Archive of Felix Dennis
16.5 linear metres (137 physical shelfmarks; 36 digital shelfmarks)
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CMD ID 15181
Biographical / Historical
Dennis fell critically ill in September 1999, and was hospitalized. It was at this time that he was inspired to write his first poem. Two years later his first publication, entitled A Glass Half Full, hit the shelves. Nine more poetry publications would follow, including Do What the F**k I Say, which was published under the pseudonym Sebastian Melmoth II.
Dennis promoted his poetry with tours around the UK and the US. In order to lure the audience to his readings Dennis gave these tours the apt title "Did I mention the Free Wine?". The poetry readings were popular, with people frequently unable to obtain tickets or enter the overcrowded venues.
Dennis kept writing poetry until shortly before his death from throat cancer in 2014.
For full biographical details, see entry for Dennis, Felix (1947–2014), magazine publisher and poet, in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.
The archive has been arranged in the following series: the unpublished Better Than Sex, 2000; A Glass Half Full, 2001-2005; How to Get Rich, n.d. [Feb 2003?]; Lone Wolf, 2003-2005; When Jack Sued Jill: Nursery Rhymes for Modern Times, 2003-2010; Island of Dreams, 2005-2009; Homeless In My Heart, 2000-2009; Tales from the Woods, 2001-2013; New Words in Classic Guise, 2011-2012; Love, of a Kind, 2012-2014; This Is The Way Of The World, 2013-2014; Do What The F**k I Say, 2012-2014; I Just Stepped Out, 2013-2014. Lastly, Miscellaneous, 1996-2014, comprises material that is not related to one particular publication.
In most cases the publication based series are subdivided as follows: drafts and proofs, correspondence, publicity and poetry tour.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
- Jason Kersten, Did I mention the free wine?: madness, mayhem & the muse: on tour with Felix Dennis (London, 2013).
- Catalogue of the Archive of Felix Dennis
- Finding aid prepared by Marjolein Platjee
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- This is the first edition of the catalogue. Further materials will be added at a later date.