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McFarlin Library. University of Tulsa.  2933 E. 6th St.  Tulsa, OK.  74104-3123 (OKT - OkTU)


Richard Murphy papers

Miscellaneous correspondence

Collection 1988-014

Dates:  1951-1982

Extent:  (1 box).

Level of Description:  Item level.

Name of creator(s):  Richard Murphy.

Date of creation:  Undetermined.

Scope and Content:  Correspondence of Anglo‑Irish poet  with, among others, Ted Hughes, Philip Larkin and Sylvia Plath.

Administrative/Biographical History: 

Access and Copyright:  This material is housed off-site and will require special arrangements for anticipated use. Contact the Department of Special Collections.

Language and Scripts:  English.

Finding aid/Inventory:  Finding aid is available online.

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Date(s) of description:   

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Inventory

  Armour, Norman

3 Jan 1975.  "On coming up to New York from the Bahamas to spend Christmas...."  Handwritten and signed letter, 2p.

   
       
  Arts Council of Northern Ireland (Michael Langley)

13 Dec 1978.    "....it was good meeting you in Cleggan...."  Handwritten and signed letter, 1p.

   
       
  Betjeman, John

19 May 1958.  John Betjeman to Mary.  "....I have just come back from Turkey...."  Typed and signed letter,1p.

28 May 1958.  "....Yes, I will come along one Monday evening...."  Typed and signed letter,1p.

29 May 1959.  "I am delighted to have your fine poem and to see it so attractively printed...."  Typed and signed letter,1p.

   
       
  Bolger, Dermot

No date.  "I'm sorry to disturb you on this, such a busy night...."  Typed and signed letter,1p.

   
       
  Booth, Philip

12 Feb 1975. "High Island just caught up with me and Margaret on this cold coast...."  Handwritten and signed letter, 1p.

25 Jun 1975.  "In a summer when I'm just finished with my new book...."  Handwritten and signed card.

25 May 1978. "Good Lord! I didn't know that Susan Ely was going to descend on you with her whole school...."  Typed and signed letter,2p.

12 Jan 1980. "Inelegant as this card may be its the only thing I have...."  Typed and signed postcard.

   
       
  Brown, George Mackay

22 Nov 1974. "I was delighted to receive, as from yourself, a copy of High Island...."  Handwritten and signed letter, 1p.

   
       
  Brown, James

(See Oxford University Press)

   
       
  Bryant, Charles

8 Aug 1964. "I listened to your reading of your poem, "The God Who Eats Corn," on the 5th of August...."  Typed and signed letter,2p.

   
       
  Burto, Bill

12 Apr 1969. "Thank you very much for sending me The Battle of Aughrim...."  Typed and signed letter,1p.

   
       
  Cameron, James

15 Feb 1951. "Do you think you can manage to come round for a spot of simple dinner....Handwritten and initialed postcard.

   
       
  Carroll, E. J.

2 Jun 1978. "You probably know already that A.B.C. Radio put on a special 2 1/2 hour programme devoted to your works...."  Typed and signed letter,1p.

   
       
  Chiari, Jo

25 Sept 1954.  "I went to look at your flat...."  Typed and signed letter,1p.

No date.  " After an epic battle which lasted a full hour I succeeded in getting in through the lock...."  Handwritten and signed letter, 2p.

21 Oct 1954.  From Richard Murphy. "I apologise for the tone of my last letter...."  Handwritten and signed letter, 2p; handwritten note with O'Malley's address, 1p.

27 Oct 1954.  From Richard Murphy. "Very many thanks for your letter, and the introduction to Pierre Emmanuel...."  Incomplete handwritten letter, 2p.

(See also Fraser, George)

   
       
  Childers, Rita

3 Oct 1978.  "My humble apologies for not writing earlier...."  Handwritten and signed postcard.

   
       
  Cooke, Barrie and Landmere, Sonja

11 Sept 1975.  From Richard Murphy.  "What a great festival it was, and the best of its flowering at Jerpoint House....AL draft, 2p.

   
       
  Craig, Maurice

4 Jan 1951.  From Richard Murphy.  "Herewith the Earl, with what I hope is a suitable inscription...."  Typed and signed letter,1p.

