Collection SC237 - Patrick Kavanagh collection

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Patrick Kavanagh collection

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  • 1952 - 1962 (Creation)

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2 cm of textual records

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Kavanagh, Patrick (Joseph), poet and writer, born near Inniskeen, Co Monaghan, Ireland. He was self-educated, and worked as a peasant farmer before moving to Dublin (1939) to pursue a career as a writer and journalist. Ploughman and other Poems (1936) was his first book of poems. He is best known for The Great Hunger (1942), a long, passionate poem of farm life, and Tarry Flynn (1948), an autobiographical novel, in which he depicts sensitively and convincingly the countryside where he was brought up. Self-Portrait was first published by Dolmen in 1963. His Collected Poems appeared in 1964.

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The collection consists of autograph manuscript of The Great Hunger and Self-Portrait. The Great Hunger is 58 recto pages on 23x18 cm sheets. The poem is a fair copy that has some corrections; it was first published by the Cuala Press, 1942. Self-portrait is in a lined 20x16 cm notebook on 31 recto pages and titled “Patrick Kavanagh 1962 Self-Portrait”; some words are corrected.

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Revised by JF, August 6, 2013.

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  • English

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