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Paul Muldoon papers

Identifier: Manuscript Collection No. 784

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of the papers of Irish poet Paul Muldoon from 1939-2016, including correspondence, writings by Muldoon and others, printed material, business and personal papers, photographs and audiovisual material. The papers document Muldoon's creative work since the 1960s, including poetry, television and radio scripts for the BBC, drama and music. Correspondence in the collection consists primarily of letters to Muldoon from others, with only a few copies of letters written by Muldoon. The correspondence documents Muldoon's relationships with other Irish poets such as Ciaran Carson, Seamus Heaney, Michael Longley and Derek Mahon. Writings by Muldoon include drafts, proofs and other materials relating to his work as a poet, translator, and lyricist, as well as various types of prose writing. Writings by others include works by other Irish poets, interviews with Muldoon, and essays and theses about Muldoon's work.

Printed material consists of published writings by and about Muldoon, published writings by other authors, as well as some collected publications. Promotional material includes posters, flyers, brochures and other printed material publicizing and promoting Muldoon's work, poetry readings and other appearances. Business and personal papers consist primarily of publishing contracts, but also contain materials such as Muldoon's curriculum vitae, travel itineraries, appointment books and royalty statements. Photographs include portraits and snapshots of Muldoon, along with family members, friends and colleagues. Finally, the audiovisual material in the collection consists of recordings of performances of Muldoon's work, and a small number of interviews with Muldoon and reviews of Muldoon's poetry.


  • 1939-2016

Language of Materials

Materials entirely in English.

Restrictions on Access

Special restrictions apply: Subseries 1.1, Alphabetical Correspondence, some files are closed without the written permission of Paul Muldoon. Letters by Gerard Quinn are closed until Quinn's death. Correspondence with Seamus Heaney was closed upon teh Rose Library's receipt of the collection, but opened to research January 1, 2013.

Collection stored off-site. Researchers must contact the Rose Library in advance to access this collection.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Special restrictions apply: Writings by Ted Hughes (letters and literary works) may not be reproduced without the written permission of Carol Hughes.

Biographical Note

Paul Muldoon was born in County Armagh in 1951. He attended Queen's University in Belfast where he studied English literature under Seamus Heaney. In 1973, the year he graduated from Queen's, Faber and Faber published his first collection of poems. From 1973 to 1986 he worked as a radio and television producer for BBC Northern Ireland. He moved to the United States in 1987 and has held various university teaching posts. He currently lives in New Jersey and is the Howard G. B. Clark '21 Professor at Princeton University and Chair of the Peter B. Lewis Center for the Arts. Muldoon is married to novelist Jean Hanff Korelitz, with whom he has two children.


65.125 linear feet (123 boxes) (22 oversized papers folders (OP))


Papers of Irish poet Paul Muldoon, including correspondence, writings by Muldoon and others, printed material, business and personal papers, photographs and audiovisual material.

Arrangement Note

Organized into eight series: (1) Correspondence, (2) Writings by Paul Muldoon, (3) Writings by others, (4) Printed material, (5) Promotional materials, readings, and appearances, (6) Business and personal papers, (7) Photographs, and (8) Audiovisual material.


Purchase, 1996, with subsequent additions.


Materials received in the original acquisition of this collection were processed by Brian Cliff and Danielle Sered, Literary Collections Assistants, and Stephen Enniss, Curator of Literary Collections in 1997-1998.

Additions received between 1997 and 2011 were arranged and described at the folder level by Sarah Quigley, Maggie Greaves, Michael Hessel-Mial and Will Love in 2012.

Additions received in 2017 (boxes 113-119) were described at the folder level by Sarah Quigley, April 2017. The files were received from Muldoon in alphabetical order, and remain in largely the same order in which they were received. New folder titles are listed in the finding aid according to the existing series structure. Most material remains in Muldoon's original folders, but materials that arrived in overstuffed folders were refoldered for preservation purposes, and material was consolidated to fill boxes. The majority of the files in this addition can be found in Subsersies 1.1, Alphabetical correspondence.

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Paul Muldoon papers, 1939-2016
Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library, Emory University
February 01, 2012
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Revision Statements

  • November 24, 2014: Restricted container list in Subseries 1.1 redacted in finding aid.

Repository Details

Part of the Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library Repository

540 Asbury Circle
Atlanta Georgia 30322 United States