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Collection name. George Mackay Brown

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Our archive of George Mackay Brown material holds papers from across his life, including extensive manuscripts and typescripts of many of his best-known poems, novels and short stories. There are several collections of George Mackay Brown's letters to friends, fellow writers, editors, publishers and fans, which complement the extensive files of incoming correspondence which he retained and annotated. A complete collection of his diaries can be found in Acc.14596, as well as a range of personal papers.

Found in 43 Collections and/or Records:

139 letters to George Mackay Brown.

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Identifier: Acc.10894/1-3
Scope and Contents Three files of correspondence for the period 1987-1989, mostly concerning works of George Mackay Brown, but with some personal correspondence also included.There are letters from Hugo Brunner, Brown's editor at John Murray, throughout the files, as well as correspondence from Cyril Cusack concerning a proposed stage adaptation of 'Andrina', and several letters from smaller publishers including Celtic Cross Press, The Old Stile Press and Balnain Books. Letters from broadcasters...
Dates: 1987-1989.

162 letters of George Mackay Brown to Jenny Robertson.

Identifier: Acc.12679
Scope and Contents

Includes two letters, 1981, to Robertson's daughter Aileen, three incomplete letters and a copy of a poem 'To George' by Jenny Robertson.

Dates: 1977-1996.

Correspondence and papers relating to the publication of 'Lifeboat and other poems', by George Mackay Brown.

Identifier: Acc.5760
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Contains correspondence between George Mackay Brown, Richard Gilbertson and Norah Smallwood concerning Gilbertson's publishing of 'Lifeboat and other poems', with typescripts of several of the poems included in the collection.

Dates: 1970-1971.

Correspondence and papers relating to the publication of works of George Mackay Brown, with some personal correspondence and audiovisual material.

Identifier: Acc.13134/1-17
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Includes manuscripts and typescripts of 'Greenvoe' and 'Hawkfall and other stories', with assorted personal correspondence and photographs of or relating to George Mackay Brown and his works.

Dates: 1969-1996.

Correspondence, diaries, manuscript and typescript drafts and proofs and other literary and personal papers of George Mackay Brown.

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Identifier: Acc.14596/1-248
Scope and Contents This archive contains literary and personal papers of George Mackay Brown, the celebrated Orcadian poet and novelist. At the heart of this collection is the vast amount of correspondence received by George Mackay Brown throughout his life from friends, fans, editors, publishers and others. These letters, postcards and greetings cards give a unique insight into the breadth of attention that his work drew, as well as the connections he made with correspondents from across the world, all from...
Dates: 1800, 1934-2013, undated.

Incomplete manuscript of a children's magazine, 'The Celt', created by George Mackay Brown.

Identifier: Acc.13906
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A manuscript magazine written by a young George Mackay Brown, copies of which were distributed among his school friends.

Dates: circa 1930.

Letter and postcard of George Mackay Brown to Bernard Bergonzi concerning the latter's visit to Orkney in 1995.

Identifier: Acc.12784
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Inlcudes covering letter, 2007, of Bernard Bergonzi.

Dates: 1995, 2007.

Letters of George Mackay Brown to Kenna Crawford, with some related literary papers and photographs.

Identifier: Acc.13344/1-14
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Correspondence of George Mackay Brown to Kenna Crawford, including enclosures of poems, cuttings and other notes. Many of the poems and acrostics were written by Brown as gifts for special occasions, including one for Crawford's wedding in 1991 to Graham McGirk.

The collection also includes the uncorrected typescript of 'The ballad of the golden bird', published as 'The golden bird' (John Murray, 1987), which Brown dedicated to Kenna Crawford.

Dates: 1985-1995.

Letters of various correspondents to George Mackay Brown concerning literary and personal matters.

Identifier: Acc.10209/1-13
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A collection of correspondence, 1952-1974, received by George Mackay Brown (1921-1996). The letters in this collection are mostly from other writers, editors and publishers.

Dates: 1952-1974.

Letters to George Mackay Brown from friends, fellow writers, publishers and broadcasters, mostly concerning literary matters.

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Identifier: Acc.10372/1-15
Scope and Contents Includes letters from many of George Mackay Brown's lifelong correspondents, including Kulgin Duvall and Hugo Brunner. Letters for 1976 cover the period during which he and Nora Kennedy first met, and include several of her letters.A large number of the letters are from publishers, including The Hogarth Press, Chatto & Windus, and several smaller publishers. Letters for 1986 cover the period during which Brown followed Hugo Brunner from Chatto & Windus to John Murray, who...
Dates: 1974-1987.

Letters to George Mackay Brown, mostly of Willa Muir, Ian Hamilton Finlay and Iain Crichton Smith.

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Identifier: Acc.4847/1-2
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Assorted correspondence received by George Mackay Brown, mostly from literary correspondents. Also includes some letters to Willa and Edwin Muir.

Dates: 1947-1969.

Manuscript essays of George Mackay Brown concerning Gerard Manley Hopkins, with related notebooks and notes.

Identifier: Acc.13909
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Includes several manuscript essays concerning various aspects of Hopkins' work, as well as three notebooks and some loose pages of notes, all concerning Hopkins.

Dates: Circa 1962-1964.

Manuscript notes and writings of George Mackay Brown, including journal entries, lists, drafts of a short story, review, and poems.

Identifier: Acc.13910
Scope and Contents Assorted fragments of manuscript writing, including:A list of essays by George Mackay Brown for a proposed collection, 'drawn up with Brian Murray 23 November 1992'.A letter, 1993, from Celtic Cross Press concerning a review for 'A girdle round the moon', by Christopher J Moore, with notes of George Mackay Brown concerning the book written on the envelope.A manuscript draft, Christmas Eve 1981, of a story beginning 'The yellow dynasty it was called'....
Dates: 1979-1992, undated.

Manuscript of 'Six wee haufs', a poem by George Mackay Brown, with a copy of 'Phoenix: Moray House review'.

Identifier: Acc.13122
Scope and Contents

The entire poem is unpublished, but the copy of 'Phoenix', 1961, included here features two of the six sections, published as single poems.

Dates: Circa 1961.