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Alexander Trocchi Papers

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Correspondence, Box 1-12

Manuscripts, Box 12-29

Material Toward Books, Box 30-36

Merlin, Box 36-37

Sigma, Box 38-45

Other Projects and Subject Files, Box 45-48

Manuscripts by Others, Box 48-51

Ephemera, Box 51-55

Personal Papers, Box 55-62

Print Material, Box 63-65

Realia, Box 66



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Alexander Trocchi Papers, 1944-1984 | MS Manuscripts

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Collection Overview

Title: Alexander Trocchi Papers, 1944-1984Add to your cart.

Predominant Dates:1944-1984

ID: MS/MS/ms116

Primary Creator: Trocchi, Alexander (1925-1984)

Extent: 66.0 Boxes

Date Acquired: 05/22/1967

Languages: English, Greek,Modern(1453-), French, Dutch;Flemish

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Alexander Trocchi Papers include manuscripts of his novels, stories, essays and poems, the extant archives of Merlin, most of his manuscripts and correspondence concerning the Sigma Project, material relating to a large number of projects Trocchi was involved with in the 1960’s, and his journals and notebooks. The Trocchi Papers also house an extensive collection of magazines and ephemera, including material relating to the International Situationist movement.

Collection Historical Note

Alexander Trocchi was a Scottish author, publisher and activist. He attended the University of Glasgow from 1942-1943 and from 1946-1950, and served in the Royal Navy from 1943-1946. Trocchi began writing poetry and prose in the late 1940’s, and by the early 1950’s was an established member of the artistic avant-garde.

With Richard Seaver and Austryn Wainhouse he edited Merlin a literary magazine that published Ionesco, Genet, Beckett, Creeley, Sartre, and Miller, for seven issues from 1952-1955. He was also an editor of Paris Quarterly from 1952-1955 and of Moving Times, which published work by William S. Burroughs, Trocchi, and Jeff Nittall. Trocchi’s association with Merlin led to his collaboration with Maurice Girodias at Olympia Press. Throughout the 1950’s and 1960’s, Trocchi helped Girodias publish books, wrote catalog copy, and contributed a large number of pornographic writings, including Helen and Desire, The Carnal Days of Helen Seferis, White Thighs, Vol. 5 of My Life and Loves by Frank Harris, and School for Sin. Most of his work was banned in England, France, and America.

At the same time he worked with these publishing efforts, Trocchi was involved with other projects, including painting, sculpting, joining Asgar Jorn in the International Situationist movement, and pursuing his own writing. His first novel, Young Adam (1954), a tale of immorality and justice, was followed by his more famous Cain’s Book, a roman a clef which detailed his adventures as a heroin addict living on a scow on the Hudson River. The book’s frank depiction of drug addiction and sex was the source of an obscenity trial in 1963 and the book was banned in England. His other literary works included The Outsiders (1961), a collection of stories and a revision of Young Adam, and Man at Leisure (1972) a collection of poems.

In the 1960’s, Trocchi devoted most of his energy toward organizing a broad collaboration of international underground movements under the auspices of what he called the Sigma Project. It was an eclectic and protean effort, with no concrete direction, but with a wide focus. The Sigma Project resulted on more than 30 varied publications, and attracted a great deal of attention.

Although it took up much of his time, Sigma was only one of Trocchi’s activities in the 1960’s. He also organized the 1965 Albert Hall poetry reading, which brought the work of Allen Ginsberg, Laurence Ferlinghetti, and others to the attention of a large British audience. He was visiting lecturer in sculpture at St. Martin’s School of Art (London), and he translated the work of a number of French novelists, including Andre Pieyre de Mandiargues, Jan Cremer, Harriet Daimler. Rene de Obaldia and Valentine Penrose. He also wrote his only nonfiction book, Drugs of the Mind, published in 1970.

Prolific as he was, Trocchi’s activities waned during the last 15 years of his life. Although he was ostensibly working on a sequel to Cain’s Book and an unpublished novel called The Long Book, he was actually too ill much of the time to accomplish much. His lifelong addiction to heroin eventually incapacitated him and he died in 1984.

Administrative Information

Repository: MS Manuscripts

Access Restrictions: Open

Use Restrictions:

Users of the collection must read and agree to abide by the rules and procedures set forth in the Materials Use Policies.

Providing access to materials does not constitute permission to publish or otherwise authorize use. All publication not covered by fair use or other exceptions is restricted to those who have permission of the copyright holder, which may or may not be Washington University.

If you wish to publish or license Special Collections materials, please contact Special Collections to inquire about copyright status at (314) 935-5495 or spec@wumail.wustl.edu. (Publish means quotation in whole or in part in seminar or term papers, theses or dissertations, journal articles, monographs, books, digital forms, photographs, images, dramatic presentations, transcriptions, or any other form prepared for a limited or general public.)

