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British Library acquires archive of UK literary magazine Granta.


The British Library, the UK's national library and one of the world's greatest research libraries, announced on Monday that it has acquired the archive of Granta, a UK literary magazine that was relaunched 40 years ago.

Founded by Cambridge university students in 1889, the literary magazine was re-launched in 1979 by editor Bill Buford. It is said to have launched the careers of significant contemporary writers in the UK, including Ian McEwan, Kazuo Ishiguro and Zadie Smith, as well as introducing many international writers.

Letters and papers from well-known authors such as Margaret Atwood, JG Ballard, Angela Carter, Iris Murdoch, Ben Okri and Fay Weldon, feature in the Granta magazine archive,which is comprised of around three-hundred boxes of material.

According to the British Library, the magazine archive is a key source for understanding every aspect of late twentieth-century writing and publishing, including practical financial and administrative decisions; relationships between literary agents, publishers, and authors; and issues of gender, race, and foreign-language representation in British publishing.

Developed over 250 years, the British Library's collection exceeds 150 million separate items representing every age of written civilisation and includes books, journals, manuscripts, maps, stamps, music, patents, photographs, newspapers and sound recordings in all written and spoken languages.

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Date:Jul 10, 2019
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