Alan Brownjohn Papers,1940-2011

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Collection Overview

Title:
Alan Brownjohn papers
Dates (Inclusive):
1940-2010
Creator:
Brownjohn, Alan
Creator:
Brownjohn, Alan
Abstract:
Alan Brownjohn, novelist, critic, poet, translator and editor, was born in 1931 in London, England. He graduated from Merton College, Oxford University, in 1953 and published his first collection of poems, The Railings, in 1961. He has continued to write and publish widely.
Abstract:
This collection, although not comprehensive, contains the professional and personal papers of Alan Brownjohn. The professional papers include the drafts and final copies for nine novels, eighteen poems, and two plays, most notably The Long Shadows, Meet and Write, and Torquato Tasso. The collection also contains many miscellaneous manuscripts and radioscripts, including the interviews and radioscript for Something to be Said.
Collection Number:
2616
Size:
15 Linear Feet
Location:
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the  library catalog.
Repository:
Special Collections Library. Pennsylvania State University.
Languages:
English

Biographical or Historical Note

Alan Brownjohn, of London, England, is a novelist, critic, poet, translator and editor. He was born in 1931 in the Catford area of South East London, an area known at that time for its non-conformist and socialist political views. Brownjohn graduated from Merton College with a B.A. in 1953 and received a M.A. from the school in 1961. He started his career as a writer in 1954, with the publication of his first poetry pamphlet, Travellers Alone, and served as a reviewer for The Truth and co-editor of Departure. In 1961, his first collection of poems, The Railings was published to critical acclaim. The Times Literary Supplement called his poem, "William Empson at Aldermaston," one of the best protest poems written during the cold war. To help support himself during the beginning of his writing career, Alan Brownjohn worked as a tutor and a full-time teacher at Beckenham and Penge Boys Grammar Schools. He later became a lecturer in 17th-century poetry at the Battersea College of Education. Brownjohn's Catford upbringing always influenced his life and work. This was evident in his first novel, To Clear the River (1964), about a love affair in the setting of CND (Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament). During that year, he also ran (unsuccessfully) as a Labour candidate for the House of Commons. By 1978 Alan Brownjohn had retired from teaching to become a full-time writer.

Along with his wife, Sandy, he wrote a series of teaching anthologies, Meet and Write, and co-translated several plays from German: Peter Handke's Quodlibet, Gerhard Rühm's Ophelia and the Words, and Goethe's Torquato Tasso. The translation of Torquato Tasso was later broadcast by the BBC . Brownjohn has long been active in the poetic circles of England. He has a lengthy association with the Poetry Society, having served as chairman and editor of Verse-Speaking Anthology. Brownjohn also has been a reviewer for the Times Literary Supplement and a poetry critic for the New Statesman. Brownjohn has written under the pseudonyms John Berrington and John Barrington. He enjoys sharing his work with others by giving poetry readings throughout London.

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Collection Overview

This collection, although not comprehensive, contains the professional and personal papers of Alan Brownjohn. The professional papers include the drafts and final copies for six novels, thirteen poems, and two plays, most notably The Long Shadows, Meet and Write, and Torquato Tasso. The collection also contains many miscellaneous manuscripts and radioscripts, including the interviews and and radioscript for Something To Be Said. The personal papers include correspondence with John Kaiser; professional photographs of the author and a business card; and newspaper clippings, posters, programs, and flyers advertising or reviewing Brownjohn's readings and work.

Additionally, collection contains correspondence between Alan Brownjohn and his literary colleagues around the world, personal letters including letters from his son, his old high school friends, and some literary association items such as pamphlets, magazines, and brochures.

Related Material: The Manor House Library in England also has a collection of Alan Brownjohn papers.

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Collection Arrangement

The finding aid is arranged into 13 series: Bookjackets, Conference papers, Correspondence, Novels, Photographs, Poems: Collected, Poems: Edited, Poems: Miscellaneous, Publicity, Radio scripts,Translations, Literary Association, and Miscellaneous/Other.

The Correspondence series is arranged by date; other series are organized alphabetically, by title.

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Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research. Restrictions, where applicable, are noted at the series, subseries, or file levels.

Copyright Notice

Copyright is retained by the creators of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Alan Brownjohn Papers (2616), Rare Books and Manuscripts, Special Collections Library, Pennsylvania State University.

Acquisition Information

This collection was acquired from Alan Brownjohn in 1997 through 2012.

Processing Information

Processed by Vijaya Narayanan and Staff.

