CARSON, CIARAN, 1948-
Ciaran Carson papers, circa 1970-2010

Emory University

Robert W. Woodruff Library

Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library

Atlanta, GA 30322

404-727-6887

rose.library@emory.edu

Permanent link: http://pid.emory.edu/ark:/25593/8z3n4

Digital Material Available in this Collection


Descriptive Summary

Creator: Carson, Ciaran, 1948-
Title: Ciaran Carson papers, circa 1970-2010
Call Number:Manuscript Collection No. 746
Extent: 34.5 linear ft. (67 boxes) and 27 oversized papers (OP)
Abstract:Personal and literary papers of Irish poet Ciaran Carson including correspondence, literary notebooks, literary manuscripts, and collected printed material.
Language:Materials in English with some items in Irish.

Administrative Information

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

All requests subject to limitations noted in departmental policies on reproduction. No special restrictions apply.

Source

Purchase, 1993 with subsequent additions.

Citation

[identification of item(s)], Ciaran Carson papers, Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library, Emory University.

Processing

Stephen Enniss, Manuscripts Librarian and Literature Bibliographer, 1995. Updated: 2002, 2012


Collection Description

Biographical Note

Ciaran Gerard Carson (1948-), Irish poet. He was born in Belfast on 9 October 1948. He attended St. Mary's Christian Brothers' School in Belfast before going on to Queen's University, Belfast, where he graduated with honors in July 1971. In the final year of its gathering, 1971-1972, Carson participated in the Belfast group of poets and writers, a gathering of young literary talents organized originally by Philip Hobsbaum at Queens University, Belfast in 1963. After publishing poems in various newspapers and magazines, Carson's first chapbook The Insular Celts appeared in 1973. From 1974-1975 he taught school in Belfast; before joining the Arts Council of Northern Ireland as Traditional Arts Officer in 1976. In 1978, Carson received the Eric Gregory Award for his first book of poems, The New Estate. Three years later he published another chapbook The Lost Explorer (1979). Eight years passed before Carson completed his next volume of poems, The Irish for No (1987), which received the Alice Hunt Bartlett Award. Belfast Confetti (1989), a volume closely related to the 1987 collection, received similar critical success, winning the Irish Times/Aer Lingus prize for poetry.

From 1979 to 1987, Carson continued writing poems and prose pieces including an Appletree Press guide book called Irish Traditional Music, published in 1986. A flutist himself, Carson returned ten years later to a more extensive examination of Irish music with the 1996 publication of the widely heralded Last Night's Fun: About Time, Food and Music. The art of story-telling continued to be a significant aspect of Carson's poetry as seen in First Language, a collection of poems awarded the first T. S. Eliot Prize for the outstanding book of poetry published in Great Britain in 1993. This volume demonstrated Carson's interest in translation including Ovid's Metamorphoses as well as poems written "after" Irish and French originals. 1996 witnessed the publication of Opera Et Cetera, which included a sequence of translations from the Romanian of Stefan Augustin Doinas. Returning to his roots, The Star Factory, Carson's memoir and homage to the Belfast of his childhood followed in 1997.

Leaving the Arts Council in October 1998 to work as a full-time writer, Carson has emerged as one of the major contemporary writers working in English, publishing numerous books of poetry and translations. In 1998, he was appointed a Professor of English at Queen’s University Belfast, where he established the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry.

Ciaran Gerard Carson (1948-), Irish poet. He was born in Belfast on 9 October 1948. He attended St. Mary's Christian Brothers' School in Belfast before going on to Queen's University, Belfast, where he graduated with honors in July 1971. In the final year of its gathering, 1971-1972, Carson participated in the Belfast group of poets and writers, a gathering of young literary talents organized originally by Philip Hobsbaum at Queens University, Belfast in 1963. After publishing poems in various newspapers and magazines, Carson's first chapbook The Insular Celts appeared in 1973. From 1974-1975 he taught school in Belfast; before joining the Arts Council of Northern Ireland as Traditional Arts Officer in 1976. In 1978, Carson received the Eric Gregory Award for his first book of poems, The New Estate. Three years later he published another chapbook The Lost Explorer (1979). Eight years passed before Carson completed his next volume of poems, The Irish for No (1987), which received the Alice Hunt Bartlett Award. Belfast Confetti (1989), a volume closely related to the 1987 collection, received similar critical success, winning the Irish Times/Aer Lingus prize for poetry.

From 1979 to 1987, Carson continued writing poems and prose pieces including an Appletree Press guide book called Irish Traditional Music, published in 1986. A flutist himself, Carson returned ten years later to a more extensive examination of Irish music with the 1996 publication of the widely heralded Last Night's Fun: About Time, Food and Music. The art of story-telling continued to be a significant aspect of Carson's poetry as seen in First Language, a collection of poems awarded the first T. S. Eliot Prize for the outstanding book of poetry published in Great Britain in 1993. This volume demonstrated Carson's interest in translation including Ovid's Metamorphoses as well as poems written "after" Irish and French originals. 1996 witnessed the publication of Opera Et Cetera, which included a sequence of translations from the Romanian of Stefan Augustin Doinas. Returning to his roots, The Star Factory, Carson's memoir and homage to the Belfast of his childhood followed in 1997.

Leaving the Arts Council in October 1998 to work as a full-time writer, Carson has emerged as one of the major contemporary writers working in English, publishing numerous books of poetry and translations. In 1998, he was appointed a Professor of English at Queen’s University Belfast, where he established the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry.

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of the personal and literary papers of Ciaran Carson from 1970-2010. The papers include correspondence, literary notebooks, literary manuscripts, printed material, subject files, photographs, and personal files. Among the correspondents represented in the papers are the poets Peter Fallon, Tess Gallagher, Seamus Heaney, Medbh McGuckian, John Montague, and Frank Ormsby. Writings include numerous drafts (in manuscript and typescript form) of Carson's published poems and prose, as well as a significant number of unpublished poems. There are also unpublished draft materials and published versions of creative and critical work sent to or collected by Carson. Printed material includes reviews, programs, and clippings related to Carson's writings, performances and readings. The collection also contains early "group sheets" from Philip Hobsbaum's Belfast Group, Arts Council of Northern Ireland records, and an assortment of photographs and other personal items.

Arrangement Note

Organized into ten series: (1) Correspondence, (2) Writings by Carson, (3) Writings by others, (4) Printed material by Carson and others, (5) Belfast Group worksheets, (6) Photographs, (7) Personal materials, (8) Subject files, (9) Arts Council of Northern Ireland records and (10) Unprocessed additions.

Finding Aid Note

An index to selected correspondents is available for the correspondence from the mid-1970s to 1999.


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