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Carcanet Press Book Collection

The Library holds a collection of some 500 books printed by the Carcanet Press, the Manchester-based literary publishing house,  which specializes in contemporary poetry, the revival of neglected writers, lives and letters, and poetry in translation. Especially rare are the first editions dating from 1969.

Authors include:

  • John Ash
  • John Ashbery
  • Patricia Beer
  • Eavan Boland
  • Alison Brackenbury
  • Christine Brooke-Rose
  • Donald Davie
  • Michael Hamburger
  • John Heath-Stubbs
  • Elizabeth Jennings
  • P.J. Kavanagh
  • Grevel Lindop
  • Hugh MacDiarmid
  • Edwin Morgan
  • Andrew Motion
  • Les Murray
  • Octavio Paz
  • C.H. Sisson
  • Adrian Stokes
  • Michael Vince
  • Jeffrey Wainwright
  • Sylvia Townsend Warner
  • Andrew Waterman
  • William Carlos Williams

The collection complements the large and important Carcanet Press archive.

There are also twenty books by Ian Hamilton Finlay from the Wild Hawthorn Press.

Finding aids

Recorded in general printed-book catalogue.


The John Rylands Library

Using the reading rooms in the John Rylands Library

Further information

The Carcanet Press website contains details of recent and forthcoming publications, information about the Press, and profiles of authors.

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