Subseries 2.4
Prose, 1985-2009
Boxes 21-28, 57-59; OP 3-5

Scope and Content Note

This subseries contains Carson's prose works from 1985-2009. Materials in this series include research notes, drafts, various corrected typescripts, and proof copies of Carson's fiction and autobiographical writings, creative non-fiction, essays, and reviews. Much of this series is comprised of book-length writings, which document the progression of Carson's blurring of the distinction between a long-lined narrative poetry and lyrical prose. Of particular interest are Carson's non-fiction work about traditional music, Last Night's Fun, and the memoir-like (as well as cinematic) evocation of Belfast, The Star Factory, which influenced Carson's genre-bending books Fishing for Amber and Shamrock Tea. This series contains some unpublished works, which are arranged chronologically with other published works, as well as uncollected essays and reviews, many of which were published in major journals.

Arrangement Note

Arranged in chronological order.

Diarmuid Delargy: Thirteen Etchings (1985) [TS for Diarmuid Delargy, words by Ciaran Carson; conversation with Jamshhid Mirfenderesky]
Box Folder Content
21 1 "On Our Shores I," TS
21 1 "On Our Shores II," TS
21 1 "Down on Dunseverick Strand," TS
21 1 "The Stone in the Field," TS
21 1 "The Tree in the Field," TS
21 1 "Home," TS
21 1 "Linnegan's Kitchen I," TS
21 1 "Linnegan's Kitchen II," TS
21 1 "Northern Horses," TS
21 1 "Breda I," TS
21 1 "Breda II," TS
21 1 "The Grey," TS
21 1 "The Dark," TS
21 1 "Diarmuid Delargy: Thirteen Etchings,"
Last Night's Fun (1996)
21 2 Last Night's Fun, research materials, loose drafts, manuscripts [See also Subseries 2.1: Notebooks]
21 3 Last Night's Fun, "Storyteller 1 or 2" [variant chapter title: "Pigtown"]
21 4 Last Night's Fun, corrected typescript, pp. 1-122
21 5 Last Night's Fun, corrected typescript, pp.123-256
21 6 Last Night's Fun, corrected typescript, pp. 2-129
21 7 Last Night's Fun, corrected typescript, pp. 130-256
21 8 Last Night's Fun, typescript, pp. 1-29 with comments by Tess Gallagher and two ALS from Gallagher, 14 August and 15 August, 1995
21 9 Last Night's Fun, typescript, pp. 38-48 with comments by Tess Gallagher
21 10 Last Night's Fun, typescript, pp. 53-141 with comments by Tess Gallagher and ALS from Gallagher, 25 August 1995
21 11 Last Night's Fun, typescript, pp. 145-213 with comments by Tess Gallagher and ALS from Gallagher, 13 September 1995
21 12 Last Night's Fun, typescript, pp. 220-256 with comments by Tess Gallagher and TLS from Gallagher, 26 September 1995
OP3 - "Last Night's Fun," corrected proof piece for Southern Review, Summer 1995
21 13 Last Night's Fun, corrected proofs
OP4 - Last Night's Fun, book jacket proofs
21 14 Last Night's Fun, book jacket
The Star Factory (1997)
22 1 The Star Factory, miscellaneous typescript pages, research materials, notes
The Star Factory manuscript notes [See Series 6: Photograph of Tess Gallagher with Carson's daughter, MS on the envelop]
22 2 The Star Factory, corrected typescript, pp. 1-111
22 3 The Star Factory, corrected typescript, pp. 112-226
22 4 The Star Factory, corrected typescript, pp. 227-328
22 5 The Star Factory, corrected typescript, "Raglan Street" - "O'Neill Street," pp. 1-161
22 6 The Star Factory, corrected typescript, "White Star Street" - "McWatter's Bakery," pp. 162-330
22 7 The Star Factory, typescript with comments by Tess Gallagher, pp. 1-111 [This version has a different ending than the published version]
