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The common shore : uncorrected proofs and letter

Identifier: MSS 0099-F0836

Scope and Content Note

This small collection comprises the author's uncorrected proofs for Robert Kelley's "The Common Shore" and an accompanying letter, dated June 19, 1969, to Black Sparrow publisher John Martin.

In addition to Kelly's corrections, the proofs bear an inscription on the title page written by the author to the publisher, John Martin of Black Sparrow Press. Kelley's three-page letter written to John Martin lists corrections and offers suggestions for the design of "The Common Shore."


  • Creation: 1969 June 19


Language of Materials

Materials entirely in English.

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Use of materials from this collection beyond the exceptions provided for in the Fair Use and Educational Use clauses of the U.S. Copyright Law may violate federal law. Permission to publish or reproduce is required from the copyright holder. Please contact Special Collections, University of Delaware Library,

Robert Kelly (1935- )

American poet, short story writer, essayist, novelist, editor, and educator Robert Kelly has created a large body of work, much of which is experimental and which focuses on different modes of expression.

He has also encouraged other writers of experimental poetry and fiction through developing writing courses, holding workshops. Kelly has promoted their work in several literary magazines which he co-founded, such as Chelsea Review, Trobar, Matter, and Sulfur. Kelly is the Asher B. Edelman Professor of Languages and Literature at Bard College in New York, where he has taught since 1961.

Poetry Foundation. (accessed February 18, 2009).


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Author's uncorrected proofs for Robert Kelley's "The Common Shore" and an accompanying letter written by Kelly to publisher John Martin of Black Sparrow Press in which he lists corrections and offers ideas for the book's design.


The proofs are housed in a slipcase in folder F0836A and the letter is in F0836B.


Purchase, November 2008.

Related Materials in this Repository

This item forms part of MSS 0099 Miscellaneous Literary and Historical Manuscripts.

Shelving Summary

Box 56, F0836: Shelved in SPEC MSS 0099 manuscript boxes.

OCLC Number


Processed and encoded by Anita Wellner, December 2008, and February 2009. Further encoded by George Apodaca, October 2015.

Finding aid for The common shore : uncorrected proofs and letter
University of Delaware Library, Special Collections
2009 February 20
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