Fonds SC134 - John Montague fonds

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John Montague fonds

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  • 1961 - 1962 (Creation)

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9 cm of textual records

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John Montague (born 28 February 1929) is an Irish poet.

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This fonds relates to The Dolmen Miscellany Of Irish Writing, originally to be entitled The Tower, which was proposed after a poetry reading in February 1961. The Irish Academy of Letters, in the person of Peadar O'Donnell, agreed to subsidize the publication and it was published by Liam Miller at the Dolmen Press. John Montague was the editor and Thomas Kinsella was the poetry editor.

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The fonds consists of correspondence received by Montague in his capacity as editor plus a few carbons of his replies. Correspondents include Peadar O'Donnell, Liam Miller, Thomas Kinsella, and some of the other contributing writers: Aidan Higgins, Pearce Hutchinson, Val Iremonger, John Jordan, James Liddy, John McGahern, Brian Moore, Richard Murphy, James Plunkett, Richard Weber, Leslie Daiken, and Thomas McIntyre. There are also some miscellaneous letters and items; including letters from Samuel Beckett and Robin Skelton. Included with the correspondence are a few holograph notes, cuttings, manuscripts, pamphlets, and ephemera relating to The Dolmen Miscellany.

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A Catalogue of CORRESPONDENCE and MANUSCRIPTS relating to the production and publication in September 1962 of THE DOLMEN MISCELLANY of Irish Writing; printed and published by Liam Miller, The Dolmen Press, Dublin, with the co-operation of the IRISH ACADEMY of LETTERS.

Most of the letters comprising this collection were addressed to JOHN MONTAGUE who edited the publication. THOMAS KINSELLA was the poetry editor.

Originally to have been titled THE TOWER, the proposal to produce THE DOLMEN MISCELLANY arose following a Poetry Reading in Dublin on February 3rd. 1961 at which John Montague, Thomas Kinsella and Richard Murphy each read their own poems. The Irish Academy of Letters, in the person of Peader O'Donnell, agreed to subsidize the publication.

In a few cases there are drafts or carbon copies of replies by John Montague to the letters to him; but almost every letter he received bears his brief holograph note or notes indicating his reply.

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Revised by JF, July 24, 2013.

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