22 8 The Star Factory, typescript with comments by Tess Gallagher, pp. 112-226
23 1 The Star Factory, typescript with comments by Tess Gallagher, pp. 227-328
23 2 The Star Factory, typescript bibliography / acknowledgements
23 3 The Star Factory, corrected proofs, pp. 1-98
23 4 The Star Factory, corrected proofs, pp. 99-203
23 5 The Star Factory, corrected proofs, pp. 204-297
23 6 The Star Factory, cover image with TLS from Neil Belton, 13 June 1997
23 7 The Star Factory, proof sample for paper trade edition, ALS 9 September 1998
Fishing for Amber (2000)
24 1 Fishing for Amber, research materials
24 2 Fishing for Amber, TS "Aborted Version"
24 3 Fishing for Amber, TS "K"
24 4 Unidentified fragments, TS from Carson's "First Drafts" folder
24 5 "Antipodes," MS and TS from Carson's "First Drafts" folder"
24 6 "Berenice," MS and TS from "First Drafts" from Carson's "First Drafts" folder
24 7 "Clepsydra," MS and TS from Carson's "First Drafts" folder
24 8 "Delphinium," TS from Carson's "First Drafts" folder
24 9 "Ergot," TS from Carson's "First Drafts" folder
24 10 "Foxglove,"TS from Carson's "First Drafts" folder
24 11 "Ganymede," MS and TS from Carson's "First Drafts" folder
24 12 "Helicon" [variant title: "Holland"], MS and TS from Carson's "First Drafts" folder
24 13 "Io," MS and TS from Carson's "First Drafts" folder
24 14 "Jacinth," MS and TS from Carson's "First Drafts" folder
24 15 "Kipper," MS and TS from Carson's "First Drafts" folder
24 16 "Leyden" [variant title: "Leiden"], TS from Carson's "First Drafts" folder
24 17 "Marigold," TS from Carson's "First Drafts" folder
24 18 "Nemesis," TS from Carson's "First Drafts" folder
24 19 "Opium," TS from Carson's "First Drafts" folder
24 20 "Pegasus," TS from Carson's "First Drafts" folder
24 21 "Quince," MS and TS from Carson's "First Drafts" folder
24 22 "Ramification," TS from Carson's "First Drafts" folder
24 23 "Submarine," TS from Carson's "First Drafts" folder
24 24 "Tachygraphy," TS from Carson's "First Drafts" folder
24 25 "Whereabouts," TS from Carson's "First Drafts" folder
24 26 "Yarn," TS from Carson's "First Drafts" folder
24 27 "Zoetrope," TS from Carson's "First Drafts" folder
24 28 Fishing for Amber, "Fair Copy" TS
24 29 Fishing for Amber, "Second Draft" TS, "Antipodes" to "Io"
24 30 Fishing for Amber, "Second Draft" TS, "Kipper" to "Xerox"
24 31 Fishing for Amber, TS, "Berenice" to "Zoetrope" [incomplete]
25 1 Fishing for Amber, copy editor's queries with TLS from Granta editor 10 May 1999
25 2 Fishing for Amber, photocopies of images for chapter title pages
25 3 Fishing for Amber, proofs of images for chapter title pages
25 4 Fishing for Amber, proofs from "Antipodes" to "Marigold" [incomplete]
25 5 Fishing for Amber, proofs from "Nemesis" to "Zoetrope" [incomplete]
25 6 Fishing for Amber, proofs from "Sources" page
25 7 Fishing for Amber, jacket sample
Shamrock Tea (2001)
25 8 Shamrock Tea, research materials
25 9 Shamrock Tea, assorted MS and TS unidentified fragments
25 10 Shamrock Tea, TS "First (aborted) Version" [21 April 1999]
25 11 Shamrock Tea, early TS ["Bede," "Caedmon," "Donard"]
25 12 Shamrock Tea, early TS [title page]
25 13 Shamrock Tea, early TS, chapters 17, 94 [incomplete]
25 14 Shamrock Tea, early TS, chapters 1-31 [incomplete]
25 15 Shamrock Tea, early TS chapters 1-30 [incomplete]
25 16 Shamrock Tea, early TS chapters 1-39 [incomplete]
25 17 Shamrock Tea, early TS chapters 28-94 [incomplete]
26 1 Shamrock Tea, corrected TS [chapters 1-34], with TLS from Carson to Neil Belton, 1 May 2000
