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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
JOHNSON, Bryan Stanley William (1933-1973)
Created 1963-1973
Level of description
Collection (fonds)
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
1 box or 0.01m3


Name of creator(s)

Johnson, Bryan Stanley William, 1933-1973, poet, playwright, director

Administrative / Biographical history

Born 1933; student of English at King's College London; Poetry Editor, Transatlantic Review , 1965-1973; director and writer of cinema films including You're human like the rest of them , 1967 (Grand Prix, Tours, 1968; Grand Prix, Melbourne, 1968), Up yours too, Guillaume Apollinaire! , 1968, and Paradigm , 1969; director and writer of nine television documentaries; theatre director, including Backwards and The ramp at the Mermaid Theatre, London, 1970; playwright, including Entry on BBC radio, 1965, BSJ v God at the Basement Theatre, Soho, London, 1971, and Not counting the savages on BBC TV, 1971; Chairman Greater London Arts Association Literature Panel, 1973; died 1973.

Publications: editor of London consequences (Greater London Arts Association for the Festivals of London, London, 1972) with Margaret Drabble; Albert Angelo (Constable, London, 1964); editor of All bull: the National Servicemen (Quartet Books, London, 1973); Aren't you rather young to be writing your memoirs? (Hutchinson, London, 1973); Christie Malry's own double entry (Collins, London, 1973); Everybody knows somebody who's dead (Covent Garden Press, London, 1973); House Mother normal: a geriatric comedy (Collins, London, 1971); Poems (Constable, London, 1964); Poems two (Trigram Press, London, 1972); Statement against corpses (Constable, London, 1964) with Zulfikar Ghose; text of Street children (Hodder and Stoughton, London, 1964) with photographs by Julia Trevelyan Oman; The evacuees (Victor Gollancz, London, 1968); The unfortunates (Panther, London, 1969); Travelling people (Constable, London, 1964); See the old lady decently (Hutchinson, London, 1975); Trawl (Secker and Warburg, London, 1966); Gavin Ewart, Zulfikar Ghose, B. S. Johnson: Penguin Modern Poets No. 25 (Penguin Books, Harmondsworth, 1975).

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Travelling people was purchased by King's College London library. The remainder of the collection was purchased from Colin Huggett in 1996.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Correspondence, 1968-1973, relating to Johnson's work as Poetry Editor of Transatlantic Review , and English translations by Johnson and Ned Thomas of Welsh language poems by David Gwenallt Jones; typescript of Travelling people, 1963. First edition copies of House Mother normal: a geriatric comedy (Collins, London, 1971), Travelling people (Constable, London, 1964), and The unfortunates (Panther, London, 1969).

System of arrangement

2 files, 4 books

Conditions of access & use

Conditions governing access

Open, subject to signature of Reader's undertaking form, and appropriate provision of two forms of identification, to include one photographic ID.

Conditions governing reproduction

Copies, subject to the condition of the original, may be provided for research use only. Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Director of Archive Services, King's College London.

Language/scripts of material


Finding aids

Collection level description.

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals

King's College London College Archives

Related units of description

Drafts for Poems two (Trigram Press, London, 1972) are held at the British Library, London.

Description control

Rules or conventions

Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal Place and Corporate Names 1997.

This catalogue is made available under the Open Data Commons Attribution License. This catalogue may be updated from time to time in order to reflect additional material and/or new understandings of the material.

Date(s) of descriptions

Feb 2000

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  • Documents
  • Information sources
  • Literary forms and genres
  • Literature
  • Poetry
  • Translations

Personal names

  • Johnson, Bryan Stanley William, 1933-1973, Poet, Playwright and Director

Corporate names

  • King's College London College Archives

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