Ambit Poetry Magazine records, 1959-2011

2285

Collection Overview

Title:
Ambit Poetry Magazine records
Dates (Inclusive):
1959-2011
Creator:
Bax, Martin
Creator:
Ambit (Firm)
Abstract:
Ambit, the British poetry journal, was founded in London in 1959 by Martin Bax as a quarterly of poetry, short fiction, original drawings and photographs, and criticism primarily by young writers and artists.
Abstract:
This collection consists of correspondence, publication files, manuscripts, proofs, and galleys for the London-based poetry journal Ambit (1959- ).
Collection Number:
2285
Size:
68 Linear Feet
Location:
Some materials stored off-site. Allow three days advance notice to use the materials. For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the  library catalog.
Repository:
Special Collections Library. Pennsylvania State University.
Languages:
English

Biographical or Historical Note

Ambit, the British poetry journal, was founded in London in 1959 by Martin Bax as a quarterly of poetry, short fiction, original drawings and photographs, and criticism primarily by young writers and artists. It continues publishing to date under Bax's editorship. Co-editors include Edwin Brock, Henry Graham, Carol Ann Duffy, Mike Foreman, J. G. Ballard, Irving Wardle, and Henry Lowther.

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Collection Overview

The collection documents the submissions and editorial process beginning with the first issue in 1959. The collection includes copies of most issues beginning with issue 18 (1963). The bulk of the material begins with 1965 and consists of manuscripts, typescripts, illustrations, galleys, and proofs. Editors' correspondence begins with 1959 and includes correspondence of editors Martin Bax, J.G. Ballard, and others. In addition, a small amount of financial material and related papers appears primarily as enclosures to correspondence with the Arts Council of Great Britain. The collection also includes galleys and proofs of Francis Fytton's 1967 book The Nation Within. Materials in the collection were acquired and processed as separate accessions; the organization of the collection reflects the variations between different accessions.

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Collection Arrangement

This collection is arranged into 6 series: General Correspondents, Individual Correspondents, Rejections, Francis Fytton, Issues, Miscellaneous.

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Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research. Restrictions, where applicable, are noted at the series, subseries, or file levels.

Manuscripts submitted for publication and rejected by the editor/publisher (see Series 3: Rejections) will remain restricted within their respective collections for a period not to exceed fifty (50) years from the date of submission (or as close to date of submission as can be determined.)

Copyright Notice

Copyright is retained by the creators of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Ambit Poetry Magazine records, RBM 2285, Special Collections Library, Pennsylvania State University.

Acquisition Information

This collection was originally acquired from Martin Bax in 1970. Additional material was acquired in 1998, 2000, and 2012.

Processing Information

Processed by Vijaya Narayanan and Special Collections staff.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Ambit (Firm)

Genre(s)

  • Computer Assisted

Personal Name(s)

  • Bax, Martin

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Collection Inventory

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Scope and Contents

General Correspondents includes correspondence between editors, contributors, printers, and others. Correspondence deals primarily with the day-to-day work of editing and publication: choice of illustrations, corrections of galleys and proofs, and discussion among editors and writers as to what should be published and why, including some in-depth critical evaluations of writers' works and discussion of the literary and artistic community. Ambit financing is a frequent topic, especially in the correspondence with the Arts Council of Great Britain, a source of grants for the journal.

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11

12

13

14

15

16

17

18

19

110

111

112

113

114

115

116

117

118

21

22

23

24

25

26

27

28

29

210

211

212

213

214

215

216

217

218

2914

2915

2916

2917

2918

2919

2920

301

302

303

304

305

306

307

308

309

3010

3011

3012

3013

3014

391

392

393

411

412

413

414

609

6010

6011-14

611-12

6113-14

6115-17

6118-19

6120

6121

6122-23

6124

6125

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Scope and Contents

Individual Correspondents includes correspondence between editors, printers, contributors, and other prominent correspondents. The series is organized in alphabetical order, by agency or authors last name. Among the more prominent correspondents are Dannie Abse, Diane Ackerman, Fleur Adcock, Brian Aldiss, Earle Birney, Alan Brownjohn, Hume Cronyn, Gavin Ewart, Allen Ginsberg, Ian Hamilton, Anselm Hollo, Elizabeth Jennings, James Kirkup, James Laughlin, Edward Lucie-Smith, George MacBeth, Judith Merril, Michael Moorcock, Susan Musgrave, Brian Patten, Peter Porter, Peter Redgrove, Vernon Scannell, Stevie Smith, Ralph Steadman, Paul Theroux, and Anthony Thwaite.