   
       
  Crook, Arthur

1 Jul 1960.  "I thought that I should explain that your telegram did not reach us...."  Typed and signed letter,1p.

   
       
  Davie, Donald

29 Oct 1955.  "I was glad to hear of your phone call to Doreen yesterday...."  Handwritten and signed letter, 2p.

   
       
  Dike, Donald

29 Jun 1978.  "Thank you so much for your very warm and generous letter and also for the astounding phone call...."  Typed and signed letter, 1p.

21 Aug 1978.  "As you must have inferred, Sally and I did not and will not make a stab at Britain this summer...."  Typed and signed letter,1p.

   
       
  Embassy of Ireland (See Carroll, E. J.)    
       
  Encounter

4 Jan. Stephen Spender to Richard Murphy. "I like (and in fact agree with, though you might not think so) the view of poetry expounded in your notes...."  Handwritten and signed letter, 3p; typescript of "The Future of Poetry," attached.

Apr.  To Richard Murphy. "I am extremely sorry but I have no recollection of this...."  Handwritten and signed letter, 1p.

3 Aug.  To Richard Murphy.  "I do find these most [?] but they do not carry me away...."  Handwritten and signed letter, 1p.

6 Nov 1953. Peter Marchant to Richard Murphy. "John Bodley of Fabers, who is very enthusiastic about your poetry...."  Handwritten and signed letter,2p.

13 Nov 1954. Irving Kristol to Richard Murphy. "I should like to belatedly acknowledge your letter of October 6th...."  Typed and signed letter,1p.

3 Jun [1955].  Stephen Spender to Richard Murphy. "I am so sorry not to have communicated.  When was it we last met?...."  Handwritten and signed letter, 1p.

20 Jun 1955. Stephen Spender to Richard Murphy.  "....I am sorry about the delay in using your poems but they will appear...."  Handwritten and signed letter, 1p; magazine clipping attached.

20 Oct.  Stephen Spender to Richard Murphy. "Thank you very much for sending me your [?] printed poems...."  Handwritten and signed letter, 1p.

   
       
  Envoy (Valentin Iremonger)

4 Oct 1950.  From Richard Murphy.  "I was pleased to get your letter on Monday just before leaving for the country...."  Handwritten and signed letter, 1p.

10 Oct 1950.  "The poem is much improved...."  Handwritten and signed letter, 1p.

5 Nov 1950.  "I'm printing your poem in December issue..."  Handwritten and signed letter, 11/2p.

5 Nov 1950.  From Richard Murphy. "Thank you for your letter letting me know you will publish my poem in your December issue...."  Typed and signed letter, 1p.

10 Nov 1950.  From Richard Murphy." Thank you for...letting me know again that you will print my poem...."  typed incomplete letter with handwritten revisions, 1p.

13 Nov 1950.   "...I had forgotten to mention to you that I was very interested in your offer to write some articles...."  Handwritten and signed letter, 4p.

26 Nov 1950.   From Richard Murphy.  "Thank you for your letter of the 13th which I have put off answering till your return from Strasbourg...."  Handwritten and signed letter, 2p.

6 Dec 1950.   "...I returned rather prematurely from Strasbourg as my mother died...."  Handwritten and signed letter, 2p.

No date.   [1950].  Handwritten critique of Richard Murphy's,  "On Thinking of Clonmacnois," 1p with typescript of poem attached.

29 Jan 1951.  John Ryan to Richard Murphy. "I enclose cheque for 1-10 in payment for your poem 'Summary'.... Typed and signed letter,1p.

26 Feb 1951.    "Since I last saw you...."  Handwritten and signed letter, 3 1/2p.

12 Mar 1951. From Richard Murphy "...I imagine Owen Hickey has rather forgotten about the article....AL draft, 1 1/2p.

23 Jun 1952.  "...I was about to write to you to let you know that my wife and children and myself will be in Galway city...."  Handwritten and signed letter, 2p.

7 Mar 1963.  "...I am glad the party went well...."  Typed and signed letter,1p.

No date.  "Reservations will be sent out to the magazines next week...."  Handwritten and initialed note, 1p.

