Catalogue of notebooks and working papers of Peter Levi, Oxford Professor of Poetry, 1984-1989

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Notebooks and working papers of Peter Levi, 1984-1989

Notebooks and working papers of Peter Levi, containing drafts of, and notes relating to lectures delivered as Oxford Professor of Poetry, 1984-1989.

Shelfmarks: MSS. Eng. c. 2077-2081
Extent: 5 shelfmarks

Biographical History

Peter Chad Tigar Levi (1931-2000), poet, was Oxford Professor of Poetry, 1984-1989. Details are given in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.


Given by Peter Levi, Mar 1990 and (c. 2081, fols. 111-125) July 1990

Preferred Form of Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Library [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. Eng. c. 2077, fols. 1-2].

Personal names (NCA Rules)

Levi | Peter | 1931- 2000 | Poet

Corporate names (NCA Rules)

Oxford University

Subjects (LCSH)

Poet -- University of Oxford

Descriptive List

'Oxford Lectures on Poetry, vol. 1', 1984-1985
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 2077
Extent: i + 116 pages

Scope and Content:


  • (pp. 1-37) 'The Lamentation of the Dead', Aug 1984
  • (pp. 39-90) 'Milton's Verse', Jan 1985
  • (pp. 90-114) 'In Memory of Robert Lowell', May 1985

Oxford Lectures on Poetry, Vol. 2', 1985-1986
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 2078
Extent: i + 78 leaves, 67-77 blank

Scope and Content:


  • (fols. 1-13) 'Dryden's Virgil', Oct 1985
  • (fols. 13-30) 'Visionary Poets', Feb 1986
  • (fols. 31-47) 'Philip Larkin', May 1986
  • (fols. 48-65) 'George Seferis', Nov 1986

Oxford Lectures on Poetry, Vol. 3', 1987-1988
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 2079
Extent: i + 154 pages

Scope and Content:


  • (pp. 1-24) 'Shakespeare's Sonnets', Feb 1987
  • (pp. 25-46) 'Auden', May 1987
  • (pp. 47-68) 'Anon', Oct 1987
  • (pp. 69-98) 'Edward Lear', Feb 1988
  • (pp. 99-130) 'Pasternak', May 1988
  • (pp. 131-154) 'Horace', Dec 1988

Oxford Lectures on Poetry, Vol. 4', 1988-1989
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 2080
Extent: 82 leaves, fols. 19-82 blank

Scope and Content:

Containing 'From Aeschylus to James Fenton', Feb 1989. The last lecture in the series, 'Goodbye to the Art of Poetry', was not included in Levi's donation to the Bodleian but was given by him to Boston College, Massachusetts.

Working papers
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 2081
Extent: 125 leaves

Scope and Content:


  • (fols. 1-47) Yale papers and 'Supplementary Notes'
  • (fols. 48-111) loose leaves removed from MSS. Eng. c. 2077-2079
  • (fols. 112-125) 'Notes for a lecture on Ed. Lear', 1987

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14 January 2014