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221

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223

224

225

226-27

31

32

33

34

35

36

37

38

39

310

311

312

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314

315

316

317

318

319

320

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364

365

366

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368

41

42

43

44

45

46

47

48
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49
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411

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447

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451

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453

454

455

456

457

458

459

460

461

462

463

464

465

466

467

468

469

470

471

472

473

51

52

53

54

55

56

57

58

59

510

511

512

513

514

515

516

517

518

519

520

521

522

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529

530

531

532

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534

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539

540

541

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548

549

550

551

552

553

554

3015

3016

3017

3018

3019

3020

3021

3022

3023

3024

3025

3026

311

312

313

314

315

316

317

318

394

395

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Scope and Contents

Rejections includes manuscripts and rejection notices for poems, fiction, and illustrations submitted to, but not published by Ambit. Contains rejection letters signed by  Ambit editors, as well as a small number of standard rejection slips sent to artists. Restrictions apply.

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621

622

623

624-11

Conditions Governing Access note

Restricted

6212-27

Conditions Governing Access note

Restricted

6228-30

Conditions Governing Access note

Restricted

6231-35

Conditions Governing Access note

Restricted

6236-37

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Scope and Contents

This series includes papers related to and galleys and proofs for The Nation Within, published by Francis Fytton (1928-1977) with  Ambit in 1967.

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555

556

557

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Scope and Contents

Issues material related to the editing and publication of issues 18, 23-47, 50-202, and an index of issues 1-150. The series is organized by issue number and includes materials related to production, manuscripts, acceptance letters, proofs, and galleys. This series includes correspondence with authors and printers concerning changes to the manuscripts and page proofs. Issues dating between 1963-1997 can be found in Box 38, most other issues can be found alongside editorial, production, and proof materials.

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61

62

63

64

65

66

67

68

69-10

611

612

613

614

615

616

617

618

619

620

621

622

623

624

625

71

72

73

74

75

76

77

78

79

710

711

712

713

714

715

716

717

718

719

720

721

722

723

724

725

81

82

83

84

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86

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88

89

810

811

812

813

814

815

816

817

818

819

820

821

822

823

91

92

93

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96

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98

99

910

911

912

913

914

915

916

917

918

919

920

921

101

102

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104

105

106

107

108

109

1010

1011

1012

1013

1014

1015

1016

1017-18

111

112

113

114

115

116

117

118

119

1110

1111

1112

1113

1114

1115

1116

1117

1118

1119

1120

1121

1122

1123

1124

1125

1126

1127

121

122

123

124

125-6

127

128

129

1210

1211

1212

1213

1214

1215

1216

131

132

133-4

135

136

137

138-9

1310

1311

1312

1313

1314

1315

1316-17

141

142

143

144

145

146

147

148

149

1410

1411-12

1413

1414

1415

151

152

153-4

155

156

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159

1510

1511

1512

1513-14

1515

1516

1517

161-3

164

165

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169

1610

1611

1612

1613

1614

1615-17

1618

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1620

171

172-3

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176-7

178-10

1711

1712

1713-16

1717-19

1720

181

182-4

185-7

188

189

1810

1811

1812-14

1815

1816

1817

1818-19

1820

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192

193-4

195

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199-10

1911

1912

1913

1914-16

1917

201

202

203-4

205

206

207

208-9

2010

2011

2012

2013-14

2015

2016

2017-18

2019

211

212

213

214-5

216-7

218

219

2110

2111-12

2113

2114-15

2116-17

2118

221-3

224

225

226

227

228-10

2211-13

2214

2215

2216-17

2218-19

2220

231

232-4

235-6

237

238

239

2310

2311-14

2315

2316

2317-18

241

241-2

243

244

245

246-8

249

2410

2411

2412

2413-14

2414

2415

2416

2417

2418

251-3

254

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256-9

2510-12

2513

2514

2515

2516-17

261

262

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269

2610-11

2612

2613

2614

2615

271

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273

274-6

277-8

279

2710

2711

2712-13

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