26 2 Shamrock Tea, corrected TS [chapters 35-68]
26 3 Shamrock Tea, corrected TS [chapters 69-101]
26 4 Shamrock Tea, TS with commentaries by Tess Gallagher [chapters 1-24]
26 5 Shamrock Tea, TS with commentaries by Tess Gallagher [chapters 25-33, 52-75], includes TLS from TG, 21 August 2000
26 6 Shamrock Tea, TS with commentaries by Tess Gallagher [chapters 34-49], includes TLS from TG, 19 August 2000
26 7 Shamrock Tea, TS with commentaries by Tess Gallagher [chapters 76-89], includes TLS from TG, 22 August 2000
26 8 Shamrock Tea, TS with commentaries by Tess Gallagher [chapters 90-101], includes TLS from TG (23 August 2000), CC to TG, CC to Neil Belton
26 9 Shamrock Tea, corrected TS ["Penultimate Draft"]
26 10 Shamrock Tea, corrected galley proofs [chapters 1-34]
26 11 Shamrock Tea, corrected galley proofs [chapters 35-58, 62, 67, 71-74]
26 12 Shamrock Tea, corrected galley proofs [chapters 76-101]
26 13 Shamrock Tea, uncorrected galley [bound]
26 14 Shamrock Tea, blurb by Alberto Manguel
26 15 Shamrock Tea, sample cover
Y and K (circa 2002-2003) [unpublished]
57 20 Y and K, TS, "New Book (Part One)," 18 May 2002-25 September 2002
57 21 Y and K, TS and notes, "Notes/Drafts New Book," September 2002
57 22 Y and K, TS and notes, 3 October 2002
57 23 Y and K, TS fragments, notes, and research material, 2003
The Pen Friend (2009) [earlier title Under the Green Star]
57 24 The Pen Friend, research notes, 2003-2005
57 25 The Pen Friend, "Under the Green Star," TS with corrections, circa 2004
58 1 The Pen Friend, TS with commentary, pages 1-84, June-5 July 2005
58 2 The Pen Friend, TS with commentary, pages 85-177, 9 July 2005
58 3 The Pen Friend, TS with commentary, pages 179-242, 20 August 2005-2 September 2005
58 4 The Pen Friend, "First Fair Copy," TS
58 5 The Pen Friend, TS, complete draft, circa September 2005 [contains photographs for book] [1 of 2]
58 6 The Pen Friend, TS, complete draft, circa September 2005 [contains photographs for book] [2 of 2]
58 7 The Pen Friend, TS, complete draft with copy editor's queries, circa 2005 [1 of 2]
58 8 The Pen Friend, TS, complete draft with copy editor's queries, circa 2005 [2 of 2]
59 1 The Pen Friend, TS, complete draft, circa April 2006
59 2 The Pen Friend, TS fragments
Assorted Prose
27 1 "The 1940's," TS proof of essay for Watching the River Flow: a Century in Irish Poetry (1999); includes selected poems
59 3 "Afterword," TS for The Blackbird's Nest, ed. by Frank Ormsby, 2007
27 2 "Alter Ego," TS essay for Belfast Frescos (1995) by John Kindness [includes images]
27 3 "Anonymous," TS essay for Waterstone's Guide to Irish Books [Includes correspondence from editor, 10 April 1998]
27 4 "Architecture and Music," TS
59 4 "At the Tomb of Dante Alighieri," TS of performance in Ravenna, Italy, 28 September 2007 [includes Italian translation]
59 5 "The Bag of Spuds" and "The Telephone Reel," TS of columns in Journal of Music, 2008
27 5 "Belfast," TS introduction to reprint of 1923 Ordnance Survey map of Belfast, 5 February 1996
59 6 "Belfast: Betwixt, Between, Behind the Name," TS of Chapter Two in Betwixt and Between: Place and Cultural Translation, ed. by Stephen Kelly and David Johnston, 2007
27 6 "Belfast Notes," TS of article, for TLS, 18 March 1988 [See also Subseries 4.1: "Belfast Notes," for TLS, 18 March 1988]
27 7 "Belfast Notes," TS of article, for TLS 24-30 June 1988 [See also Subseries 4.1: "Belfast Notes," 24-30 June 1988]
