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Papers of Robert Gray, circa 1999-circa 2006 [manuscript]
Bib ID 3547153
Format ManuscriptManuscript
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Gray, Robert, 1945-
 
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Access Conditions Part available for research; part requires permission for research. Not for loan. 
Description [ca. 1999-ca. 2006] 
1.20 m. (8 boxes) 
Summary

MS Acc05.020 comprises drafts of the poems for Robert Gray's book Afterimages and drafts of other poems as well. There are proofs for Grass script: selected earlier poems, published in the United Kingdom in 2001, that show many re-workings not incorporated into any edition in Australia. Also, proofs for Afterimages and revised proofs for some reviews Gray wrote for The Australian. The collection also includes correspondence, ca. 1999-2004 (2 boxes).

The Acc11.066 instalment comprises papers reflecting Gray's writing processes and his interactions with other Australian and international poets and painters. The papers include correspondence, a notebook, manuscripts and multiple annotated typescripts for several of Gray's works. The works are: The land I came through last; Afterimages; Nameless earth; and a volume of his collected poems (to be published in 2011). Correspondents include Christopher Koch, Peter Goldsworthy, Kevin Hart, Les Murray, Dennis O'Driscoll and Jan Zwicky. In addition, there is a letter from Patrick White, in which White names Gray, along with Bruce Beaver, as one of the two best poets in Australia (6 boxes).

Biography/History

Poet and writer. Robert William Geoffrey Gray was born in Port Macquarie, New South Wales, in 1945. Gray worked as a journalist and bookseller and reviewed poetry for the Sydney morning herald. As a poet, Gray has published several collections including Creekwater journal (1974), Grass script (1979), The skylight (1984), New selected poems (1998), Grass script: selected earlier poems (2001) and Afterimages (2002). He has also edited volumes of selected poetry, including Sydney's poems: a selection on the occasion of the city's one hundred and fiftieth anniversary 1842-1992, with Vivian Smith (1992). Gray is the recipient of numerous awards. These include the Grace Leven Prize for Poetry in 1986 jointly for Selected poems 1963-1983, the Patrick White Award in 1990, and the C.J. Dennis Prize for Poetry in 2002 for Afterimages. In 2008, Gray published a prose memoir of his father titled, The land I came through last, that won the Waverley Award for Literature, 2009.

Notes

Manuscript reference no.: MS Acc05.020, MS Acc11.066.

Related Material Interview with Robert Gray, poet; Located at; National Library of Australia Oral History collection ORAL TRC 2415. 
Source of Acquisition Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program by Robert Gray. 
Subjects Gray, Robert, 1945- -- Archives.  |  Poets, Australian -- 20th century -- Archives.  |  Authors, Australian -- 20th century -- Archives.  |  Australian poetry -- 20th century.
Time Coverage 1999-2006 
Occupation Poets.  |  Authors.
Terms of Use Copying of Robert Gray's copyright material permitted for research purposes. 

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