University of Texas, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center

Penelope Lively:

A Preliminary Inventory of Her Papers at the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center



Creator: Lively, Penelope, 1933-
Title: Penelope Lively Papers
Dates: 1969-1995
Abstract: The collection contains Lively's writings for children and adults in the form of holograph notebooks, typescript drafts, proofs, and galleys, as well as correspondence with agents, publishers, and her readers.
Extent: 23 Boxes, 1 Oversize Box (11.3 Linear Feet)
Reposistory: Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, The University of Texas at Austin

Scope and Contents

This collection of Penelope Lively manuscripts represents nearly all of her works, as well as correspondence with agents, publishers, and her readers. The first series, Works, contains her award-winning writings for children and adults in the form of holograph notebooks, typescript drafts, proofs, and galleys. Titles include The Driftway, The Ghost of Thomas Kempe, A Stitch in Time, The Road to Lichfield, According to Mark, Nothing Missing but the Samovar and Other Stories, Treasures of Time, and Moon Tiger. Subseries A includes individual titles arranged in alphabetical order and described using Ms. Lively's handwritten notes on the folders and envelopes accompanying the collection. Some correspondence exists with these writings, usually associated with the mechanics of publication. Additional holograph notebooks, each containing multiple titles, are found in Subseries B.

In Series II, Ms. Lively's correspondence is grouped into categories according to her original descriptions and then arranged by date. The correspondence includes letters regarding engagements, fan mail ("letters from strangers"), business dealings with her agent Murray Pollinger, and miscellaneous letters. A small amount of Ms. Lively's outgoing correspondence, in the form of unsigned carbon copies, are scattered throughout, especially in the Pollinger files.

The entire collection is in good physical condition with the sole exception of some minor tape damage among the typescript drafts.


Restrictions

Access:

Open for research


Administrative Information

Acquisition:

Reg. No. 13555

Processed by:

Liz Murray, 1996


Penelope Lively Papers--Folder List

 

