Paul Merchant Papers


Collection Number: GR GL PM 0131
Name(s) of Creator(s): Paul Merchant
Title: Paul Merchant Papers
Date [bulk]: 1957- 1970
Date [inclusive]: 
Language(s): Greek, English
Summary: This collection contains books, periodicals, and manuscripts concerning various poems of Takis Sinopoulos and their translations by Paul Merchant. In addition, there are a few letters, and two paintings by Sinopoulos.
Quantity: 0.10 linear meters
Immediate Source of Acquisition: Gift of Paul Merchant, 2019
Information about Access: The collection is available for consultation.
Cite as: American School of Classical Studies at Athens, Archives, Paul Merchant Papers (Αμερικανική Σχολή Κλασικών Σπουδών στην Αθήνα, Τμήμα Αρχείων, Αρχείο Paul Merchant)

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Paul Merchant is a poet, editor, and translator.  He edited Modern Poetry In Translation 4 (1968), which included the first selection of Ritsos published in England. He is also the translator of Eleni Vakalo’s Genealogy (1971). He taught for many years at Warwick University before becoming William Stafford Archivist at Lewis & Clark College, Portland, Oregon. His collection of poems Bone from a Stag’s Heart was a 1988 British Poetry Book Society Recommendation. His fourth collection of poems, Some Business of Affinity (2006), was a finalist for an Oregon Book Award. His recent translations from Yannis Ritsos are Monochords (Trask House Press 2007), and Twelve Poems about Cavafy (Tavern Books, 2010).

[Entry from Oregon Poetic Voices]



Folder 1: Books

--One bound volume contining: a) Τάκη Σινόπουλου, Η Νύχτα και η Αντίστιξη, Αθήνα 1959 (with dedication); b) Το άσμα της Ιωάννας και του Κωνσταντίνου, Αθήνα 1961 (with personal inscription)
--Τάκη Σινόπουλου, Ελένη, Αθήνα 1957 (with personal inscription)
--Τάκη Σινόπουλου, Η ποίηση της ποίησης, Αθήνα 1964 (with personal inscription)

Folder 2: Periodicals

--Poetry 105:1, Oct. 1964. See pp. 36-43 for poetry of Takis Sinopoulos translated by Edmund Keeley and George Savidis ("Magda," Sophia etc." "Sight and Vision," Ioanna's Invitation," "One of Constantine's Nights," and "The Beheading."
--P. Merchant (ed.), "Greece: George Seferis, Andreas Embirikos, Oddyseus Elytis, Yannis Ritsos, Takis Sinopoulos, Eleni Vakalo," Modern Poetry in Translation 4, 1968.

Folder 3:  Manuscripts

--Typescripts with corrections: "Σοφία και άλλα," "Μάγδα," "Το Τραίνο," "Η φθορά," "Το ποτάμι" (11 pages)
--Manuscript "Οι πέτρες" (9 pages)
--Manuscript "Νεκρόδειπνος" (5 pages)
--Manuscripts and typescripts: "Νεκρόδειπνος για τον Ελπήνορα," "Sophia and So On," "The Train," "The River, "Wear and Tear," "O δήμιος και η γυναίκα του," "The Executioner and his Wife." (12 pages)

4. Correspondence
--Seven letters from Takis Sinopoulos to Paul and Ramona Merchant (1968-1971) and one postcard

5. Photos
--Four portraits of Paul Merchant, Ramona Lumpkin Merchant, and Takis Sinopoulos, and one color snapshot depicting Takis and Maria Sinopoulos and Paul and Ramona Merchant.

6. Paintings
--Ink study signed "Τ. Σινόπουλος, 1962"
--Watercolor with bright colors, signed "Σινόπουλος 1961"