Acquisition Source: Purchase

Acquisition Method:

Accession number 825. Purchase from Betram Rota Ltd., 1967: May 22

Accession number 845. Purchase from Betram Rota Ltd., 1967: August 15

Accession number 847. Purchase from Wallrich Books, 1967: July

Accession number 848. Purchase from Henry Wenning, 1967: August 22

Accession number 907. Purchase from Wallrich Books, 1968: April 3

Accession number 974. Purchase from Wallrich Books, 1968: August 20

Accession number 1101. Purchase from Wallrich Books, 1969: October 28

Accession number 1123. Purchase from Wallrich Books, 1969: December 17

Accession number 1270. Purchase from Wallrich Books, 1971: April 21

Accession number 1331. Wallrich Books, 1972: January

Accession number 23025. Unknown

Accession number 23945. Purchase from Glenn Horowitz Bookseller, Inc., 2009: September 15

Accession number 2013.005. Purchase from Magg Brothers, Ltd., 2013: January 18

Preferred Citation: Name of the Collection, Washington University Libraries, Department of Special Collections


Box and Folder Listing


Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Correspondence, Box 1-12],
[Series 2: Manuscripts, Box 12-29],
[Series 3: Material Toward Books, Box 30-36],
[Series 4: Merlin, Box 36-37],
[Series 5: Sigma, Box 38-45],
[Series 6: Other Projects and Subject Files, Box 45-48],
[Series 7: Manuscripts by Others, Box 48-51],
[Series 8: Ephemera, Box 51-55],
[Series 9: Personal Papers, Box 55-62],
[Series 10: Print Material, Box 63-65],
[Series 11: Realia, Box 66],
[All]

Series 10: Print Material, Box 63-65Add to your cart.
Print material consists journals and other printed materials, arranged alphabetically by author or title
Box 63Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Alphabet by Anthon Beeke. Edited by Pieter Brattinga, 1970Add to your cart.
Quadrat-Prints
Folder 2: Another Room MagazineAdd to your cart.
Located in oversize
Item 1: Volume 3, Number 1Add to your cart.
Located in oversize
Folder 3: AntiphonAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Volume 1, Number 3, Spring 1965Add to your cart.
Folder 4: The Big Lie, Tom McGrathAdd to your cart.
1 item
Folder 5: Black MaskAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Number 4, 1967: February-MarchAdd to your cart.
Item 2: Number 5, 1967: AprilAdd to your cart.
Item 3: Number 6, 1967: May-JuneAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: The Black PaperAdd to your cart.
1 item
Folder 7: Books and BookmenAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Volume 12, Number 2, 1966: NovemberAdd to your cart.
Missing cover
Folder 8: Cap & GownAdd to your cart.
Item 1: 1966Add to your cart.
Folder 9-10: Casa de la AméricasAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Volume IV, Number 26, 1964: October-NovemberAdd to your cart.
Item 2: Volume VI, Number 36-37, 1966: May-AugustAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: CosmosAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Volume 4, Number 34, 1964: AprilAdd to your cart.
Item 2: Volume 4, Number 35, 1964: MayAdd to your cart.
Folder 12: The Desert ReviewAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Spring 1965Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Electron Arabic by Hammond Guthrie, 1971Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Evergreen ReviewAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Number 92, 1971: SeptemberAdd to your cart.
Folder 15: Expressionism edited by Susan WilliamAdd to your cart.

London: Academy Editions; New York: St. Martin's Press, 1972. NE492.E9 E97 1972 fol.

Transferred to Rare Books.

Folder 16: First AmaranthAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Volume 1Add to your cart.
Folder 17: The Flower SceneAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Number 1, OctoberAdd to your cart.
Folder 18: GambitAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Festival Issue, 1962Add to your cart.
Item 2: Summer 1964Add to your cart.
Folder 19: GazetteAdd to your cart.
Located in oversize
Item 1: Number 2, 1961Add to your cart.
Located in oversize
Folder 20: Giacometti Sculptures by Raoul-Jean Moulin, 1964Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Good SoupAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Number 1Add to your cart.
Folder 22: GumAdd to your cart.

Glasgow University Magazine.

