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Series 2
Writings by Medbh McGuckian
Boxes 16-30, OP 1-3

Scope and Content Note

The writings by Medbh McGuckian found in this series include collected and uncollected poetry, prose, translations by McGuckian, translations of McGuckian, and notebooks. The individual poems in Subseries 2.1 are filed alphabetically within each collected work; the collected works are arranged chronologically. Researchers should be aware that The Flower Master, Venus and the Rain, and On Ballycastle Beach were originally published by Oxford University Press and were reissued several years later by Gallery Press with minor changes to the content. Subseries 2.1 also includes three unpublished collections of poems; while some of the poems within these collections were eventually published, they were not published in these original groupings. Also included in Subseries 2.1 are several uncollected individual poems, arranged alphabetically. When multiple poems appear on a single manuscript page, cross references have been provided.

Subseries 2.5 contains several of McGuckian's manuscript notebooks. These notebooks contain manuscript drafts of poems from Portrait of Joanna, The Flower Master and Other Poems, Venus and the Rain, Two Women, Two Shores, Marconi's Cottage, Captain Lavender, Shelmalier, Drawing Ballerinas, The Face of the Earth, and The Currach Requires No Harbours, as well as essays on literature, student compositions, and poetry by others in McGuckian's hand. Additional manuscripts of some of McGuckian's work may also be found in the diaries located in Subseries 4.1, Personal and Family Items.

Arrangement Note

Organized into five subseries: (2.1) Poetry, (2.2) Prose, (2.3) Translations by McGuckian, (2.4) Translations of McGuckian, and (2.5) Notebooks.

Description of Subseries