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Radcliffe Squires Papers

Identifier: MS-MS-ms108

The Radcliffe Squires Papers consist primarily of correspondence, most of it with literary personalities in reference to his book about Allen Tate. Among the authors who corresponded with Squires are James Dickey, Edwin Honig, Brewster Ghiselin, Howard Nemerov, Frederic Prokosch, and John Crowe Ransom. Squires corresponded with Allen Tate while preparing his study and this eventually led to a close personal friendship between the two men. Among the most important materials in the Squires Papers are the letters and manuscripts by Tate which include a very early letter from 1931 and over 100 letters from Tate to Squires from 1966-1977. The Papers also contain a photocopy of The Governess, an unpublished dramatic adaptation co-authored by Tate and Anne Winslow. Also present in the Collection are 32 letters from the novelist Caroline Gordon who was formerly married to Tate.


  • 1960-1981


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Biographical Information

Radcliffe Squires was a writer and academic who has written a number of significant biographical and critical works focusing on 20th-century writers. He was a native of Utah and began his education at the University of Utah. Squires served in the Navy in World War II and completed his graduate studies after the war at the University of Chicago and Harvard University, where he received a Ph.D. in 1952. He taught at the University of Michigan from 1952-82.

Squires published seven books of poetry and his poems have appeared in numerous magazines and journals, but he is best known for his books and articles about modern authors. He produced one volume on the work of Robert Frost, a biography of Frederic Prokosch, and a book about Robinson Jeffers. Squires authored one of the earliest in-depth studies of Allen Tate, Allen Tate: A Literary Biography (1971), and edited an important collection of essays, Allen Tate and His Work (1972). His last critical book was The Major Themes of Robert Frost (1981).

Squires died in Ann Arbor, MI in 1993 at the age of 75.

Source of Acquisition

Purchased from Serendipity Books, September 1982

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Revision Statements

  • 2021 April 7: Resource record updated in ArchiveSpace by Sarah Schnuriger.

Collecting Area Details

Part of the Manuscripts Collecting Area

Joel Minor
Olin Library, 1 Brookings Drive
MSC 1061-141-B
St. Louis MO 63130 US
(314) 935-5495