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Papers of Andrew Taylor, 1953-2004 [manuscript]
Bib ID 2624895
Format ManuscriptManuscript
Taylor, Andrew, 1940-
Related Online
Access Conditions Part available for research; part requires permission for research. Not for loan. 
Description [1953-2004] 
5.64 m. (37 boxes) 

MS 5740 comprises family correspondence, 1955-1975. These letters were written by Andrew Taylor to his family whilst he was at Scotch College, 1955-1957, University of Melbourne, 1958-1960, Puckapunyal Army Camp, 1959, and during his periods studying overseas in London, Rome, Florence, 1963-1965, Buffalo, New York, New Haven and San Francisco, 1970-1971 and 1974-1975. The collection also includes drafts of Taylor's poetry: Beyond silence, The invention of fire, Ice fishing, The cat's chin and ears: a bestiary, The drummer, Cool change, and Parabolas. There are notebooks kept during Taylor's visit to the United States in 1974-1975. Also, correspondence with Roger McDonald of Queensland University Press, 1970-1975. Also included are letters to Beate Haliol-Josephi, 1975-1976, "exacting parallel the writing of a love poem" The crystal absences, the trout (a love poem written during Beate's absence), and the first version of The crystal absences, the trout, completed on 3 March 1976 (24 boxes).

The Acc04.106 instalment comprises correspondence, e-mails, notebooks, drafts of poems, prose and libretti, floppy disks (3.5 in. and 5.75 in.), CDs, one audio cassette, small poetry magazines and papers of literary events and writers' groups. In addition, there are copies of "Poems 2001 plus" and "New poems 2000-03", and a spiral notebook (13 boxes).


Poet, editor and academic. Andrew McDonald Taylor was born in Warrnambool, Victoria, in 1940, and educated at Scotch College and the University of Melbourne where he later lectured in the Department of English. He was an English lecturer at the University of Adelaide until 1992 when he became foundation Professor of English at Edith Cowan University. Taylor's collections of poetry include Cool change (1971), Ice fishing (1973), The invention of fire (1976), Parabolas: prose poems (1976), Travelling (1986), Sandstone (1995), and The unhaunting: new poems 2003-2008 (2009). He has also published long poems The crystal absences, the trout (1978) and Rome: a poem in three parts (2005). Furthermore he has provided the libretti for two operas. Taylor was a member of the Literature Board of the Australia Council and has been actively involved in writers' festivals. In 1990, Taylor was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for service to the arts.


Manuscript reference no.: MS 5740, MS Acc04.106.

Related Material Conversation with Andrew Taylor; Located at; National Library of Australia Oral History collection ORAL TRC 1/414.  Andrew Taylor interviewed by Hazel de Berg in the Hazel de Berg collection; Located at; National Library of Australia Oral History collection ORAL TRC 1/1152.  Poems; Located at; Barr Smith Library, University of Adelaide. 
Source of Acquisition Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program by Andrew Taylor (Acc04.106). 
Cited In

Guide to collections of manuscripts relating to Australia ; D1116.

Subjects Taylor, Andrew, 1940- -- Archives.  |  Edith Cowan University. School of Communications and Arts -- Employees -- Archives.  |  Poets, Australian -- 20th century -- Archives.  |  English teachers -- Australia -- Archives.  |  College teachers -- Australia -- Archives.  |  Australian poetry -- 20th century.  |  Australian poetry -- Periodicals.  |  Authors, Australian -- Societies, etc.  |  Australian literature -- History and criticism -- Congresses.
Time Coverage 1953-2004 
Occupation Poets.  |  Editors.  |  Academics.


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