University of Texas, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center

Michael Hastings:

A Preliminary Inventory of His Papers in the Manuscript Collection at the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center



Creator: Hastings, Michael, 1938-
Title: Michael Hastings Papers
Dates: 1956-1961
Abstract: The papers of British novelist and playwright Michael Hastings, 1956-1961, contain drafts of several works, as well as personal papers.
Extent: 1 box (.42 linear feet)
Language: English
Repository: The University of Texas at Austin, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center

Scope and Contents

The papers of British novelist and playwright Michael Hastings, 1956-1961, contain drafts of several works, as well as personal papers.

Published works in the collection include a novel, The Game (1957); a play, Don't Destroy Me (1956); and a book of poetry, Love Me, Lambeth, and Other Plays (1961). Don't Destroy Me is Hastings' first produced and published play; the manuscripts present are the original handwritten draft and a handwritten draft marked for the stage production. Also included are three poems from Love Me, Lambeth in handwritten and typescript form: "For William Dunlop,""For Starved Faces," and "How They Brought Nelson Home."

Works which may be unpublished (as of 2004) include an unfinished novel, 'Blind Man's Bluff,' and two plays: 'Hero of the Family' and 'I Am God.'  'Hero of the Family' has with it a letter addressed to Hastings from Richard Burton, dated February 19, 1959.

Among the personal papers are two diary notebooks, 1957-1961, and an autobiographical sketch dated 1961.


Restrictions

Access:

Open for research


Administrative Information

Acquisition:

Purchases, 1963-1964 (Reg. nos. 920, 1452)

Processed by:

Hope Rider, 2004


Container List

 

Series I. Works, 1956-1961

Box Folder
1 1 'Blind Man's Bluff,' (unfinished novel), typescript
2 Don't Destroy Me (play, 1956), handwritten drafts
3 The Game (novel, 1957), typescript
4 'Hero of the Family' (play), typescript, with correspondence from Richard Burton, 1959
5 'I Am God' (play), handwritten draft
6 Love Me, Lambeth, and Other Poems (poetry, 1961), handwritten and typescript drafts



 

Series II. Personal Papers, 1957-1961

Box Folder
1 7 Autobiographical note, handwritten, 1961
Diaries
8 December 1957-April 1960
9 May 1960-January 1961