A Preliminary Inventory of Its Records at the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
This archive of the British magazine Bananas dates from its inception in January 1975 through issue no. 11 in 1978, concurrent with the tenure of editor Emma Tennant. An invitational announcement by Tennant describes Bananas as "a new and lively arts magazine…. Our contributors include Alan Sillitoe, Beryl Bainbridge, Claud Cockburn, Ted Hughes, Elaine Feinstein, Peter Redgrove, Tom Nairn, J. G. Ballard, Ruth Fainlight, Jenny Joseph, Henri Michaux, Harold Pinter, Hans Magnus Enzensburger, Milan Kundera, Neil Ascherson, Lorna Sage, Martin Seymour-Smith. We also find new talent--a third of our published material comes from previously unpublished young authors."
The collection is organized in three series: Series I. Production Files, Series II. Correspondence, and Series III. Financial.
The production files in Series I. include edited typescripts for issues 2-11, as well as a selection of oversize layouts and mechanicals. Correspondence in Series II. includes contributors and well-wishers, such as Martin Amis, J. G. Ballard, Alan Brownjohn, Angela Carter, Ruth Fainlight, Miles Gibson, Clive Hodgson, Frances Horovitz, Olwyn Hughes, James Kirkup, Ian McEwan, Peter Redgrove, Alan Ross, D. S. Savage, Penelope Shuttle, Stephen Spender, Paul Theroux, Claire Tomalin, and Angus Wilson. The financial papers in Series III. include receipts, invoices, and accounts for the period 1975-1977, and by issue.
Issues no. 1-13 and 16 (1975-1979) received with the collection were transfered to the HRC Library.
The collection is in good condition and open for research.
Open for research
Purchase, 2001 (Reg. no. 14997)
Liz Murray, 2002
Bananas (Periodical) Records--Folder List