The Brophy Archive

There are Brigid Brophy holdings at the Lilly Library in Indiana, the Harry Ransom Center in Texas, and various items (I think mainly bits of Brophy correspondence) distributed round different collections in the UK.

Brigid Brophy and Iris Murdoch corresponded copiously; however, it seems that Brophy’s letters were destroyed, at her request. I inherited about 600 letters from Murdoch to my mother, which are now in the Iris Murdoch Research Centre at the University of Kingston, in London.

The residual archive I hold contains typescripts and manuscripts of some of Brophy’s talks, reviews and short stories. There are four unpublished plays, and one unpublished Pussy Owl book. I have a file of material relating to the Prop Art exhibition, which Maureen Duffy and Brigid Brophy collaborated on in 1969. I also inherited a box of material relating to the fight for Public Lending Right.

I have a very good collection of letters and cards to Brophy, connected to her writing and activism, (as well as some Brophy draft replies) and letters to her from, among others, Graham Greene, Patricia Highsmith, Elizabeth Smart, Kenneth Tynan, Gore Vidal and Françoise Sagan.

In addition, I have family material dating back to Brigid’s maternal grandmother, one or two letters from my mother to me, and fragments Brigid wrote when she was extremely ill with multiple sclerosis.