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Signed copies of poems of George Mann MacBeth

Identifier: Coll-1459

Scope and Contents

The collection is composed of 3 x mimeographed typescript copies of poems, being:
  1. 'The Wasp-Woman', after Ponge - signed George MacBeth
  2. 'Noah's Journey' [1966] - signed George MacBeth
  3. 'The Castle', after le Chastel d'Amours - signed George MacBeth


  • 1969-1971


Language of Materials


Conditions Governing Access

Open to bona fide researchers, but please contact repository for details in advance of visit.

Biographical / Historical

The Scottish poet and novelist George Mann MacBeth was born in Shotts, Lanarkshire, on 19 January 1932. When he was three, his family moved to Sheffield and he was educated at King Edward VII School in the city, before studying at New College, Oxford, with an Open Scholarship in Classics.

On graduating from Oxford, he joined BBC Radio in 1955, working as a producer of programmes on poetry, notably for the BBC Third Programme, until 1976. He would then resign from the BBC to take up novel writing, and he introduced a series of thrillers involving the spy, Cadbury.

After a divorce from his first wife, he married the novelist Lisa St Aubin de TerĂ¡n (b. 1953), and then after a second divorce, he moved with his third wife to Ireland to live at Moyne Park, Abbeyknockmoy, near Tuam in County Galway. Shortly afterwards he was diagnosed with motor neurone disease, dying with this in 1992.

His work spans four decades and includes: A Form of Words (1954); the editing of the Penguin Book of Sick Verse (1963), and of the Penguin Book of Animal Verse (1965), and the Penguin Book of Victorian Verse (1969); Missile Commander (1965); Shrapnel (1972); the thriller The Samurai (1976); the thriller Cadbury and the Samurai (1981); The Long Darkness (1984); Trespassing. Poems from Ireland (1991); and, the novel The Testament of Spencer (1992). In the last poetry he wrote, MacBeth provides an anatomy of a cruel disease and the destruction it caused two people deeply in love. His Poems from Oby (1982) was a Choice of the Poetry Book Society. Macbeth received a Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize for his work.

George Mann Macbeth died in Tuam, Co. Galway, Ireland on 13 February 1992.


3 poems in 1 folder

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession no: E2013.30.

Processing Information

Catalogued by Graeme D. Eddie 21 May 2013
Signed copies of poems by George Macbeth (1932-1992)

Repository Details

Part of the Edinburgh University Library Special Collections Repository

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