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Restrictions

Related Material

Separated Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Series I. Works, 1956-1995

Series II. Correspondence, 1965-2004

Series III. Works about Fowles

University of Texas, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center

Ray Roberts:

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



Creator: Roberts, Ray
Title: Ray Roberts Collection of John Fowles
Dates: 1956-2004
Abstract: This collection of John Fowles material compiled by friend and editor Ray Roberts reflects the personal and literary relationship of the two men during Roberts's tenure at Little, Brown & Co. and continuing in 1994 when Roberts joined Henry Holt and Company as senior editor. The Roberts Collection of John Fowles contains typescript drafts, proofs, and galleys, publication and publicity materials, reviews, correspondence, and works about Fowles.
Extent: 19 boxes, 4 oversize boxes, 3 galley files (11.6 linear feet)
Language: English
Repository: The University of Texas at Austin, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center

Scope and Contents

This collection of John Fowles material compiled by friend and editor Ray Roberts reflects the personal and literary relationship of the two men during Roberts's tenure at Little, Brown & Co. and continuing in 1994 when Roberts joined Henry Holt and Company as senior editor. The Roberts Collection of John Fowles contains typescript drafts, proofs, and galleys, publication and publicity materials, reviews, correspondence, and works about Fowles.

The collection is arranged in three series: I. Works, 1956-1995; II. Correspondence, 1965-2004 (bulk 1980-2004); and III. Works about Fowles.

Series I. Works is subdivided into two subseries: Subseries A. Fiction and Nonfiction, 1963-1995, and Subseries B. Other Writings, 1956-1986. Subseries A. contains novels, screenplays, nonfiction, and a book of poems. The works are arranged alphabetically by title and include the novels The Collector, Daniel Martin, The Ebony Tower, The French Lieutenant's Woman, A Maggot, The Magus, and Mantissa. Typescripts and/or galleys are present for Daniel Martin, The French Lieutenant's Woman (selected chapters of the novel and screenplay drafts and proofs), A Maggot, The Magus (screenplay typescript), and Mantissa. Nonfiction titles include The Aristos, The Enigma of Stonehenge, Islands, works about Fowles's town of residence, Lyme Regis, The Nature of Nature, Shipwreck, Thomas Hardy's England, The Tree, and Wormholes. Also included are cover art and publicity for Poems and an unpublished multi-genre work Tesserae.

Subseries B. Other Writings includes Fowles's adaptations and translations, articles and interviews, book reviews, contributions, introductions, forewords, and afterwords, as well as miscellaneous literary writings. The adaptations and translations are arranged alphabetically by title and include Cinderella, Don Juan, Lorenzaccio, and Martine. Contributions to edited volumes include Afterwords: Novelists on Their Novels, Save the Earth, and Whales: A Celebration. The works containing Fowles's introductions, forewords, and afterwords are also arranged alphabetically. Titles represented are Bedside Guardian 32, The Book of Ebenezer Le Page, Le Grand Meaulnes, Land, Mehalah, Monumenta Britannica, The Royal Game, and Other Stories, and The Undercliff.

Arranged chronologically, the correspondence in Series II. dates from 1965-2004, but the majority is between 1980-2004. There is a lively exchange of letters throughout between Roberts and Fowles, touching on personal as well as literary matters. In addition, both men corresponded frequently with publishers, literary agents, book dealers, literary journals, and collaborators. A good deal of secondary material is also present, such as tearsheets, publicity, reviews, and material on Fowles's involvement in the town of Lyme Regis.

Series III. Works about Fowles contains articles, interviews, and several book-length works including a special issue of the Journal of Modern Literature dedicated to Fowles, Eileen Warburton's 1980 dissertation, and the typescript of Simon Loveday's The Romances of John Fowles (1985). Also present is a long run of publishers' catalogs that reference works by Fowles or cite his "blurbs" for others' works. The section on Little, Brown & Co. from 1963-1991 is well-represented.

