Catalogue of papers of John Everett Butt, 1932-64

Bodleian Library, University of Oxford

C. Parker

2003

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Introduction
A    Papers relating to his work as the general editor of The Twickenham edition of the poems of Alexander Pope (London, 1939- ), 1932-64
B    Miscellaneous papers relating to Alexander Pope, 1945-61


Papers of John Everett Butt, 1932-64

Abstract:
Correspondence and notes of John Everett Butt, 1932-64.

Shelfmarks: MSS. Eng. misc. c. 595-8, Eng. misc. d. 915

Extent: 5 shelfmarks

Biographical History

John Everett Butt (1906-1965) was educated at Shrewsbury School and Merton College, Oxford. From 1930 to 1946 he was lecturer in English at Bedford College, University of London. In 1932 he was appointed General Editor of the Twickenham edition of Pope's poetry and oversaw the production of the complete series. From 1946 to 1959, he was Professor of English Language and Literature at King's College, University of Durham and from 1959 onwards, he was the Regius Professor of Rhetoric and English Literature at Edinburgh University.

Scope and Content

Mainly correspondence and notes of John Everett Butt, relating to his work as general editor of The Twickenham edition of the poems of Alexander Pope (London, 1939-).

Acquisition

Given by Mrs Margot Butt, 1975, and restricted until 2000.

Preferred Form of Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Library [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. Eng. misc. c. 595, fols. 1-2].

Personal names (NCA Rules)

Butt | John Everett | 1906-1965 | Professor of English Literature at Edinburgh
Pope | Alexander | 1688-1744 | poet

Subjects (LCSH)

English literature -- 18th century
English poetry -- 18th century

A   Papers relating to his work as the general editor of The Twickenham edition of the poems of Alexander Pope (London, 1939- ), 1932-64

Shelfmarks: MSS. Eng. misc. c. 595-7, Eng. misc. d. 915


Scope and Content:

The contents of these four files were originally held in one large alphabetical file, arranged by subject headings. They contain draft schemes for the proposed editions, correspondence with the publishers and with the editors of vols. I, III, IV, V and VI, as well as Butt's general working papers. The original order has been retained.


Files, 'A-C', 1932-64
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. c. 595
Extent: 278 leaves

Scope and Content:

Includes

  • (fols. 1-2) notes of Margot Butt on the collection
  • (fols. 3-20) draft scheme and typescript scheme for an edition of Pope's poetical works, with a draft letter for editors, n.d.
  • (fols. 21-2) agreement between John Butt and Methuen & Co. Ltd., publishers, 1932, relating to the publication of John Butt (ed.), Imitations of Horace: with An epistle to Dr. Arbuthnot; and, The epilogue to the satires, Alexander Pope, vol. IV (London, 1939)
  • (fols. 31-40) two draft versions of the general introduction to the series, n.d.
  • (fols. 53-73) two typescript drafts of the contents pages for a single-volume edition of Pope and a preface for the same, 1961
  • (fols. 74-278) correspondence with Methuen & Co. Ltd., publishers and others, including
    • (passim) Emile Victor Rieu, 1932-48
    • (fols. 89v-88v rev. and fol. 144) Norman Ault, 1944
    • (fols. 137-8, 140) James Lowry Clifford, 1944
    • (fols. 232-3, 240-2, 244-6, 249) Herbert John Davis, 1944

Files, 'D-F', 1932-60
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. c. 596
Extent: 248 leaves

Scope and Content:

Comprises

  • (fols. 1-169) correspondence relating to E. Audra and Aubrey Williams (eds.), Pastoral Poetry; and, An essay on criticism, Alexander Pope, vol. I (London, 1961), including correspondence with
    • (passim) Emile Audra, 1932-60
    • (passim) Aubrey Williams, 1954-60
    • (fol. 110) Geoffrey Tillotson, 1957
  • (fols. 170-248) correspondence relating to Norman Ault and John Butt (eds.), Minor Poems, Alexander Pope, vol. VI (London, 1954), including correspondence with
    • (fols. 170-8, 182, 197-241) Norman Ault, 1932-48
    • (fols. 190-5) David Nichol Smith, 1934
    • (fols. 242-4, 246) Geoffrey Tillotson, 1950

Files, 'H-J', 1932-64
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. c. 597
Extent: 158 leaves

Scope and Content:

Comprises

  • (fols. 1-145) correspondence relating to Maynard Mack (ed.), An essay on man, Alexander Pope, vol. III, part 1 (London, 1950) and F.W. Bateson (ed.), Epistles to several persons: (Moral essays), Alexander Pope, vol. III, part 2 (London, 1951), including correspondence with,
    • (fols. 1-31) John Hanbury Angus Sparrow, 1932-6
    • (passim) Frederick Wilse Bateson, 1936-58
    • (passim) Maynard Mack, 1936-64
    • (fol. 45) Norman Ault, 1937
    • (fols. 46-7) David Nichol Smith, 1937
  • (fols. 146-58) correspondence, 1933-58, with James Sutherland relating to his editorial work on The Dunciad, Alexander Pope, vol. V (London, 1943)

Files, 'K-M', 1932-47
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. d. 915
Extent: 170 leaves

Scope and Content:

Comprises

  • (fols. 4-64) letters and catalogues from booksellers, 1932-47
  • (fols. 65-72) proofs, 1933-8, for part of John Butt (ed.), Imitations of Horace: with An epistle to Dr. Arbuthnot; and, The epilogue to the satires, Alexander Pope, vol. IV (London, 1939)
  • (fols. 73-170) manuscript notes, n.d.

B   Miscellaneous papers relating to Alexander Pope, 1945-61

Shelfmarks: MS. Eng. misc. c. 598


Correspondence, transcripts and notes, relating to Alexander Pope, 1945-61
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. c. 598
Extent: 135 leaves

Scope and Content:

Comprises

  • (fols. 1-92) 'Pope-Burlington' file, containing
    • (fols. 1-24) correspondence relating to, and transcripts of, the Pope-Burlington manuscripts, held at Chatsworth House, 1945-8
    • (fols. 25-92) correspondence and notes relating to John Butt, 'A Master Key to Popery', printed in James L. Clifford and Louis A. Landa (eds.), Pope and his contemporaries: essays presented to George Sherburn (Oxford, 1949)
  • (fols. 93-135) 'Pope' file, containing letters from British and American scholars, 1950-61, including
    • (fol. 118) Sir Harold Herbert Williams, 1955
    • (fols. 119-20) Robert Wyndham Ketton-Cremer, 1954

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