University of Texas, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center

Doris Lessing:

An Inventory of Her Papers at the Harry Ransom Center



Creator: Lessing, Doris, 1919-2013
Title: Doris Lessing Papers
Dates: 1943-2008, undated
Abstract: The Doris Lessing Papers document the English author's creative life through artwork, clippings, correspondence, galley proofs, journal pages, libretti, manuscripts, notes, objects, page proofs, photographs, play scripts, printed material, screenplays, and sound recordings. The focus of the collection is on her professional rather than personal life.
Call Number: Manuscript Collection MS-2460
Extent: 76 document boxes (31.92 linear feet), 1 oversize folder (osf), 10 galley files (gf)
Language: Predominantly English, with some (mostly printed) material in Dutch, French, German, Japanese, Norwegian, Portuguese, and Spanish
Repository: The University of Texas at Austin, Harry Ransom Center

Biographical Sketch

Doris Lessing was born in 1919 to English parents who were resident in Persia (now Iran) at the time. Her father, Alfred Tayler, was a bank employee. The family lived in Persia until Doris was five years old, when her father bought a farm in what was then Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe). Lessing spent the next 25 years in Africa, marrying and divorcing twice and having three children before she took her youngest child, Peter, and moved to England in 1949.

The next year her first novel, The Grass Is Singing, was published. She supported herself and her son by writing poetry, articles, stage plays, screenplays for television and film, short stories, and novels, including the Children of Violence novel series (1952-1969). Her best-known novel, The Golden Notebook, was published in 1962 and established her for life among the most prominent writers in England.

In the 1960s, Lessing came under the influence of Sufi writer and teacher Idries Shah. As a result, her work veered away from realism in The Four-Gated City (1969), Briefing for a Descent into Hell (1971), The Memoirs of a Survivor (1974), and especially the science-fiction novel series, Canopus in Argos: Archives (1979-1982), to the dismay of some of her readers. Even though she occasionally returned to more realistic methods in some of her later work, for the rest of her career Lessing often chose unconventional paths, as in the graphic novel Playing the Game (1995), Mara and Dann: An Adventure (1999), The Story of General Dann and Mara's Daughter, Griot and the Snow Dog (2006), and The Cleft (2007).

Also unconventional in a different way were the two novels that Lessing wrote and secretly published under the pseudonym Jane Somers--The Diary of a Good Neighbour (1983) and If the Old Could… (1984). Only she and her agent Jonathan Clowes (and later her American editor, Robert Gottlieb, who was so familiar with her work that he immediately guessed her authorship) knew of the ruse. She explained that she wanted to demonstrate how difficult it had become for a young author to be published.

Lessing collaborated with American composer Philip Glass on operatic versions of two of her novels, The Making of the Representative for Planet 8 (1988) and The Marriages between Zones Three, Four, and Five (1997).

She also produced a significant amount of nonfiction, including African Laughter (1992), a memoir of four visits to Zimbabwe; the two volumes of her autobiography, Under My Skin (1994) and Walking in the Shade (1997); and a collection of her nonfiction writing, Time Bites (2004).

Lessing received many awards in her long career including the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2007. She died at age 94 in 2013.


Scope and Contents

The Doris Lessing Papers document the English author's creative life through artwork, clippings, correspondence, galley proofs, journal pages, libretti, manuscripts, notes, objects, page proofs, photographs, play scripts, printed material, screenplays, and sound recordings. The focus of the collection is on her professional rather than personal life. The papers are arranged in two series: I. Works, 1943-2008, undated, and II. Personal and Career-Related, 1947-2007, undated.

The Works series represents the majority of the papers, filling 70.5 boxes. It is arranged in five subseries: A. Novels, 1970-2008, undated; B. Short Fiction, 1949-2006, undated; C. Dramatic Works, 1959-2004, undated; D. Poetry, 1943-2005, undated; and E. Nonfiction, 1963-2007, undated.

Lessing's papers were acquired by the Ransom Center in two lots: one accession was assembled under her personal supervision in 1999 and has been available to researchers through a preliminary inventory; the other was acquired under the terms of her will in 2015. The present arrangement re-catalogs the earlier acquisition and combines both accessions. To make it possible for users to identify which accession included a particular item, folders containing material from the 1999 accession are labeled with registration numbers R14457 or R16015; folders containing material from the 2015 accession are not labeled with an accession number.

The papers clearly illustrate Lessing's usual working method. After some preliminary handwritten notes, she composed her first draft at the typewriter, making a carbon copy. Then she revised both copies by hand before sending one to a typist for retyping, requesting an original and usually several carbon copies or, in later years, word-processed printouts. This process of editing and retyping was often repeated several times before she submitted the manuscript to her publisher. This guide refers to each of these stages of the manuscript as a "draft," and these drafts are arranged in chronological order based on internal evidence (Lessing did not date her manuscripts). Thus "first draft" means the earliest version present among her papers, not necessarily the earliest draft that she put down on paper (for example, if a version has been lost).

In the process of revising a draft, Lessing sometimes re-typed longer passages on small pieces of paper rather than writing them by hand (she recognized that her handwriting was difficult to read, saying people told her it was "ghastly") and paper-clipped them to the original page. To prevent these slips of paper from becoming misplaced and to preserve information about their original location, the paper-clipped revision was photocopied, the paper clips were removed, and the photocopy, small slips, and original page were slipped into a plastic sleeve. This was done only if the correction was typed on small pieces of paper; if the correction was typed on a full-size sheet, it was merely left in place and the paper clip removed.

Lessing frequently typed her drafts on the back of previously used paper; sometimes incoming correspondence, unfinished outgoing correspondence, and manuscripts of other works. No attempt was made to identify and catalog this material.

Often Lessing filed correspondence to and from her typist, publisher, or others with her manuscripts. Such letters were left in place and arranged in chronological order. Significant individual correspondents are included in the Index of Correspondents at the end of this guide.

Lessing's original folders are preserved and filed behind the material they originally enclosed.

Subseries A. Novels contains material for all of Lessing's novels beginning with The Four-Gated City (1969). She explained that all earlier material had been lost.

The novels are arranged in alphabetical order by title.

Included are drafts of an uncompleted novel, The Memorymakers, which was intended for serial publication in Ink magazine until it folded and Lessing abandoned the project.

The bound proof copy of If the Old Could … contained dozens of torn slips of paper marking Lessing's corrections. These slips were marked with corresponding page numbers and removed to a separate envelope.

While most of Lessing's papers were not particularly well organized beyond being grouped by title, the manuscript of The Cleft was in such confusion that no attempt was made to reorder it during processing at the Ransom Center.

Subseries B. Short Fiction is arranged in alphabetical order by title, with individual stories and book-length collections grouped separately.

Subseries C. Dramatic works includes stage and musical plays, screenplays for television and film, and opera librettos. Many of the works in this section had not been published when this guide was written. They are arranged in a single alphabetical list by title.

Many of the manuscripts in this section bear the imprint of Gregson & Wigan, who were apparently her theatrical agents until the firm was purchased by EMI in 1970. Presumably these scripts were returned to her at that time.

At some point (perhaps when they were still in the possession of her agent) several of Lessing's manuscripts of dramatic works were stained by an unidentified liquid that permeated the pages and their folders. These manuscripts have been sleeved in plastic. Patrons using them may wish to consult Ransom Center staff about precautions they can take to avoid direct contact with these materials.

Subseries D. Poetry is the smallest section of Lessing's works. Most of her poems were written early in her career, though she occasionally wrote and published verse as late as 2005. Lessing herself labeled a folder "The ones I like," and that arrangement is preserved here. An attempt was made to arrange drafts in chronological order during processing.

Subseries E. Nonfiction contains articles, essays, journalism, reviews, prefaces, and other writing grouped as either individual pieces or books. Many of the individual manuscripts in this section lack titles; where the same piece appeared in the anthology Time Bites, the title found there is the one under which the piece is cataloged; otherwise, the title written on the manuscript, if any, was chosen. Untitled and uncompleted pieces are grouped at the end.

