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Series I. Works, 1965-2006

Series II. Correspondence, 1974-2007

University of Texas, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center

Barry Unsworth:

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



Creator: Unsworth, Barry, 1930-
Title: Barry Unsworth Papers
Dates: 1965-2007
Abstract: The materials in the Barry Unsworth Papers consist of items related to fifteen of the sixteen novels written by the author through 2006, including handwritten drafts, notebooks, typescripts with handwritten corrections, and correspondence. Also present are articles, essays, book introductions, book reviews, short stories, and travel pieces authored by Unsworth, as well as personal correspondence, fan mail, and interviews.
Extent: 13 boxes (5.04 linear feet)
Language: English
Repository: The University of Texas at Austin, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center

Scope and Contents

The materials in the Barry Unsworth Papers consist of items related to fifteen of the sixteen novels written by the author through 2006, including handwritten drafts, notebooks, typescripts with handwritten corrections, and correspondence. Also present are articles, essays, book introductions, book reviews, short stories, and travel pieces authored by Unsworth, as well as personal correspondence, fan mail, and interviews. The collection is organized into two series: I. Works, 1965-2006 and II. Correspondence, 1974-2007.

The majority of Series I. is made up of handwritten drafts of Unsworth’s novels, arranged chronologically. The earliest works are written on loose sheets and the later, beginning with Sugar and Rum (1988), are written into notebooks. Only one novel, The Greeks Have a Word for It (1967), is not represented by any materials in the archive. Additional notebooks contain notes, research, and journal entries related to novels Unsworth published in the 1980s and later, as well as notebooks from as early as 1965 with mainly general content not necessarily relating to any of his works. In many of these notebooks is a wide range of research that is reflected in the expansive themes of Unsworth’s historical novels, covering places, topics, and time periods as varied as fourteenth-century England, Renaissance Venice, the eighteenth-century Atlantic slave trade, Constantinople at the turn of the twentieth century, and twentieth-century London. Typescripts with handwritten corrections are included with the materials beginning with After Hannibal (1996), and three folders contain articles, essays, short stories, travel pieces, and book reviews and introductions. Interviews given by Unsworth between 1987 and 1999 for magazines, journals, and one website fill the final folder of this series.

Series II. contains three folders of professional correspondence to and from Unsworth’s publishers and agents, much of it typed, with some handwritten letters and a large number of printed emails and faxes. Perhaps as much as half of the correspondence is from Giles Gordon, Unsworth's longtime literary agent, while the remainder consists of letters to and from editors at the publishing house of Hamish Hamilton, which was later acquired by Penguin. Three additional folders contain correspondence with friends and fans, for the most part related to one or more of his novels. All of the correspondence was in rough chronological order upon arrival, and a small amount of organizing was done to complete this arrangement.

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Restrictions

Access:

Open for research

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Administrative Information

Acquisition:

Purchase, 2007 (R 15440)

Processed by:

Stephen Cooper, 2007

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Barry Unsworth Papers--Container List

 

Series I. Works, 1965-2006

Box Folder
1 1-3 The Partnership (1966), handwritten draft
The Hide (1970)
4-6 Handwritten 1st draft
7-8 Handwritten 2nd draft
Box Folder
2 1 Handwritten 2nd draft, cont’d
Mooncranker’s Gift (1973)
2 Handwritten draft “of just 30 pages”
3-5 Handwritten draft, titled “The Groom”
The Big Day (1976)
6-8 Early handwritten draft
Box Folder
3 1-2 Handwritten 2nd draft
Pascali’s Island (1980)
3-4 Handwritten draft
5 “Derived notebook”
The Rage of the Vulture (1982)
6-7 Early handwritten draft
Box Folder
4 1 Early handwritten draft, cont’d
2-6 “Complete” handwritten drafts, part 1 and part 2
7 Small notebook
Box Folder
5 1-2 Notebooks “A” and “B”
Stone Virgin (1985)
3-5 Handwritten draft
6 “Venice notebook”
Sugar and Rum (1988)
7 Handwritten 1st draft notebook
8 Handwritten 2nd draft notebook 1
Box Folder
6 1-2 Handwritten 2nd draft notebooks 2 and 3
3 Handwritten rewrite of 2nd draft pp 141-169
Sacred Hunger (1992)
4-8 Handwritten final draft
Box Folder
7 1 “2nd workbook B”
Morality Play (1995)
2 Handwritten preliminary draft, titled “The Devil’s Fool”
3 Handwritten 2nd draft notebook 1
4 Handwritten 2nd draft notebook 2; also contains 50 2nd draft pages of After Hannibal, titled “Umbrian Mosaic”
After Hannibal (1996; drafts titled “Umbrian Mosaic”)
5-6 Handwritten rough draft and 3rd draft
7-8 Handwritten 2nd draft
Box Folder
8 1-2 Typescript with handwritten corrections
Losing Nelson (1999)
3 Handwritten preliminary draft notebook A
4-5 Handwritten 2nd draft, titled “England Expects”
6-9 Handwritten 3rd draft
10 Notebook
Box Folder
9 1 Two notebooks
2-3 Typescript with handwritten corrections
The Songs of the Kings (2002; drafts titled “Iphigeneia”)
4 Handwritten 1st draft
5-6 Handwritten 2nd draft
7-8 Handwritten 3rd draft
Box Folder
10 1 Handwritten 3rd draft, cont’d
2-3 Typescript with handwritten corrections
4 “Iphigeneia” notebook
Crete (2004)
5 Handwritten draft
6 Typescript with handwritten corrections
The Ruby in Her Navel (2006; handwritten drafts titled “The Mirrors of Favara”)
7-8 Handwritten 1st draft
9 Handwritten 2nd draft
Box Folder
11 1-2 Handwritten 2nd draft, cont’d
3-4 Handwritten 3rd draft
5-7 Typescript with handwritten corrections
Box Folder
12 1 Notebook
Shorter works and related materials
2 Articles, essays, book introductions
3 Book reviews, 1986-2006
Handwritten notebooks
4 1965-1983
5 1978-1991
6 1983-1987
Box Folder
13 1 1983-2002
2 Interviews of Unsworth, 1987-1999
3 Short stories and travel pieces, 1993-2002

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Series II. Correspondence, 1974-2007

Box Folder
13 Professional letters
4 1987-1993
5 1994-1995
6 1996-2007
Personal and fan mail
7 1974-1992
8 1993-1998
9 1999-2006, undated

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