Letters (including printouts of emails) and papers from a box file labelled by EF 'Letters 2005-06. Includes some email exchanges with A.S. Byatt (Duffy); Zara Steiner; Fay Weldon; Angela Livingstone; Myles Burnyeat; draft of letter to Harold Pinter; unsent letters to Emma Tennant; journalism from Fay Weldon'. All of the material dates from the stated period apart from one item dating back to 1991 and one from 2003.
Correspondents represented include: Myles [Burnyeat]; A.S. Byatt; Joel Feinstein; Angela [Livingstone]; Zara [Steiner]; Michelene Wandor;
Topics of correspondence include: EF's biography of Anna Akhmatova, Anna of All the Russias (including its American publication by Alfred A. Knopf, and responses to it from readers and fellow writers); a request for an interview by a Japanese poet and translator in Cambridge; EF's recent contribution to Modern Poetry in Translation, Series 3, No. 3 - Metamorphoses; Harold Pinter's receipt of the Nobel Prize (there is a MS letter of congratulation to Pinter from EF); an invitation to the party to celebrate the Stephen Spender Prize for poetry in translation; readings given by EF; invitations to events and launches; and general personal and family matters.
The file also includes: word-processed printout of an article, 'The Pursuit of Love' which a note identifies as being by Fay Weldon; printout of a poem by EF, 'A Pebble on Your Grave'; printed pamphlet, A Boat in a Bottle - four poems by Pippa King; an issue of the Scottish PEN Newsletter, No. 31 (summer 2005), which includes a notice of the Scottish PEN Lecture for 2005 which is to be given by EF; EF's inclusion in the Poetry Archive; a legal agreement relating to the puppet play The Bet, for which EF wrote the libretto (1991); photocopy of a rough MS draft of a poem called 'San Diego, California'; printout from John Wilson Manuscripts Ltd website featuring a holograph MS of EF's poem 'Urban Lyric' which is being offered for sale on behalf of the Royal Society of Literature; and a card announcing the birth of Alicia Leah Feinstein (EF's granddaughter) in 2003.