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Critical Quarterly Archive

Date range: 1958-1989.

The influential literary journal Critical Quarterly was launched in 1958 by Brian Cox and A.E. Dyson to promote contemporary poetry. Containing new poems, reviews and discussion articles, Critical Quarterly attracted new poets of the highest calibre and helped to establish poets such as Sylvia Plath, Philip Larkin, Ted Hughes and R.S. Thomas. It has also organized poetry conferences and competitions.

The archive contains:

  • accounts and business papers
  • material relating to education, including the Black Papers
  • contributors' typescripts and proof copies
  • letters files

There is also material on Iris Murdoch and A.S. Byatt.

Finding aids

  • Catalogue available online via ELGAR.
  • See also Stella K. Halkyard and C.B. McCully, '"Thoughts of Inventive Brains and the Rich Effusions of Deep Hearts": Some of the Twentieth-Century Literary Archives of the John Rylands University Library of Manchester', Bulletin of the John Rylands University Library of Manchester, vol. 77, no. 2 (1995), pp. 105-21.


The John Rylands Library

Using the reading rooms in the John Rylands Library