"A plan for a dramatic poem." Carbon copy typed draft with handwritten notes, 1p; handwritten letter to Dr. Gogarty on verso.

   
       
  Faber and Faber

26 Jun 1967.  "Would you like to pay this direct or have it charged to your account?...."  Typed and initialed note.

   
       
  Fraser, George S.

9 Oct 1954. From Richard Murphy. "I have just this minute read your reply to old Charles Higham...."  Handwritten and signed letter, 4p.

11 Oct 1954.  "Horace Walpole rides again...."  Typed and signed letter,2p.

19 Oct 1954.  "First of all, I want to be cross...."  Typed and signed letter,3p.

19 Oct 1954.  From Richard Murphy. "To post your letter last night I had to walk miles through the leaf-discarding boulevards...."  Handwritten incomplete letter, 1p.

21 Oct 1954.  From Richard Murphy. "I am immensely grateful to you for saying exactly what you think...."  Handwritten and signed letter, 4p

21 Oct 1954.  From Richard Murphy. "....but I could take one letter a week of your unfair denunciation...."  Typed excerpt of original letter, 1p.

15 Nov 1955. "You must be justifiably furious with me...."  Handwritten and signed letter, 8p, with handwritten note from Paddy Fraser.

No date.   Paddy Fraser to Richard Murphy.   "George owes you a letter...."  Handwritten and signed card.

Vision and Rhetoric. G. S. Fraser. Typed and signed book review by Richard Murphy, with handwritten revisions, 2p; typed fragments, 6p.

(See also Chiari, Jo)

   
       
  Golden, Sean (See  University of Notre Dame)    
       
  Graham, W. S.

23 Mar 1955. "Yes, Mr. Monteith spoke of your liking my verse...."  Typed and signed letter,1p.

1 Jul 1955. "The other day I had a letter from your friend Mr. Monteith...."  Handwritten and signed letter, 1p.

No date. "The work I mentioned as probably being completed in time...."  Handwritten and signed letter, 1p.

   
       
  Gregory, Horace

16 Oct 1968. "Thank you so much for sending me the "Battle of Aughrim"...."  Typed and signed letter,1p.

   
       
  Gunn, Thom

6 Apr 1964. From Richard Murphy. "I think Tony White may have mentioned to you that I am planning a tour of America...."  Carbon copy of a typed letter, 1 1/2p.

23 Apr 1964. "Many thanks for your letter and the book...."  Handwritten and signed letter, 1p.

circa 1980. "Thank you very much for your generous reviews." Handwritten and signed postcard.

   
       
  Hall, Donald

4 Jul 1969. "...I think you must know that Kirby and I are divorced...."  Typed and signed letter,1p.

   
       
  Hampshire, Stuart

26 Apr [?]. "I was delighted to have a copy of your poems from Faber...."  Handwritten and signed letter, 1p.

   
       
  Hardwick, Elizabeth

No date.  "Here I am, high up remembering the surly, Maine-like beauties of Cleggan...."  Handwritten and initialed postcard.

   
  Harrison, C---

18 Jul 1978. "We met briefly and -- thanks for a wonderful radio evening...."  Handwritten and signed letter, 1 1/2p.

   
       
  Heaney, Seamus

15 Jan 1970. "...I wonder would you be willing to exhibit a Ms. version of a poem...."  Handwritten and signed letter, 2p.

8 Jun 1972.  "...I am editing an anthology to be entitled Soundings '72...."  Handwritten and signed letter, 1p.

30 Aug 1972. "Thank you for your letter and the poems, which are very fine and sure...."  Handwritten and signed letter, 1p.

13 Apr 1976.  "May Day approaches apace...."  Handwritten and signed letter, 2p, with handwritten and signed note from Rebecca Tracy.

23 [Jun] 1977. "First Inishbofin, then Rotterdam -- the pace is deadly...."  Handwritten and signed postcard.

6 Jun 1978. "Derek Mahon is with us this week and hopes to stay over the weekend...."  Handwritten and signed letter, 1p.

