Ciaran Carson papers, circa 1970-2007.


Ciaran Carson papers, circa 1970-2007.

The collection consists of the personal and literary papers of Ciaran Carson from around 1970 to 2007. The papers include correspondence, literary notebooks, literary manuscripts, and collected printed material. The papers document Carson's creative career during these last two decades, though the bulk of the materials pertain to the 1990's. There are numerous drafts (in manuscript and typescript form) of his published poems and prose, as well as a significant number of unpublished poems. Whether for works of poetry or prose, from the notebooks to the extensive correspondence with editors and other literary interlocutors and readers to the final galley proofs, the collection offers detailed insight into Carson's creative processes. Of special note are early "group sheets" from Philip Hobsbaum's creative writing sessions in the early seventies in Series 5. Among the correspondents represented in the papers are the poets Peter Fallon, Tess Gallagher, Seamus Heaney, Medbh McGuckian, John Montague, Frank Ormsby, Annie Prolux, and Tim Robinson. Also, Carson's literary correspondence engages editors and scholars from around the world. There are also unpublished draft materials and published versions of creative and critical work sent to or collected by Carson. The printed material series (4) contains an extensive collection of reviews and other documents about Carson's published works. This series also contains a curious if extensive arrangement of Carson's performances and readings over the years. Several boxes contain Arts Council materials from largely the 1970's and 1980's. These documents, mostly of an administrative nature, pertain to Irish traditional music for the most part. Finally, the collection contains an assortment of photographs and other personal items.

26.5 linear ft. (50 boxes and 27 oversized papers (OP))

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