OP5 "Belfast Notes," proof of article for TLS, 24-30 June 1988 [See also Subseries 4.1: "Belfast Notes," in TLS, 24-30 June 1988]
- - "Blurb for a Stor's a Stoirin," TS introduction for Padraigin Ni Uallachain, A Stor's A Stoirin [See Subseries 3.1: Ni Uallachain's A Stor's A Stoirin] A Stor's A Stoirin]
59 7 "Brian Ballard Catalogue," TS, 9 March 2005
27 8 "Calling It to Mind, Getting It by Heart," TS liner notes for CD of Liam O'Flynn and Seamus Heaney performing together; includes MS notes and TLS from CC [circa 2000-2001]
27 9 "Clocks Ticking, Tractors Passing," TS
27 10 "The Dialects of Silence," [review of Ted Mcarthy, Bernard O'Donoghue, Carol Rumens, Aiden Matthews] in Poetry London, summer 1999
27 11 "The Drumshanbo Lock-In: Some Reflections on the Rebel Song," TS for The Guardian, 13 August 2002
59 8 "Editorial: Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird," TS
27 12 "The Floating Crowbar," TS
59 9 "For All We Know," TS blurb for PBS Choice, Spring 2008
59 10 Foreword to Knights of God by Patricia Lynch, TS
59 11 "From Both Sides of the Track," TS, piece for Calvino anthology edited by Roberto Bertoni, 30 January 2007
27 13 Getting Lost, MS notes for essay with ALS from Don Bloch [circa early 2000]
59 12 "The Horse's Mouth: Some thoughts on translation," TS
27 14 "House Rules O.K.?" TS
- - "I am coming apart," TS [See Subseries 2.2: Uncollected Poems, "Raftery;" also The New Estate: "The Holiday"]
59 13 "IASIL Questionnaire," TS
27 15 "In the Ear of the Beholder," TS and proof of essay for The Dublin Review
59 14 "In Praise of the Ceili Band," TS
59 15 "Inaugural Lecture," TS, for Queen's University Belfast, 5 May 2005
27 16 "Introduction" [for Seamus Tansey], TS [circa 1998]
27 17 "It seems to me that Scotland is not one place, but many," TS for Scotland edition of Sunday Times [1999]
27 18 "Laces and Eyelets: Reactions to Paul Seawright's Police Force," TS [for Source (Autumn/Winter 1997)]
27 19 "Living in Troubled Times," TS [variant title: "When Memory Goes Blank"] essay on "September 11, 2001" for Newsday, 7 October 2001 [See also Subseries 4.1: "When Memory Goes Blank"]
27 20 "Lost and Found," TS of essay for Source, includes photo series responded to
27 21 "Mick Hoy: An Appreciation," TS, June 2000
27 22 "Mountains and Skies," TS for Belfast Review
27 23 "Mud, Sweat and Beers," TS for A Cultural History of Sport and Alcohol; includes TLS from publisher, 16 May 2002
27 24 "On the Road," TS
27 25 "The Other," TS contribution to Strong Words (2000)
27 26 "Our Master's Voices," TS for Belfast Review [See also Subseries 4.1: "Our Master's Voices"]
59 16 "Pamphlet Series," TS
27 27 "Peg McGrath: A Tribute," TS with faxed note from CC 2 February 1995
27 28 "The Perfect Sound and the Dead Man's Breeches," TS
27 29 "Piece for Harry Bradley," TS
27 30 "Piece for the Poetry Book Society," TS
27 31 "Piece for the Poetry Book Society," TS with ALS from Carson to Clare Brown
27 32 "Recent Irish Architecture," TS [July 2000], with ALS from CC and photocopy of Colm Tóibín's essay "New Irish Architecture"
59 17 "The Red Hand of Ulster," TS, research material, and proofs, for The Dublin Review, February 2002
27 33 "Somebody Up There Listening," TS for Belfast Review [See also Subseries 4.1: "Somebody Up There Listening"]
27 34 "This Great Estrangement," galley proofs of review of Medbh McGuckian's Shelmalier, spring 1999
27 35 "This is what libraries are for," TS and proof [variant title: "The Olfactory File"]
59 18 "Trains," TS of short story [by Carson?]
