||The papers of Patric Dickinson, ca. 1933-1970, consist of handwritten drafts of his
works, including plays, poems, translations of ancient Greek plays, and a book
non-fiction about golf that was published in 1951.
||The radio works represented in the collection are plays and features that were
written for broadcast on the BBC Third Programme from the 1940s to the 1960s.
include Apollo's Laurel Bough: A Sketch of Rupert
Brooke (1952), and The Late and Lonely Master: A
Study of Walter de la Mare (1967). There is also one notebook for Carnoustie a television feature that was produced in
1968. Many of the radio plays are written on the verso of other plays and drafts.
||Two verse plays written by Dickinson, The Stone in the
Midst (1948) and A Durable Fire (1962), are
||Dickinson's poetry is represented both by handwritten notebooks and loose leaf
handwritten and typescript drafts. The notebook dated 1933-1936 has a note written
by Dickinson in 1969 explaining that it is "my first notebook of poems, plays,
etc." The notebook dated 1945-1947 includes poems later published in The Stone in the Midst and Poems (1948) as well as a
draft of The Angels of the Creators, a radio play
produced for the BBC in 1949. The two handwritten poetry notebooks contain notes
regarding their contents that Dickinson added at a later date.
||The play translations fall into two categories. The two translations of Plautus and
the translation of The First Family by Jules
Supervielle were commissioned by the BBC for the Third Programme. The translations
of Aristophanes were published by Oxford University Press in 1970.