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Restrictions

Access:

Open for research

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Related Material

The Roberts material supplements the John Fowles Papers already housed at the Ransom Center.

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Separated Material

Books and sound recordings received with this collection were transferred to appropriate departments within the Ransom Center.

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Administrative Information

Acquisition:

Purchase, 2004 (Reg. no. 15271)

Processed by:

Liz Murray, 2005

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Folder List

 

Series I. Works, 1956-1995

Subseries A. Fiction and Nonfiction, 1963-1995
Box Folder
1 1 The Aristos (nonfiction, 1964; revised 1970), reviews, 1964-1970; publicity and dust jacket
2-3 The Collector (novel, 1963; film, 1965), publicity for book and film; book reviews, 1963-1964
Daniel Martin (novel, 1977)
4-7 Setting copy
Box Folder
2 1 Setting copy, cont'd
2 Publicity, articles, and reviews, 1977-1979
The Ebony Tower (novel, 1974; television adaptation, 1984)
3 Production and publicity materials, articles, reviews, typescripts related to book, 1974-1975
4 Publicity and reviews for British television adaptation, 1984 and 1987
5 The Enigma of Stonehenge (nonfiction, 1980), text by JF; production material and reviews
The French Lieutenant's Woman
Novel (1969)
6 Photocopy typescript drafts, selected chapters
7 Publicity and dust jackets
8 Reviews
Screenplay (1981), Harold Pinter
9 Draft, Nov. 1979
Box Folder
3 1 Draft, photocopy, nd
2 Drafts JF foreword, July 1980; proofs and Pinter correspondence
3 Revised production information, Oct. 1980, and movie stills
4* Blueline proofs, corrected, 1981 (*setting copy and additional proofs removed to oversize, Box 21)
5 Publicity
6 Reviews
7 Islands (nonfiction, 1978), text by JF, photographs by Fay Godwin; publicity and reviews
Lyme Regis, works about
8-9* Lyme Regis Camera (1990), typescript, JF foreword; proofs of photo layout (*oversize page proofs removed to Box 22)
10* A Short History of Lyme Regis (1982), correspondence and reviews, 1982-1983 (*galleys removed to Galley Files)
11* Various works about Lyme Regis (*oversize removed to Box 22)
Box Folder
4 A Maggot (novel, 1985)
1-3 First draft, corrected typescript, photocopy
4-6 Copy-edited typescript, photocopy
Box Folder
5 1-2 Author's corrected galleys
3-4 Publisher's master page proofs
5-6 Master proof galleys, 4/12/85
Box Folder
6 1 Author's queries and replies
2-3 Blueline proofs
4-5 Page proofs, NAL edition
6* Production and publicity material (*dust jackets and poster removed to oversize, Box 20)
7 Reviews
The Magus
Novel (1966, revised version 1978)
8 Typescript of introduction for Literary Guild, 1965; production and publicity material
9 Reviews
Screenplay (1968)
10 Uncorrected typescript, Aug. 1966
Box Folder
7 1 Dialogue, continuity, and spotting lists, July 1968; publicity and movie still
2 Behind the Magus (1994), advance reading copy
Mantissa (novel, 1982)
3-4 Author's marked typescript
5-6 Editing and setting copy
7 Author's corrected proof
Box Folder
8 1 Master proof; Little, Brown edition
2 Blueline proofs, Canadian edition
3* Production and publicity material (*dust jacket proofs removed to oversize, Box 20)
4 Reviews
5 The Nature of Nature and The Tree (nonfiction, 1995), essays, first proof, Aug. 1995, photocopy typescript with Yolla Bolly Press publicity
6 Poems (1973), cover art and publicity
7 Shipwreck (nonfiction, 1974), dust jackets and book dealer's catalog description
8 Tesserae, photocopy typescript, unpublished