27 36 "An Ulster Ceili," TS of program introduction
27 37 "The Well," TS introduction for The Well, a program of traditional music and poetry directed by John Comiskey for the Dublin Theatre Festival 2000 [See also Subseries 3.1: The Well] The Well]
59 19 Untitled, TS of chapter in Mortification: Writers' Stories of Their Public Shame, ed. By Robin Robertson, 28 April 2003
27 38 Untitled, TS commentary on 1994 T. S. Eliot Prize for Literature awarded to Paul Muldoon [London Daily Telegraph, January 1994]
59 20 Untitled, TS for Guardian Books of the Year, 2003
27 39 Untitled, TS ["I forgot exactly where I had been going"] prose piece on Irish traditional music
27 40 Untitled, TS ["It's marching time again"] essay on Belfast
27 41 Untitled, TS ["Maps are another way"] [published title: "West Belfast"] introduction to a reissue of the 1931 Ordnance Survey map of The Falls [See also Peter Fallon/The Gallery Press collection, MS 817, Carson author files, Belfast Confetti, Miscellaneous folder]
27 42 Untitled Essays and Fragments on Irish Music
27 43 Unidentified TS fragments
Reviews by Carson
28 1 "Basin and Range," TS and proofs of review of Peter Redgrove and Penelope Shuttle for Poetry London; includes ALS note to Scott Verner, May 2000
28 2 "The Basket Weaver's Hands," TS review of All Souls by Michael Cody
59 21 "The Crack Goes On," TS review of The Humours of Planxty, for Journal of Music in Ireland by Leagues O'Toole, 5 December 2006 Journal of Music in Ireland by Leagues O'Toole, 5 December 2006
28 3 "Entering the Realms of Make-Believe," TS review of The Something in Particular by John Hughes and A Story of Candles by Frank Ormsby A Story of Candles by Frank Ormsby
59 22 "How to Remember," TS review of The Ulster Renaissance: Poetry in Belfast 1962-1972, for Field Day Review by Heather Clark, 3 December 2006 Field Day Review by Heather Clark, 3 December 2006
28 4 "Like a Cicada in Someone's Hand," TS review of No, I'm Not Afraid by Irina Ratushinskaya
59 23 "The Man who goes to Hell," TS review of Dante: The Poet, the Political Thinker, The Man by Barbara Reynolds, June 2006 [fragment]
28 5 "Many Mansions," TS review of Jorie Graham's Swarm and Kit Wright's Hoping It Might Be So, with ALS from CC, 15 January 2001, includes proof of review with variant title: "A Lot of Buzzing Around the Bush; and also a Poet to Enjoy" [See also Subseries 4.1: Poetry London, spring 2000] Poetry London, spring 2000]
28 6 "Mirror Writing," TS review of Richard Murphy's The Kick
59 24 "Realms of Gold," TS review of Venice: A Collection of the Poetry of Place, ed. by Hetty Meryric Hughes, circa 2006
28 7 Untitled, TS review of An Duanaire by Seán O'Tuama and Thomas Kinsella
28 8 Untitled, TS review of Katerina Brae by Christopher Reid
59 25 Untitled, TS review of Mary Mary's Last Dance, September 2002
28 9 Untitled, MS and TS review of Narrative Singing in Ireland by Hugh Shields
28 10 Untitled, TS review of The New Oxford Book of Irish Verse ed. by Thomas Kinsella
28 11 Untitled, TS review of O Bruadair translated by Michael Hartnett
28 12 Untitled, TS review of Sam Henry's Songs of the People ed. by Gale Huntington
28 13 Untitled, TS review of Sweeney Astray by Seamus Heaney
59 26 Untitled, TS review of The Truth Commissioner by David Park, circa March 2008
59 27 Untitled, TS review of An tAthair Pádraug Ó Duinnin -- Bleachtaire and Oiche Bhealtaine by Biddy Jenkinson, circa 2008 Oiche Bhealtaine by Biddy Jenkinson, circa 2008
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