After her 1986 visit to Pakistan to learn about refugees from the Russian invasion of Afghanistan, Lessing wrote about her experiences in two simultaneous publications: an article, The Catastrophe, published in The New Yorker, and a book, The Wind Blows Away Our Words, published in England. Because these two publications included essentially the same material, all drafts were filed together under the book title, and only galley proofs under the article title.

Series II. Personal and Career-Related encompasses five boxes and is divided into two subseries: A. Personal, 1947-2007, undated, and B. Career-Related, 1956-2002, undated.

The Personal subseries contains some loose pages with dated, journal-like entries. A portion of these describes Lessing's experience taking the drug mescaline in 1963. These pages were originally placed by Lessing among her poems, but since no connection with any of the poems could be discovered, they were moved to this section.

The Personal subseries also contains correspondence that was not filed in conjunction with any particular manuscript or other group of papers.

The Career-Related subseries contains clippings, photocopies, and printed publications containing reviews of Lessing's work, profiles, and interviews, as well as documents and correspondence relating to her travels to give readings and talks and to receive awards.


Restrictions

Access:

Open for research


Index Terms

People
Drabble, Margaret, 1939- .
Glass, Philip.
Gottlieb, Robert, 1931- .
Holroyd, Michael.
Sigal, Clancy.
Organizations
Jonathan Clowes Ltd.
Subjects
Authors, English--20th century.
Fiction--20th century.
Novelists, English.
Sufism.
Women authors--20th century.
Places
London (England).
Zimbabwe.
Document Types
Clippings.
Correspondence.
Fiction.
Galley proofs.
Manuscripts.

Related Material

For additional materials related to Doris Lessing at the Ransom Center, see manuscript holdings for: Clancy Sigal, Alfred A. Knopf, Inc., Joan Rodker, John Osborne and Helen Dawson, Peter Owen, Ltd., Norman Mailer, and Tom Stoppard.

Other repositories with holdings of Lessing's papers include the British Archive for Contemporary Writing at the University of East Anglia and the Department of Special Collections and University Archives at the University of Tulsa.


Separated Material

One audio recording was transferred to the Ransom Center Sound Recordings Collection.

One original print was transferred to the Ransom Center Art Collection.

Two books were transferred to the Ransom Center Library.

A small number of miscellaneous objects was transferred to the Ransom Center Personal Effects Collection.


Administrative Information

Acquisition:

Purchases, 1999 (R14457, R16015); 2015 (15-01-012-P)

Processed by:

Liz Murray, 1999; Richard Workman, 2016


Sources:

"Doris Lessing: A Retrospective." Jan Hanford, http://www.dorislessing.org (accessed 9 August 2016).

Lessing, Doris. Under My Skin: Volume One of My Autobiography, to 1949. New York: HarperCollins, 1994.

Lessing, Doris. Walking in the Shade: Volume Two of My Autobiography, 1949-1962. New York: HarperCollins, 1994.


Container List

 

