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Emory University takes ownership of Eamon Grennan's papers

16th June 2010

Poet Eamon Grennan has given his papers to Atlanta's Emory University to include in its esteemed Irish literary collection.

Grennan has placed his academic papers, lecture plans, notebooks, around 170 handwritten personal journals and 'many' drafts of his poems in the charge of the university's Manuscript, Archives and Rare Book Library (MARBL).

The MARBL is already home to documents from Irish authors and poets such as Seamus Heaney, W.B. Yeats, Paul Muldoon and Derek Mahon. Grennan said it 'feels right' to place his papers in a collection that already contains a wealth of material from his countrymen.

'I believe that this accumulation of Irish work there in Emory will be of great benefit to anyone thinking about and/or writing about Irish literature of the past 100 years or so,' he commented.

Kevin Young, curator of literary collections and of the Raymond Danowski Poetry Library at MARBL, added that the papers donated by Grennan give a clear insight into the poet's writing process.

Earlier this year, Emory University revealed that it has finished digitising the personal papers that The Satanic Verses author Salman Rushdie donated in 2006.

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