Pim Manuscripts Queen's University Belfast


MS1/39-42, 45-49


Papers of the Belfast born author and poet, Herbert Moore Pim (1883-?). A relatively small batch of materials, this collection consists mainly of literary manuscripts concerning a number of published and unpublished works by Pim, including typewritten drafts of the novel, ‘The Pessimist’, 1904-10 (published under the pseudonym, A. Newman in 1914), ‘Poems for Children’ (1940), the plays, ‘Julian the Apostate’ and ‘The Prometheus Bound of Aeschylus,’ and a series of studies entitled, ‘The Beauty of Life’ which were published in various periodicals, c 1936. These manuscripts are primarily in typescript with handwritten corrections and annotations. The collection also includes a series of six letters to the author from Lord Alfred Douglas (signed ‘Bosie’), dated 1922 and 1924-25.


The Herbert Moore Papers are particularly valuable to the student of Anglo-Irish Literature through the availability of a sample of Pim's original literary manuscripts.

Physical Characteristics

The collection contains approx. 37 items comprising typescript manuscripts and letters.



Collection Type



Policy: Closed   Method: Donation;   Periodicity: Closed



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Description or Catalogue

See Miscellaneous Manuscripts listing MS1/39-MS1/49: http://www.qub.ac.uk/directorates/InformationServices/TheLibrary/SpecialCollections/Manuscripts/#d.en.607213 

Manuscripts webpage

Publications Note

Archive/MSS Collection



Pim, Herbert Moore (1883-?)


Author and poet


Author and poet. b. Belfast, 1883. Ed. Friend's School, Lisburn. Prominent in the Belfast YMCA. Converted to Catholicism and became a Nationalist joining the Irish Volunteer movement (est. Dublin, 1913) for which he was interned in Belfast. Later went on to revert to Unionism in 1918 and became involved in the Fascist Movement in Italy during the 1930s. Widely published author and poet from 1903 onwards. Principal works include the novels 'Vampire of Souls' (1903), 'The Man with 30 Lives' (1910), the autobiographical work, 'The Pessimist. A Study of the Problem of Pain' (published in 1914 under the pseudonym A. Newman), 'Unknown Immortals of Northern City of Success' (1917), 'Unconquerable Ulster' (1919), 'A Short History of Celtic Philosophy' (1920) and the anthologies, 'Selected Poems' (1917), 'Songs from an Ulster Valley' (1920), and 'New Poems' (1927). d. England. Sources: Dictionary of Ulster Biography, Kate Newmann (Belfast, 1994)



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Queen's University Belfast was formerly established as 'Queen's College, Belfast' by Queen Victoria in 1845 as one of a network of three Queen's Colleges in Ireland alongside Cork and Galway. It was raised to the status of a full university in 1908 with its own Charter and Statutes. When Queen's College first opened its doors in 1849, there were 20 professors and 90 matriculated students all based in the main Lanyon building off University Road, Belfast. Since then, the University has grown considerably both in reputation and stature reflecting its status as one of the oldest universities in the UK. Now catering to some 1,300 academics and 17,000 full and part-time students, the University offers courses and research opportunities in Agriculture & Food Science, Arts, Economics & Social Sciences, Medicine & Health Sciences, Science, Engineering, Education, Law and Theology based in centres within several miles of the original site, as well as a Marine Laboratory at Portaferry, a campus at Armagh City and outreach centres in Omagh and Newcastle and a nursing campus at Altnagelvin Hospital in Derry. Notable persons to have come through Queen’s doors include Seamus Heaney, a recipient of the Nobel Prize for Literature, Mary McAleese, former President of Ireland and senior officer at Queen's, David Trimble, a former member of teaching staff and a joint recipient of the Nobel Prize for Peace and actor Liam Neeson.