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Maurice Harmon Papers

Maurice Harmon

UCD Library holds the archive and library of academic critic and poet Maurice Harmon.
Identity Statement

Reference code IE/UCD/SC/MH

Maurice Harmon Archive

Level of Description

50 boxes of archival material and 4000 books


Maurice Harmon (1930 - 2023).

Biographical History

  • BA and MA (1955) from UCD under Jeremiah Hogan

  • Teaching Fellowship at Harvard

  • Assistant Professor of English at Lewis and Clark College, Portland, Oregon

  • Associate Professor in Notre Dame

  • Joined UCD Staff in 1965 firstly as a Lecturer in English and Anglo Irish Literature and then as Professor of Anglo Irish Literature and Drama.

  • He retired in 1990

  • Founding editor of the Irish University Review which was established in 1970

  • Author and editor of numerous books including: Sean O'Faolain: A Critical Introduction, University of Notre Dame Press, 1967; The Poetry of Thomas Kinsella, Wolfhound Press, 1974; Irish Poetry after Yeats: Seven Poets, Little, Brown 1979; No Author Better Served: The Correspondence of Samuel Beckett and Alan Schneider, Harvard University Press (Cambridge, MA), 1998.

  • Harmon is also a poet and has published several collections including: The Last Regatta and Other Poems, Salmon Press 2000; Tales of Death and Other Poems, Lapwing 2001; The Doll with Two Backs and Other Poems, Salmon Press, 2005; The Mischievous Boy and Other Poems, Salmon Press, 2008; and When Love Is Not Enough: New and Selected Poems, Salmon Press, 2010

  • A selection of Harmon’s poems is available in the (opens in a new window)Irish Poetry Reading Archive.

Source of Acquisition
Transferred to UCD in 2016.

Scope and Content

The archival collection reflects all aspects of Harmon’s professional life, as academic, critic, journal editor and poet.  It includes correspondence with Seamus Heaney, Mary Lavin, Samuel Beckett, Thomas Kinsella and many other luminaries of 20th and 21st century Irish literature.

Access and Use

Photocopying of archival collections is not permitted. Photography permissions and policies vary. Please contact (opens in a new window)special.collections@ucd.ie for more details regarding the photography of this specific collection.


Finding Aid
Box list available

More Information

(opens in a new window)Booklet accompanying the occasion of the transfer of the Harmon archives to UCD Special Collections, October 5, 2017.

UCD Special Collections

James Joyce Library, University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland.
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