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Series 2
Writings, 1986-2000
Boxes 9-18

Scope and Content Note

The series contains Joan McBreen's published and unpublished writings from 1986 to 2000 and is comprised of personal notebooks, collected and uncollected poetry, edited works, and other writings.

The notebook subseries (Subseries 2.1) includes notebooks that contain complete and partial poem manuscripts, literary notes and references, and personal reminders.

The poems subseries (Subseries 2.2) includes manuscript and typescript drafts of McBreen's collected and uncollected poetry. The collected poetry (subseries 2.2a) is arranged in chronological order by book and contains multiple copies of the same poems, providing insight into McBreen's meticulous process of writing and rewriting/revising her poetry in order to craft a final version. The subseries also contains a considerable number of McBreen's uncollected poems (2.2b), featuring both manuscripts and typescripts that are arranged here in alphabetical order.

McBreen's edited works (Subseries 2.3) consists of her editorial work on the poetry anthology, The White Page. This comprehensive study of contemporary Irish female poets features brief biographies and single poems by prominent poets, which are found in manuscript and typescript form in the individual author folders in the subseries. In addition, the author folders contain correspondence to and from McBreen, editorial corrections, and clippings. This subseries also contains general correspondence concerning the writing and publication of The White Page and a typescript draft of McBreen's editorial introduction to the anthology. Lastly, this subseries contains poem corrections, proof copies, contributor lists, and literary contact information for the 1999 publication.

The final subseries (2.4), titled "Other Writings" is primarily comprised of McBreen's dissertation work, which later became the foundational research for her anthology, The White Page. In addition, the subseries also includes McBreen's Irish to English translations of a small number of poems, an interview typescript, a book review, an essay submission, a letter to the editor, and a formal introduction of fellow Irish female poets.

Arrangement Note

Organized into four subseries: (2.1) Notebooks, (2.2) Poetry, (2.3) Edited works, and (2.4) Other writings.


Description of Subseries

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