I. Works

A. Individual Titles
According to Mark
Box Folder
1 1-2 Corrected ribbon typescript
3 Corrected carbon typescript
Box Folder
4 4-5 Corrected typescript, with notes to printer
Box Folder
1 6 Corrected page proofs
7 Miscellaneous associated material, including brochures, articles, and holograph notes related to gardening
8 Astercote, corrected typescript
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[*Author's galleys removed to oversize Box 24]
9 Boy Without a Name, corrected typescripts, various versions
City of the Mind
Box Folder
2 1 Holograph notebooks and miscellaneous typescript pages
2-3 Corrected ribbon typescript
4 Corrected typescript, later version
5 Setting copy
6 Page proofs
7 Correspondence and research material
Cleopatra's Sister
Box Folder
3 1 Holograph notebooks
2 Corrected typescript and research material
3-4 Corrected page proofs
5 Editorial notes, comments, and correspondence
The Driftway
Box Folder
3 6 Corrected ribbon typescript
7 Corrected carbon typescript
8 Setting copy
*
[*Oversize page layouts removed to Box 24]
Box Folder
4 1 Miscellaneous typescript pages with editorial notes
2 Egypt, holograph manuscript
3 Fanny and the Monsters and Fanny and the Battle of Potter's Piece, corrected typescripts
The Ghost of Thomas Kempe
Box Folder
4 4 Corrected typescript
5 Setting copy
Going Back
Box Folder
4 6 Corrected ribbon typescript
7 Corrected carbon typescript
8 Setting copy
9 Author's corrected proofs
The House in Norham Gardens
Box Folder
4 10 Corrected typescripts
Box Folder
5 1 Setting copy
2 Corrected page proofs
A House Inside Out
Box Folder
5 3 Uncorrected ribbon copy, corrected photocopy
4 Corrected ribbon copy and photocopy
5 Corrected typescript with editorial comments
6 Setting copy
7 Galleys
Judgement Day
Box Folder
6 1 Corrected ribbon typescript
2 Corrected photocopy typescript
A Man of Otmoor
Box Folder
6 3 Corrected first draft
4 Incomplete corrected typescript
5 Typescript fragments, revised version
6 Corrected revised version
Moon Tiger
Box Folder
7 1 Holograph notebook and corrected typescripts
2-5 Corrected typescripts
*
[*Oversize galleys removed to Box 24]
Next to Nature, Art
Box Folder
8 1 Corrected typescripts, first drafts
2-3 Corrected photocopy typescripts
4 Final edited version
5 Setting copy
Nothing Missing but the Samovar
Box Folder
9 1-3 Corrected typescripts
4 Proofs
Oleander, Jacaranda
Box Folder
10 1 Holograph notebook and early draft
2-3 Corrected typescripts
4 Corrected typescript with editorial notes and correspondence
5 Page proofs
Passing On
Box Folder
11 1-2 Holograph notebooks, corrected typescript, editorial and research materials
3-4 Corrected typescripts
5 Corrected typescript with editorial correspondence
Box Folder
12 1-2 Typescript, Deutsch edition
3-4 Corrected typescript, Deutsch edition master copy
5 Page proofs
Perfect Happiness
Box Folder
12 6-7 Corrected typescripts and miscellaneous draft pages
Box Folder
13 1 Corrected typescript
The Presence of the Past: An Introduction to Landscape History
Box Folder
13 2 Index, glossary, Chapter 1, corrected typescripts
3 Chapter 6 and 9, corrected typescripts
4 Corrected ribbon typescript
Research notes in 3-ring binder, unfoldered
The Revenge of Samuel Stokes
Box Folder
13 5 Corrected ribbon typescript
6 Corrected carbon typescript
Box Folder
14 1 Corrected photocopy typescript
2 Setting copy
The Road to Lichfield
Box Folder
14 3 Corrected carbon typescript
4 Miscellaneous typescript pages
5 Setting copy
6 Proofs
7-8 Short Stories
A Stitch in Time
Box Folder
15 1 Corrected ribbon typescript
2 Corrected carbon typescript
3 Setting copy
Treasures of Time
Box Folder
15 4 Corrected ribbon typescript
5 Corrected photocopy typescript
6 Setting copy
The Voyage of QV66
Box Folder
16 1 Holograph notebook
2 Corrected ribbon typescript
3 Corrected carbon typescript
4 Corrected typescript, abandoned
The Whispering Knights
Box Folder
16 5 First draft
6 Corrected ribbon typescript
7 Corrected carbon typescript
8 Setting copy
The Wild Hunt of Hagworthy
Box Folder
16 9-11 First drafts
Box Folder
17 1 Corrected typescript, revised version
B. Holograph Notebooks
Box Folder
17 2 Stitch in Time, Lichfield, Wiltshire book, short stories, Nothing Missing but the Samovar 1975-1978
3 QV66, Judgement Day, short stories, 1979
4 Next to Nature, Art; Perfect Happiness, short stories, 1980-82
5 According to Mark, short stories, history of the world novel, 1983-84
6 Moon Tiger, short stories, children's book, Fiction and Experience--talk, 1984-86
7 Wiltshire book; QV66, short stories, Fanny II and Fanny III, Judgement Day
8 Going Home
9 Miss C. and the Hippies, revision of Wild Hunt, an untitled play, Moonseekers, and Driftway



 

II. Correspondence

Engagements accepted, 1984-91
Engagements refused
Box Folder
19 1-3 1974-89
4-5 1990-95
Letters from strangers
Box Folder
20 1-2 1979-87
3-5 1988-92
Murray Pollinger and staff
Box Folder
21 1-3 1969-85
4-5 1985-91
Box Folder
22 1 1985-91
Miscellaneous
Box Folder
22 2-3 1980-86
4 1986-90
Box Folder
23 1-2 1986-90
3-5 1990-92
Box
24 Oversize materials