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Administrative Information

Description of Series

Series I. Works, 1898-2001

Series II. Correspondence, 1970-2000

Series III. Career-Related Material, 1968-1991

University of Texas, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center

Penelope Fitzgerald:

A Preliminary Inventory of an Addition to Her Papers in the Manuscript Collection at the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center



Creator: Fitzgerald, Penelope
Title: Penelope Fitzgerald, Addition to Her Papers
Dates: 1898-2001 (bulk 1990-2001)
Abstract: This addition to the cataloged papers of Penelope Fitzgerald combines accretions received at the Ransom Center from 1996-2002. The bulk of the material dates from the 1990s, with the exception of photographs, early correspondence, and memorabilia for the Edward Burne-Jones, L. P. Hartley, and Knox brothers biographies.
Extent: 11 boxes, 1 oversize folder (4.62 linear feet)
Language: English
Repository: The University of Texas at Austin, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center

Scope and Contents

This addition to the cataloged papers of Penelope Fitzgerald combines accretions received at the Ransom Center from 1996-2002. The bulk of the material dates from the 1990s, with the exception of photographs, early correspondence, and memorabilia for the Edward Burne-Jones, L. P. Hartley, and Knox brothers biographies. Of particular interest in the L. P. Hartley biographical material, even though the biography remains unpublished, is correspondence with Lord David Cecil, Keith Clements, Ursula Codrington, Basil Gray, Francis Henry King, Frank Magro, Anthony Powell, Ralph Ricketts, Reresby Sitwell, and Kathleen Tillotson.

The primary challenge in arranging and listing Fitzgerald's literary papers is due to her method of writing in notebooks on multiple subjects. Because a single notebook can be physically present in only one location, a system of "see" references has been employed to cross-reference the various subject entries to the physical location of the notebook. For example, writings on William Blake, George Moore, Margaret Oliphant, Edward Thomas, David Leavitt, Andrea Levy, and Vladimir Nabokov appear in the same handwritten notebook, but are indexed separately under the book titles where Fitzgerald's material ultimately surfaced in print. Loose sheets of notes are interspersed throughout the notebooks and readers should exert caution in retaining the original order of this material.

The material is organized in three Series: I. Works, 1898-2001; II. Correspondence, 1970-2000; and III. Career-Related Material, 1968-1991.

The Works series contains research, notes, handwritten and typescript drafts, correspondence, production material, publicity and reviews, in some measure, for The Afterlife: Essays and Criticism (2003), The Blue Flower (1996), Charlotte Mew and Her Friends (1984), Edward Burne-Jones (1975), The Gate of Angels (1990), The Golden Child (1977), A House of Air: Selected Writings (2003), Human Voices (1980), The Knox Brothers (1977), and The Means of Escape: Stories (2000). Also present are articles by Fitzgerald, a contract with Collins Publishers for At Freddie's, a playscript of The Beginning of Spring adapted by Michael Pennington, essays and reviews, introductions and afterwords, ideas for novels, and short stories. Two very similar works, The Afterlife and A House of Air, were published almost simultaneously in 2003, and in paperback in 2005. They differ by a couple of articles, for example "Vous Etes Belle," the Meaulnes essay, is only in A House of Air. The paperback edition of A House of Air contains additional editorial material including a biographical essay by Terence Dooley and a critical essay by Dean Flower and Linda Henchey.

Arranged in date order, the correspondence in Series II. contains primarily incoming letters in the categories of business, family, literary, personal, and publishers. In addition, there is considerable incoming correspondence from Raymond Watkinson and J. Howard Woolmer. Personal correspondents include A. L. Barker, Mavis Batey, Nina Bawden, Edward Blishen, Tom Burns, Simon Callow, Christopher Carduff, Sally Cline, Michael Gough, Michael Holroyd, Hans Koning, Mary Lago, Penelope Lively, Candida McWilliam, Sylvia Peck, Harvey Pitcher, Michael Ratcliffe, and A. N. Wilson, among others.

Series III. Career-Related Material includes articles about Fitzgerald, notes for conferences and judging literary prizes, interviews, lectures, and notebooks on a variety of subjects, from 1968-1969 teaching notes to Fitzgerald's 1991 trip to Tasmania for a literary festival.