Series I. Works, 1943-2008, undated

Subseries A. Novels, 1970-2008, undated
Alfred and Emily (2008)
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1.1 First draft ('First version'). Typescript with author's handwritten revisions, 2007
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1.2-3 Second draft ('Uncorrected,' Part One only). Printout with author's handwritten revisions (original folder erroneously identifies as '2nd Part'), 2007
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1.4-5 Third draft ('Uncorrected,' Part One only). Printout with author's handwritten revisions, 2007
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1.6-7 Fourth draft, Part Two only. Printout with author's handwritten revisions, undated
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2.1-2 Fifth draft. Printout with author's handwritten revisions, undated
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2.3-6, 3.1-4 Sixth draft. Printouts and incomplete photocopy, undated
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3.5-6 Page proofs for Fourth Estate edition, 2008
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3.7-8 A Sitting Hen and The Incubator (also titled Chickens and Eggs), discarded material. Typescripts with author's handwritten revisions and printouts, undated
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4.1 My Black Calf. Printouts with author's handwritten revisions, undated
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4.2 Page proofs for paperback edition. Photocopies of printed pages marked for corrections and photocopies of corrected pages, 2008, undated
Ben, in the World: The Sequel to The Fifth Child (also titled The Fifth Child in the World; Ben Lovatt, Savage; Ben Lovatt; 2000)
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4.3 First draft ('Early Draft'). Typescript with author's handwritten revisions, 1999
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4.4 Second draft. Photocopy of typescript with author's handwritten revisions, undated
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4.5 Third draft. Photocopy of typescript with author's handwritten revisions, undated
Fourth draft. Printouts
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4.6-7 With author's handwritten revisions and editorial markings by copy editor and Suzette Macedo, undated
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4.8-9 With author's handwritten revisions only, undated
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4.10 Assorted photocopied printed and printout pages with author's handwritten revisions, undated
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4.11 Partisan Review publication of excerpt. Correspondence and proofs, 2000
Briefing for a Descent into Hell (1971)
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5.1 'Overlooked early notes.' Assorted handwritten and typed pages, undated
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5.2 Setting copy for Knopf edition, 1972, undated
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gf Galley proofs for Knopf edition, 1970
Canopus in Argos: Archives (novel series)
Documents Relating to the Sentimental Agents in the Volyen Empire (1983)
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5.3 Assorted handwritten and typed pages, undated
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5.4-5 '1st draft.' Two typescripts (originals and carbon copies mixed) with author's handwritten revisions, undated
Second draft. Typescripts with author's handwritten revisions and marks by copy editor
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5.6 Original, undated
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5.7 Carbon copy, undated
Third draft
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6.1 Typescript, undated
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6.2 Setting copy for Knopf edition, undated
The Making of the Representative for Planet 8 (also titled Making the Representative for Planet 8; 1982)
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6.3-4 First draft. Typescripts (originals and carbon copies mixed) with author's handwritten revisions, undated
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6.5 Second draft. Carbon copy typescript with author's handwritten revisions and editorial marks in unidentified hand, undated
Third draft. Photocopied typescript with Knopf editorial markings and notes
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6.6 'Xerox of the copy-edited ms. For the author,' includes correspondence, 1981, undated
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7.1 Setting copy for Knopf edition, undated
Galley proofs for Knopf edition
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gf 'Author's galleys,' with author's and editor's marks, including cover letter from Lessing, 1981
'Extra set of galleys,' with Lessing's corrections and alterations, including cover letter from Knopf, 1982
'Author's set,' with small number of final corrections, undated
'Master galleys,' with proofreader's and editor's marks, undated
'Master pages,' galleys with folios and running heads inserted, undated
The Marriages between Zones Three, Four, and Five (as Narrated by the Chroniclers of Zone Three) (1980)
First draft. Typescripts with author's handwritten revisions
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7.2-3 Original, undated
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7.4-5 Carbon copy, includes correspondence from Knopf and Cape, 1979, undated
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7.6 Assorted typescript pages with author's handwritten revisions and handwritten verses, undated
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7.7-8 Second draft. Setting copy for the Knopf edition, 1980
Galley proofs for Knopf edition
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gf 'Master set,' with editorial marks, including cover letter from Knopf, 1980
'Master set,' with editorial marks, including cover letter from Knopf, undated
Shikasta: Re, Colonised Planet 5: Personal, Psychological, Historical Documents Relating to Visit by Johor (George Sherban) Emissary (Grade 9) 87th of the Period of the Last Days (1979)
'Draft I.' Handwritten notes and typescript with author's handwritten revisions
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8.1-2 Original, undated
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8.3-4 Carbon copy, undated
Second draft. Typescripts with author's handwritten revisions
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8.5-6 Original, undated
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9.1-2 Carbon copy, undated
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9.3-4 Carbon copy, setting copy for Knopf edition, with marks by copy editor, undated
Galley proofs for Knopf edition
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gf Marked set containing unpublished manuscript of "Some Remarks" with editor's criticisms, undated
Unmarked set, undated
'Master galleys,' with editorial markings, undated
'Master pages,' galleys with folios and running heads inserted, undated
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9.5 Proofs for Jonathan Cape edition with editorial marks, undated
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10.1 Assorted handwritten notes, typescript pages with author's handwritten revisions, and photocopies of galleys with editorial marks, undated
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10.2 Correspondence from Alfred A. Knopf, Inc., 1978-1979
The Sirian Experiments: The Report by Ambien II, of the Five (1980)
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10.3 'Notes.' Handwritten and typed pages with author's handwritten revisions and correspondence, 1979-1980, undated
First draft. Typescripts with author's handwritten revisions
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10.4-5 Original, with additional pages ('Rewrites'), undated
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10.6-7 Carbon copy, undated
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10.8-9 Carbon copy, undated
Second draft. Typescripts with author's handwritten revisions
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11.1-2 Carbon copy with notes and correspondence with typist, 1979-1980, undated
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11.3-4 Original, setting copy for Knopf edition with editorial marks and correspondence, 1980, undated
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11.5 Assorted typescript pages with author's handwritten revisions, undated
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gf Galley proofs for Knopf edition ('Master Galleys'), includes typescript for Preface, undated
The Children of Violence (novel series)
The Four-Gated City (1969)
Setting copy for Knopf edition. Typescript with editorial marks
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11.6 Part I, undated
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12.1 Part II, undated
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12.2 Part III, undated
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12.3 Part IV, undated
The Cleft (2007)
Photocopied typescripts with author's handwritten revisions
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12.4 'The Cleft. 1,' undated
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12.5 'The Cleft 2,' undated
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12.6 Correspondence, 2006
The Diary of a Good Neighbour (as Jane Somers, 1983)
First draft. Typescripts with author's handwritten revisions
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12.7, 13.1 Original, undated
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13.2-3 Carbon copy, includes handwritten author's notes and assessments by two reviewers for Jonathan Clowes, undated
Second draft. Typescript with author's handwritten revisions
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13.4 Original, undated
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13.5 Carbon copy ('Marked Copy'), with copy editor's marks, undated
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14.1 Assorted typescript pages with author's handwritten revisions, undated
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14.2-3 Paste-ups, undated
The Fifth Child (also titled The Changeling; 1988)
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14.4 First draft. Incomplete typescript with author's handwritten revisions, originals and carbon copies interleaved, includes handwritten and typed notes, undated
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14.5 Second draft ('1st Version'). Incomplete typescript with author's handwritten revisions, originals and carbon copies interleaved, undated
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14.6-7 Third draft ('Second Draft'). Typescript with author's handwritten revisions, originals and carbon copies interleaved, undated
Fourth draft. Typescript with author's handwritten revisions
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14.8 Original, undated
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14.9 Carbon copy, undated
Fifth draft. Typescript with author's handwritten revisions
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15.1 Original, undated
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15.2-3 Two carbon copies, including handwritten and typed notes and correspondence, 1987, undated
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15.4 Photocopy including front matter copy for Knopf edition and correspondence, 1988, undated
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15.5 Setting copy for Knopf edition, undated
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15.6 Page proofs ('First Pass Page Master') with editorial marks, undated
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15.7 Repros, 1988, undated
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15.8 Printed reviews, 1988
The Good Terrorist (also titled The Terrorist; 1985)
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16.1 Research material, 1983-1984, undated
First draft. Typescripts with author's handwritten revisions
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16.2-3 Original, undated
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16.4-5 Carbon copy, includes handwritten notes, undated
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16.6 Assorted typescript pages and revisions, undated
Second draft. Typescript with author's handwritten revisions
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16.7-8, 17.1 Original, undated
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17.2-4 Photocopy, undated
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17.5 Advance proof copy for the Knopf edition, with author's handwritten revisions, 1985
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17.6 Correspondence, 1984-1985, undated
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17.7 Fragment from an introduction to a later edition. Photocopied typescript with author's handwritten revisions, undated
If the Old Could . . . (as Jane Somers, 1984)
First draft. Typescript with author's handwritten revisions
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17.8-9 Original, undated
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18.1-2 Carbon copy, undated
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18.3-4 Second draft. Typescript with author's handwritten revisions, includes correspondence, 1983-1984, undated
Advance proof copy with author's corrections, undated
Love, Again (also titled Never Going to Dance; 1996)
First draft. Typescripts (originals and carbon copies mixed and interleaved) with author's handwritten revisions
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18.5-6 '1st draft.' Includes handwritten notes and correspondence, 1988-1991, undated
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18.7-8 Copy with additional revisions to the opening pages, includes research material and handwritten notes, undated
Second draft. Typescript with author's handwritten revisions
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19.1-2 Original, undated
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19.3-4 Photocopy, includes handwritten notes, undated
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19.5-7 Third draft. Printout with author's and editor's handwritten revisions, undated