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Controlled Access Headings

Genre(s)

  • Artifacts
  • Photographic
  • Scrapbooks

Personal Name(s)

  • Brownjohn, Alan
  • Brownjohn, Alan

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Collection Inventory

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54

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Paper, corrected, given by Brownjohn at the First International Conference on The Work of Philip Larkin.

2/13

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Correspondence on Brownjohn material collected by John Kaiser, news of mutual friend Bernard Stone and other personal matters. Includes a flyer, program and reviews of the production of Brownjohn's translation of Pierre Corneille's play, Horace and a fly

1/1

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Short note to Bernard Stone, book dealer and friend, about meeting John Kaiser.

1/2

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Correspondence with Ian Hamilton from Oxford University Press

4/11
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Correspondence with contributors

413-20
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Correspondence with contributors

6/18

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Letter to Alan Brownjohn by Barbara Everett, who was interviewed by Browjohn for Something to Be Said. In the letter Everett talks about her interview and other matters. With the letter are photocopies of Everett's reviews of "Larkin at Sixty" by An

6/30

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151-11141-24
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1512-14

1515-16

1517

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Typescript of unpublished novel, corrected, pp. 1-148.

13-6

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Drafts, notepads 1-3.

1/7 7-17

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Draft II, notepads 12-14.

21-9

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Typescript, chapters 1-3.

210-12

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Typescript, first copy of a Romanian translation of The Long Shadows.

214-15

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Notes

31-7

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Typescript with corrections. Novel never submitted for publication.

38-9

82-5
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8/6
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87-9

810-15

816-17
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9/1
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92-3
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9/4
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95-10

101-7

108-15
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10/16
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161

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One autographed

3/10

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Final printer mark-up

311-12
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Two copies of uncorrected proofs.

3/13

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Typescript. Written under the pseudonym John Berrington. The work later became Changing Back.

3/14
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Drafts

3/15 15-16

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First drafts of poems

317-19
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Typescript copy marked for printers

3/20
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Drafts

321-23

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Drafts of poems

324-29

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Miscellaneous poems, some eventually used in book

330-32

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Drafts of all poems

41-5
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Proof copy

4/6
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Drafts of poems

48-10

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Miscellaneous notes and material

4/12
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Typescript and holograph with corrections

421-23

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Typescript, photocopy and photocopies with corrections

424-25
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Manuscript submissions and photcopies of proofs

5/1

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Proof copy of collection of poems edited by Alan Brownjohn, Seamus Heaney, and Jon Stallworthy

5/5

8/18

8/19

8/20
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821-22
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9/11

9/12
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913-15
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9/16
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917-18
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9/19

9/20

10/17

10/18

10/19

10/20
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165-6

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56-23

162-3

164

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Materials relating to Brownjohn's visit to Romania's Academia Romana Institutul De Cercetari Socio-Umane.

2/16

6/1

6/2
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63-9
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Four issues of newsletter which feature contibutions from Alan Brownjohn and/or photographs

6/10

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Short-Title Catalogue, The Poetry Library of The Arts Council of Great Britain. 5th ed.

6/54

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Poster advertising two lectures by Alan Brownjohn on Contemporary English Poetry.

7/

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Bronze portrait bust of Alan Brownjohn by sculptor Patricia Finch. Bust is on display in the reading room.

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823-24
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9/21

9/22

9/23

9/24

9/25
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1021-22
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Radioscript based on book of poems

4/7
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Radio program materials with corrections

52-3
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Introduction and commentary by Alan Brownjohn

6/11

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With corrections

6/12

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Read by Alan Brownjohn

6/13

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With corrections

6/14

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Incomplete copy

6/15

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With corrections and notes

6/16

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With introductions and commentary by Alan Brownjohn

6/17
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With introduction by Alan Brownjohn

619-28
Box

6/29
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Photocopy of radioscript, with corrections of interview with Kingsley Amis, interviewed by Alan Brownjohn. Portion of interview used in final radioscript.

631-39
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Read by Alan Brownjohn

6/40

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With corrections. Introduction and commentary by Alan Brownjohn

6/41

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With corrections and a letter with a script change

6/42

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Introduction and commentary by Alan Brownjohn

6/43

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Commentary and introductions by Alan Brownjohn

6/44

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Holograph, drafts I-II

645-50

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Documentation of primary resources used in the translation

651-53

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Draft III, typescript of draft II

71-11

712-13

714-15

716-17
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7/18
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Conditions Governing Access note

Restricted

719-21
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7/22

7/23

7/24

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167-8

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169

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