DUFFY, CAROL ANN.
Carol Ann Duffy papers, 1970-2010

Emory University

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:/25593/8z7md


Descriptive Summary

Creator: Duffy, Carol Ann.
Title: Carol Ann Duffy papers, 1970-2010
Call Number:Manuscript Collection No. 834
Extent: 9.75 linear ft. (20 boxes), 29 oversized papers (OP), 1 bound volume (BV), AV Masters: .5 linear ft. (1 box), and 93 MB of born digital materials (59 files)
Abstract:Papers of Scottish poet and playwright Carol Ann Duffy, including correspondence and personal papers, writings, printed material, audiovisual materials, and a small amount of born digital materials.Papers of Scottish poet and playwright Carol Ann Duffy, including correspondence and personal papers, writings, printed material, audiovisual materials, and a small amount of born digital materials.
Language:Materials entirely in English.

Administrative Information

Restrictions on Access

Special restrictions apply: Use copies have not been made for all audiovisual material in this collection. Researchers must contact the Rose Library at least two weeks in advance for access to these items. Collection restrictions, copyright limitations, or technical complications may hinder the Rose Library's ability to provide access to audiovisual material.

Use of original digital media is restricted. Access to born digital materials is only available at dedicated laptops in the Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library (the Rose Library).

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Special restrictions apply: Printed or manuscript music in this collection that is still under copyright protection and is not in the Public Domain may not be photocopied or photographed. Researchers must provide written authorization from the copyright holder to request copies of these materials.

Researchers are not permitted to copy or download any born digital files from the Rose Library laptops.

Source

Purchase, 1999 with subsequent additions.

Citation

[after identification of item(s)], Carol Ann Duffy papers, Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library, Emory University.

Processing

Processed by Sarah Quigley, Michael Camp, and Inrid Meintjes, November 2014.

Born digital materials processed by Dorothy Wwaugh, December 2014.


Collection Description

Biographical Note

Carol Ann Duffy was born on December 31, 1955, to Francis and Mary Black Duffy, in Glasgow, Scotland. At age five she moved with her family to Stafford, England, where she attended St. Joseph's convent school and Stafford High School. In 1971, she met Liverpool poet Adrian Henri, began a romantic relationship with him, and moved to Liverpool to be near him. She attended the University of Liverpool, graduating with an honors degree in philosophy in 1977.

From 1981-1995 Duffy lived in London. In 1991, Duffy began a relationship with Scottish poet Jackie Kay, which lasted until 2003. In 1995, daughter Ella, whose biological father is English poet and playwright Peter Benson, was born to Duffy. During this time she published Standing Female Nude (1985), which received the Scottish Arts Council Award, Selling Manhattan (1987), which received the Somerset Maugham Award, and Mean Time (1993), which won the Whitbread Award and the Forward Poetry Prize. During these years Duffy also received the Eric Gregory Award (1983), the Dylan Thomas Award (1990), the Cholmondeley Award (1992), the Lannan Award, and was made an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 1995.

Duffy and Kay moved to Manchester in 1996, and Duffy became a part-time lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University. In 1999, she was widely regarded as a leading contender to become Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom (an honor instead awarded to Andrew Motion), and in July of that year her collection The World's Wife was shortlisted in the collections category for the Forward Poetry Prize. She was made Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 2002. In 2005, her collection Rapture won the T.S. Eliot Prize. On May 1, 2009, Duffy was appointed Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom; she is the first woman, the first Scot, and the first openly LGBTQ person to hold the position. In addition to her poetry collections, she has published numerous plays, written poetry and adapted fairy tales for children's books, and edited several anthologies.

Carol Ann Duffy was born on December 31, 1955, to Francis and Mary Black Duffy, in Glasgow, Scotland. At age five she moved with her family to Stafford, England, where she attended St. Joseph's convent school and Stafford High School. In 1971, she met Liverpool poet Adrian Henri, began a romantic relationship with him, and moved to Liverpool to be near him. She attended the University of Liverpool, graduating with an honors degree in philosophy in 1977.

From 1981-1995 Duffy lived in London. In 1991, Duffy began a relationship with Scottish poet Jackie Kay, which lasted until 2003. In 1995, daughter Ella, whose biological father is English poet and playwright Peter Benson, was born to Duffy. During this time she published Standing Female Nude (1985), which received the Scottish Arts Council Award, Selling Manhattan (1987), which received the Somerset Maugham Award, and Mean Time (1993), which won the Whitbread Award and the Forward Poetry Prize. During these years Duffy also received the Eric Gregory Award (1983), the Dylan Thomas Award (1990), the Cholmondeley Award (1992), the Lannan Award, and was made an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 1995.

Duffy and Kay moved to Manchester in 1996, and Duffy became a part-time lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University. In 1999, she was widely regarded as a leading contender to become Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom (an honor instead awarded to Andrew Motion), and in July of that year her collection The World's Wife was shortlisted in the collections category for the Forward Poetry Prize. She was made Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 2002. In 2005, her collection Rapture won the T.S. Eliot Prize. On May 1, 2009, Duffy was appointed Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom; she is the first woman, the first Scot, and the first openly LGBTQ person to hold the position. In addition to her poetry collections, she has published numerous plays, written poetry and adapted fairy tales for children's books, and edited several anthologies.

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of the papers of Carol Ann Duffy and includes personal papers, writings, printed material, and audiovisual material documenting Duffy's life and career as a poet and playwright. The personal papers series contains correspondence, legal contracts, an honorary diploma from the University of Keele, and a small number of photographs. Correspondence primarily includes letters of a personal nature from friends, correspondence with publishers and editors, invitations to appear at readings and book festivals, and letters from fans. Frequent personal correspondents include Irish poet Dennis O'Driscoll and English poet Anthony Thwaite, and there is a large amount of correspondence from 2009 congratulating Duffy on her selection as Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom. Duffy's writings include draft material, page proofs, and illustrations from Duffy's poetry collections and children's books, along with plays and musicals she helped create. Also present are uncollected and unpublished poems; notebooks that contain poem drafts; play scripts; and poetry, prefaces, and introductions contributed by Duffy to other works. The writings series also includes a small collection of works by other poets and authors, such as Duffy's collaborator the Welsh poet Gillian Clarke, and Blackbird Singing, a manuscript of Paul McCartney's poems.

The printed material series contains promotional material relating to her writings and edited collections, fliers and handbills for appearances and readings, clippings, and copies of magazines and catalogs in which her work appeared. Much of the printed material relating to Duffy's works concerns The World's Wife, though most of her works have some material included. There is also a small amount of printed material that has no connection to Duffy and which appears to have been collected by her for other reasons, including clippings relating to Barack Obama's 2008 election as President of the United States. Audiovisual material contains rehearsal and commercial recordings of Duffy's work, including several recordings from The Manchester Carols, along with a few recordings about other United Kingdom writers such as U.A. Fanthorpe and Tony Harrison. There are several commercial recordings made by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). Born digital material includes photographs of the Quilters Guild 30th anniversary celebration and a Microsoft Office PowerPoint template that uses illustrations from The Princess's Blankets.

Arrangement Note

Organized into four series: (1) Personal papers, (2) Writings, (3) Printed material, and (4) Audiovisual and born digital material.


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