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20.1-2 Fourth draft. Printout for HarperCollins (U.S.) edition, with author's and editor's handwritten revisions, undated
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20.3-4 Fifth draft. Printout for HarperCollins edition, unmarked, undated
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20.5-6 Page proofs for the Flamingo (British) edition, unmarked, 1995
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20.7, 21.1 Page proofs for the HarperCollins edition, with editorial markings, 1995
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21.2 Page proofs for the HarperCollins edition, incomplete, with editorial markings, 1996
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21.3 French translation. Incomplete printout, undated
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21.4 Correspondence, 1994-1995, undated
Mara and Dann: An Adventure (also titled Mara: Memories of Water; Mara and Dann: Memories of Water: An Adventure; 1999)
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21.5-6 '1st draft.' Typescript with author's handwritten revisions, undated
Second draft. Typescript with author's handwritten revisions
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21.7-8 Original, undated
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22.1-2 Photocopy, undated
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22.3-5 Third draft. Printout with editor's marks, includes author's handwritten notes and correspondence from publisher, 1998, undated
Fourth draft. Printout
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22.6, 23.1-2 Unmarked, undated
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22.3-5 With one editorial mark on last page, undated
Page proofs
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23.6-7, 24.1 With marked pages in place, 1998
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24.2-4 'Author's correx,' with marked pages collected at beginning, 1998
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24.5 Assorted final corrections, 1998
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24.6 Hand-drawn map of Ifrik, two copies, undated
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24.7 Correspondence, 1998
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24.8 Cover artwork, undated
The Memoirs of a Survivor (1974)
First draft. Typescript with author's handwritten revisions
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24.9-10 Original, includes correspondence, 1974, undated
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24.11-12 Carbon copy, undated
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25.1-2 Carbon copy, setting copy for Knopf edition, 1975, undated
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25.3 Second draft. Printout labeled by Octagon Press, undated
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25.4 Correspondence and cover art, 1988
The Memorymakers (chapters 1-6, uncompleted)
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25.5 First draft, chapter 1 only. Typescript with author's handwritten revisions, undated
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25.6 Second draft. Typescript with author's handwritten revisions, includes handwritten notes and correspondence, 1971-1972, undated
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25.7 Third draft. Typescript with author's handwritten revisions, selected pages from chapter 1 and all of chapters 2-6, undated
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25.8-10 Composite typescripts. Three sets of carbon copy pages from second and third drafts with author's handwritten revisions, undated
The Story of General Dann and Mara's Daughter, Griot and the Snow Dog (2005)
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26.1 First draft. Typescript with author's handwritten revisions, undated
Second draft
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26.2 Original, typescript with author's handwritten revisions, undated
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26.3 Photocopy made at an early stage of revision, includes handwritten notes, undated
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26.4-6 Third draft. Printout with author's handwritten revisions, includes correspondence, 1972, undated
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27.1-3 Fourth draft. Printout with author's handwritten revisions, undated
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27.4 Assorted typescript pages with author's handwritten revisions, undated
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27.5 Page proofs and correspondence, undated
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27.6 Cover art, undated
The Summer before the Dark (1973)
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27.7-8 First and second drafts combined. Typescript with author's handwritten revisions, includes handwritten notes, undated
Third draft. Typescript with author's handwritten revisions
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27.9 Original, undated
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28.1 Carbon copy, undated
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28.2-3 Fourth draft. Photocopy of typescript with author's handwritten revisions, includes typist's list of queries, 1972
The Sweetest Dream (2001)
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28.4-5 First draft. Typescript with author's handwritten revisions, includes handwritten notes and unrelated correspondence, 1999, undated
Second draft. Typescript with author's handwritten revisions
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28.6, 29.1 Original, undated
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29.2-3 Photocopy, incomplete, undated
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29.4-5 Photocopy, undated
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29.6, 30.1 Photocopy with annotations by Philip Gwyn Jones, incomplete, includes correspondence, 2000, undated
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30.2-5, 31.1-4 Third draft. Printouts with author's typed and handwritten revisions, includes handwritten notes, undated
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31.5 Assorted typescript and printout pages, undated
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31.6 Correspondence, 2000, undated
Subseries B. Short Fiction, 1949-2006, undated
Individual stories
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32.1 Among the Roses. Typed drafts with author's handwritten revisions, printout, and printed publications, undated
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32.2 An Anniversary. Two carbon copies and printed publication, undated
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32.3 The Ant Man. Incomplete typescript with author's handwritten revisions, undated
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32.4 The Black Madonna. Typed drafts and incomplete setting copy with author's handwritten revisions, undated ('Written late forties')
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32.5 The Casualties. Typescript with author's handwritten revisions, undated
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32.6 Casualty (also titled Casualties). Typed drafts with author's handwritten revisions, printouts, and printed publication, 1988, undated
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32.7 The Crash. Typescript with author's handwritten revisions, undated
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32.8 D.H.S.S. Typed drafts with author's handwritten revisions, printouts with author's handwritten revisions, printed publication, notes, and correspondence, 1990, undated
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32.9 The Death of a Chair. Typed and printout drafts and page proofs, includes correspondence, 2005, undated
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32.10-11 Debbie and Julie (also titled Girl in the Shed; A Girl in a Shed). Typed drafts with author's handwritten revisions, page proofs, and correspondence, 1989, undated
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32.12 Fear and Red Velvet. Typescript with author's handwritten revisions, undated
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32.13 The Fun Fair. Typescript with author's handwritten revisions, undated
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32.14 The Goddess of the Insurance Fires. Typescript with author's handwritten revisions, undated
The Grandmothers (2003)
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33.1 First draft. Incomplete typescript with author's handwritten revisions, undated
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33.2 Second draft. Typescript with author's handwritten revisions, undated
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33.3 Third draft. Original typescript and photocopy, with author's handwritten revisions, undated
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33.4 Fourth draft. Printout with author's handwritten revisions, undated
Fifth draft. Printouts
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33.5 Unmarked, undated
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33.6 Marked by copy editor, undated
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33.7 With copy editor's marks transferred, undated
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33.8 Sixth draft. Printout with author's handwritten revisions, undated
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33.9 Notes and correspondence, 2002, undated
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33.10 Her. Typed drafts with author's handwritten revisions, undated
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33.11 In Defence of the Underground. Typed drafts with author's handwritten revisions and printout, undated
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33.12 In the National Gallery. Typed and printout drafts with author's handwritten revisions, 2006, undated
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33.13-14 The Italian Sweater. Typed and printout drafts, page proofs, and printed publications, 1992-1994, undated
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33.15 The Journal of a Rebel, or, Excuse Me While I'm Sick. Typescript with author's handwritten revisions, undated
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33.16 Lions, Leaves, Roses. . . . Typed drafts with author's handwritten revisions, undated
A Love Child (2003)
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33.17 First draft. Typescript with author's handwritten and typed revisions, undated
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34.1 Second draft. Typescript and photocopies with author's handwritten and typed revisions, undated
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34.2 Third draft. Incomplete typescript with author's handwritten and typed revisions, undated
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34.3-4 Fourth draft. Printout with author's handwritten and typed revisions, undated
Fifth draft. Printout
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34.5 Marked by copy editor, undated
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34.6 With copy editor's marks transferred, undated
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34.7 With author's handwritten and typed revisions, undated
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35.1 Assorted typescript and printout pages, notes, research material, and correspondence, 2002, undated
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35.2 A More than Usually Tangled Web (also titled Perhaps a Rather More than Usually Tangled Web). Typed and printout drafts with author's handwritten and typed revisions, undated
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35.3 The Mother of the Child in Question. Typed drafts with author's handwritten revisions and printed publication, 1988, undated
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35.4 Mr. Boles and Mr. Hartley. Typescript with author's handwritten revisions, undated
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35.5 Mrs. Fortescue. Typescript with author's handwritten revisions, undated
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35.6 The New Café. Typed drafts, printout draft, and page proofs with author's handwritten revisions, and printed publication, 1990, undated
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35.7 No Witchcraft for Sale. Printed publication, 1993
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35.8 Not a Very Nice Story. Typed drafts with author's handwritten revisions, 1971-1972
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35.9 The Nuisance. Typescript, undated
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35.10 The Old Sort. Typescript, undated
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35.11 An Old Woman and her Cat. Typed drafts with author's handwritten revisions, correspondence, 1971-1972
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35.12 The Old Woman They Called a Witch. Typed and carbon copy drafts, undated
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35.13 One Language. Typescript and incomplete carbon copy with author's handwritten revisions, undated
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35.14 One Off the Short List. Page proofs, undated
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35.15 The Other Garden. Typescript with author's handwritten revisions, undated
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35.16 Out of the Fountain. Typed drafts with author's handwritten revisions, 1960s
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36.1 The Pit. Typescript original, carbon copy, and photocopy ('3rd version') with author's handwritten revisions, printed publication, and page proofs, 1988, undated
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36.2 The Plague. Typescript with author's handwritten revisions, undated
Playing the Game (1995)
Treatment
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36.3 First draft. Typescript with author's handwritten revisions and handwritten notes, undated
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36.4 Second draft ('second stage'). Original typescript and carbon copy interleaved, with handwritten notes, undated
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36.5 Third draft. Typescript (original, carbon copy, and photocopy) with author's handwritten revisions, undated
