Fonds F00728 - Monk Gibbon fonds

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Monk Gibbon fonds

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CA ON00239 F00728

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  • [ca. 1909]-1982 (Creation)
    Gibbon, Monk

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7 m of textual records, ca. 40 photographs

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Monk Gibbon, born in Dublin in 1896, has published poetry and prose for over sixty years. In 1915 Monk Gibbon entered Oxford but after one year joined the British Army and served in France. On leave in Dublin in Easter, 1916, he was involved in the Irish Rising with Major Sir Francis Vane. The strain of this experience and his front line service broke his health and he was invalided out of the army and spent the next few years in the Isle of Jersey, Channel Isles. He taught school from 1927-1939. When his Dorset school was moved to Canada in 1939, he returned to Dublin where he remained. Gibbon has produced six volumes of poetry. His autobiographical works, sometimes in the form of a novel, also fill six volumes. In addition he is well-known as a critic and travel writer.
Monk Gibbon knew and corresponded with many literary figures such as W.B.Yeats, George Russell, Rebecca West and George Moore. He was a member of the Irish Academy of Letters and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

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The majority of the material was purchased from Monk Gibbon or his estate through the good offices of Professor Mackenzie. The last accrual of material was purchased in the 1990's from the widow of Alister Mathews (Acc.2001-049). Mathews operated Grayhound Press, a private press through which he published his friend Monk Gibbon.

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The fonds consists of correspondence, drafts of his books, poems, photographs and news clippings. Correspondents include W.B. Yeats, other members of the Yeats family, George Russell (A.E.), George Moore, John Eglinton and Padraic Colum.

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  • English

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3014.2 SE

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No further accruals are expected

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  • Shelf: 2014
  • Shelf: 2014.1
  • Shelf: 3014.2 SE