AUTOGRAPH NOTEBOOK CONTAINING DRAFTS OF POEMS, VERSE PLAYS, NOTES ON DONNE ETC., signed on the inside of the front wrapper ('Peter Porter'), with extensive autograph revisions preserving reconsidered readings, c. 90 pages, Olympic exercise book, one piece dated 1982 [-1985]
The notebook includes: '"Mirandola" an opera', from Act II onwards, 26 pages, in verse; 'Celebratory Ode Covent Garden Theatre, 1732-1982, with an anti-ode', 5 pages; 'The Diary of a Poem', 14 pages, prose and verse; 'The Literary World (A Collection of Clerihews) For Gavin Ewart on his 65th birthday', 4 pages; 'Donne Programme', prose notes (possibly related to his edition of Donne); 'The Calm that follows behind the Storm', poem, 3 pages; Notes on Hardy, prose, 3 pages; 'Orpheus for Burgon', 25 pages.
Porter published Orpheus: a Chamber Opera in One Act, Music by Geoffrey Burgon in 1985. Typescript copies of poems relating to the 250th anniversary of Covent Garden Theatre are in the Porter Papers in the National Library of Australia. Also in the Porter Papers is 'Text of opera Mirandola (about half)'. Publication of most items has not been traced. A line based on the title of the poem 'The Calm that follows behind the Storm' appears in Porter's poem 'Bellini and Heine come to Dinner'.
No manuscripts by Peter Porter have been sold at auction. The principal collections are at Reading University, the British Library, the Lockwood Library, SUNY, Lilly Library and National Library of Australia.
Also see lot 331.
REFERENCE: Location Register of Twentieth-Century Literary Manuscripts and Letters, 2 volumes, 1988.