MCGUCKIAN, MEDBH, 1950-
Medbh McGuckian papers, 1964-2006

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:/25593/8zn19


Descriptive Summary

Creator: McGuckian, Medbh, 1950-
Title: Medbh McGuckian papers, 1964-2006
Call Number:Manuscript Collection No. 770
Extent: 49.5 linear feet (96 boxes), 1 oversized papers box and 2 oversized papers folders (OP), and AV Masters: .25 linear feet (1 box)
Abstract:Personal papers of Irish author Medbh McGuckian including correspondence, literary manuscripts, printed material, and audiovisual material.
Language:Materials mostly in English, with some material in Gaelic and other languages.

Administrative Information

Restrictions on Access

Special restrictions apply: Subseries 1.3 contains restricted correspondence of John Drexel. Series 7,Unprocessed correspondence is closed to researchers.

Use copies have not been made for 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.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

All requests subject to limitations noted in departmental policies on reproduction. Special restrictions also apply: writings by Ted Hughes may not be reproduced without the written permission of Carol Hughes.

Source

Purchase, 1995 with subsequent additions.

Citation

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

Processing

Processed by Jennifer Brady, July 2007


Collection Description

Biographical Note

Medbh McGuckian was born in 1950 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Queen's University, Belfast, in 1972 and earned her Masters in Arts from the same institution two years later. McGuckian won the National Poetry Competition prize in 1979 for "The Flitting," and she published her first two collections of poetry, Single Ladies: Sixteen Poems and Portrait of Joanna, in 1980. Among her most recent collections are Had I a Thousand Lives, The Book of the Angel, and The Currach Requires No Harbours. In addition to being one of Ireland's foremost poets, McGuckian has also served as the editor of Fortnight Literary Magazine and has held numerous academic appointments, including serving as the Writer-in-Residence at her alma mater, Queen's University Belfast, and as a Creative Writing Lecturer at the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry there. McGuckian has also translated the work of several poets of different nationalities; notably, McGuckian and Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin translated the poetry of Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill from Gaelic to English for The Water Horse (2000).

Medbh McGuckian was born in 1950 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Queen's University, Belfast, in 1972 and earned her Masters in Arts from the same institution two years later. McGuckian won the National Poetry Competition prize in 1979 for "The Flitting," and she published her first two collections of poetry, Single Ladies: Sixteen Poems and Portrait of Joanna, in 1980. Among her most recent collections are Had I a Thousand Lives, The Book of the Angel, and The Currach Requires No Harbours. In addition to being one of Ireland's foremost poets, McGuckian has also served as the editor of Fortnight Literary Magazine and has held numerous academic appointments, including serving as the Writer-in-Residence at her alma mater, Queen's University Belfast, and as a Creative Writing Lecturer at the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry there. McGuckian has also translated the work of several poets of different nationalities; notably, McGuckian and Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin translated the poetry of Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill from Gaelic to English for The Water Horse (2000).

Scope and Content Note

The Medbh McGuckian papers comprises the literary and personal papers of the poet Medbh McGuckian from 1964-2006. The bulk of the collection consists of drafts of McGuckian's own writings, including drafts of poems from her first collection, Single Ladies, through The Currach Requires No Harbours. Also present are extensive files of personal and literary correspondence, which contain letters from Nuala Archer, Gerald Dawe, Theo Dorgan, Paul Durcan, Tess Gallagher, Seamus Heaney, Rita Ann Higgins, Jennifer Johnston, Michael Longley, Joan McBreen, Paul Muldoon, Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill, Dennis O'Driscoll, and others. The collection also includes writings by others (including student writing), subject files, collected printed material either by or about Medbh McGuckian, photographs, and sound recordings.

Arrangement Note

Organized into seven series: (1) Correspondence, (2) Writings by Medbh McGuckian, (3) Writings by others, (4) Personal files, (5) Printed material, (6) Audiovisual materials, and (7) Unprocessed additions.

Finding Aid Note

A selected index of prominent correspondents is available. Note that this index is no longer actively updated as new material is added to the collection.


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Description of Series

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