Herbert Moore Pim Collection

Scope and Content

Papers of the Belfast born author and poet, Herbert Moore Pim (1883-?). A relatively small batch of materials, this collection consists mainly of literary manuscripts concerning a number of published and unpublished works by Pim, including typewritten drafts of the novel, 'The Pessimist', 1904-10 (published under the pseudonym, A. Newman in 1914), 'Poems for Children' (1940), the plays 'Julian the Apostate' and 'The Prometheus Bound of Aeschylus' and a series of studies entitled 'The Beauty of Life' which were published in various periodicals, c 1936. These manuscripts are primarily in typescript with handwritten corrections and annotations. The collection also includes a series of six letters to the author from Lord Alfred Douglas (signed 'Bosie'), dated 1922 and 1924-25.

Administrative / Biographical History

Author and poet. b. Belfast, 1883. Ed. Friend's School, Lisburn. Prominent in the Belfast YMCA. Converted to Catholicism and became a Nationalist joining the Irish Volunteer movement (est. Dublin, 1913) for which he was interned in Belfast. Later went on to revert to Unionism in 1918 and became involved in the Fascist Movement in Italy during the 1930s. Widely published author and poet from 1903 onwards. Principal works include the novels 'Vampire of Souls' (1903), 'The Man with 30 Lives' (1910), the autobiographical work, 'The Pessimist. A Study of the Problem of Pain' (published in 1914 under the pseudonym A. Newman), 'Unknown Immortals of Northern City of Success' (1917), 'Unconquerable Ulster' (1919), 'A Short History of Celtic Philosophy' (1920) and the anthologies, 'Selected Poems' (1917), 'Songs from an Ulster Valley' (1920), and 'New Poems' (1927). d. England.Sources: Dictionary of Ulster Biography, Kate Newmann (Belfast, 1994) http://www.pgil-eirdata.org/html/pgil_datasets/authors/p/Pim,HerbertM/life.htm

Access Information

Open to consultation


Description compiled by Clare McVeigh (RASCAL Project), entered by Deirdre Wildy, Special Collections

Other Finding Aids

See 'Calendar of Manuscripts Western and Oriental' for details (MS1/39). This calendar is available for consultation in the Special Collections Reading Room.

Conditions Governing Use

Subject to condition and copyright restrictions

Appraisal Information

The Herbert Moore Pim Papers are particularly valuable to the student of Anglo-Irish Literature through the availability of a sample of Pim's original literary manuscripts.

Custodial History

Items were presented by the author to the University Library in a series of deposits, c. 1936-c. 1938