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36.6 Photocopied sample illustrations by Charlie Adlard, undated
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36.7 Photocopied final pages, undated
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36.8 Research and notes, 1991, undated
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36.9 Correspondence, 1990-1992, undated
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36.10 Pleasures of the Park. Typed drafts with author's handwritten revisions, printouts, and printed publication, 1991, undated
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36.11 Pretty Puss. Typescript with author's handwritten revisions, undated
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36.12 Principles (also titled A Question of Principle). Typed drafts and printouts with author's handwritten revisions, and printed publication, 1988, undated
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36.13-14 The Real Thing. Typescripts with author's and editor's handwritten revisions and markings, photocopy of printed publication, 1988, undated
The Reason For It (2003)
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36.15 First draft ('first version'). Typescript with author's handwritten revisions, undated
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36.16 Second draft. Typescript with author's handwritten revisions, undated
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37.1 Third draft. Printout with author's handwritten revisions, undated
Fourth draft. Printouts
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37.2 Unmarked, undated
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37.3 With copy editor's markings, undated
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37.4 With author's handwritten revisions, undated
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37.5 Report on the Threatened City. Typescripts with author's handwritten revisions, and research, 1971-1972, undated
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37.6 Romance 1988 (also titled Romance 1987). Typed drafts with author's handwritten revisions, page proofs, and printed publication, 1988, undated
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37.7 Samhain Eve. Photocopied printout, undated
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37.8 Side Benefits of an Honourable Profession. Typescript with author's handwritten revisions, undated
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37.9 Sparrows. Typed drafts with author's handwritten revisions, correspondence, and printed publication, 1989, undated
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37.10 Spies I Have Known. Photocopied typescript with author's handwritten revisions, undated
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37.11 The Stare. Typed drafts with author's handwritten revisions, printout, faxed New Yorker galley proofs, and handwritten notes, 1997, undated
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37.12 Storms. Typed drafts with author's handwritten revisions, undated
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38.1 The Story of a Non-Marrying Man (also titled The Fragrant Black Aloe). Typed drafts with author's handwritten revisions, 1940s, 1971, undated
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38.2 A Summer's House. Typed and printout drafts, undated
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38.3 A Sunrise on the Veld. Photocopied typeset pages, undated
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38.4 Tentative Exegesis. Typed fragment, undated
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38.5 The Thoughts of a Near-Human. Research, typed drafts with author's handwritten revisions, printout, correspondence, 1992, undated
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38.6 Through the Tunnel. Photocopied typeset pages and printed publication, 1954, 1957
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38.7 Tigers in the Big House. Typescript with author's handwritten revisions, undated
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38.8 A Tone of Voice. Typescript original and carbon copies with author's handwritten revisions, undated
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38.9 Twenty Years. Typed drafts with author's handwritten revisions, printouts and printed publication, 1994, undated
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38.10 The Twitching Dog. Printed publication 1949
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38.11 Two Old Women and a Young One. Typed and printout drafts with author's handwritten revisions, undated
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38.12 An Unposted Love Letter. Typed drafts with author's handwritten revisions, 1960s
Victoria and the Staveneys (2003)
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38.13 First draft. Typescript with author's handwritten revisions, undated
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38.14 Second draft. Typescript with author's handwritten and typed revisions, includes correspondence from typist, undated
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38.15-16 Third draft. Printout with author's handwritten revisions, undated
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38.17 What Price the Truth? Typed and printout drafts with author's handwritten revisions, galley and page proofs, and printed publication, 1991, undated
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38.18 When the King Came. Typed drafts with author's handwritten revisions, undated
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39.1 Womb Ward. Typed drafts with author's handwritten revisions, galley proofs, Norwegian printed publication, 1987, 1993, undated
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39.2 The Woolly Sheep. Typescript with author's handwritten revisions, original and carbon copy with different ending, includes correspondence, 1953, undated
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39.3 Yes, But Why? Two carbon copies with author's handwritten revisions, undated
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39.4 Untitled story about African family. Incomplete typescript with author's handwritten revisions, undated
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39.5 Untitled story about Ruth and Charles. Incomplete typescript (original and carbon copy interleaved) with author's handwritten revisions, undated
Collections
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39.6 African Stories (1964). Preface. Incomplete typescript with author's handwritten revisions, undated
The Doris Lessing Reader (1989)
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39.7-12 Setting copy. Photocopied typeset pages with editorial marks, undated
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40.1-6 Page proofs with editorial marks, undated
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40.7 The Grandmothers (2003). Front matter and editorial notes, undated
London Observed (also titled London Sketches; American title: The Real Thing; 1992).
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40.8 First draft. Printout with copy editor's and Lessing's marks, undated
Second draft
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40.9, 41.1 Printouts, undated
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41.2 Incomplete photocopy with copy editor's marks, undated
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41.3 Page proofs, undated
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41.4 Notes and correspondence, 1987-1991, undated
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41.5 Nine African Stories (1968). Correspondence and typed drafts of Preface with author's handwritten revisions, 1967, undated
The Story of a Non-Marrying Man and Other Stories (1972)
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41.6 Assorted notes, typescript pages, page proofs, and list of corrections, undated
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41.7 Page proofs for the Jonathan Cape edition with author's handwritten revisions, undated
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41.8 The Sun Between Their Feet (1973). Front matter including Preface, and typed drafts with author's handwritten revisions of Spies I Have Known and The Story of a Non-Marrying Man, 1972, undated
The Temptation of Jack Orkney and Other Stories (1972)
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41.9-10 Setting copy for Knopf edition, 1972
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41.11 Correspondence, 1972
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41.12 This Was the Old Chief's Country (1973). Front matter including Preface, 1972, undated
Subseries C. Dramatic Works, 1959-2004, undated
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42.1 List of dramatic works in Lessing's handwriting, undated
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42.2 Africa Dances (play script). Typescript with author's handwritten revisions and handwritten note, 1940s
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42.3-5 As I Was Walking up the High Street (play script). Original and carbon copy typescripts with author's handwritten revisions, 1967
Between Men (screenplay for television, 1967)
First draft
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42.6 Carbon copy typescript with author's handwritten revisions, 1967
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42.7 Mimeographed copy, 1967
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42.8 Camera script, 1967
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42.9 Rehearsal script, 1967
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42.10 Adaptation by Michael Hastings. Preliminary draft and complete first draft, typescript and photocopied typescript with correspondence, 1975, undated
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42.11 The Bones of the Dead (screenplay for television). Carbon copy typed synopsis, 1967
Care and Protection (screenplay for television, 1966)
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42.12-13 Original and carbon copy typescripts, undated
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42.14 Rehearsal script, mimeographed copy, 1966
Children of Violence (screenplay for film)
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43.1-4 First draft. Typescripts with author's handwritten revisions, undated
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43.5-9 Second draft. Printouts, undated
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43.10 Third draft ('Second Revision'). Printout, 'Part One. The Empty Village' only, undated
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43.11 Do Not Disturb (screenplay for television, also titled Please Do Not Disturb, 1966). Original folder only, 1966
Dom Pedro de Braganza (musical play script, written with Helder Macedo)
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43.12 Synopsis. Typescript and photocopy with author's handwritten revisions, 1964, undated
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43.13 Assorted handwritten, typed, carbon copy, and photocopied notes and pages, undated
First draft
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44.1 Typescript with author's handwritten revisions, undated
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44.2 Photocopy, undated
Second draft
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44.3 Typescript, 1965
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44.4 Carbon copy, undated
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44.5-6 Photocopies, undated
Each His Own Wilderness (play script, 1958)
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44.7-9 Duplicated typescripts, undated
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44.10 Correspondence, 1959
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45.1 Printed program for German performance, 1989
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45.2 The Fifth Child (screenplay for film adapted by Ruth Graham). Reproduced typescript, 1992
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45.3 The Grass Is Singing (radio play adapted by Michael Kittermaster, 1976). Correspondence (including first draft of script), 1971-1976, undated
The Habit of Loving (screenplay for television, 1963)
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45.4-6 Typescripts, original and carbon copies, 1969, undated
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45.7-8 Camera scripts, 1963
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45.9 Rehearsal script, 1963
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45.10 Discarded typescript pages, undated
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45.11 Spanish translation. Reproduced typescript, 1964
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45.12 He (play script). Typescripts with author's handwritten revisions, undated
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45.13 Un Homme et deux femmes (French screenplay for film by René Féret, based on three stories by Lessing, 1991). Reproduced typescript, undated
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45.14 Inside, Outside (synopsis of screenplay for television). Typescript with author's handwritten revisions, 1966
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45.15 Johnny's Luck (play script). Typescript with author's handwritten revisions, undated
The Making of the Representative for Planet 8 (opera libretto, music by Philip Glass, 1988)
Manuscripts
Libretto
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46.1-3 Discarded pages mixed with pages from early drafts, handwritten, typed, and printout versions with author's handwritten revisions, undated
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46.4 '5th draft' (two-act version). Reproduced typescript, 1986
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46.5 '6th draft' (two-act version). Printouts with author's handwritten revisions, 1986
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46.6 Seventh draft (three-act version). Reproduced printouts with author's handwritten revisions, 1987
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46.7 Article for ENO & Friends magazine. Typed drafts with author's handwritten revisions, undated
