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This collection of working and personal papers dates from Patten's childhood to the time immediately before deposit in 2007. It gives much insight into his working practices and includes many manuscript, typescripts and notebooks containing various drafts of his poetry, plays, books for children and work for television and radio. There is a small but significant series of handmade typescript poetry booklets featuring Patten's early poetry, these are precursor's to his later published magazine Underdog. There is an important series of correspondence with letters from literary figures such as Allan Ginsberg, Philip Larkin, John Betjemen and Ted Hughes, amongst many others. Included with the collection is also a series of printed books is this collection for which see the printed book catalogue at SPEC Patten.
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This extensive collection of working and personal papers cover a period dating from McGough's childhood to the time immediately before its deposit in 2007. It gives much insight into his working practices and includes many manuscript, typescripts and notebooks containing various drafts of his poetry, plays, books for children and work for television and radio. Much material relates also to McGough's time as a member of The Scaffold and The Grimms. There are extensive series of appointment diaries and correspondence, with letters from notable individuals, publishers, agents and fan mail, as well as many personal letters. There is an important series of published and unpublished poetry pamphlets and magazines dating the late 1950s onwards. Included with the collection is also a series of printed books by McGough and others, these have been catalogued separately as part of the Library's printed book catalogue, see SPEC McGough.
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The Ted Hughes Collection includes various manuscript and typescript poem drafts. They include The Martydom of Bishop FarrarLust and Desire, Six Young MenEggheadThe HorsesFamous Poet, WindBayonet of Charge, Macaw and Little Miss, the Bedtime Story poems (published in Crow under different titles), Magical DangersConjuring in HeavenRocket to Venus, Gog IITo be a Girl's Diary, FernBad News Good!Eating with FriendsAs I sit Stoking my TV and The Thought Fox. Some of these have been heavily worked upon. There is also a small number of poems that appear not to have been published and/or are untitled. There is a small amount of correspondence, some scenarios possibly intended for television, scripts for radio plays and drafts of the plays The Demon and Orpheus and Eurydice. The majority of the archive comprises material related to Hughes's adaption of Seneca's Oedipus. This includes drafts of the play, proofs and printer's copies and correspondence related to this, accounts and correspondence concerning Hughes's transactions with The National Theatre with particular reference to a dispute over contract, and material relating to various productions. There are also two translations of Oedipus.

Note: In 1975 the University of Liverpool Library exchanged the original autograph drafts for the play Orpheus and Eurydice (ref.no. Hughes 4/3) for some other Ted Hughes MSS. We hold photocopies of the drafts for Orpheus and Eurydice. ]

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Subjects: '; ...Poets, English--20th century...
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