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Rae (Simon)
An Archive relating to his weekly poems for The Guardian, comprising: - Four folders of clippings covering the entire run of his contributions in photocopied form (along with 10 examples of the original supplements where the poems appeared) - Typed drafts of the poems, some with manuscript corrections by the author, some signed (usually where accompanied by messages to the Editor) - A manuscript notebook, dated July 1992-April 1993, with the author's notes and drafts for the poems within those dates - Working material, largely in the form of newspaper clippings - Letters from readers, these numerous and with some enclosures of various types - Correspondence and other material (proofs etc.) relating to the first published collection of these poems by Bloodaxe Books, illustrated by Willie Rushton, 'Soft Targets' (1991) - A copy of the above published volume, along with its follow-ups: 'Thatcher's Inferno' (a single long poem, Smith/Doorstop Books, 1992) and 'Rapid Response' (Headland, 19
The Guardian and various - 1998, 1988. a large quantity, various sizes and formats, in 2 boxes as stored by the author, in good condition overall. Every week for ten years, between 1988 and 1998, Simon Rae wrote a topical column for The Guardian in the form of a poem - an arduous task, combining insistent regularity with inherent uncertainty, whose accomplishment, represented here in the form of the author's own archive, represents a significant achievement in modern satirical verse. The decade marked a series of important turns in British politics, the landscape of which had been relatively stable in the period preceding: the end of Thatcher's reign and the coming of the Blair years marked shifts in power at the summit that were also experienced as changes in national identity. The situation on the World stage was no less turbulent, with events including the collapse of the Berlin Wall, of the Soviet Union, the first Gulf War, etc., all reflected in the present archive. Rae's themes are various: attacks on Government policy - both foreign and domestic - are the most consistent, including on matters such as Poll Tax, Education, the BSE crisis, and the treatment of the NHS; as could be expected from their organ in print, the outlook is broadly socialist - and of course, with only a small overlap between his column and the New Labour government, it is natural that his crosshairs should largely be trained on the Tories throughout. The poet's various passions are also manifest: poetry itself above all, not least because the slight majority of his contributions maintain the over … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Blackwell's Rare Books ABA ILAB BA [Oxford, United Kingdom]
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