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John Montague Collection

 Collection
Identifier: PCMS-0022
The John Montague Collection contains an extensive collection of manuscripts, typescripts, proofs, reviews, and/or correspondence for many of Montague's books; Montague's notebooks from 1956 to 1972; 20 letters from and other materials relating to Hugh MacDiarmid; 18 letters and other materials relating to Robert Graves; 10 letters or letter-cards from Samuel Beckett; approximately 100 pages of correspondence with Thomas Kinsella; other correspondence with writers such as Thomas Parkinson, Robin Skelton, Robert Duncan, Gary Snyder, Michel Deguy, and René Char.

Dates

  • 1951-1986

Creator

Language of Materials

Collection material in English.

Terms of Access

The John Montague Collection, 1956-1984, is open for research.

Copyright

Copyright of papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns. Researchers must obtain the written permission of the holder(s) of copyright and the Poetry Collection before requesting photocopies and/or publishing quotations from materials in the collection. Once permission is obtained, most papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures unless otherwise specified.

Extent

93 Linear Feet (109 boxes and one map case drawer)

Overview

The John Montague Collection contains an extensive collection of manuscripts, typescripts, proofs, reviews, and/or correspondence for many of Montague's books; Montague's notebooks from 1956 to 1972; 20 letters from and other materials relating to Hugh MacDiarmid; 18 letters and other materials relating to Robert Graves; 10 letters or letter-cards from Samuel Beckett; approximately 100 pages of correspondence with Thomas Kinsella; other correspondence with writers such as Thomas Parkinson, Robin Skelton, Robert Duncan, Gary Snyder, Michel Deguy, and René Char.

Biographical Note

John Montague is an important Irish poet who in 1998 became the first Ireland Chair of Poetry. Although born in Brooklyn, New York, Montague moved to Ireland at the age of four, later returning to the U.S. as a Fulbright Fellow in 1953. He edited The Faber Book of Irish Verse (1974) and has written two collection of short stories, a memoir, and over twelve books of poetry including Poisoned Lands (1961), A Chosen Light (1967), Tides (1970), and The Rough Field (1972). His Collected Poems was published in 1995.

Arrangement

This collection is arranged in nine series.

Series

  1. Manuscripts, 1951-1983
  2. Letters, 1957-1986
  3. Notebooks
  4. John Montague and Hugh MacDiarmid
  5. John Montague and Thomas Kinsella, 1961-1971
  6. John Montague and Thomas Parkinson, 1956-1985
  7. John Montague and Barry Callahan
  8. Peripheral
  9. Photographs

Acquisition Information

Purchased from John Montague.

Accruals and Additions

No further accruals are expected to this collection.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Poetry Collection staff.

Creator

Source

Title
Finding aid for the John Montague Collection, 1956-1984 PCMS-0022
Status
in_progress
Author
Finding aid prepared by James Maynard, updated by Marie Elia.
Date
2008
Description rules
Finding aid prepared using local best practices.
Language of description
eng

Repository Details

Part of the The Poetry Collection Repository

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