Michael Palin donates personal archive to Library

Michael Palin donates personal archive of his literary and creative career to the British Library. With curator Rachel Foss. Photo: Tony Antoniou

The archive covers his literary and creative life during the years 1965-1987

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The British Library is delighted to announce the acquisition of the archive of writer, actor, comedian and television presenter Michael Palin.

The archive, which has been generously donated to the British Library by Palin, covers his literary and creative life during the years 1965-1987. It includes over 50 ‘Python Notebooks’ containing drafts, working material and personal reflections relating to Palin’s Monty Python writing. It also includes his personal diaries kept during this period, and project files comprising material relating to his film, television and literary work, including correspondence, drafts and annotated scripts relating to subsequent Python projects.

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