   
       
  Hugo, Richard (See  University of Montana)    
       
  Iremonger, Valentin (See Envoy)    
       
  Keefe, Joan Trodden

18 Dec 1978.  "We did enjoy meeting Fiona...."  Handwritten and signed postcard.

   
       
  King, Francis

3 Feb 1954. "Do, by all means, come and stay on the week-end you suggest...."  Handwritten and signed letter, 2p.

13 Mar 1954.  "Wilfrid has decided that the lecture in Crete will not be 'worthwhile'...."  Handwritten and signed letter, 2p.

19 Mar 1954. "Brian had already shown me, in the 'control'  file...."  Handwritten and signed letter, 2p.

4 Apr 1954. "...I have been unable to book room anywhere for Easter week-end...."  Handwritten and signed letter, 4p.

20 May 1954. "I am glad that you feel happier in Crete now...."  Handwritten and initialed  letter, 2p.

22 Jul 1954. "I have been asked by Metheuns to edit a 'Symposium'...."  Handwritten and initialed letter, 2p.

14 Jul 1958. "I was very glad to hear from you, though sorry to hear about the impending divorce...."  Handwritten and signed letter, 1p.

5 Oct [?]. "I have been wondering how you are gettin on in [?]. Handwritten and signed letter, 2p.

19 Oct [?]. "...I don't require your piece until the end of March...."  Handwritten and signed letter, 2p.

15 Nov [?]. "Thank you for the book, which I am delighted to have...."  Handwritten letter,  2p with envelope.

No date.    Handwritten and initialed card.

   
       
  Kinsella, Tom

24 Mar 1960. "In my sickroom reveries I occasionally think of you out in your boat...."  Handwritten and signed letter, 3p.

26 Apr 1962. "I understand Liam is writing to you today...."  Handwritten and signed letter, 2p.

31 Mar 1966. "Shamefully late, I enclose 3 photographs which may be of assistance...."  Handwritten and signed letter, 1p.

22 Sept 1972. "...Had heard you had left early for the U.S....."  Handwritten and signed letter, 2p.

3 Oct 1972.  "A swift note to confirm the arrangements for21st...."  Handwritten and signed letter, 1p.

15 Nov 1972. (Eleanor Kinsella to Richard Murphy) "I will certainly say yes to "The Reading Lesson" ...."  Handwritten and signed letter, 1p.

17 Sept 1973. (Eleanor Kinsella to Richard Murphy) "Ben sent a little note thanking me for my letter...."  Handwritten and signed letter, 1p.

No date.    "Welcome home.  Hope you had a great holiday...."  Handwritten and signed letter, 2p.

19 Jun [?]. "As promised. All comments and criticisms gratefully received...."  Handwritten and signed note, 1p.  Includes a carbon copy of a typed poem "The Shoals Returning," attached to letter.

   
       
  Kristol, Irving (See  Encounter)    
       
  Landmeer, Sonja  (See  Cooke, Bonnie)    
       
  Le [Broguy], Louis

19 Nov 1982. "Here are some photos you may like to have back...."  Handwritten and signed card, 1p.

   
  Lehmann, John

7 Jan 1952. "....I have read this with great interest, but I am afraid I must frankly say that I don't feel I can use it in New Soundings..."  Typed and signed letter,1p.

30 Dec 1953. "I have read your poems with interest, but I am afraid I don't really feel they are quite suitable...."  Typed and signed letter,1p.  Includes handwritten and signed note on a London Magazine rejection slip attached to letter.

   
       
  Lewis, C. Day

22 Apr 1954. "We have read and carefully considered the volume of poems...."  Typed and signed letter,1p.

21 Aug 1964. (Jill Balcon [Mrs. C. Day Lewis] to Richard Murphy) "I want to thank you again for one of the happiest days we will ever have had in Ireland...."  Handwritten and signed letter, 2p.

4 Jul [1970]. "Your poems about the [rocks] are very [heartening]...."  Handwritten and signed letter, 1p.

20 Jun 1972. (Jill Balcon to Richard Murphy) "It was good of you to write; I know how much poets hate writing letters...."  Handwritten and signed letter, 1p.

