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Nicholson, Norman, 1914-1987.

Norman Nicholson - Recent Poems : script

circa 1970-1972

Descriptive Summary

Identification: MSS 099, F900

Creator: Nicholson, Norman, 1914-1987.

Title: Norman Nicholson - Recent Poems : script

Inclusive Dates: circa 1970-1972

Extent: 1 item (16 p.)

Abstract: Norman Nicholson - Recent Poems is a mimeographed typescript of the script for a reading by British poet Norman Nicholson.

Language: Materials entirely in English.


MSS 099, F900, Norman Nicholson - Recent Poems : script, Special Collections, University of Delaware Library, Newark, Delaware.

Shelving Summary

Box 62, F900: Shelved in SPEC MSS 099 manuscript boxes


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Purchase, February 2002.


Processed and encoded by Anita Wellner, July 2011.

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Biographical Note

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 poetry 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.


"Norman (Cornthwaite) Nicholson." Contemporary Authors Online (reproduced in Gale Biography In Context). (accessed July 2011).

Scope and Content Note

Norman Nicholson - Recent Poems is a mimeographed typescript of the script for a reading by British poet Norman Nicholson.

The script consists of readings by Nicholson and unidentified reader, as well Nicholson's commentary on particular poems. The typescript bears a few holograph corrections, deletions, and additions, all made by the author. On page eight Nicholson added a four line commentary regarding the poem, "Have You Been to London?"

All of the poems included in the script appear in Nicholson's collection of poetry, A Local Habitation, which was published in 1972.

Although there is no indication on the typescript itself, it is possible that it was produced for a radio or television program for the British Broadcasting Corporation. Nicholson read and was interviewed for a number of BBC radio and television broadcasts.

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Poets, British--20th century--Sources.
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Related Materials in this Repository

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

MSS 099, F886, Norman Nicholson letters to Alan Young

Detailed Contents List

Norman Nicholson - Recent Poems : script, circa 1970-1972   [Box 62 F900]

1 item (16 p.)