Academic and translator, Professor Adolphe Haberer obtained his Doctorat d'État, writing on Louis MacNeice, from l'Université de Bordeux in 1986. He subsequently lectured in English Literature at the University of Lyon 2 (where he is currently Emeritus Professor) and has published extensively on 19th and 20th century English literature. From the early 1990's he served as an executive member of the Société des Anglicistes de l'Enseignement Supérieur (SAES), holding the post of SAES Chair in 1996. Following his retirement in 2000, he served as President of European Society for the Study of English (ESSE) from 2001 to 2007.
Seamus Heaney was an Irish poet, playwright, lecturer, and translator. He was awarded the 1995 Nobel Prize for Literature.
Archival History ↴
Acquired by the National Library of Ireland from Professor Adolphe Haberer in 2013
The Haberer Heaney Collection contains correspondence between Professor Adolphe Haberer of the University of Lyon and Seamus Heaney. The correspondence began in 1992 when they first met at a conference on Irish literature in Caen, France. Their letters and cards to each other, sent over the following decades, touch on scholarly, literary and social matters and shed light on Heaney’s busy schedule of public appearances and publishing workload. Also included in the collection are typescript drafts of Heaney’s lecture ‘Time and Again: Poetry and the Millennium’, which was published in ‘The European English Messenger’ (Autumn 2001), an annotated typescript draft of Heaney’s essay ‘Joy or Night: Last Things in the Poetry of W.B. Yeats and Philip Larkin’, photographs of Heaney taken during and following public events in Poland and France, signed editions of Heaney’s verse which he presented to Haberer and Haberer’s personal recollections of his friendship with Heaney.
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The collection is arranged as follows: I. Correspondence II. Lectures and essays III. Photographs IV. Printed Books V. Other Papers
Conditions of Access & Use
Access with a valid National Library of Ireland Readers Ticket.
The Haberer Heaney Collection contains some papers which are not currently available for consultation (NFC 174) due to their private nature. These papers will be reviewed in 2023.
Conditions Governing Reproduction
Subject to the provisions of the Copyright Act 2000, much of this collection remains in copyright. It is necessary to obtain the express permission of the copyright owner before reproducing any material from this collection.
There are additional Seamus Heaney manuscripts held in the Department of Manuscripts of the National Library of Ireland, see MS 49,493/1-284 and MS 41,932/1-3; also the McCabe Heaney Papers, see MS 49,602.
Descriptive Control Area
NLI guidelines based on ISAD(G): General International Standard Archival Description. 2nd ed. Ottawa: International Council on Archives, 2000, and Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH)