Michael Longley papers
> Writings by Michael Longley

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Series 2
Writings by Michael Longley, circa 1966-2001
Boxes 16-43; OP1-OP4

Scope and Content Note

The largest portion of the Michael Longley papers is made up of Michael Longley's own writings. This portion of the collection is divided into seven subseries: poetry by Michael Longley, where individual poems are organized by major volume in which they first appeared, and proofs of complete volumes are also included; prose writings; radio and film scripts; works edited by Michael Longley; interviews with Michael Longley; fragments and notes; notebooks.

The first subseries contains material directly linked to his published collections, drafts of uncollected poems, unpublished / proposed groupings of poems, and unidentified manuscripts. Materials relating to his published collections may include drafts of the book's table of contents, individual poems, complete typescripts, or proofs. The manuscripts of individual poems have been arranged alphabetically by the poem's title. If a poem was known by more than one title, the variant title(s) have been provided in brackets. If a poem was made up of, or included, other poems this is also indicated in brackets, thus [includes . . . .]. Cross-references are used for those poems that may have manuscript material under more than one title. Drafts are both manuscripts (MS) and typescripts (TS) unless otherwise noted.

The second subseries is made up of an alphabetical arrangement of Michael Longley's prose writings; essays and reviews by Longley are present as well as lecture notes and notes from public readings of his work. Unidentified poems and prose pieces follow their respective subseries.

Subseries 2.3 consists primarily of the scripts written by Michael Longley, unless otherwise indicated in brackets, such as [reader] or [conversation with . . . ]. Such scripts not necessarily written by Longley but which involve him centrally are included here. Works edited by Longley can be found in Subseries 2.4. Subseries 2.5 contains interviews with Michael Longley, mostly in typescript form, often annotated either by the interviewer or Michael Longley. If the interview was published, details are added in brackets.

Arrangement Note

Organized into six subseries: (2.1) Poems, (2.2) Prose, (2.3) Radio and film scripts, (2.4) Works edited by Michael Longley, (2.5) Interviews, and (2.6) Notebooks.

Description of Subseries