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Restrictions

Access:

Open for research

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Administrative Information

Acquisition:

Gift and purchases, 1996-2002 (Gift no. 11546; Reg. nos. 13742, 14806, 15073, 14922)

Processed by:

Liz Murray and Terence Dooley, 2005

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Folder List

 

Series I. Works, 1898-2001

The Afterlife: Essays and Criticism (2003)
Alain-Fournier, Henri, "Le Grand Meaulnes" (see 11.1, 11.2)
Austen, Jane, "Emma" introduction (see 6.6, 6.7)
Bellow, Saul, "Ravelstein" (see 8.6)
Blake, William (see 1.4)
Burne-Jones, Edward, "The Grange" (see 1.1, 2.2)
Carr, James Lloyd, "A Month in the Country" (see 6.7)
Coleridge, Samuel Taylor (see 6.7)
Box Folder
1 1 "Curriculum Vitae," and Contemporary Authors autobiographical article, 1989
Eliot, George, notes for "Middlemarch" introduction (see 6.6, 8.3)
Hill, Octavia (see 8.3)
Box Folder
1 2 Holy Land diary, April 1990
Housman, A. E. (see 6.6)
Jewett, Sarah Orne, introduction to "The Country of Pointed Firs" (see 6.6, 6.7)
Klemperer, Victor, "I Shall Bear Witness" (see 6.6, 6.7, 8.6)
Larkin, Philip (see 1.2)
Lee, Hermione, "Virginia Woolf" (see 1.4)
Lehmann, John (see 8.3)
Box Folder
1 3 Macaulay, Rose
MacNeice, Louis (see 3.10)
Milton Abbot; Tavistock (see 1.4)
Moore, George (see 1.4)
Box Folder
1 * "The Moors," re Milton Abbot and Edwin Landseer Lutyens (*architectural drawings removed to oversize folder)
4 Notes (see 6.6, 6.7, 10.5, 10.8)
Oliphant, Margaret (see 1.4)
Shields, Carol, "The Stone Diaries" (see 1.1)
Smith, Stevie (see 1.3)
Spark, Muriel, "Reality and Dreams" (see 1.4, 8.3)
Thomas, Edward (see 1.4)
Thwaite, Ann, "Emily Tennyson" (see 1.4)
Well Walk, Hampstead (see 1.1, 2.2)
The Yeats sisters (see 3.6)
Articles
Asturias, notes (see 3.8)
"Best Idea" (see 8.3)
Grandmothers (see 6.6)
Milton Abbot, Devon, travel article (see 1.1)
Box Folder
1 5 At Freddie's (1982), contract with Collins Publishers, 1981; paperback book cover, Flamingo Press, 2003
6 "The Beginning of Spring," playscript adapted by Michael Pennington based on PF's work
The Blue Flower (1996)
7 Article/lecture re the inspiration for The Blue Flower
Drafts
8-10 Various scenes (see also 1.1)
11 Handwritten and typescript draft, with corrections
Box Folder
2 1 Typescript with minor corrections
2 Explanation of method and ending
3-7 Notes, research, and translations
8 National Book Critics Circle Award, 1997, with review, (see also 1.1)
Charlotte Mew and Her Friends (1984, 1988)
Biographical essay (see 1.4)
Box Folder
3 Correspondence and reviews
1 Publishers
2 Readers
3 Notes, "Death of Charlotte Mew"
Notes from The Poetry Bookshop material, for Charlotte Mew (see 6.13)
Box Folder
3 4 Edward Burne-Jones (1975, 1998), illustrations, photographs, and associated material (see also 1.1, 6.6, 10.1)
Essays and reviews
Ashbery, John (see 3.8)
Atkinson, Kate, "Human Croquet" (see 1.4)
Batey, Mavis, "Jane Austen and the English Landscape" (see 1.4)
Bellow, Saul, "Ravelstein" (see 6.6)
Benson, Edward White (6.7)
Böll, Heinrich (see 3.10, 6.7)
Box Folder
3 5 Brookner, Anita, "A Start in Life"
Carroll, Lewis (see 3.5)
Cookson, Catherine (see 1.1)
Dahl, Roald (see 2.2)
David, Elizabeth (see 6.6)
Eliot, George (see 3.5)
Enright, Anne, "What Are You Like?" (see 8.3)
Fantasy (see 1.4)
Forster, Margaret (see 2.2, 3.5)
Fox, James, "The Langhorne Sisters" (see 6.6)
Freud, Esther (see 6.7, 8.3)
Gee, Maggie, "Lost Children" (see 1.1)
Greacen, Lavinia, "J. G. Farrell" (see 6.7)
Harris, Robert, "Fatherland" (see 1.7, 3.6, 6.6)
Howard, Elizabeth Jane (see 3.5)
King, Francis Henry (see 1.1, 4.8, 4.9)
Klemperer, Victor, "I Shall Bear Witness" (see 6.6, 6.7, 8.6)
Larkin, Philip (see 1.2)
Leavitt, David (see 1.4)
Lehmann, John (see 6.7)
Lessing, Doris (see 3.7)
Leverson, Ada (see 2.2)
Levy, Andrea (see 1.4)
MacNeice, Louis (see 3.10)
Marks, Grace (see 1.4)
Messud, Claire, "When the World Was Steady" (see 3.8)
Morris, Jan, "Fisher's Face" (see 3.10)
Murdoch, Iris, "Jackson's Dilemma" (see 1.7)
Nabokov, Vladimir (see 1.4, 6.7)
Nicholson, Nigel (6.7)
