Michael Longley papers
Scope and Content Note
The collection consists of personal and literary papers of Michael Longley from 1960-2000. The bulk of the collection contains drafts, typescripts, and proofs of Longley's poems, essays, and prose pieces and works of other authors, most notably Seamus Heaney and Derek Mahon. The collection also contains correspondence, radio and film scripts, printed material, financial records, records relating to Longley's work for the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, and papers of his wife, Edna Longley.
Language of Materials
Materials entirely in English.
Restrictions on access
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Terms Governing Use and Reproduction
All requests subject to limitations noted in departmental policies on reproduction.
Michael Longley was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, on July 27, 1939. He attended Malone Primary School and the Royal Belfast Academical Institution, before going on to Trinity College, Dublin, where he read Classics. After graduating with honors in 1963, he held a variety of teaching positions in Blackrock, Dublin, London, and Belfast.
It was while teaching in Belfast that Longley first attended Philip Hobsbaum's informal gatherings of writers known simply as "the group." There he and other young writers-including Seamus Heaney, Arthur Terry, Jack Packenham, Harry Chambers-read their poems and short stories and helped to foster the work of a new generation of Irish writers.
Longley published his first collection of poems, Ten Poems, in 1966, followed by Three Regional Voices (1967), Room to Rhyme (with Seamus Heaney and David Hammond, 1968), and Secret Marriages (1968). His first major collection of poems, No Continuing City: Poems 1963-1968, was published in 1969 by Macmillan. Since the 1960's Michael Longley has published numerous collections of poems, among them An Exploded View (1973), Man Lying on the Wall (1976), The Echo Gate (1979), Gorse Fires (1991) and The Ghost Orchid (1995). His Selected Poems, 1963 - 1980 was published in 1981, followed by a later selected edition, Poems, 1963 - 1983 in 1985. After his poetic silence of the 1980s, he published Gorse Fires in 1991 to critical acclaim, followed by The Ghost Orchid (1995), Selected Poems (1998), and The Weather in Japan (2000).
Michael Longley has received numerous awards for his poetry including the Eric Gregory Award in 1965 and, more recently, the 1991 Whitbread Poetry Prize for Gorse Fires as well as the 2000 T.S. Eliot Prize for The Weather in Japan. He was awarded the Queen's Gold Medal for poetry in 2001. He is a member of the Royal Society of Literature and of Aosdána.
In addition to writing poetry, Longley has also edited collections of poems by Louis MacNeice and W.R. Rodgers, and from 1970 - 1991 he directed the literature programs of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland. In 1994 Longley published a collection of autobiographical prose pieces under the title Tuppenny Stung.
He is married to the critic Edna Longley and lives in Belfast.
40.625 linear feet (84 boxes) (4 oversized papers folders (OP))
Personal and literary papers of Irish poet Michael Longley consisting of manuscripts, correspondence, printed material, photographs, and records relating to the Arts Council of Nothern Ireland. Also includes some materials relating to literary critic Edna Longley.
Organized into 12 series: (1) Correspondence, (2) Writings by Michael Longley, (3) Writings by others, (4) Printed material, (5) Photographs, (6) Financial records, (7) Miscellaneous personal files, (8) Belfast Group sheets, (9) Arts Council of Northern Ireland records, (10) Subject files, (11) Edna Longley papers, and (12) Collected material.
Finding Aid Note
Index to selected correspondents in Series 1 is available for letters up to 1992.
Purchase, 1992 with subsequent additions.
Gift of Fleur Adcock, 2022 additions
Control level 3
File name: longley744.doc
Processed by Gavin Drummond, Delmas Fellow, 2001
Control level 3
File name: longley744.doc
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Index of Selected Correspondents
- Adcock, Fleur
- Amis, Martin
- Betjeman, John
- Boland, Eavan
- Carson, Ciaran
- Dunn, Douglas
- Durcan, Paul
- Ewart, Gavin
- Friel, Brian
- Fussell, Paul
- Gallagher, Tess
- Hall, Donald
- Heaney, Marie
- Heaney, Seamus
- Hewitt, John
- Higgins, Aidan
- Hobsbaum, Philip
- Hughes, Ted
- Johnston, Jennifer
- Kavanagh, Paul
- Kennelly, Brendan
- Lowell, Robert
- McGuckian, Medbh
- Mahon, Derek
- Montague, John
- Muldoon, Paul
- Ní Dhomhnaill, Nuala
- Ormsby, Frank
- Pinter, Harold
- Raine, Craig
- Simmons, James
- Stallworthy, Jon
- Stevenson, Anne
- Thwaite, Anthony
- Trevor, William
- Arts, Irish. Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Belfast Group. Subject Source: Unspecified ingested source
- English poetry--Irish authors--20th century. Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Irish poetry--20th century. Subject Source: Unspecified ingested source
- Irish poetry--History and criticism. Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Manuscripts. Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- Northern Ireland. Subject Source: Geonames
- Poems. Subject Source: Unspecified ingested source
- Poet. Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- Poets, Irish--20th century. Subject Source: Unspecified ingested source
- Radio scripts. Subject Source: Unspecified ingested source
- Screenplays. Subject Source: Unspecified ingested source
- Women college teachers--Ireland. Subject Source: Unspecified ingested source
- Women critics--Ireland. Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Michael Longley papers, 1960-2000
- Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library, Emory University
- December 9, 2002
- Language of description
- Script of description
- Language of description note
- November 24, 2014: Restricted container list in Series 1 redacted in finding aid.
- August 25, 2016: Restricted container list in Series 1 unredacted in finding aid.