Literary papers of Kevin Crossley-Holland with some related correspondence and publications

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      GB 206 Brotherton Collection MS 20c Crossley-Holland
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  • Physical Description
      63 boxes; manuscript, typescript, photographs, postcards, press cuttings, and printed material (some photocopy).

Scope and Content

Comprises: Section A, 68 autograph manuscript poetry notebooks, the first 61 being numbered 1-60 with some misnumbering, covering the years 1962-1998, held in 7 boxes; Section B, autograph manuscript and typescript drafts of poems composed between 1957 and 2000, held in 5 boxes; Section C, correspondence relating to, and/or drafts and proofs of many of his major volumes of poetry, or poetry collections edited by him, published between 1961 and 1998, held in 11 boxes; Section D, manuscripts, typescripts, correspondence, and mementos relating to poetry workshops and readings (including many items by other writers) and to his appointments and travels between 1964 and 1991, including the Leeds University Gregory Fellowship, held in 3 boxes; Section E, correspondence concerning, manuscript and typescript drafts, and some printed copies of, his translations and re-tellings of Old English poems and myths compiled between 1962 and 1995, held in 17 boxes; Section F, correspondence concerning, manuscript and typescript drafts, and printed copies of his stories for children and the art of story-telling composed between 1977 and 1999, held in 9 boxes; Section G, correspondence relating to, notebooks, manuscript and typescript drafts, and printed programmes and copies of his libretti for musical works, dated between 1955 and 1998, held in 4 boxes; and Section H, correspondence concerning, manuscript and typescript drafts, printed proofs, and copies of his other publications, dated between 1946 and 1995, held in 7 boxes.

Administrative / Biographical History

Kevin Crossley-Holland, the poet, translator, writer of children's stories, and broadcaster, was born in Mursley, North Buckinghamshire in 1941 and educated at Bryanston School and St Edmund Hall, Oxford. After graduating he was a Gregory Fellow in Poetry at Leeds University 1969-1971, and from 1967-1978 he lectured in Anglo-Saxon literature and culture for the Tufts University London Program. He also worked as a children's book editor for Macmillan and Victor Gollancz. He later taught for extended periods in America, first as Visiting Professor of English and Fulbright Scholar at St Olaf College, Minnesota, 1990, then as Professor and Endowed Chair in the Humanities and Fine Art at the University of St Thomas, Minnesota,1991-1995. He has published numerous volumes of adult poetry and several libretti for opera, and is well known for his version of Beowulf. Storm, his novella, won the Carnegie Medal in 1985.


The box numbering may be subject to change in the light of subsequent receipts of material.

Conditions Governing Access

Access is unrestricted.

Acquisition Information

Purchased from the author in several stages since 1984.


In English.

Other Finding Aids

Most of the archive is described in detail in handlist no.146, although further material has been received since then. Most of the letters in the collection are listed in the Library's Letters database.