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The John Rylands Research Institute

Modern literary archives research

The Collection of Modern Literary Archives at The University of Manchester Library (UML) is of international importance. It provides excellent sources for anyone with an interest in 20th- and 21st-century literatures in English.

The Library’s outstanding collection of Modern Literary Archives comprises the archives of poetry publishers Carcanet and Anvil, the literary journals PN Review and Critical Quarterly, as well as papers of and related to a diverse range of poets and translators. Poets represented in the archives include these listed below and many more.  

  • John Ashbery
  • Eavan Boland
  • Gilian Clarke
  • Brian Cox
  • Carol Ann Duffy
  • Elaine Feinstein
  • Jorie Graham
  • Louise Gluck
  • Seamus Heaney
  • Ted Hughes
  • Dawson Jackson
  • Elizabeth Jennings
  • Grevel Lindop
  • Paula Meehan
  • Edwin Morgan
  • Sinead Morrisey
  • Les Murray
  • Norman Nicholson
  • Jeff Nuttal
  • Dennis O'Driscoll
  • Sylvia Plath
  • Michael Schmidt
  • John Heath-Stubbs

More information about the Collections.

Current research project

Florence Impens, Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at the Institute, is working on a project on poetry in translation in the UK and Ireland after 1962, which makes extensive use of the modern literary archives housed at the John Rylands Library.

Find out more about Florence’s current research project.