The Thom Gunn Papers consist of correspondence, personal papers (diaries and scrapbooks detailing his life and career), notebooks
of poetry and prose, writings (both poetry and prose), professional papers, teaching materials, writings by other poets and
authors, and a small collection of alternative (mostly gay) newspapers.
Thom Gunn [Thomas William Gunn] was born in Gravesend, England in 1929. His father, Herbert Smith, and his mother, Ann Charlotte
Thompson Gunn, were both journalists. His parents divorced when he was nine. At the age of 15, Gunn and his younger brother
Ander found their mother dead from suicide. Gunn served in the British Army for two years, from 1948 to 1950. After serving
in the army, Gunn lived in Paris for a year and began to write seriously. He then attended Trinity College at Cambridge, where
he focused on writing poetry.
Number of containers: 11 cartons, 1 box, 2 oversize boxes, 22 oversize folders, and 6 volumes
Linear feet: 19.15
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