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Desmond Egan Papers 2

Identifier: GTM-GAMMS81

Collection-level Scope and Content Note

This collection is the second accession of the papers of the notable Irish poet, Desmond Egan (1936 - ).

A portion consists of correspondence from international scholars, writers, several Irish ministers and various foreign ambassadors to Ireland. Among the well-known writers are Samuel Beckett, Robert Creeley, Seamus Heaney, Ted Hughes, Ian Jack, Desmond Guiness, James Laughlin, Peter Kavanagh (brother of poet Patrick Kavanagh), Peter Luke, Sean MacBride and James McKenna.

Manuscripts (typed and autograph) of Egan's work comprise the bulk of the collection. Included are the complete manuscript for Egan's book, “A Song for My Father”(1989 ), which includes a cycle of poems dedicated to the memory of his father Thomas Egan; and the complete galleys for “Terre et Paix” (1988), a volume of selected poems by Egan in French translation.

The collection includes five audio tape cassettes of readings by Egan, as well as of interviews.


  • 1979 - 1990

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Biographical / Historical

Desmond Egan (born 15 July, 1936 in Athlone, County Westmeath), is an Irish poet, publisher, and festival organiser. He has published over 20 collections of poetry as well as some translations of Greek plays. His own work has been translated into Albanian, Bulgarian, Croatian, Czech, Dutch, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Polish and Russian. He founded The Goldsmith Press (1972); edited the quarterly magazine for the arts Era (1974-1984); and starting in 1987 he has served as artistic director of the Gerard Manley Hopkins International Festival each July in Kildare, Ireland.

Source: Wikipedia


1.90 Linear Feet (5 Hollinger boxes (4 Document cases, 1 Record Storage Carton),)

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchase from Desmond Egan, 1987, 1989, 1991.

Desmond Egan Papers 2
Lisette C. Matano, Georgetown University Library Booth Family Center for Special Collections, Washington, D.C.
circa 1991
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Repository Details

Part of the Georgetown University Manuscripts Repository

Lauinger Library, 5th Floor
37th and O Streets, N.W.
Washington DC 20057