Sydney Goodsir Smith papers

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Series III_ Poetry

Consists of manuscripts and proof material relating to two long poems by Goodsir Smith.

Gowdsmith in Reekie, 1954 May Typescript, 19 pages (19 leaves) Box 1, F16

Heavily revised in the author's hand with many passages added and deleted. Typed signature at the end: "Quod S.G.S. makar. Embrotoun, May 1954."

The Vision of the Prodigal Son, undated Typescript, 12 pages (13 leaves) Box 1, F17

Typed signature "Sydney Goodsir Smith" at the beginning. Contains many variants from the advance proof.

The Vision of the Prodigal Son, 1959 January 25 Advance Proof, 21 pages (7 leaves) Box 1, F18

Revised in the author's hand and signed at the end "Embrotoun 25 Janiveer 1959." The author provides a glossary of some 90 words on verso of sheet 6.

Series IV_ Prose

Festival Drama to Come (Essay), undated 3 pages (3 leaves). Box 1, F19

Typescript. Title altered in manuscript to read "Festival Cinderella Tries Again." Edited, but not in the author's hand. Typed signature "by Sydney Goodsir Smith" after the title.

Knight of Cromartie (Newspaper Article), undated 3 pages (3 leaves) Box 1, F20

Galley proofs. Revised and added material in the author's hand.

The Man Who Died Laughing (Radio Talk), undated 6 pages (3 leaves) Box 1, F21

Autugraph manuscripts. Autograph draft for a broadcast discussion with Robert Kemp concerning Sir Thomas Urquhart’s lesser-known works.

The Man Who Died Laughing (Article), undated 41 pages (41 leaveS) Box 1, F22

Typescript draft of an article which was later reworked into dialog form for the broadcast discussion with Robert Kemp. Heavily revised in the author’s hand with a typed signature “Sydney Goodsir Smith 18 Royal Terrace, Edinburgh.” at end.

The Man Who Died Laughing (Radio Talk), undated 29 pages (29 leaves) Box 1, F23

BBC Script marked “R.K.” and “S.G.S.” for the broadcast discussion with Robert Kemp concerning Sir Thomas Urquhart and his lesser known works.

The Scottish Tradition in Literature (Review of Kurt Wittig's book of the same title), undated 11 pages (11 leaves Box 1, F26

Typescript, heavily revised. Wittig's book was published in 1958. Apparently, Smith was to review the book on a radio program, but the review was never used. (See letter of 1959 July 8 from B.H. Alexander).

Typescript 14 pages (14 leaves) "from Sydney Goodsir Smith, 18 Royal Terrace, Edinburgh 7." typed at the beginning. Box 2, F27
Fragments of typescript articles, undated 11 pages (11 leaves) Box 2, F33

Includes reviews of works by Scottish painters, a fragment on Scottish nationalism, part of a review of a Saltire Classics edition of Barbeur's "The Bruce," an excerpt entitled "English Chronicler" and a fragment of an article entitled "John Jamieson D.D., Preserver of the Scots Language, 1759-1838."

The Merry Muses of Caledonia, undated

The Merry Muses of Caledonia (Galley Eleven) 1 page (1 leaf) Box 1, F24

Contains Smith's "Personal Preface," revised in his hand.

Advance copy of Prospectus, 4 pages (1 leaf) Box 1, F24

A further draft of Smith's announcement is written on the last page.

Announcement Typescript, 1 page (1 leaf) Box 1, F24

Draft of announcement for the Auk Society Edition of Burn's The Merry Muses of Caledonia, of which Smith was an editor.

Sir David Lindsay and Sean O'Casey: Rebels in the Theatre (Essay), undated

Typescript 8 pages (8 leaves) Box 2, F28

Typed on half-sheets of paper and heavily revised. Typed signature "by Sydney Goodsir Smith" after the title. Unrelated manuscript notes on verso of page 6. An essay on "Chagall" appears on the verso of page 7.

Autograph manuscripts 3 pages (2 leaves) Box 2, F28

Contains additional unrelated manuscript notes.

Sir Thomas Urquhart of Cromartie (Radio Talk) Autograph manuscripts, undated 12 pages (6 leaves) Box 2, F29

Notes for the radio talk. Titled "Urquhart."

Sir Thomas Urquhart of Cromartie (Radio Talk) typescript, undated 8 pages (8 leaves) Box 2, F30

Typescript draft of a radio talk. "To George Bruce (Scott. Life & Lett.), BBC Abrdn, from Sydney Goodsir Smith" typed at the top of second page. Heavily revised. Typed signature "Sydney Goodsir Smith, 18 Royal Terrace, Edinburgh" on last page.

Sir Thomas Urquhart of Cromartie (Radio Talk) typescript [mimeo], undated 9 pages (9 leaves) Box 2, F31

BBC duplicated Script for Smith's talk on the first program of the Scottish Life and Letters Series, Wednesday May 25, 10:10 pm.