Box Folder
9 1-3* Thomas Hardy's England (nonfiction, 1984), with Jo Draper; typescript drafts, production and publicity material (*galleys removed to oversize, Box 22)
4-5* The Tree (nonfiction, 1992), corrected typescript, production and publicity material, reviews (*poster removed to oversize, Box 20)
6-7 Wormholes (nonfiction, 1998), setting copy
Box Folder
10 Subseries B. Other Writings, 1956-1986
Adaptations and translations
1 Cinderella, adaptation of Charles Perrault's "Cendrillon" (1697); typescript, 1974
2-6 Don Juan, by Jean-Baptiste Molière; translation; playscript drafts, publicity and reviews, 1981
7-10 Lorenzaccio, by Alfred de. Musset; translation; playscript drafts and reviews 1983
11-13 Martine, by Jean-Jacques Bernard; typescript translation of play, April 1985, with program and reviews
Box Folder
11 1-4* Articles and interviews, drafts and tearsheets, various topics, 1956-1986 (*oversize removed to Box 22)
5* Book reviews (*oversize removed to Box 22)
Contributions
* Afterwords: Novelists on Their Novels (1969), ed. by Thomas McCormack; JF essay "Notes on an Unfinished Novel," galleys removed to Galley Files
* Save the Earth (nonfiction, 1991), ed. by Jonathon Porritt (essay by JF); prepublication publicity material removed to oversize Box 20
6* Whales, a Celebration (nonfiction, 1983), ed. by Greg Gatenby; invitation to contribute and publicity (*galleys removed to oversize, Box 22)
Introductions, forewords, and afterwords
7 Bedside Guardian 32 (1982-1983), by W. L Webb, ed.; JF foreword typescripts
8 The Book of Ebenezer Le Page (1981), by G. B. Edwards, typescript of JF introduction, publicity and reviews
9-10 Le Grand Meaulnes (1986), by Henri-Alban Fournier (pseud. Alain-Fournier); JF afterword and edits to translation by Lowell Bair
Box Folder
12 1* Land (1985), by Fay Godwin; drafts of JF foreword with publicity (*galleys removed to Galley Files)
2 Mehalah: A Story of the Salt Marshes (1969), by Sabine Baring-Gould; dealer's catalog and correspondence re JF introduction, glossary and appendix, 1967-1968
Monumenta Britannica (1980-1981), by John Aubrey
3-4* First subscription edition, unbound signatures, edited by JF, 1980 (*page proofs, dust jackets, and cover boards removed to oversize, Box 23)
5 Typescript, JF foreword to Little, Brown edition, and page proofs of prefatory material, 1981
6-8 Blueline proofs
Box Folder
13 1 Publicity, errata, reviews, correspondence
2 The Royal Game, and Other Stories (1981), by Stefan Zweig, introduction by JF; reviews
3 The Undercliff (1989), by Elaine Franks; JF foreword with production material
4 Miscellaneous literary writings

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Series II. Correspondence, 1965-2004

Box Folder
13 5-7 1965, 1970, 1980-1981
8-10 1982
Box Folder
14 1 1983
2 1984
3-4 1985
5 1986
6 1987
7 1988-1989
8 1990-1991
9 1992
10 1993-1995
11 1996
Box Folder
15 1 1997
2 1997-2004, re Fowles biography by Eileen Warburton
3 1998
4 1999-2004

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Series III. Works about Fowles

Box Folder
15 5-7* Articles and interviews (*oversize removed to Box 22)
Box Folder
16 1-2 Journal of Modern Literature, John Fowles Special Number, bluelines and page proofs, 1980-1981
3-4 Loveday, Simon. The Romances of John Fowles (1985), typescript with edits
Publishers' catalogs, 1963-1999
5 A-B
6 C-E
Box Folder
17 1 H
2-3 I-J
4-5 L (including Little, Brown & Co., 1963-1991)
Box Folder
18 1-4 L, cont'd
5 M-P
Box Folder
19 1 R-Si
2 So-V
3 W
4-6 Warburton, Edna Eileen Hand. "John Fowles and the Vision of the Dead Woman," 1980 dissertation
Box
20-23 Oversize

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