University of Delaware Library

Nicholson, Norman, 1914-1987.

Norman Nicholson letters to Alan Young

1978-1981


Descriptive Summary

Identification: MSS 099, F886


Creator: Nicholson, Norman, 1914-1987.


Title: Norman Nicholson letters to Alan Young


Inclusive Dates: 1978-1981


Extent: 3 items (4 p.)


Abstract: These two letters, written by British poet Norman Nicholson to his friend Alan Young, as well as a 1981 clipping regarding Nicholson, were originally laid in a presentation copy of Nicholson's The Shadow of Black Combe.


Language: Materials entirely in English.



Citation

MSS 099, F886, Norman Nicholson letters to Alan Young, Special Collections, University of Delaware Library, Newark, Delaware.

Shelving Summary

Box 61, F886: Shelved in SPEC MSS 099 manuscript boxes

Location

Special Collections Department, University of Delaware Library / Newark, Delaware 19717-5267 / Phone: 302-831-2229 / Fax: 302-831-6003 / URL: http://www.lib.udel.edu/ud/spec/

Source

Originally a copy of Nicholson's The Shadow of Black Combe (Spec PR6027 .I295 S522 1978).

Processing

Processed and encoded by Anita Wellner, July 2011.


The collection is open for research.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

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Biographical Notes

Norman Nicholson

British poet Norman Nicholson also wrote verse dramas, novels, literary biography and criticism, and an autobiography titled Wednesday Early Closing. In addition he was an editor of anthologies and gave readings and lectures.

Born January 08, 1914, in Millom, Cumberland (now Cumbria), England, Nicholson began writing poetry at the age of twenty-two. The first appearance of his poems in a book was the publication in 1943 of Selected Poems, a volume which also included poetry by John Hall and Keith Douglas.

Nicholson was awarded the Heineman Prize for poetry in 1945 for Five Rivers, the Cholmondeley Award for poetry in 1967, and the Queen’s Gold Medal for poetry in 1977. Nicholson was awarded the Order of the British Empire in 1981. Nicholson died on May 30, 1987.

Alan Young

Dr. Alan Young, Head of Arts Education, Didsbury College of Education, Manchester Polytechnic, was a long time friend of Norman Nicholson. Nicholson and his wife stayed at the home of the Youngs in January 1979, when Nicholson was awarded an Honorary Fellowship of Manchester Polytechnic.

Sources:

"Norman (Cornthwaite) Nicholson." Contemporary Authors Online (reproduced in Gale Biography In Context). http://ic.galegroup.com (accessed July 2011).

PN Review 13 (Volume 6 Number 5, May - June 1980). http://www.pnreview.co.uk (accessed July 2011).

Information regarding Alan Young was also derived from the letters.


Scope and Content Note

These two letters, written by British poet Norman Nicholson to his friend Alan Young, as well as a 1981 clipping regarding Nicholson, were originally laid in a presentation copy of Nicholson's The Shadow of Black Combe.The book, which was enclosed with the first letter, was a gift to Alan and Rene Young. In addition to sending his book, Nicholson wrote that in January he would be receiving an Honorary Fellowship of Manchester Polytechnic. He discussed some details for the January trip to the ceremony and asked Young if Nicholson and his wife might stay to the Youngs' new home in Manchester. In his second letter, Nicholson continued to discuss the details of his trip to Manchester and the arrangements for staying with the Youngs. He invited the Young family to visit his home in Millom around Christmas, when they would be traveling to the Bankfield area. He also mentioned a photograph on the back cover of The Shadow of the Black Combe, which he did not choose and thought had a Dylan Thomas reference, but concluded: "but I felt that it would be recognized by very few of the people whom we hoped would buy the book, so I let it stay." The December 13, 1981, clipping from Observer Review contains a interview with Nicholson by Pendennis.


Selected Search Terms

Personal Names
Nicholson, Norman, 1914-1987--Correspondence.
Young, Alan--Correspondence.
Corporate Names
Manchester Polytechnic.
Topical Terms
Poets, British--20th century--Correspondence.
Degrees, Academic--Great Britain--20th century--Correspondence.
Form/Genre Terms
Correspondence.
Personal Contributors
Young, Alan, correspondent.

Related Materials in this Repository

This item forms part of MSS 099 Miscellaneous Literary and Historical Manuscripts.


The items are arranged in chronologically.


Detailed Contents List

Typed letter signed, 1978 November 20   [Box 61 F886]

1 item (1 p.)

Typed letter signed, 1978 December 5   [Box 61 F886]

1 item (2 p.)

Newspaper clipping, 1981 December 13   [Box 61 F886]

1 item (1 p.)