Notes, production documents, promotional material, printed programs, reviews, and clippings
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46.8 Houston Grand Opera production (1988), 1983-1988, undated
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46.9 English National Opera production, London (1988), 1988, undated
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47.1 Het Muziektheater production, Amsterdam (1989), 1988-1989, undated
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47.2 Theater Kiel production, Kiel, Germany (1989), 1988-1989, undated
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47.3 Assorted documents, 1986-1988, undated
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47.4-5 Correspondence, 1983-1989, undated
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47.6 Original folders, undated
Maria (play script), undated
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47.7 First draft. Carbon copy typescript with author's handwritten revisions, undated
Second draft. Typescripts with author's handwritten revisions
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47.8 Original, undated
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47.9 Carbon copy, undated
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48.1-2 Third draft. Carbon copy typescripts with author's handwritten revisions, undated
Fourth draft
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48.3 Carbon copy typescript, undated
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48.4 Typeset copy, 1966
The Marriages between Zones Three, Four, and Five
Opera libretto, music by Philip Glass, produced by Theater der Stadt, Heidelberg, 1997
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48.5-10, 49.1-6 Drafts of synopsis and libretto. Handwritten, typed, carbon copy, reproduced, and printout pages with author's handwritten revisions throughout, undated
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49.7 Notes, production documents, and printed program, 1997, undated
Screenplays for film
By Doris Lessing
Typescript with author's handwritten revisions
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49.8 Original, undated
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49.9 Carbon copy, undated
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49.10 'Treatment,' 1991
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49.11-12, 50.1 'Working Notes,' 1991
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50.2 Notes and printed material, 1991, undated
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50.3 By Philip Kalin-Hajdu. Printout, 2004
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50.4 Correspondence, 1989-2004, undated
The Memoirs of a Survivor (screenplay for film)
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50.5 By Kerry Crabbe and David Gladwell. Reproduced typescript, undated
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50.6 By David Gladwell and Bernard Houser. Reproduced typescript, undated
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50.7 The Mermaids Singing (play script). Reproduced typescript, undated
Mr. Dollinger (play script, 1958). Reproduced typescripts
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50.8 With minor revisions in unidentified hand and lines marked for part of Penelope Hall, undated
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50.9 With revisions marked in unidentified hand, undated
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51.1 'Prompt Copy' with extensive revisions and annotations in unidentified hand, undated
Play with a Tiger (also titled To Play with a Tiger; 1962)
Play script
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51.2 First draft. Typescript with author's handwritten and typed revisions, undated
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51.3 Second draft. Carbon copy typescripts, undated
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51.4 Czech translation. Reproduced typescripts, 1966
Screenplay for television
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51.5-6 Typescripts, 1967-1968
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51.7 Rehearsal script, 1967
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52.1 Camera script, 1968
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52.2 Correspondence, 1964
The Silent Man (screenplay for television or film)
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52.3 'Story outline.' Typescript drafts, undated
'Treatment.' Typescripts with author's handwritten revisions
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52.4 First draft, undated
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52.5 Second draft, undated
Screenplay
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52.6 First draft. Typescripts with author's handwritten revisions, undated
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52.7-8 Second draft, 'Treatment for a film.' Typescripts with author's handwritten revisions, 1963
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52.9 Correspondence, printed documents, discarded pages, notes, 1960, 1971, undated
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52.10 The Singing Door (1973). Handwritten notes, typed drafts with author's handwritten revisions, photocopied publication, correspondence, 1971-1973, undated
The Stories of Guy de Maupassant, series for Granada Television (screenplays co-authored with Hugh Leonard and Stanley Miller)
Typescripts with author's handwritten revisions, undated
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53.1 Boitelle
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53.2 The Bread of Shame
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53.3 The Confidence (also titled Confidential)
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53.4 A Passion
Reproduced typescripts, undated
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53.5 Boitelle (1962)
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53.6 Confidential / A Passion / The Sign
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53.7 The Inheritance (1963)
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53.8 The Legacy / Mademoiselle Pearl / Confession / The Orderly
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53.9 The Model
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53.10 The Necklace / A Question of Latin / The Olive Grove
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53.11 Old Milon / A Twelfth-Night Party / A Duel (1962)
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53.12 Pierre's Wife
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53.13 A Sale / A Family Business / The Devil (1962)
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54.1 The Story of a Farm Girl
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54.2 The Test / Four Dozen Dumplings / Imprudence (1963)
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54.3 That Swine Morin / Graveyard Loves / A Night on the Town (1962)
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54.4 Note and correspondence, 1962-1966, undated
The Storm (play script, adaptation by Lessing of a play by Alexander Ostrovsky, 1966)
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54.5 Original and carbon copy typescripts with author's handwritten revisions, undated
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54.6-8 Duplicated typescripts from The National Theatre with author's handwritten revisions,1966, undated
The Truth about Billy Newton
Play script (1958)
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54.9 First draft. Carbon copy typescript with author's handwritten revisions, undated
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54.10-11, 55.1-2 Second draft. Reproduced typescripts with alterations in various unidentified hands, undated
Screenplay for television
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55.3 Typescript with author's handwritten revisions, undated
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55.4 Rehearsal script. Reproduced typescript with author's handwritten revisions, 1961
£20,000 of Love (play script)
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55.5-7 First draft. Carbon copy typescripts with author's minor handwritten revisions, undated
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55.8 Second draft. Reproduced typescript, undated
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55.9-10 The White Princess (synopsis and play script; also titled The Pink Princess). Typescripts with author's handwritten revisions, undated
Woman Alone (screenplay for film; also titled Woman; Woman without a Man)
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56.1 First draft. Typescript with author's handwritten revisions, undated
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56.2 Second draft. Reproduced typescript, 1965
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56.3 Third draft. Reproduced typescript, undated
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56.4 Fourth draft. Typescript, undated
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56.5 Unidentified manuscript page, carbon copy typescript, undated
Subseries D. Poetry, 1943-2005, undated
Individual poems
'The ones I like'
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56.6 A-D, 1948, undated
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56.7 F-I, 1966-1967, undated
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56.8 L-M, 1970, 2005, undated
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56.9 N-S, 1948, 1967, undated
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56.10 T-W, 1967, undated
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56.11 Untitled, 1943-1965, undated
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56.12 Correspondence, 1946, 1985
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56.13 Original folder, undated
Other poems
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56.14 A-C, 1943-1947, undated
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56.15 D-F, 1943-1946, undated
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57.1 H-L, 1946-1947, undated
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57.2 M-P, 1943-1955, undated
R-Z, 1946-1949, undated
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57.4 The Wolf People. Handwritten and typed drafts with author's handwritten revisions, correspondence, page proofs, 2001, undated
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57.5 Untitled, 1948-1951, undated
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57.6 Notes and fragments, undated
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57.7 Poems by others. Jack Beeching. Typed draft with Lessing's handwritten annotation, undated
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57.8 Correspondence, 1946-1969, undated
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57.9 Original folders, undated
Poetry collections
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gf Fourteen Poems (1959). Galley proofs, 1959
Subseries E. Nonfiction, 1963-2007, undated
Individual articles, essays, and reviews
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57.10 About Cats. Photocopied typescript with author's handwritten revisions, 2000
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57.11 Afghanistan. Photocopied typescript with author's handwritten revisions, undated
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57.12 African Tragedy. Printout, 2000
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57.13 The Amazing Victorian: A Life of George Meredith. Typescript, 2000
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57.14 Ant's Eye View: A Review of The Soul of the White Ant by Eugène Marais. Typescript with author's handwritten revisions, undated
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57.15 Biography. Photocopied typescript with author's handwritten revisions and signature, 2000
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57.16 A Bright Eye in a Bunch of Leaves. Typescript and printouts with author's handwritten revisions, undated
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57.17 Broken Promises. Printed publication, 1996
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57.18 Bulgakov's The Fatal Eggs. Photocopied typescript with author's handwritten revisions and correspondence, 2003.
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57.19 Carlyle's House: Newly Discovered Pieces by Virginia Woolf. Photocopied typescript with author's handwritten revisions, 2003
The Catastrophe. Galley proofs for The New Yorker with author's handwritten revisions
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57.20 '1st revise, Feb. 12,' 1987
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57.21 '2nd revise, Feb. 17th,' 1987
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57.22 Third set, photocopies, 1987
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57.23 Censorship. Photocopied typescript with author's handwritten revisions, 2001
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57.24 Continuing Cycles of Revolution. Printed publication, 1993
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57.25 Cultural Domination. Photocopied typescript with author's handwritten revisions, 1993
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57.26 D. H. Lawrence's 'The Fox.' Photocopied typescripts with author's handwritten revisions, 2002
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57.27 A Deep Darkness: A Review of Out of Africa by Karen Blixen. Printed publication, 1971
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57.28 Doris Lessing on Afghanistan. Printout with author's handwritten revisions, 1986
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57.29 Events in the Skies. Typescript drafts and galley proofs with author's handwritten revisions, and printed publications, undated, 1988
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57.30 Foreword to The Wrong Way Home by Dr. Arthur Deikman. Photocopied typescript with author's handwritten revisions, 2002
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57.31 The Forgotten Soldier, Guy Sajer. Photocopied typescript with author's handwritten revisions and signature, 2000
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57.32 How Things Were. Photocopied typescript with author's handwritten revisions and correspondence, 2001-2002
Impertinent Daughters
