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Lindley Williams Hubbell papers, 1933-2005

Summary Information

Abstract

The collection contains the correspondence and written works (both published and unpublished) of the poet and ex-patriot, Lindley Williams Hubbell.

At a Glance

Call No.: MS#0627
Bib ID 4078938 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Hubbell, Lindley Williams, 1901-1994
Title Lindley Williams Hubbell papers, 1933-2005
Physical Description 3.5 linear feet (6 document boxes 1 record storage carton)
Language(s) English , Japanese .
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Arrangement

Arrangement

This collection is arranged in 3 series.

Description

Summary

The collection consists predominantly of correspondence from Lindley Williams Hubbell and compiled by friends. There are also early passports of Hubbell's, his official expatriation documents, business cards, drafts of creative works, and several published books and pamphlets written by Lindley Williams Hubbell.

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This collection is located off-site. You will need to request this material at least three business days in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.

This collection has no restrictions.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. The RBML maintains ownership of the physical material only. Copyright remains with the creator and his/her heirs. The responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Lindley Williams Hubbell Papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

Cataloged Christina Hilton Fenn 07/--/89.

Cataloged Lea Osborne July 2010.

Processed Vanessa Cano June 2010.

Revision Description

2010-06-28 xml instance created by Lea Osborne

2019-05-20 EAD was imported spring 2019 as part of the ArchivesSpace Phase II migration.

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English drama -- Early modern and Elizabethan, 1500-1600 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Haiku Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Hubbell, Lindley Williams, 1868-1960 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Hubbell, Lindley Williams, 1901-1994 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Japanese literature Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Japanese poetry Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Poetry Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Poets Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Theater -- England Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Theater -- Japan Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical Note

Lindley Williams Hubbell, poet, translator, and expatriate, was born to a well-to-do family in Hartford, Connecticut on the 3rd of June, 1901.

Hubbell's formal education was brief. He dropped out of Hartford High School after two years and was subsequently educated by private tutors in Greek, Latin and Provencal. Having an affinity for languages, Hubbell later learned German, French, and Italian from a polyglot aunt.

Hubbell spent the bulk of his American career, from 1925-1946, as a reference librarian at the New York Public Library. He would rely on his skills in library sciences later in his life, during his initial time living in Japan.

Hubbell received a Yale Younger Poets award in 1927, and his books of poetry were published by major publishers in the US. He was an early admirer of Gertrude Stein; he corresponded with her and wrote an article defending her first early novels. He was a regular companion of Stein's during her 1934 trip to New York City.

Though Hubbell never went to university, from 1946-1953 he was the Head of the Literature Department at Randall School in Hartford, Connecticut, where he taught the history of drama, Shakespeare, Ibsen and Modern Poetry.

In 1953, after the death of a cousin and the consequent inheritance he received, Hubbell moved to Japan and began to work as a cataloger at the library in Daitokuji Temple. This would lead to his professorship at Doshisha University and later to his becoming a Japanese citizen (1960). Once he had taken Japanese citizenship, Hubbell never again left Japan and officially changed his name to the Japanese, Shuseki Hayashi.

Hubbell was an admirer of Nô drama and saw 186 out of the extant 240 plays, 849 performances in all. He helped translate Kadensho (secret teachings on Nô performance) by Zeami (1363 - 1443), published by the foundation of Sumiya-Shinobe Scholoarship (1968). He also dedicated himself to Shinto, especially to the beauty of its ceremonies and rituals, its music and dance.

In 1970 Hubbell, along with his friends and fellow scholars Hisao Kanaseki and Yoko Danno, established a non-profit, private press known as the Ikuta Press. Through this Hubbell published 16 volumes of his own poetry and prose.

Hubbell retired from Doshisha in 1970 and went on to teach at Mukogawa Women's University in Nishinomiya until the age of 86. He continued to write throughout his later life. Lindley Williams Hubbell passed away in 1994 in the Kunishima Hospital in Kyoto.

A memorial stone was installed by his former students, friends and colleagues in the precincts of Kannon-ji Temple in Oh-yamazaki, Kyoto.

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Series I: Correspondence, 1934-1994



Box 1 Hubbell to Yoko Danno, 1966-1993



Box 2 Hubbell to Barbara Hart Davitt, 1953-1985

(includes poetry and written works)


Box 2 Hubbell to Maurice and Blanche Jaffer


Box 2 Hubbell to Hisao Kanseki, 1934-1972


Box 2 Hubbell to Donald Richie, 1937-1983

(includes letters, postcards, poems, and writings sent from Hubbell to Richie)



Box 3 Hubbell to Hiro and Nancy Sato, 1943-1963


Box 3 Hubbell to Michiko and Paul Snowden, 1974-1977


Box 3 Hubbell to Stephanie Samek Terenzio, 1956-1994


Box 3 Hubbell to Martha Osborn Vinick

(Contains a number of poems)


