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The Holy Door 1965-1966

Holy Door, a little magazine "devoted to the new mind and the new eye," succeeded James Liddy's Arena in 1965, apparently publishing some manuscripts originally intended for the latter magazine. Holy Door, edited by Brian Lynch in Dublin, appeared only three times, but published the work of many important poets and writers in those three issues, including W. H. Auden, George Barker, Anthony Cronin, Edward Dahlberg, Paul Durcan, Michael Hartnett, Patrick Kavanagh, Thomas Kinsella, John Montague, Pablo Neruda (translated by Robert Bly), Charles Hubert Sisson, and Andrei Voznesensky (in translation).

This collection contains about 155 manuscripts, mostly typed, covering all but eight of the poems and essays published in the Holy Door, approximately thirty unpublished manuscripts, and 140 items of correspondence, mostly concerning publication of, and payment for, submissions to the magazine. Much of the correspondence is from the contributors to Brian Lynch, although there are some letters addressed to James Liddy as well. There are also copies of the three issues of the magazine (one a xerox copy), and a photograph of Brian Lynch and three others.