21 Nov 1974. (Jill Balcon to Richard Murphy) "I'm absolutely overjoyed and touched by your generosity in sending me these beautiful poems...."  Handwritten and signed letter, 4p.

12 Jun 1979. (Jill Balcon to Richard Murphy) "What a lovely Easter surprise...."  Handwritten and signed letter, 2p.

   
       
  Lewis, W. H.

2 Apr 1964. "I am collecting materials for a memoir of my brother, C. S. Lewis...."  Typed and signed letter,1/2p.

   
       
  Longley, Michael  (See  Arts Council of Northern Ireland)    
       
  Lowell, Robert

1 Jun 1970. "Nice to hear from you after having enjoyed your work...."  Typed and signed letter,1/2p.

   
       
  Lushington, Beatrice

23 Aug 1978. "It's been a year since we saw you in Cleggan...."  Handwritten and signed letter, 2 1/2p.

   
       
  Marchant, Peter (See  Encounter)    
       
  MacLeish, Archibald (by his secretary)

2 Feb 1953. "Your letter and manuscript arrived this last week...."  Typed and signed letter,1p.

   
       
  Macmillan & Co, Ltd.

"Many thanks for your letter of the 6th February and for the manuscript of Sailing to an Island...."  Typed and signed letter,1p.

   
       
  MacNeice, Hedli

18 Nov [?].  "...I liked your reading...."  Handwritten and signed postcard..

   
       
  Mahon, Derek

13 Sept [?]. "I've been reading High Island and think it very fine...."  Typed and signed letter,1p.

17 Nov [?]. "I've been looking through my chaos of papers and can find no trace of reviews of my books...."  Typed and signed letter,1p.

20 Nov [?]. "Delighted you'll send us something page-filling in the not too distant future...."  Typed and signed letter,1p.

8 Dec [?]. "Can you advise me about readings in the States?...."  Typed and signed letter,1/2p.

22 Jan [?]. "I'd like to hear your radio Eireann programme...."  Typed and signed letter,1/2p.

5 Feb [?]. "You may remember I told you about my forthcoming year in Boston...."  Typed and signed letter,1p.

   
       
  Maloney, Paddy

10 Nov 1972. " must apologise for not sending the records...."  Typed and signed letter,1p.

   
       
  McDowell, Fred

29 Oct 1977. "It was very thoughtful of you to send me the special issue of Irish University Review dealing with your work...."  Typed and signed letter,1p.

   
       
  Montague, John

7 Jan 1962. "I presume you are in your 'poetic' season now...."  Handwritten and signed postcard.

18 Sept 1965. "There is a plan afoot...to produce a second Miscellany...."  Handwritten and signed letter, 1p.

17 Mar 1966. "...Liam tells me...that you are thinking of giving up your flat in Upper Mount Street...."  Handwritten and signed letter, 1p.

24 Mar 1966. "...I am not giving up the home in Mount Street right at this moment...."  Handwritten and signed letter, 1p.

[?] Aug 1966."I didn't make it to Cleggan, after all...."  Handwritten and signed letter, 1p.  Include typed draft poem, "Boats," by Montague attached to letter.

1 Nov 1966. (Madeline Montague to Richard Murphy) November is hearalded in by a cold, grey and drizzly day...."  Handwritten and signed letter, 2p.

[?] Oct 1967. "I have been wondering, off and on, [which] poems of yours I should include in the Faber Book of Irish Verse...."  Handwritten and signed letter, 1p.

22 Jul 1968. "...I spoke to Garech Browne about The Battle of Aughrim...."  Typed and signed letter,1/2p.

1 Mar 1972. "Here is the Jordan review, ten years after the event...."  Typed and signed letter,1p.  Includes photocopied clipping of review attached to letter.

6 Mar 1972. "It was good...to resume our long-suspended conversation, the hiatus in which was obviously prolonged by heresay...."  Handwritten and signed letter, 2p.

[?] May 1972. "...the Faber anthology is now ready for the printers...."  Handwritten and signed letter, 1p.

2 Nov 1972. "...at the Project I told you of the poems of yours I was thinking of including in the Faber anthology...."  Typed and signed letter,1p.

6 Nov 1972. (Richard Murphy to Montague) "...if you think Eleanor is a `fierce judge' of poetry, why don't you ask her to judge 'The Reading Lesson'?...."  Photocopy of a handwritten and signed letter, 1p.

6 Nov 1972. (Richard Murphy to Eleanor?) "...John Montague has written me a letter which ends by invoking you as a `fierce judge' of poetry...."  Photocopy of a handwritten and signed letter, 1 1/2p.

30 Nov 1972. (Richard Murphy to Montague) "In case the letter I sent to you on the 6th November went astray, I'm enclosing a copy...."  Handwritten and signed draft letter, 1/2p.

14 Jun 1975. "Sorry for not being able to talk easily on the`phone'...."  Handwritten and signed postcard..

[?] Mar 1977. "I dispatched a copy of the American anthology to you from New York...."  Handwritten and signed postcard..

   
       
  Moore, Merrill

19 Mar 1951. "Someone sent me from England a clipping of your review in the Spectator...."  Typed and signed letter,1p.

13 Jun 1951. "I have taken the liberty of passing on the word to Mr. Robert Giroux of Harcourt, Brace and Co...."  Typed and signed letter,1p.

   
       
  Mongan, Agnes

9 Dec 1964. "Where are you and what are your plans?...."  Handwritten and signed letter, 4p.

15 Mar 1967. "When I came home from the museum, two days ago, there was a mysterious package at my door...."  Handwritten and signed letter, 1 1/2p.

No date.  "Much to my surprise and pleasure, I received a letter from Mary...."  Handwritten and signed letter, 2p.

   
       
  Moynahan, Julian (Elizabeth and Molly)

24 Aug 1975. (Molly to Richard Murphy) "Thank you very much for sending my mail and the money order...."  Handwritten and signed letter, 1p.

28 Aug 1975. (Elizabeth to Richard Murphy) "Thank you so much for taking care of Molly...."  Typed and signed letter,1p.

15 Mar 1976.  "Please notice where we are...."  Handwritten and signed letter, 2p.

31 Mar 1976. "If you can read your poems at Rutgers in the 1st week of May..."  Handwritten and signed letter, 1p.

No date.    "How is beautiful Galway?...."  Handwritten and signed card.

   
       
  Murray, Les

3 May 1979. "I received your new Faber collection in the mail...."  Handwritten and signed postcard..

   
       
  O'Brien, Conor Cruise

8 Jun 1957. "...I enjoyed the week-end tremendously, in every [phase] from [Treyene] to [Aroca]...."  Handwritten and signed letter, 2p, envelope.

   
       
  O'Brien, Gearoid

5 Oct 1978. "In conjunction with the National Poetry Week to be held in January...."  Handwritten and signed letter, 1p.

   
       
  O'Faolain, Sean (Julie, daughter)

30 Jan 1953. (Richard Murphy to O'Faolain) "It is most kind of you to take on the trouble of reading this...."  Handwritten and signed letter, 3p.

[1953]. "I have received and begun to read your ms. of poems and hasten to say so...."  Typed and signed letter,3p.

7 Feb 1953. (Richard Murphy to O'Faolain) "I'm beginning to wonder, quite apart from the advantages and value of an introduction...."  Typed and signed letter,not sent; 1 1/2p.

16 Feb 1953. "I have read most of your ms. now and write only to say that I find it mightily impressive...."  Typed and signed letter,2p.

16 Feb 1953. (Richard Murphy to O'Faolain) "...I'm so glad you like the Diarmuid and Grania sequence...."  Typed and signed draft letter, 2p.

No date.  "I hasten merely to acknowledge your letter. I am not thrown off interest in your work...."  Typed and signed letter,2p.

3 Mar 1953. (Richard Murphy to O'Faolain) "I'm sending you one further poem which I have recently written...."  Typed and signed draft letter, 2p.

3 Mar 1953. (Richard Murphy to O'Faolain)  Another version: "Hope I may continue the discussion of my poetry without boring you...."  Typed and signed draft letter, 2p.

17 Mar 1953. "I have been waiting, following your recent letter about the British Council, for a letter from the B.C...."  Typed and signed letter,2p.

17 Mar 1953. (Richard Murphy to O'Faolain) "Your letter has given me much to think about...."  Typed letter draft, 3p.

1 Apr 1953. "I'm afraid having to write it in French has tonguetied me...."  Typed and initialed letter, 1p.  Includes typed Forward in French attached to letter.

28 Jul 1954. (Julie to Richard Murphy) "Spain is hell...."  Postcard.

No date.    (Julie to Richard Murphy) "Hot, hot, hot and hostile...."  Signed postcard.

   
       
  Oxford University Press

26 Feb 1963. ..."I have this morning had my copy of Sailing to an Island...."  Typed and signed letter,1p.

   
       
  Paulin, Tom

10 Oct 1982. "Charles Monteith suggested I write to you...."  Typed and signed letter,1/2p.

   
       
  Raven, John

28 Feb 1966. "You probably won't remember who we are...."  Handwritten and signed letter, 3p.

14 Mar 1966. "A thousand thanks: I've now heard from Mrs. Fretwell...."  Handwritten and signed postcard..

   
       
  Reid, Christopher

21 May 1985. "I have just returned home from a stint in the country to find The Price of Stone...."  Typed and signed letter,1/2p.

   
       
  Roethke, Theodore

10 Jun 1955. "Thank you very much for your kind note of May 30 regarding the poems in the Listener and Encounter...."  Typed and signed letter, 1p.

   
       
  Ryan, John (See  Envoy)
 
   
       
  Spender, Stephen (See  Encounter)
 
   
       
  Sweeney, John L.

23 Nov 1974.  "...delighted to receive High Island...."  Handwritten and signed letter, 1 1/2p.

   
       
  Syracuse University

21 Mar 1979. "...we hoped to find an American poet to fill the senior position...."  Typed and signed letter,1p.

   
       
  Taylor, Geoffrey (Norah and Mary)

Handwritten note by Richard Murphy identifying Taylor's wives, Mary and Norah, and their relationships to/with other people, 1p.

No date.   (Nora to Richard Murphy) "Has the [?] festivities gone to my head...."  Handwritten and signed letter, 3p.

18 Jan 1956. "We thought of you last night as you sat in front of a blazing log fire...."  Typed and initialed letter, 1p.

25 Jan 1956. "I suppose I didn't give Time and Tide your address when I sent them Helenic Cruise ...."  Typed and initialed letter, 1 1/2 p, with handwritten and initialed note from Mary.

27 Jan [?]. (Mary to Richard Murphy) "My drawer is so full of unanswered letters...."  Handwritten and signed letter, 4p.

15 Feb [?]. (Mary to Richard Murphy) What a blow it was to realise that Richard's voice was coming from Roundwood...."  Handwritten and signed letter, 4p.

26 Mar 1956. "That was exactly the sort of staying-away I like...."  Typed and initialed letter, 1p.

7 Apr 1956.  "I know I teased Richard a bit...."  Typed and signed letter [initialed], 1p.

15 Jul [?]. (Mary to Richard Murphy) "I am so sorry I didn't manage to telephone you Richard...."  Handwritten and signed letter, 4p.

18 Jul [?].  (Mary to Richard Murphy)  "Geoffrey died yesterday...."  Handwritten and signed letter, 2p.

14 Nov [?]. (Mary to Richard Murphy) "I once heard a sermon on making excuses...."  Handwritten and signed letter, 2p.

No date.  (Mary to Richard Murphy) "I must answer your letter while it is still in my mind...."  Handwritten and signed letter, 2p.

No date.  (Mary to Richard Murphy) "We thought this review might interest you...."  Handwritten and signed letter, 2p.

"Conversation In Wiltshire."  Typed poem, 1/2p.  9 Apr 1956.

   
       
  Terrybaun Pottery

20 Jun 1962. (Gratten Freyer to Richard Murphy) "Yes we can do much larger plates...."  Typed and signed letter,1p.

   
       
  Times Literary Supplement (See  Crook, Arthur)    
       
  Tynan, Ken

28 Sept 1950. "Can I possibly bring a girl to dinner tomorrow...."  Telegram.

29 Sept 1950. "Infuriatingly I have been called away to Middlesbrough...."  Telegram.

   
       
  University of California, Santa Barbara

7 Dec 1976. "...I am delighted that you will come to Santa Barbara to read...."  Typed and signed letter,1p.

   
       
  University of Montana

15 Jan 1969. "I hope you got the book I sent and the poem...."  Typed and signed letter,1/2p.

5 Jan 1970. "Here's something we put out here mostly for students...."  Typed and signed letter,1p.

21 Sept 1977. "Hope Ireland was as green as ever for your homecoming...."  Handwritten and signed letter, 1p.

   
       
  University of Notre Dame

7 Mar 1976. "I have learned from Louis Simpson that you and Seamus Heaney will be giving a reading...."  Typed and signed letter,1p.

   
       
  Wain, John

24 Oct 1954. "...I don't apply for jobs unless I am invited to...."  Handwritten and signed letter, 2p.

27 Oct 1954. (Richard Murphy to Wain) "I'm enclosing a cheque for 1 for subscriptions to the Press...."  Handwritten incomplete letter, 4 p.

9 Nov 1954. ."..your name has gone on the list for books from our press...."  Handwritten and signed postcard..

26 May 1958. "Heavens, I have never given you a sign of life since that very pleasant evening in Kensington...."  Typed and signed letter,1p.

11 Dec 1958. "...I am glad to say that my work has gone very well during my stay at the MacDowell Colony...."  Typed and signed letter,1p.

15 Feb 1959. "...a note in answer to some of the specific questions you bring up...."  Typed and signed letter,1p.

No date.  "I'm quite beyond writing anything you'd be interested in reading...."  Handwritten and signed letter, 2p.

   
       
  Wake Forest University

5 Jun 1978. "...we cannot publish the Selected Poems...."  Typed and signed letter,1p.

   
       
  Wanning, Andrew and Pat

22 Aug 1975. "Here is a chip of rock from Swan's Island, Maine...."  Typed and signed letter,1 1/2P.

   
       
  Waterman, Andrew

17 Mar 1980. "...I came across the current London Magazine, and greatly enjoyed reading your poems...."  Handwritten and signed postcard..

   
       
  Williams, Hugo

28 Jun 1974. "I am planning to come to the States early next year...."  Typed and signed letter,1p.

   
       
  Yeats, Michael

28 Jun 1973. "...I would certainly still like to see your`new' version of King Oedipus...."  Typed and signed letter,1p.

   
       
Unidentified
  Mary

25 Jun 1950. "How good to know where you are and to be able to write you!...."  Handwritten and signed letter, 2p.

No date.  "Lots of water under the bridge since we last saw you...."  Handwritten and signed card.

   
       
  Mack

15 Aug 1967. (Richard Murphy to Mack) "...by now you will have heard from me about the permissions...."  Photocopy of a handwritten and signed letter, 1 1/2p.

   
       
  Neil

31 Oct 1969.  (Richard Murphy to Neil)  "Thank you for sending me your poems....AL incomplete draft, 1p.

   
       
  Mary Fitz G.

29 Jul 1975. "...I hope that you have settled peacefully enough into this lovely country...."  Handwritten and signed card.

22 Jul 1976. "Thank you again for a delightful reading last night at UCG...."  Handwritten and signed letter, 1p.

   
       
  Francoise

No date.   "...I have thought of you often, even fancied I could steal a little time to visit you...."  Handwritten and signed letter, 4p.

   
       
  8 Dec 1959. "If you ever get this postcard, it will no doubt be an oversight on the part of the Irish Post Office...."  Handwritten and signed postcard.

15 Dec 1962. "Several songs were sung in your honour this year it seems...."  Handwritten and signed letter, 2p.

Handwritten and signed card.

   
       
Non-correspondence
  "Part of an offprint of `In A Dark Time' for The New Yorker given to Richard Murphy at Inishbofin in the summer (July?) of 1960, and signed by Theodore Roethke...."  Handwritten note by Richard Murphy, 1p; fragment attached to note.

Clippings and exhibit guide, 4 pieces.

   
 
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