All Series Level Scope and Content Notes
Scope and Contents Note
Collection consists of correspondence, manuscripts, journals,
Alexander Trocchi edited the review Merlin
(published by Alice Jane Lougee) during its brief run of
seven numbers from May 1952 to Spring 1955. The magazine was printed
by French printers and had for its editorial addresses two Paris
bookshops, Librarie Mistral and The English Bookshop, both centers
for an expatriate group of writers in the 1950s. At this time
Trocchi was also contributing to Nimbus,
which was also published in Paris, edited by Tristram Hull
and Ivo Jarosy.
Merlin contributors included A.J.
Ayer, Samuel Beckett, Ronald Bottral, Patrick Bowles, William
Burford, Alfred Chester, Bernard Frechtman, W.S. Grahame, Henry
Miller, and Richard Seaver. Transations of work by Jean Genet,
Eugene Ionesco, Vasco Pratolini, Jean-Paul Sartre, and Italo Svevo
In addition to the magazine, Trocchi founded a publishing house,
Collection Merlin, for full-length works. The Trocchi Papers holds
correspondence with Wainhouse, Bowles, and Logue concerning
publishing negotiations with Maurice Girodias of Olympia Press,
under whose joint imprint some Collection Merlin books appeared. In
all, Collection Merlin published six books -- two books of poetry,
Logue's Wand and Quadrant and James
Broughton's An Almanac for Amorists,
and four prose works -- Samuel Beckett's Molloy (translated by Patrick Bowles in
collaboration with the author) and Watt
(written in English), Austryn Wainhouse's novel Hedyphagetica, and Bernard Frechtman's
translation of Jean Genet's The Thief's
Correspondence, 1958-1968, primarily relating to Project Sigma,
and written from England, Scotland, France, the Netherlands,
Germany, and the United States. Trocchi's correspondents
representing aspects of Sigma include Simon Vinkenoog and George
Andrews, discussing Sigma in the Netherlands, arts projects,
experiences with marijuana, LSD, other drugs and action by local
authorities against drug users, and compilation of The Book of Grass [anthology on marijuana,
published in 1967 by Peter Owen, London; Grove Press, New York].
Authors' manuscripts and typescripts, mimeo articles, some
projects for inclusion in the Sigma portfolio.
Journals of poetry and prose, art criticism, essays on
psychology, communication, political newsheets and pamphlets, peace
newsletters, youth movement publications, university magazines,
other printed and mimeoed contemporary periodicals and ephemera.
Arranged by country of origin.
Enclosure: TL[x], 2 pp from Trocchi to Judith (1963: June