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Louis MacNeice papers, 1960-1969

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Call No.: MS#0830
Bib ID 4079073 View CLIO record
Creator(s) MacNeice, Louis, 1907-1963 ; Euripides
Title Louis MacNeice papers, 1960-1969
Physical Description 1 box (1 box 38 volumes)
Language(s) English .
Additional Description http://www.columbia.edu/cu/libraries/inside/projects/findingaids/scans/pdfs/30_LY-MAL_18.pdf

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Letters, manuscripts, and books, including four letters from MacNeice to the poet and editor, Geoffrey Grigson. The manuscripts, either by or about MacNeice, include ten of his last poems. Five of these have been published in SOLSTICE, 1961, and four in THE BURNING PERCH, 1963. Drafts of the first group of poems were written in a personal notebook used by the poet while he worked for the British Broadcasting Corporation. In another similar notebook is a partial draft of his play "The Administrator." Both notebooks are in the collection. Also, an untitled, unpublished poem of seven stanzas"Tingling [born] the burning island" written on the reverse of a map. Works about NacNeice include manuscripts of a memoir and a radio portrait by Robert Pocock. The portrait has poignant comments and personal reminiscences by twenty of the poet's contemporaries, including John Betjeman, Anthony Blunt, W.H. Auden, E.R. Dodds, Stephen Spender, and others. Both Auden and a literary coterie of Spender, Betjeman, William Empson, and Cyril Connoly taped disucssions of MacNeice and his poetry. Also, thirty-eight books that were in MacNeice's personal library. Most are autographed by him, and many have marked passages and marginal notes. One of the books, Euripides' ALCESTIS AND OTHER PLAYS, is heavily annotated, apparently for a broadcast production.

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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); Louis MacNeice papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

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Processing Information

Cataloged Christina Hilton Fenn 08/--/89.

Subject Headings

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Poems Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID


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Auden, W. H. (Wystan Hugh), 1907-1973 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Betjeman, John, 1906-1984 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Blunt, Anthony, 1907-1983 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
British Broadcasting Corporation Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Connolly, Cyril, 1903-1974 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Dodds, E. R (Eric Robertson), 1893-1979 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Empson, William, 1906-1984 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
English drama Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
English literature -- 20th century Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
English poetry -- 20th century Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Pocock, Robert Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Poets, English Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Spender, Stephen, 1909-1995 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical / Historical

English poet.