B.S. Johnson Archive

Scope and Content

The archive of Bryan Stanley Johnson contains the working papers and drafts of his published and unpublished novels, plays and poetry, film and television work, his journalistic work, his editing work for anthologies and periodicals, and correspondence concerning his professional career and personal life. In addition there are notebooks and papers containing draft creative work, research and ideas for writing projects. There are also press cuttings of articles about Johnson and his work and cuttings of his published articles and reviews. The personal papers include notes from his time at university as well as collected material relating to the periods he worked at the Glyn Club and Gregynog.

Access Information

Available for research unless otherwise stated

Not Public Record(s)

Acquisition Information

Purchased by private treaty from the B.S. Johnson estate through Sotheby's, 21 Apr 2008

Conditions Governing Use

Access permitted unless stated otherwise.


No further accruals expected.

Related Material

Add MS 59832 : notebook comprising drafts of poems printed in Poems Two, 1972


Booth, Francis, Amongst Those Left (Amazon 2012)

Coe, Jonathan, Like A Fiery Elephant (London, Picador 2004)

Tew, Philip, B.S. Johnson: A Critical Reading (Manchester University Press 2001)

Redell, Nicholas, Fighting Fictions: the Novels of B.S. Johnson, (Nottingham, Paupers Press 2000)

-, Re-reading B.S. Johnson, edited by Philip Tew and Glyn White, (Palgrave Macmillan 2007)

-, Well Done God!: Selected Prose and Drama of B. S. Johnson, edited by Jonathan Coe, Julia Jordan and Philip Tew (Picador 2013)