Title: Kevin Crossley-Holland Archive
Classmark: BC MS 20c Crossley-Holland
Creator(s): Crossley-Holland, Kevin
Main language: English
Size and medium: 102 boxes; c. 24.5 linear metres; manuscript papers, typescript papers, photographs, postcards, press cuttings, and printed material, volumes, diaries, ms. notebooks, music scores, audio cassettes, vinyl record
This collection of the literary papers and correspondence of Kevin Crossley-Holland represents the wide range of his interests and achievements. It covers his own poetry, translations and re-tellings from Old English, children's stories, libretti, and other publications including The Stones Remain and Pieces of Land, which bear witness to the author's sensitivity to the power of place. His enthusiasm and gift for the arts in general is represented by his co-operation with musicians, illustrators and photographers.
The archive contains extensive poetry notebooks which, together with other collections of drafts, offer copious insights into Crossley-Holland's creative process. Comprises: drafts, proofs and correspondence relating to major volumes of poetry and poetry collections edited by Kevin Crossley-Holland from 1961 onwards (11 boxes); 68 autograph manuscript poetry notebooks dating from 1962 onwards (7 boxes); autograph manuscript and typescript drafts of poems composed by Crossley-Holland from 1957 onwards (5 boxes); correspondence, manuscript and typescript drafts and some published copies of Crossley-Holland's translations and retellings of Old English poems and Myths (16 boxes); correspondence, manuscript and typescript drafts and some printed copies of Crossley-Holland's stories for children and works on the art of storytelling; correspondence, notebooks, manuscript and typescript drafts, programmes and copies of libretti for musical works (6 boxes); correspondence, manuscripts, typescript drafts, printed proofs and copies of other publications by Crossley-Holland, including historical and travel writing (8 boxes); papers relating to poetry workshops, reading, appointments and travels, including Crossley-Holland's connections with The Group, and his tenure of the Gregory Fellowship in Poetry at the University of Leeds (4 boxes).
1409 items of correspondence from the Crossley-Holland Archive are listed in Leeds University Library's Letters Database. Information on the details of correspondence relating to specific publications and activities are given within series- and file-level descriptions.
Kevin Crossley-Holland, the poet, translator, writer of children's stories, and broadcaster, was born in Mursley, North Buckinghamshire in 1941 and educated at Bryanston School and St Edmund Hall, Oxford. After graduating he was a Gregory Fellow in Poetry at Leeds University 1969-1971, and from 1967-1978 he lectured in Anglo-Saxon literature and culture for the Tufts University London Program. He also worked as a children's book editor for Macmillan and Victor Gollancz. He later taught for extended periods in America, first as Visiting Professor of English and Fulbright Scholar at St Olaf College, Minnesota, 1990, then as Professor and Endowed Chair in the Humanities and Fine Art at the University of St Thomas, Minnesota, 1991-1995. He has published numerous volumes of adult poetry and several libretti for opera, and is well known for his version of Beowulf. 'Storm', his novella, won the Carnegie Medal in 1985.
Purchased from Kevin Crossley-Holland by Leeds University Library in stages from 1984 onwards.
This collection is arranged into the following subfonds (sub-collections): Poetry Collections and Published Poems Notebooks and Draft Poems Old English Poems and Myths: Translations and Re-Tellings Stories For Children Music Other Publications Appointments, Travels and Workshops
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