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Series 1
Correspondence, 1963-2004
Boxes 1 - 64

Scope and Content Note

The correspondence series contains general correspondence, literary correspondence, outgoing correspondence, and other correspondence from 1963-2004. The extensive collection of correspondence is arranged chronologically with the bulk falling between 1978 and 2002. Many of the letters relate to speaking and reading engagements, queries from aspiring writers, requests for recommendations, and letters from admirers of Heaney's work. Also present in the collection is an important group of letters from his friends and literary associates (1964-2003), notably John Banville, Joseph Brodsky, Seamus Deane, Douglas Dunn, Peter Fallon, Tom Flanagan, Brian Friel, Philip Hobsbaum, Ted Hughes, Brendan Kennelly, Thomas Kilroy, Michael Longley, Medbh McGuckian, Derek Mahon, John Montague, Paul Muldoon, Bernard O'Donoghue, Tom Paulin, and Derek Walcott. A small amount of literary correspondence from these and other individuals accompany writings and is found attached to those writings in the Writings by Others series.

Included in this series is a large group of outgoing letters (1967-2003), in the original holograph or typescript and signed by Heaney, which were sent by telefacsimile. There are also invitations, letters of recommendation, and letters from many of Heaney's publishers. The series documents Heaney's writing career as well as his relationships with many students, literary colleagues, and friends.

Arrangement Note

Organized into four subseries: (1.1) General correspondence, (1.2) Literary correspondence, (1.3) Outgoing correspondence, and (1.4) Other correspondence.

Scope and Content Note The correspondence series contains general correspondence, literary correspondence, outgoing correspondence, and other correspondence from 1963-2004. The extensive collection of correspondence is arranged chronologically with the bulk falling between 1978 and 2002. Many of the letters relate to speaking and reading engagements, queries from aspiring writers, requests for recommendations, and letters from admirers of Heaney's work. Also present in the collection is an important group of letters from his friends and literary associates (1964-2003), notably John Banville, Joseph Brodsky, Seamus Deane, Douglas Dunn, Peter Fallon, Tom Flanagan, Brian Friel, Philip Hobsbaum, Ted Hughes, Brendan Kennelly, Thomas Kilroy, Michael Longley, Medbh McGuckian, Derek Mahon, John Montague, Paul Muldoon, Bernard O'Donoghue, Tom Paulin, and Derek Walcott. A small amount of literary correspondence from these and other individuals accompany writings and is found attached to those writings in the Writings by Others series. Included in this series is a large group of outgoing letters (1967-2003), in the original holograph or typescript and signed by Heaney, which were sent by telefacsimile. There are also invitations, letters of recommendation, and letters from many of Heaney's publishers. The series documents Heaney's writing career as well as his relationships with many students, literary colleagues, and friends.

Description of Subseries

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