Guide to the Papers of Bruce Bennett relating to Peter Porter


MS Acc09.036 and MS Acc10.114

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Collection Summary

Bruce Bennett Relating to Peter Porter
Papers of Bruce Bennett relating to Peter Porter
Date Range
Collection Number
MS Acc09.036 and MS Acc10.114
0.93 metres (3 boxes + 1 folio box + 1 packet)
Language of Materials
National Library of Australia


Conditions Governing Access

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Conditions Governing Use

Copying and publishing of unpublished manuscript material is subject to copyright restrictions. For such material, written permission to publish must be obtained from the copyright holder(s). Copying of unpublished material for research purposes is permissible 50 years after the death of the creator of the material.

Preferred Citation

Items from this collection should be cited as '[Title or description of manuscript item], Papers of Bruce Bennett relating to Peter Porter, National Library of Australia, [class number, box number and series and/or file number]'.

Finding Aid Source(s)

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Collection Retrieval Advice

Please note: each consignment in this collection has a separate box number sequence (i.e. there are multiple Box 1's). Please cite the relevant Class number as well as the Box number when requesting retrieval of material from the collection.

Item Descriptions

Class MS Acc09.036. Original Consignment

Research material accumulated by Bruce Bennett when writing his biography of Peter Porter titled Spirit in exile, Peter Porter and his poetry. The collection also includes correspondence with Porter and others, and a large group of photocopies of reviews and articles by and about Porter.

Comprises 3 boxes + 1 folio box.

Peter Porter: personal correspondence re book with Peter Porter, 1982-1991 (File) - Box 1

Correspondence with others about Peter Porter, 1985-1990 (File) - Box 1

Peter Porter: correspondence, notes and photographs, c.1990s-2003 (File) - Box 1

The plastic bag of papers is marked 'Restricted access, from Bruce Bennett March 2009' [n.b. whole collection requires permission for research until 2015]. .

'Spirit in exile': administrative correspondence with publishers etc; (includes contract); photos; permissions, c.1988 (File) - Box 1

More interviews with Peter Porter, c.1981 (File) - Box 1

Includes notes, correspondence and research material.

Interviews with Peter Porter and articles based on interviews (overlaps with Biography), c.1986-1987 (File) - Box 2

Originally in Box No 1. Includes handwritten and typed transcripts and correspondence.

Articles on Peter Porter (more general than one book). Includes Poetry Review, c.1983 (File) - Box 2

Originally in Box No 1.

Peter Porter: manuscripts, notebooks and notes on manuscripts (early poems etc) (includes material at NLA) (File) - Box 2

Originally in Box No 1. Photocopied material.

Floppy disk: 'BB biogs for DLB (DCB?) - Porter, Hewett' (File) - Box 2

VHS tape: 'Carne family films transferred to video: 1959-1977 Peter Porter and co. Re: 'Spirit in exile' (File) - Box 2

Audiocassette: ABC radio program 'Book talk', 2003 (File) - Box 2

NLA oral history transcript, 2005 (File) - Box 2

Poems (File) - Box Folio Box 4

Originally Box No 2. Large-sized photocopies.

Peter Porter, 2000-2004 (File) - Box 2

Includes correspondence, research material and press cuttings.

Peter Porter, 2005-2009 (File) - Box 3

Originally in Box No 2. Includes an article by Bennett on Porter for the Encyclopaedia of British Literature, correspondence and press cuttings.

Peter Porter, 1990-1994 (File) - Box 3

Originally in Box No 2. Includes original letters from Porter to Bennett, copies of letters from Bennett to Porter and other correspondence.

Peter Porter, 1995-1999 (File) - Box 3

Originally in Box No 2. Includes a letter from Porter to Bennett, other correspondence, research material and press cuttings.

Peter Porter: unpublished manuscript poems, 1947-1956 (File) - Box 3

Originally in Box No 2. (Appear to be photocopies).

The chair of Babel by Peter Porter, 1992 (File) - Box 3

Originally in Box No 2. Spiral-bound proof copy, annotated with changes including those of the author.

Peter Porter, c.1952-1955 (File) - Box 3

Originally in Box No 2. Poems and letters to Jill Neville, 1952-1955 and later; Unpublished play 'The losing chance, 1952; NLA manuscript - poems 1955.

Peter Porter: Possible worlds: poems with Porter's comments (File) - Box 3

Originally in Box No 2. Typescript with handwritten annotations.

Frederick Grubb: photocopies of a letter addressed to Bruce Bennett and various articles and letters to editors published by Frederick Grubb, 1965-1990 (File) - Box Folio Box 4

Received as an addendum to the other papers.

Class MS Acc10.114. Consignment Added 2010

Correspondence, articles and interviews on microcassette, all relating to Peter Porter. The interviewees include Peter Porter, Christine Porter, Anthony Thwaite, Jill Neville, William Trevor (Cox) and Gavin Ewart. The interviews were conducted by Bruce Bennett during research for his biography of Peter Porter, Spirit in exile, published in 1991.

Comprises 1 packet.