Literary papers of Tom Paulin, with some related material, including correspondence

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 206 Brotherton Collection MS 20c Paulin
  • Dates of Creation
      ca. 1979-1994
  • Name of Creator
  • Language of Material
  • Physical Description
      2 boxes; manuscript, typescript, photographs, press cuttings, floppy discs, and printed material (some photocopy).  Includes 3 floppy discs.

Scope and Content

Comprises: (1) 15 autograph manuscript drafts of Paulin's poem 'Hegel and the War Criminals' (n.d.); (2) A photocopy of the typescript of his essay 'Imagining history: Ian Paisley and the historians', with autograph revisions (ca. 1981); (3) Papers concerning his poetry collection The Book of Juniper (ca. 1981), including a typescript of the text, a signed copy of the published work, a corrected proof of the poem printed in the Times Literary Supplement, 8 February 1980, and a photocopy of a letter from Noel Connor to Paulin, dated 6 October 1980, concerning the illustrations in the book; (4) Papers concerning his poetry collection The Liberty Tree (ca. 1983), including autograph manuscripts of 25 poems published in the book, together with 11 other poems, a photocopied typescript of the complete contents, 3 sets of proofs (1 of which is incomplete) with autograph revisions, a copy of the pulped edition of the work as it first appeared in 1983 and was rejected by the author, papers concerning the revised cover for the book with 2 coloured photographs, and some correspondence, dated 1982-1983, concerning the purchase of this part of the archive for the Brotherton Collection; and (5) Papers concerning his verse play The Riot Act (ca. 1985), including autograph manuscripts, several wordprocessed printouts, 3 floppy discs, proofs of the play, a corrected printer's proof copy, the Field Day Theatre Company's printed publicity brochure, and letters from Faber and Faber to Paulin, dated 1985, concerning the page proofs.

Administrative / Biographical History

Tom (Thomas Neilson) Paulin, the poet, critic, and playwright, was born in Leeds on 25 January 1949, brought up in Belfast, and educated at Hull University and Lincoln College, Oxford. He lectured in English at the University of Nottingham from 1972 until 1989, and was Reader in Poetry there from 1989 until 1994, when he moved to become G.M. Young Lecturer in English at Hertford College, Oxford. For fuller details of his life and achievements see Who's who.

Access Information

Access is unrestricted.

Acquisition Information

Acquired either by gift or purchase from the author, or by purchase from Quaritch/Sotheby's between 5 August 1982 and 8 January 1996.


In English.

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