||The papers of Patric Dickinson, ca. 1933-1970, consist of handwritten drafts of his
including plays, poems, translations of ancient Greek plays, and a book of non-fiction
golf that was published in 1951.
||The radio works represented in the collection are plays and features that were written
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
||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
explaining that it is "my first notebook of poems, plays, ideas etc." The notebook
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
Dickinson added at a later date.
||The play translations fall into two categories. The two translations of Plautus and
translation of The First Family by Jules Supervielle were
commissioned by the BBC for the Third Programme. The translations of Aristophanes
published by Oxford University Press in 1970.