Publication in Granta
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58.1 First draft. Original typescript and carbon copy interleaved, with author's handwritten revisions, undated
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58.2 Second draft. Original typescript and carbon copy interleaved, with author's handwritten revisions on original only, undated
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58.3 Printed publication, 1985
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58.4 Correspondence, 1984
Publication in Contemporary Authors (incorporates My Mother's Life)
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58.5 Typescript, undated
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58.6 Page proofs, 1991
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58.7 Photocopy of printed publication, 1991
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58.8 Correspondence, 1991
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58.9 Introduction to Evelyne Hanquart-Turner, ed., Tales of the British Empire, 1991. Photocopied typescript with author's handwritten revisions, undated
Learning to Love Books (also titled Opinions; broadcast talk on BBC television)
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58.10 First draft. Typescript with author's handwritten revisions, undated
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58.11 Second draft. Typescript with author's handwritten revisions, undated
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58.12 Printed publication, 1985
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58.13 Correspondence, 1985, undated
My Father
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58.14 Typed drafts with author's handwritten revisions, undated
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58.15 Printed publication, 1963
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58.16 Correspondence, 1963
My Mother's Life
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58.17 First draft. Typescript with author's handwritten revisions, undated
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58.18 Second draft. Typescript with author's handwritten revisions, undated
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58.19 Third draft. Original typescript (incomplete), carbon copies, and photocopies with author's handwritten revisions, undated
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osf Galley proofs for Granta publication, undated
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58.20 Printed publication, 1986
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59.1 Correspondence, 1985-1986
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59.2 My Room. Photocopied typescript, 1998
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59.3 Myself as Sportsman. Typed drafts with author's handwritten revisions, undated
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59.4 Nudity. Typescript and printout drafts with author's handwritten revisions, undated
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59.5 Old. Photocopied typescript, correspondence, 2001, undated
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59.6 The Old Age of El Magnifico. Typed and printout drafts with author's handwritten revisions, undated
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59.7 On Tolstoy. Photocopied typescript with author's handwritten revisions, undated
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59.8 Opera. Photocopied typescript with author's handwritten revisions, undated
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59.9 Paris Review interview. Photocopied printed pages with author's handwritten revisions, 1991
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59.10 The Pleasure of Reading. Photocopied typescript with author's handwritten revisions, undated
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59.11 Preface for Slaves of Solitude by Patrick Hamilton. Typed and printout drafts with author's handwritten revisions, 2006, undated
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59.12 Preface for the Writers' and Artists' Yearbook 2003. Photocopied typescript with author's handwritten revisions, 2002
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59.13 Preface to Ecclesiastes, King James Version. Research material, drafts, page proofs with author's handwritten revisions, correspondence, 1998, undated
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59.14 Preface to Lady Chatterley's Lover. Printout, undated
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59.15 'Preface to Seeking After Truth' (French translation of Seeker After Truth by Idries Shah, 1984). Typescript with editorial marks, undated
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59.16 Review of The Writer and Commitment. Typescript of review by Lessing and galley proof of review by Philip Toynbee, undated
Rufus the Survivor
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59.17 First through third typed drafts with author's handwritten revisions, undated
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59.18 Fourth original and photocopied typed draft with author's handwritten revisions, undated
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59.19 The Situation in Zimbabwe. Photocopied typescript with author's handwritten revisions, 2000
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59.20 Speech at Vigo on Getting the Prince of Asturias Prize. Photocopied typescript, 2002
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59.21 Stendhal's Memoirs of an Egotist. Photocopied typescript with author's handwritten revisions, 2002
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59.22 Summing up: When Idries Shah Died. Printout, 1994
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59.23 The Three Royal Monkeys, Walter de la Mare [with several other book reviews not included in Time Bites]. Photocopied typescript with author's handwritten revisions, 1998
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59.24 The Tragedy of Zimbabwe. Printouts, 2003
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59.25 Unexamined Mental Attitudes Left Behind by Communism. Photocopied typescript with author's handwritten revisions, 1992
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59.26 Unwritten Novels. Photocopied printed publication, 1990
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59.27 A Week in Heidelberg. Photocopied typescript with author's handwritten revisions, 1999
Untitled pieces
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59.28 On aging. Typed drafts with author's handwritten revisions, undated
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59.29 On James Boswell. Incomplete typescript, undated
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59.30 On The Golden Notebook. Typescript, photocopy, and correspondence, 2006-2007, undated
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59.31 On paintings. Handwritten notes, undated
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59.32 On reading (written for Antonia Fraser, ed., The Pleasure of Reading, 1992). Photocopied typescript with author's handwritten revisions and correspondence, 1990, undated
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59.33 Folder, undated
Books
African Laughter (1992)
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60.1 Research, handwritten notes, and loose typescript pages, undated
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60.2-5 First draft. Typescript with author's handwritten revisions, undated
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60.6-9 Second draft. Photocopied typescript, undated
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60.10 Correspondence, 1992, undated
Autobiography (two volumes)
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60.11-13 Handwritten notes, clippings, and assorted typescript pages with author's handwritten revisions from both volumes, undated
Under My Skin: Volume One of my Autobiography, to 1949 (1994)
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61.1-5 Typescript with author's handwritten revisions, undated
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61.6 Correspondence, 1944, 1993-1995, undated
Walking in the Shade: Volume Two of my Autobiography, 1949-1962 (1997)
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61.7 Handwritten notes, clippings, photograph, and research photocopies, 1987-1995, undated
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62.1-8 Correspondence with researcher Elizabeth Murray, 1996, undated
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62.9-10 First draft. Typescript with author's handwritten and typed revisions, undated
Second draft. Typescript with author's handwritten and typed revisions, undated
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62.11-12, 63.1-2 Original
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63.3-6 Carbon copy
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63.7, 64.1-3 Third draft. Printout with author's handwritten and typed revisions, undated
Fourth draft. Printout, undated
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64.4 Incomplete, with extensive copy editor's marks (mostly rejected)
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64.5-7, 65.1 'Penultimate version,' with author's handwritten and typed revisions
Fifth draft. Printout, undated
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65.2-5 With author's handwritten and typed revisions and copy editor's marks
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65.6, 66.1-2 Setting copy, with author's handwritten revisions and copy editor's marks
Page Proofs for U.S. edition
Dated 3/17/97
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66.3-4 With author's handwritten revisions
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66.5, 67.1 'Author's set,' with author's handwritten revisions
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67.2-3 Dated 5/12/97, with author's handwritten revisions
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67.4 Dated 6/24/97, illustration section only, two copies
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67.5 Corrections for U.S. and British paperback editions. Typed and handwritten pages, undated
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67.6 Correspondence, 1995-1997, undated
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67.7 Particularly Cats … and Rufus. Page proofs for the Knopf edition, 1991
Prisons We Choose to Live Inside (originally delivered as the Massey Lectures on CBC Radio in 1985; published 1986)
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67.8 First draft. Handwritten notes and typescript with author's handwritten revisions, undated
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68.1 Second draft. Typescript with author's handwritten revisions, undated
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68.2 Third draft. Typescript with author's handwritten revisions, undated
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68.3 Setting copy for the Jonathan Cape edition, 1987
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68.4 Correspondence, 1984-1985
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68.5-6 A Small Personal Voice (1974). Setting copy for the Knopf edition, 1974
Time Bites: Views and Reviews (2004)
Preliminary selection of pieces, unnumbered
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68.7-10, 69.1-3 Pieces included in final publication. Typescripts, photocopies, page proofs, clippings, printed publications, and correspondence, 1972-2003, undated
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69.4 Rejected pieces. Typescripts, photocopies, page proofs, clippings, printed publications, and correspondence, 1971-2003, undated
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69.5-11 Second selection of pieces, numbered. Photocopies and clippings, 1972-2003, undated
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70.1-7 Third selection of pieces, numbered ('The version sent to HarperCollins first'). Photocopies and clippings, 1972-2003, undated
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70.8 Notes. Handwritten and typed pages, undated
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70.9 Correspondence, 1987-2004, undated
The Wind Blows Away Our Words (incorporates material used for article The Catastrophe, 1987)
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70.10 Handwritten notes, undated
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70.11 Part One: Her Long Hair Streaming Loose. Typed drafts with author's handwritten revisions, undated
Part Two: The Wind Blows Away Our Words
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70.12 First draft. Typescript with author's handwritten revisions, undated
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70.13 Second draft. Typescript with author's handwritten revisions, undated
Third draft. Typescript with author's handwritten revisions
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70.14 Original, undated
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70.15 Carbon copy, undated
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71.1 Fourth draft. Typescript with author's handwritten and typed revisions, undated
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71.2 Fifth draft. Original and carbon copy typescripts with author's handwritten revisions, undated
Sixth draft
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71.3 Typescript with author's handwritten revisions, undated
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71.4 Typescript with author's handwritten and typed revisions, undated
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71.5 Seventh draft. Carbon copy typescript, undated
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71.6-7 Assorted typescript pages with author's handwritten and typed revisions, undated
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71.8 Part Three: Interviews with Mrs. Tajwar Kakar. Photocopies of Afghan Information Centre Monthly Bulletin, 1985-1986
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71.9 Part Four: The Strange Case of the Western Conscience. Typed drafts with author's handwritten revisions, undated
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71.10 Complete book. Photocopied typescript with handwritten notes, undated



