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John F. Deane papers

Collection MS-2002-009: John F. Deane papers


  • Creation: 1927-2000, undated

Scope and Contents

The John F. Deane papers includes correspondence, manuscripts, diaries, scrapbooks and newspaper clippings related to Deane's life, literary output and career as a literary editor.

Correspondents include Samuel Beckett, Daniel Berrigan, Alaine Bosquet, Padraig Daly, Paul Durcan, John Ennis, Monk Gibbon, Robert Graecen, Michael Hamburger, Seamus Heaney, Richard Kell, Thomas Kinsella, Philip Larkin, Denise Levertov, Derek Mahon, Ewart Milne, John Montague, Nuala Ni Dhombnaill, Dennis O'Driscoll, Stephen Spender and C. K. Williams.


Restrictions on access

Collection is open for research.

Restrictions on use

These materials are made available for use in research, teaching and private study, pursuant to U.S. Copyright Law. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used for academic research or otherwise should be fully credited with the source. The original authors may retain copyright to the materials.

Biographical note

John F. Deane, author, poet, and editor, was born on Achill Island, County Mayo, Ireland on December 8th, 1943. He was educated at Mungret College, Limerick, and University College, Dublin, where he received his M.A. in modern English and American literature. He worked as a teacher at St. Aidan's Secondary School, Whitehall, Dublin, for 10 years. In 1978, he founded the national poetry society, Poetry Ireland, and resigned from teaching in 1979 to develop the society and write full-time.

Deane married Barbara Sheridan in 1973, with whom he had two daughters, Laura and Catherine. Barbara died in December of 1980. In 1979, Deane launched the poetry magazine, The Poetry Ireland Review. He married Ursula Foran in 1984, with whom he had his third daughter, Mary. In 1985, Deane founded The Dedalus Press, which he continues to edit and direct. The Dedalus Press also distributes books from the Peppercanister Press of Dublin. Deane publishes "Waxwing Poems from the House of Icarus."


“John F. Deane.” Contemporary Authors Online. Gale Group, 2001.

“John F. Deane.” Dictionary of Irish Literature: revised and expanded ed. Westport: Greenwood, 1996.

“John F. Deane.” Princess Grace Irish Library (Monaco), 2001.


15.75 Linear Feet (39 containers)

Language of Materials



Personal and literary archives of Irish poet and editor John Deane from 1971-2000.


Organized into eleven series: I. Poem Books; II. Diaries; III. Prose Books; IV. Appointment Books; V. Notes; VI. Manuscripts; VII. Typescripts; VIII. Scrapbooks and Newspaper Clippings; IX. Correspondence with Authors; X. Subject Files; and XI. Cards.

Series VII Typescripts consists of seven subseries: A. Articles; B. Collections Including Deane; C. Works Edited by Deane; D. Prose; E. Scripts; F. Translations, and G. Poetry.

Series VIII Scrapbooks and Newspaper Clippings consists of four subseries: A. Reviews; B. Texts Referencing Deane's Work; C. Reference Materials; and D. Scrapbook.

John F. Deane Papers
Anne Ramsay, Corban Rhodes, Sarah Klock, Caroline Egan, Megan O'Shea, Carolyn Fargnoli, Kelly McGovern, Abigail Blachly, and Mitch Fraas
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Repository Details

Part of the John J. Burns Library Repository

John J. Burns Library
Boston College
140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill MA 02467 United States