Literary manuscripts of John Heath-Stubbs, with some letters to George Barker and other related material

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      GB 206 Brotherton Collection MS 20c Heath-Stubbs
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      2 boxes; manuscript, typescript, tape recordings, and printed material. Includes 2 reels of tape and 5 Christmas greetings cards.

Scope and Content

Comprises: (1) Literary papers of John Heath-Stubbs, including 11 typescript drafts of satires and epigrams with manuscript annotations held in a brown paper cover bearing his personal library label, probably to be dated ca. 1962-1968, 14 typescript and manuscript drafts of various of his poems, including 'Naming the beasts' (n.d.) and 'Artorius' (ca. 1973), 5 Christmas greetings cards including poems by him and signed, 1978-1982, and drafts of his poems on 'The Twelve Labours of Hercules' inscribed on the twelve original etchings made for them by Michael Amey and laid in a hand-titled box, 1974; (2) 2 tape recordings of him reading his own poems, ca. 1960-1963; and (3) 8 autograph manuscript or typescript letters from Heath-Stubbs to George Barker, dated 1948-1976.

Administrative / Biographical History

John Francis Alexander Heath-Stubbs, the poet, was born in London in 1918 and educated at Worcester College for the Blind and The Queen's College, Oxford; he published his first poems in the wartime volume, Eight Oxford Poets. He was a Gregory Fellow in Poetry at Leeds University between 1952 and 1955, then taught in foreign universities for several years, before becoming a lecturer in English Literature at the College of St Mark and St John, Chelsea, from 1963 to 1973, in which year he received the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry. He has been awarded several other prizes, including the Commonwealth Poetry Prize in 1989, in which year he was also awarded the OBE. John Heath-Stubbs is also noted for his translations of Middle Eastern poets, and has written plays and literary essays as well as poetry.

Conditions Governing Access

Access is unrestricted.

Acquisition Information

Purchased from the author or from various booksellers on several occasions between 1963 and 1991.


In English.

Additional Information

Some 9 signed copies of printed books by John Heath-Stubbs, dated 1970-1989, form a related part of the collection and are shelved with the above.