 

Series II. Personal and Career-Related, 1947-2007, undated

Subseries A. Personal, 1947-2007, undated
Correspondence
Incoming
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71.11 A-J, 1949-2007, undated
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71.12 K, 1995-1996, undated
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71.13 L, 1955-1997, undated
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72.1 M-Z, unidentified, 1949-2005, undated
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72.2 HarperCollins, 1995-1997
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72.3 Re Tanner Lectures, 1982-1983
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72.4 Outgoing, 1947, undated
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72.5 Journal pages, 1963-1968, undated
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72.6 Notes, 1991-2004, undated
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72.7 Printed material, 1955-2007, undated
Subseries B. Career-Related, 1956-2002, undated
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72.8-12, 73.1-12 Clippings, 1956-2002, undated
Travels, awards, readings, and talks
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74.1 Africa, 1982
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74.2-3 Australia, 1985
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74.4 Europe, 1982
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74.5 France, 1981
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74.6, 75.1 Germany (Shakespeare Prize), 1981-1982
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75.2-3 Japan, 1982
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75.4 Norway, 1985
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75.5 Spain and Portugal, 1983
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76.1-2 U.S. and Canada, 1984
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76.3 U.S., Argentina, Germany, and France, 1989-1991



 Index of Correspondents 

  • Afrikaanse Pers Beperk--71.11
  • Alfred A. Knopf, Inc.--5.2, 6.6, 7.1, 10.2, 10.3, 17.6, 25.4
  • Alther, Lisa--76.2
  • American Music Theater Festival--47.4
  • Andrew Nurnberg Associates--61.6
  • Biderman, Sol--71.11
  • Black Spring Press (Simon Pettifor)--71.11
  • Brandt & Brandt. Dramatic Department--44.10
  • British Broadcasting Corporation. Television Service--52.9
  • British Council--72.3
  • Brooks Fulford Cramer Ltd (Bob Brooks)--42.10
  • Burningham, John--59.5
  • Canadian Broadcasting Corporation--68.4
  • Candelabrum--56.8, 57.8
  • Canongate Books Ltd.--59.13
  • Channel Four (Great Britain)--72.3
  • Cine Electra Limited--50.4
  • Clauss, Volkmer--47.5, 50.4
  • Collins, Christina--71.11
  • Cooper, Susan, 1935- --50.4
  • Curtis Brown Ltd.--35.11, 57.8, 71.11
  • David R. Godine, Publisher--71.11
  • Davidson, Robyn, 1950- --74.2-3
  • The Democrat--57.8
  • Deutsches Schauspielhaus (Hamburg, Germany) (Michael Bogdanov)--47.5
  • Dollins, Peter L.--31.6
  • Doubleday & Company, Inc.--61.6
  • Drabble, Margaret, 1939- --71.11, 75.3
  • Eglington, C.--57.8
  • English National Opera--47.4-5
  • Epstein, Leslie--76.1
  • Figaro (Paris, France)--71.11
  • Foss, Harlan--47.4
  • Gale Research Inc.--58.8
  • Gatterburg, Gail--71.11
  • Glass, Philip--47.4
  • Goldstein, Sydney--74.3, 76.1
  • Gottlieb, Robert, 1931- --47.4, 76.1
  • Granada Television--54.4
  • Granta--33.9, 41.4, 58.4, 59.1
  • Gregson & Wigan--52.2, 54.4
  • Hall, Edward T. (Edward Twitchell), 1914-2009--61.6
  • Harold Orenstein P.C.--47.4
  • HarperCollins (Firm)--4.11, 12.6, 21.4, 27.5, 36.9, 60.10, 67.6, 70.9, 72.2
  • Heidelburg (Germany) Oberbürgermeisterin--71.11
  • Hoffmann und Campe--47.5
  • Holroyd, Michael--71.11
  • Houston Grand Opera--47.4
  • Illuminations (Terry Braun)--36.9
  • Ishioka, Eiko--47.4
  • John o' London's Weekly--39.2
  • Jonathan Cape (Firm)--7.4, 41.4
  • Jonathan Clowes Ltd--37.9, 47.4, 58.8, 71.11
  • Juhl, Marianne--71.11
  • Kessel, Marion--47.4
  • Kieler Nachrichten--47.5
  • Knight, Mary--71.12
  • Kostelanetz, Richard--71.12
  • Latz, Anna--71.13
  • Lawrence & Wishart--71.13
  • Lessing, Heinz A.--47.4
  • Liiv, Toomas--71.13
  • London Daily News--41.4
  • London Review of Books--57.4
  • London's Living Library--71.13
  • Longmans, Green, and Co.--41.5
  • The Majalla--71.11
  • The MacDonald Group (David Thorpe)--36.9
  • Murray, Elizabeth--35.1, 62.1-8
  • Music Magazine--50.4
  • Muziektheater (Amsterdam, Netherlands)--47.4-5
  • Nellinge, Solveig--47.5
  • Nellinge, Solveig--72.1
  • New American Review--35.11
  • New Scientist (Marcus Chown)--70.9
  • New Scientist--57.4
  • New Statesman (Kingsley Martin)--72.1
  • New Statesman--56.10
  • Octagon Press--61.6
  • Partisan Review--4.11, 57.4
  • Penguin (Firm)--56.12
  • Pfannenstiel-Wright, Sabine--72.1
  • Poetry To-day--56.12
  • Präsidialabteilung der Stadt Zürich--5.4
  • Raskin, Jonah--72.1, 76.1, 76.2
  • Royal National Lifeboat Association--72.1
  • Sacks, Quinny--72.1
  • Schlueter, Paul, 1933- --50.4, 76.1
  • Scotts of Stow--72.1
  • Selwyn, Stephen--72.1
  • Seymour, Patrick--50.4
  • Sigal, Clancy--76.1
  • Simon and Schuster, Inc.--61.6
  • South African Opinion--57.8
  • Städtische Bühne Heidelberg--50.4
  • Sunday Telegraph--57.4
  • Taylor & Francis--72.1
  • Theodore Presser Company--47.4
  • Thorpe, Dave--72.1
  • Times Literary Supplement--70.9, 72.1
  • Times Newspapers Limited--38.5
  • Trek: A Critical Monthly Review--57.8
  • University of Cambridge--72.3
  • University of Oxford--72.1
  • Verlag Klaus Wagenbach--59.1
  • Wesnigk, Saskia Maria--47.5, 50.4
  • Wilson, W. H.--57.8
  • Wood, Pamela--72.1