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Patric Dickinson:

A Preliminary Inventory of His Papers in the Manuscript Collection at the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center

Creator: Dickinson, Patric, 1914-1994
Title: Patric Dickinson Papers
Dates: ca. 1933-1970
Extent: 3 boxes (1.26 linear feet)
Abstract: 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 of non-fiction about golf that was published in 1951.
Language: English
Access:

Open for research




Acquisition:

Purchase, 1973 (Reg. no. 5847)

Processed by:

Hope Rider, 2004

Repository:

The University of Texas at Austin, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center


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 of 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. These 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 also represented.

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, ideas 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.


Other Dickinson materials in the Ransom Center include a folder of correspondence from Cecil Day-Lewis, T.S. Eliot, Walter de la Mare, John Masefield, and Edith Sitwell, which are accessible via a card catalog in the Reading Room.