Literary papers of Glyn Hughes, with related material

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      GB 206 Brotherton Collection MS 20c Hughes
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      23 boxes, 1 roll, and 3 charts; manuscript, typescript, and printed material (partly photocopy). Includes 1 large roll and 3 other folded manuscript charts.

Scope and Content

Comprises: (1) 39 autograph manuscript notebooks containing many drafts of Glyn Hughes' poems, research notes for novels, and numerous personal notes, partly dated between ca. 1979 and 1999, with some titles written on the outsides of some of them, notably 'Turner' (1 notebook), 'Roth' (ca. 2 notebooks), 'Poems' (ca. 4 notebooks), and 'Bront' (9 notebooks) (2 boxes); (2) Copies of 6 of his books, namely, Millstone Grit (1975), Best of Neighbours (1979), The Hawthorn Goddess (1984), The Rape of the Rose (1987), Roth (1992), and Bront (1996) (also held in Box 2); (3) 21 boxes containing many autograph manuscript and typescript drafts of his writings and related research notes, including, (a) Various earlier and shorter writings, ca. early-1980s (1 box), (b) The Rape of the Rose, ca. mid-1980s (1 box), (c) The Antique Collector, ca. late-1980s (3 boxes), (d) Roth (earlier entitled 'Obsession' and 'The Obsessive'), late-1980s - early-1990s (5 boxes), (e) Bront, ca. mid-1990s (9 boxes), and (f) The Pursuit, ca. late-1990s (2 boxes); (4) 1 large rolled autograph manuscript chart of contemporary events, arranged chronologically, constructed by Hughes as part of his research for his novel Bront, together with 3 other similar charts for other novels, namely, Where I Used To Play On The Green, The Hawthorn Goddess, and The Rape of the Rose; these latter 3 charts are held in the last numbered box in the Bront drafts section, namely, (3)(e) Box 9, whilst the large rolled chart is held on shelves adjacent to the collection.

Administrative / Biographical History

Glyn Hughes, the West Yorkshire poet, novelist, and playwright, was born in Middlewich, Cheshire, in 1935 and educated at Altrincham Grammar School and the Regional College of Art, Manchester. He taught art and liberal studies at schools and colleges in Lancashire and Yorkshire until 1972, since when he has been a free lance writer. He has won several prizes for his novels, and has also written stage plays and verse plays for radio.

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Access is unrestricted.

Acquisition Information

Purchased from the author, September 1999 onwards.


In English.

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