Peck, Winifred, née Knox (see 6.7, 11.2)
Shields, Carol, "The Stone Diaries" (see 1.1)
Tolkien, J. R. R. (see 8.5)
Tremain, Rose (see 3.7)
Trevor, William, memoirs (see 1.1)
Wilson, A. N., "Vicar of Sorrows" (2.2, 6.7)
Box Folder
3 6-8 Various notes and typescripts for essays and reviews
The Gate of Angels (1990, 1992)
9 Notes, ghost story
10-11 Scenes and research
12 Handwritten draft
Box Folder
4 1 Setting copy
2 Publicity photographs and reviews
The Golden Child (1977), notes (see 3.8)
Box Folder
4 Hartley, L. P. (Leslie Poles), correspondence, notes, and research for biography project
3-7 Notebooks, notes, and research
Correspondence
8-9 Fitzgerald, Penelope, incoming from Lord David Cecil, Norah Hartley, Francis Henry King, and others, 1978-1995
Box Folder
5 Hartley, L. P., outgoing (photocopies of letters)
Berkeley, Molly
1 1936-1953
2 1954-1956
3 1957-1960
4 1961-1967
5 Knox, E. V., 1955
Littleboy, Rex
6 1920-1932
7 1944-1948
Box Folder
6 1 1949-1950
2 1951-1953
3 1954-1960
4 1962-1969
5 Powell, Anthony and Lady Violet, 1956- 1967
A House of Air: Selected Writings (2003)
Alain-Fournier, Henri, "Le Grand Meaulnes" (see 11.1, 11.2)
Austen, Jane, "Emma" introduction (see 6.6, 6.7)
Bellow, Saul, "Ravelstein" (see 8.6)
Blake, William (see 1.4)
Burne-Jones, Edward, "The Grange" (see 1.1, 2.2)
Carr, James Lloyd, "A Month in the Country" (see 6.7)
Coleridge, Samuel Taylor (see 6.7)
"Curriculum Vitae," and Contemporary Authors autobiographical article, 1989 (see 1.1)
Eliot, George, notes for "Middlemarch" introduction (see 6.6, 8.3)
Hartley, L. P. (see 3.6 and boxes 5-6)
Hill, Octavia (see 8.3)
"The Holy Land" (see 1.2)
Housman, A. E. (see 6.6)
Jewett, Sarah Orne, introduction to "The Country of Pointed Firs" (see 6.6, 6.7)
Klemperer, Victor, "I Shall Bear Witness" (see 6.6, 6.7, 8.6)
Larkin, Philip (see 1.2)
Lee, Hermione, "Virginia Woolf" (see 1.4)
Lehmann, John (see 8.3)
Macaulay, Rose (see 1.3)
MacNeice, Louis (see 3.10)
Milton Abbot; Tavistock (see 1.4)
Moore, George (see 1.4)
Box Folder
6 * "The Moors," re Milton Abbot and Edwin Landseer Lutyens (*architectural drawings removed to oversize folder)
6-7 Notes (see also 1.4, 10.5, 10.8)
Oliphant, Margaret (see 1.4)
Shields, Carol, "The Stone Diaries" (see 1.1)
Smith, Stevie (see 1.3)
Spark, Muriel, "Reality and Dreams" (see 1.4, 8.3)
Thomas, Edward (see 1.4)
Thwaite, Ann, "Emily Tennyson" (see 1.4)
Well Walk, Hampstead (see 1.1, 2.2)
The Yeats sisters (see 3.6)
Box Folder
6 8-13 Human Voices, working title "Ten Seconds from Now" (1980, 1999); notes, research, and complete scenes
Introductions and afterwords
Box Folder
6 14 Morris, William, "The Novel on Blue Paper" in Dickens Studies Annual, vol. 10, 1982, correspondence and print material
The Poetry Bookshop: 1912-1935 by J. Howard Woolmer, introduction by Fitzgerald; research; includes material later used in Charlotte Mew and Her Friends (see 6.13, 10.2, 10.3)
Various works (see 1.3, 6.6, 6.7, 8.5)
Box Folder
7 The Knox Brothers (1977)
1-2 "Bolliday Bango," various handwritten issues, 1898
3 Children's story about a mastiff "Sir Beltane" and a terrier "Mr. York," handwritten with illustrations
4 Clippings and miscellaneous material
Correspondence
5 Fitzgerald, Penelope, incoming
6 Knox brothers, 1907-1953
7 Knox, E. V., "A Hundred Years of Punch," lecture
8 Pamphlets on E.V. and W. L. Knox, and Bletchley Park
9-11 Photographs and family memorabilia
12 Research (see also 11.2)
13 Typescript, chapter one, sample of "American" edition
The Means of Escape: Stories (2000)
"At Hiruhama," origin of, and notes (see 1.2)
Box Folder
8 1 "Beehernz" (see also 8.3)
"The Means of Escape," genesis of story (see 11.3)
"Not Shown" (see 1.1, 2.2)
Box Folder
8 2 "Our Lives Are Only Lent to Us," handwritten and typescript drafts (published only in the U.S. and U.K. 2001 paperback editions)
"The Red-Haired Girl" (see 8.3)
Box Folder
8 3 Short story drafts in notebook
4 Printed versions, photocopies
Wittgenstein, Ludwig (see 10.1)
Novels, ideas for (see 2.2, 8.5, 10.5, 10.8)
Box Folder
8 Short stories
5-6 Unfinished, notes and drafts, 2000 (see also 8.3)
7 "Worlds Apart," uncollected story in Woman, 1983

