George Barker through correspondence, typescripts of poems, a signed typescript of the essay "Conspectus for the Converts," and two signed broadsides of the poem "What is Mercy and a Voice."

Restrictions on access

Collection is open for research.

Dates: approximately 1932-1970, undated

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