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Finding-Aid for the David Jackson Papers (WTU00060)

Finding aid prepared by:
Special Collections Staff

Summary Information
Title: David Jackson Papers
Creator: Jackson, David, 1922 - 2002, American author,
Call number: WTU00060
Language: English

Access and Use:
Source:

Unknown.

Access Restrictions:

Collection is open to research.

Processing Information:

Processed by Washington University Department Special Collections Staff


Biography

Known primarily to literary historians as the longtime companion of poet James Merrill, Jackson also produced, though never published, a wealth of ms. material himself, including poems, stories, and novels. However, his greatest claim-to-fame as a writer is a most enigmatic one. Together with Merrill, Jackson helped to “write” the epic Changing Light of Sandover (1982) with the aid of a Ouija Board. Though Merrill is most often singly credited with writing Sandover, Jackson’s own role in the process of composition makes such a facile designation problematic.


Collection Scope and Content Note

Scope and Contents Note

The Jackson papers consist of extensive correspondence, photographs of family and friends, and manuscript material towards Jackson’s poems, stories, and plays. Bringing together the letters and lives of two men whose professional and personal experiences were intertwined in so many interesting ways, the David Jackson Papers nicely complement the vast James Merrill Archive at Washington University.

Subject Terms

  • Lurie, Alison, 1926-.
  • Merrill, James, 1926-1995.
Contents List
      Title
box-folder   -/Jackson  
Papers (21 linear feet)   
Scope: The Jackson papers consist of extensive correspondence, photographs of family and friends, and manuscript material towards Jackson’s poems, stories, and plays. Bringing together the letters and lives of two men whose professional and personal experiences were intertwined in so many interesting ways, the David Jackson Papers nicely complement the vast James Merrill Archive at Washington University.