Collection: BC MS 20c Harrison: Tony Harrison Archive

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Title: Tony Harrison Archive

Level: Collection 

Classmark: BC MS 20c Harrison

Creator(s): Harrison, Tony (1937-)

Date: c. 1953 - 2009

Size and medium: 132 unboxed notebooks; 88 archival boxes of material

Persistent link: https://explore.library.leeds.ac.uk/special-collections-explore/35040 

Collection group(s): Leeds Poetry | English Literature

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Description

Papers of Tony Harrison, documenting his work as a poet.

The collection documents much of Harrison's published work and drafts relating to work as yet unpublished, forming an exceptionally detailed record of his poetry, documented through notes, drafts, correspondence, press cuttings, photographs and ephemera.

The collection is divided into six series; (01) early work, (02) journals and notebooks, (03) project notebooks, (04) project files, (05) correspondence and (06) poetry readings.

Project files and notebooks have been kept in a simple chronological sequence, whether for publications, theatre, film or television. This reflects Harrison's personal vision of his work; he has stated that 'Poetry is all I write, whether for books, or readings, or for the National Theatre, or for the opera house and concert hall, or even for TV' (http://literature.britishcouncil.org/tony-harrison).

Although distinct, the series are very closely interrelated; notebooks and files often contain similar drafts and insertions, correspondence often refers to projects, copies of letters & material from project files are frequently pasted into notebooks.

Administrative or biographical history

Detailed biographies of Tony Harrison are available on Special Collections webpages at:
http://library.leeds.ac.uk/special-collections/collection/13/poets_at_the_university_of_leeds/20/tony_harrison
http://library.leeds.ac.uk/info/369/leeds_lives/79/leeds_lives/7

Provenance

Acquired directly from archive creator.

Arrangement

The collection is currently divided into 6 series, following Harrison's own arrangement of his work (further series may be added with future accruals).

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Access

This collection is subject to various access conditions. Please see individual catalogue descriptions for further details on access.

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