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Digitizing the Christopher Logue Archive

Anna Peterson, Laura Marshall and Clara Drummond

Between 1959 and his death in 2011, the British poet Christopher Logue devoted himself to producing radical re-castings of scenes from Homer’s Iliad entitled War Music. Unlike other translators of Homer, Logue did not know Greek, but instead relied on earlier translations and a word-for-word crib of Homer’s poem. The Eberly Family Special Collections at Penn State holds one of the most significant collections of Logue’s papers, including correspondence, drafts, and recordings of Logue performing parts of this work. The proposed project seeks to develop a digital platform that will make this material accessible to researchers and students alike. It’s initial goal is to create a searchable digital archive of the collection. It also hopes to produce  eventually a digital text of War Music that will allow the user to compare Logue’s poem both to the original Greek and to the translations consulted by Logue.