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Finding-Aid for the Dom F. Moraes Collection (WTU00284)Finding aid prepared by:
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Dom F. Moraes Collection
Moraes , Dom F. , 1938- , British author.
Access and Use:
Collection is open to research.
Processed: July, 1970, by HH
I. Moraes was born and raised in India - primarily Bombay - of a wealthy family from a part of
India colonized by the Portuguese. His father was a journalist and editor of The Times of India,
which required him to travel a good deal. The young Dom accompanied him periodically and by the
age of 15 had visited Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia, Malaya, Indochina, Burma and Pakistan,
many of which were observed during turbulent political events. Moraes states that he began
writing poetry very early and that he kept notes for poems on all his travels. Through his
father he had earlier met Stephen Spender and shown him his poems with the result that a page
was published in Encounter. He renewed his acquaintance with Spender upon his arrival in London
and through his weekly dinners with him was introduced to numerous influential literary
personsages. Upon going up to Oxford he became involved with the University poets and during his
study under Auden and Tate, published his first volume of poems, A Beginning, 1956, which was
awarded the Hawthornden Prize in 1958 as the year's best imaginative work. He took his degree in
1959 and returned for a visit to India, out of which Gone Away, An Indian Journey, was written
and published in 1960. Considered a travel book, it is a combination essay-study of Indian
scenes and reflections on the nature of art and artists. Other publications, including
translations, are Poems (1960), John Nobody (1965), Poems 1955-1965 (1966), My Son's Father, an
autobiography, (1968) and The Brass Serpent. He has published poems in Poetry, Harper's,
Atlantic, Horizon and articles on India in the New York Times Magazine.
[c.1961-1964] London. Notebook.
(1 item (71 pp.); 6 × 4 in.: Brown paper covers [bound] Ink.)
Scope: Contains drafts of unidentified poetry, notes related to individual poems and personal
affairs, including names, addresses of friends in Bombay and in and around London. Most names
are not fully identified. Also included are what appear to be booklists, grouped under a
particular publisher, including Eyre & Spottiswood, Peter Owen and Methuen. There are
brief publishing history notes about Methuen with a list of the [board of directors] Some of
the author included in these listings are Patrick White, John Braine, Allen Tate, Bernard
Malamud, R.P. Warren, Patience Stone, Helen Gurley Brown, and Eric Lambert. There are a few
figures and faces sketched, some unidentified titles and Moraes' signature appears 4 times on
[c.1961-1964] London. Notebook.
(1 item (79 pp.); 8 × 6 1/2 in.)
Scope: Contains drafts of poems, heavily revised. Titles include Advice, The images, Foreign
correspondent [published as War Correspondent], and Behind the bar [published as After Hours,
for Francis Bacon] Note: these titles were published in John Nobody (1965), which accounts for
the date established above. The same names and addresses included here, are listed in the
other notebook as well. Also contains same notes on Methuen and repeats several of the names
on above book lists. Interspersed are similar unidentified names and addresses.