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Leonard Gilley papers (M073)

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Title:
Leonard Gilley papers
Creator:
Gilley, Leonard
ID:
M073
Date [inclusive]:
1964-1974, undated
Extent:
0.33 linear feet
Language:
English
Repository:
George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine 04011
Abstract:
This collection includes correspondence, miscellaneous typed and annotated original poems, prose, poetry, and manuscripts.
Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

Preferred Citation:

Leonard Gilley Papers, George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Libarary, Brunswick, Maine.

Leonard Gilley was born on February 28, 1929 in Ellsworth, Maine. He grew up in Southwest Harbor. In 1951 he was graduated from Bowdoin cum laude with a degree in government. He received a Masters degree in Creative Writing from Johns Hopkins in 1961 and a Ph.D. in English from the University of Denver in 1966. In 1960 he married Daima Turner, also an author.

Gilley began his teaching career at John Hopkins University in 1960, where he taught for a year while in school. From 1961-1962 he taught at Washington College and then from 1962-1967 he taught at the University of Denver. Gilley then taught at Bloomsburg State College for one year beforing moving back to Maine and becoming a professor at the University of Maine Farmington (Farmington State College) in 1968.

Gilley had his poetry published in a variety of newspapers, magazines, and other publications, including the New York Times, Kansas City Times, Sunday Denver Post, Southwest Review, New Hampshire Profiles, Maine Digest, and Maine Sunday Telegraph. He also had essays published in Midwest Quarterly and Prairie Schooner. In addition, Gilley published several collections of poetry, including "Hippopotamus and Flowers" (1969) and "Lawyer Nead and Other Poems" (1965).

This collection includes correspondence from 1967-1974, primary letters and poetry sent to Professor Herbert Brown, Gilley's English Professor while at Bowdoin but also letters to and from publishers concerning Gilley's work; miscellaneous typed and annotated original poems, prose, poetry manuscripts, including "Hippopotamus & Flowers" and "The Learned Dr. K-----"; and photographs and clippings, including a headshot of Gilley from 1964 and a photograph of him 30 years into his teaching career.

Correspondence, Apr 16 1967- Sep 2 1969

Box 1 Folder 1

Correspondence, Jan 17 1970- Mar 19 1974, undated

Box 1 Folder 2

Assorted poetry and other writings, 1967-1969, undated

Box 1 Folder 3

Assorted poetry and other writings, 1967-1974, undated

Box 1 Folder 4

"That Shakespeare was really Irish" -- A satire, Aug 12, 1972

Box 1 Folder 5

"Northwest by South" A Poem. Nov 3 1973

Box 1 Folder 6

Assorted poetry, Dec 28 1972

Box 1 Folder 7

Assorted poetry, Jan 8 and Jan 27 1973

Box 1 Folder 8

Assorted poetry, Oct 27 1973

Box 1 Folder 9

Assorted fiction, Jan 29 1974

Box 1 Folder 10

"Dame Eleanor's Tavern" A poem. undated

Box 1 Folder 11

"Hippopotamus & Flowers" Manuscript, undated

Box 1 Folder 12

"The Learned Dr. K------" Poems, undated

Box 1 Folder 13

"The New York Experience" A poem,undated

Box 1 Folder 14

Essays on Shakespeare, undated

Box 1 Folder 15

Untitled poetry manuscript, undated

Box 1 Folder 16

"#5" and "#6" poems, undated

Box 1 Folder 17

"#8" and "#9" poems, undated

Box 1 Folder 18

"#10" poems, undated

Box 1 Folder 19

"#13" and "#14" poems, undated

Box 1 Folder 20

Photograph and clippings, 1964-1974, undated

Box 1 Folder 21
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