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Series II. Correspondence, 1970-2000

Box Folder
8 8 Business, 1999-2000
Family
Fitzgerald, Maria, draft of letter from PF about family money (see 1.4)
Box Folder
8 9 Fitzgerald, Penelope, to her father and step-mother Mary, undated
10 Literary, general, 1983-2000
11 BBC, 1998-1999
12 The Folio Society, 1998-1999
13 P.E.N., 1983-1999
14 Royal Society of Literature, 1998-2000
Box Folder
9 Personal
1 1970-1989
2 1990-1997
3 1998-2000
4 Publishers, general, 1979-2000
5 Counterpoint, 1999-2000
6 HarperCollins and Flamingo, 1985-2000
7 Penguin UK, 1998-2000
8 Watkinson, Raymond, 1992-2000
Box Folder
10 1 Watkinson, Raymond, 1992-2000, cont'd
2-3 Woolmer, J. Howard, 1979-1999

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Series III. Career-Related Material, 1968-1991

Box Folder
10 4 Articles about Fitzgerald
Conferences, notes (see 1.2)
Box Folder
10 5 Interviews (see also 4.2, 8.4)
Judging literary prizes
Box Folder
10 6 Commonwealth Prize judging notes
7 Encore Awards, John Llewllyn Rhys Prize, Silver Pen, Whitbread, ca. 1990
Forward Prize (see 6.7)
Lectures
King's Lynn Festival, lecture on the novel (see 10.6)
Box Folder
10 8 Knox Brothers, PEN, 1990s
Morris, William, rough lecture notes (see 1.7)
On Fitzgerald's writing (see 10.8)
Somerville, Oxford (see 1.2)
"Unconsoled," on Kazuo Ishiguro at Cheltenham Festival (see 1.7, 10.8)
Box Folder
10 9 William Morris Society, Burne-Jones lecture
Move to 25 Almeric Road, 1975 (see 11.2)
Box Folder
10 Notebooks, various subjects
10-11 1968-1969, teaching notes
Box Folder
11 1 1970s, notes on Virginia Woolf, J. M. Barrie's life, Peter Pan, Drinkwater, and Alain-Fournier, "Le Grand Meaulnes" (see also 11.2)
2 1975, Auntie Winnie (Winifred Peck, née Knox); notes from novels; the General Strike (research for the Knox Brothers); and Alain- Fournier, review of "Le Grand Meaulnes"
3-4 1991, literary festival in Tasmania, with associated material
5 Print material, miscellaneous

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