Box 3 Hubbell to Various Correspondents, 1960s-1998

Series II: Biographical Documents, 1961 and undated, 1961, undated



Box 4 Business Cards


Box 4 Passports


Box 4 Expatriation Documents, 1961


Box 4 Clippings and Memorabilia


Box 4 Poetry and Cards


Box 4 Biographical Notes and Bibliographies



Box 7 Bibliography. (Ms), 1927-1983

Series III: Writings and Publications, 1933-2005


Manuscripts



Box 4 "Atlantic Triptych", undated


Box 4 Essay on No Drama, undated


Box 4 "The Mountains,", 1951


Box 4 "Ninety Questions about Plants" poems by Hubbell, Yoko Danno, Hiroko Fujioka, and Hisao Kanasaki


Box 4 "Origins of Art: A Lecture,", 1945


Box 4 "Phaedra,", 1945


Box 4 Various Drafts and Manuscripts, 1933-1983



Box 7 "The Birth of the Medaka" (T.Ms), September 24 [n.y.]


Box 7 "Atlantic Triptych" (T.Ms.), 1950-1957


Printed Material-- Offprints and Publications



Box 5 American Poet-- 6th Issue, 1941 September


Box 5 Cicada vol.2, no.2, 1978

(contains Hubbell's "Linked Poem")


Box 5 The East-West Review vol. 1, no. 1, 1964


Box 5 Frogpond Magazine vol. iv, no. 1, 1981

(includes haiku by Hubbell)


Box 5 "Gertrude Stein: The First Period" offprint, 1980


Box 5 "The English Hexameter, 1976


Box 5 "Modern Poetry"-- lecture, 1983


Box 5 Mukogawa Literary Review offprints issues 17-21, issues 210 and 21,, 1982-1985


Box 5 Oedipus at Colonus , 1978

(translated by Hubbell)


Box 5 Poems-- Haiku by Zenrin Kushu, Calligraphy by Oda Sesso


Box 5 Poetry Nippon Magazine no. 59, 1982

(contains "Ennui" and "Mar Gabriel")


Box 5 "The Prosody of Mauberley,", 1982


Box 5 Sixteen American Poets , 1976


Box 5 "Spenser's Epithalamion,", 1971


Box 5 The Supplicants , 1986

(translated by Hubbell)


Box 5 Theatre World Magazine, 1940 June, October and December, 1941 April, June and 1949 November, 1940, December, 1941, 1949 November


Box 5 Translations , 1983



Box 7 Doshisha Literature. English Literary Society of Doshisha, Kyoto , 1956


Box 7 Doshisha Literature. English Literary Society of Doshisha, Kyoto , 1958


Published Books



Box 6 The Tracing of a Portal , 1931


Box 6 Winter-burning , 1938


Box 6 Long Island Triptych , 1947


Box 6 The Ninth Continent: [a poem in ten parts] , 1947


Box 6 Seventy Poems , 1976


Box 6 Ze-ami Kadensho by Miyai, B., Sakurai, C., Hayashi, S., Hubbell, L. W., & Satoi, R,, 1968


Box 6 A Note on the Shakespeare Apocrypha , 1966


Box 6 Trilogy , 1970


Box 6 Atlantic Triptych: Lindley Williams Hubbell , 1971


Box 6 Dark Pavilion , 1971


Box 6 Miscellany , 1972


Box 6 Double Triptych , 1974


Box 6 A Second Miscellany , 1975


Box 6 Pasiphae , 1976


Box 6 Autobiography , 1971


Box 6 Climbing to Monfumo, 1977


Box 6 Trilogy , 1977


Box 6 The Ten Avatars of Vishnu: A Cento , 1978


Box 6 Walking Through Namba , 1978


Box 6 The English Lyric in the Eighteenth Century , 1979


Box 6 Czerny , 1981


Box 6 The English Lyric in the Seventeenth Century , 1981


Box 6 The First Architect , 1982


Box 6 Studies in English Literature , 1982


Box 6 A Geography of the United States , 1999


Box 6 George Borrow , 1960


Box 6 Shakespeare and Classic Drama , 1960


Box 6 Lectures on Shakespeare, 1972


Box 6 The Works of Lindley Williams Hubbell-- CD-ROM, 2005



Box 7 Autobiography. Second Edition. The Ikuta Press, 1976


Box 7 A Note on The Shakespeare Apocrypha. Fourth Edition. The Ikuta Press, 1977


Box 7 Trilogy. The Ikuta Press, 1977


Box 7 The Ten Avatars of Vishnu. The Ikuta Press, 1978


Box 7 Translations. The Ikuta Press, 1983


Box 7 The Birth of the Diatom , 1949


Box 7 The Ninth: A Poem in Ten Parts , 1947


Box 7 The Tracing of a Portal. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1931


Box 7 Book of Haukus


Box 7 Dark Pavilion. New Haven: The Yale Series of Younger Poets, 1927