Located in oversize

Item 1: October Issue, [1973]Add to your cart.
Located in oversize.
Box 64Add to your cart.
Folder 1: HeatwaveAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Number 2, 1966: OctoberAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: HowAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Number 4Add to your cart.
Folder 3: ICA BulletinAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Number 142, 1964: DecemberAdd to your cart.
Item 2: Number 150, 1965: August-SeptemberAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: IlluminationsAdd to your cart.
Located in oversize
Item 1: I, Sheet 8, 1967Add to your cart.
Folder 5: InscapeAdd to your cart.
Item 1: 1966: DecemberAdd to your cart.
Folder 6-7: Internationale SituationnisteAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Situationistisk Revolution, Number 1, 1962: OctoberAdd to your cart.
Item 2: Der Deutsche Gedanke, Number 1, 1963: AprilAdd to your cart.
Item 3: NY - Irrealisme (Situationistisk-Internationale), Number 2Add to your cart.
Item 4: Internationale Situationniste, Number 7, 1962: AprilAdd to your cart.
Item 5: Internationale Situationniste, Number 8, 1963: JanuaryAdd to your cart.
Item 6: Situationistisk Revolution - ProspectusAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: ItAdd to your cart.
Located in oversize
Item 1: Number 19, 1967: October 5-20Add to your cart.
Item 2: Number 56, 1969: May 9-22Add to your cart.
Significant fire damage
Item 3: Number 58, 1969: June 13-28Add to your cart.
Item 4: Number 74, 1970: February 27-March 13Add to your cart.
3 copies. One with significant fire damage
Folder 9: LimboAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Volume 1, Number 3, 1964: AprilAdd to your cart.
Folder 10-11: Logos MagazineAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Number 6, 1981Add to your cart.
Item 2: Number 7/8Add to your cart.
Folder 12: The Long Hair TimesAdd to your cart.
1 item
Folder 13: Louisiana RevyAdd to your cart.
Located in oversize
Item 1: Number 4, 1961: MarchAdd to your cart.
Folder 14: Magnet NewsAdd to your cart.
Located in oversize
Item 1: Number 4, 1965: March 27-April 9Add to your cart.
Folder 15: MamaAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Number 15, 1965: OctoberAdd to your cart.
Folder 16: The Mile High UndergroundAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Volume 1, Number 4/5, Summer 1967Add to your cart.
Folder 17: MonadAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Volume 1, Number 1, Summer 1964Add to your cart.
Folder 18: The Mongol ReviewAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Spring 1966Add to your cart.
Folder 19: More Than I Am by Kevin Crossley-Holland, 1971Add to your cart.
Folder 20: New Edinburgh ReviewAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Number 47, 1979: AugustAdd to your cart.
Folder 21: New SocietyAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Number 140, 1965: June 3Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Open SkullAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Number 1, 1967Add to your cart.
Folder 23: Paper in ActionAdd to your cart.
Folder 24: Peace NewsAdd to your cart.
Located in oversize
Item 1: Number 1456, 1964: May 22Add to your cart.
Item 2: Number 1469, 1964: August 21Add to your cart.
Item 3: Number 1480, 1964: November 6Add to your cart.
Item 4: Number 1487, 1964: December 25Add to your cart.
Item 5: Number 1489, 1965: January 8Add to your cart.
Item 6: Number 1490, 1965: January 15Add to your cart.
4 copies
Item 7: Number 1491, 1965: January 22Add to your cart.
Item 8: Number 1531, 1965: October 29Add to your cart.
2 copies
Folder 25: PoetmeatAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Number 6, Summer 1964Add to your cart.
Folder 26: ProofAdd to your cart.
1 item
Box 65Add to your cart.
Folder 1: RatioAdd to your cart.
Item 1: 1965: January-FebruaryAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Rebel IncAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Issue 3, 1993Add to your cart.
Folder 3: ResurgenceAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Number 1, 1964: September-OctoberAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: ResurgenceAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Volume 2, Number 12, 1970Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Satyrday MagazineAdd to your cart.
1 item
Folder 6: Secret ComicAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Number 1Add to your cart.
Located in oversize
Folder 7: Seeing is BelievingAdd to your cart.
1 item
Folder 8: SilenceAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Volume 1Add to your cart.
Item 2: Volume 2, 1964: OctoberAdd to your cart.
Item 3: Volume 3, 1964: NovemberAdd to your cart.
Item 4: Volume 4, 1964: NovemberAdd to your cart.
Item 5: [Volume 5]Add to your cart.
Folder 9: SolidarityAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Number 17, [1964]Add to your cart.
Item 2: Volume 3, Number 7, 1965: February 3Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Spare RibAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Number 24Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Sub 70Add to your cart.
Item 1: Volume 1, Number 6Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Telegraph Sunday MagazineAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Number 553, 1987: May 31Add to your cart.
Folder 13-15: Time OutAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Number 144, 1972: November 17-23Add to your cart.
Item 2: Number 631, 1982: September 24-30Add to your cart.
Item 3: No Year: July 30-August 5Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Topolski's ChronicleAdd to your cart.
Located in oversize
Folder 1: Nos. 6-7 (162-163), Vol VIII, 1960Add to your cart.
Feliks Topolski
Folder 2: Nos. 5-6 (281-282), Vol XIII, 1965Add to your cart.
Feliks Topolski. International Poetry at the Royal Albert Hall London. 4 copies, some fragments
Folder 17: Unverbindliche RichtlinienAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Volume 1, [1962]Add to your cart.
Folder 18: ZAAZAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Volume 4, Number 770, 1966: AprilAdd to your cart.
Folder 19: Greek journalAdd to your cart.

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Correspondence, Box 1-12],
[Series 2: Manuscripts, Box 12-29],
[Series 3: Material Toward Books, Box 30-36],
[Series 4: Merlin, Box 36-37],
[Series 5: Sigma, Box 38-45],
[Series 6: Other Projects and Subject Files, Box 45-48],
[Series 7: Manuscripts by Others, Box 48-51],
[Series 8: Ephemera, Box 51-55],
[Series 9: Personal Papers, Box 55-62],
[Series 10: Print Material, Box 63-65],
[Series 11: Realia, Box 66],
[All]


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