University of Texas, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center

Philip Callow:

An Inventory of His Papers at the Harry Ransom Center



Creator: Callow, Philip, 1924-2007
Title: Philip Callow Papers
Dates: 1949-2006
Abstract: The Philip Callow Papers, 1949-2006, consist mainly of manuscripts for novels, poetry, short stories, biographies, two autobiographical works, and a radio play representing the bulk of Callow's published writings, plus a small amount of correspondence with friends, other writers, agents, editors, and publishers.
Extent: 22 document boxes, 1 oversize box (9.24 linear feet), 1 galley folder (gf)
Language: English
Repository: The University of Texas at Austin, Harry Ransom Center

Biographical Sketch

Philip Kenneth Callow was born 26 October 1924 in Birmingham, England. He grew up in Coventry and left Coventry Technical College when he was apprenticed to be a toolmaker at the age of 15. This occupation exempted him from military service, and he lived in Leamington Spa during World War II and in Nottingham and Plymouth in later years. After the war, he took a variety of civil service and clerical jobs and began writing in his spare time.

Many of Callow's novels draw from his own experiences growing up in a working-class home in the Midlands and touch upon his education, employment, and the hardships experienced in wartime and postwar England. His first novel, The Hosanna Man (1956), was very well reviewed, but the threat of a lawsuit by an individual who claimed to recognize himself in the book led publisher Jonathan Cape to withdraw and pulp all unsold copies rather than fight a libel case. The book still managed to win several awards and Callow received an Arts Council grant that enabled him to write full-time.

Among his 16 novels, the trilogy formed by Going to the Moon (1968), The Bliss Body (1969), and Flesh of Morning (1971) was perhaps his best-received and appreciated fictional work. Callow also published several volumes of poetry (his first collection, Turning Point, appeared in 1964) as well as short stories, plays, and also essays and book reviews contributed to New Statesman, Spectator, Tribune, Listen, and Vogue.

At the suggestion of his agent, Callow also wrote biographies of the figures he most admired, beginning with fellow-Midlander and stylistic influence D. H. Lawrence (Son and Lover, 1975). Callow's talents as both poet and lifelong amateur painter contributed to his ability to render a series of sensitive biographical portraits of several other writers and artists, including Anton Chekhov, Paul Cezanne, Robert Louis Stevenson, Vincent Van Gogh, and Walt Whitman. He also published two autobiographical works, In My Own Land (1965) and Passage from Home (2002).

Callow was married to Irene Christian Vallance (1952-1973), Penelope Jane Newman (1974-1987), and Anne Jennifer Golby (1987-2007). He died on 22 September 2007, survived by his wife Anne and a daughter from his first marriage, Fleur Alyse Harvey.


Scope and Contents

The Philip Callow Papers, 1949-2006, consist mainly of manuscripts for novels, poetry, short stories, biographies, two autobiographical works, and a radio play representing the bulk of Callow's published writings, plus a small amount of correspondence with friends, other writers, agents, editors, and publishers. The papers are arranged into two series: I. Works, 1949-2004, and II. Correspondence, 1952-2006. Part of this collection was previously accessible through a card catalog but has been recataloged as part of a retrospective conversion project.

Series I. Works makes up the great majority of the collection and consists of drafts and proofs for Callow's works. Arranged alphabetically by title, these include manuscripts for nearly all of Callow's published output plus an early unpublished novel (A Hood for the Brightness, 1949), an untitled work (My friend…, 1952) in the form of a letter, Time for Johnnie (a juvenile version of Some Love, 1991), and a collaborative epistolary work (Open Cage, 1961) written with Ronald Hall. In addition to manuscripts for most of his published collections of poetry, there are also several other proposed collections that include poems eventually published in other volumes. Manuscripts for all of the autobiographical and biographical works are present, often accompanied by research materials, outlines, notes, illustrations, blurbs, dust jacket designs, and reviews. All manuscript titles appear in the folder list in this finding aid.

Correspondence in Series II. makes up only a single box of the papers and has been subdivided into outgoing and incoming letters, and subsequently arranged alphabetically by the name of the recipient or the author. Much of the correspondence concerns the publication of his works, such as letters with agents, editors, and publishers. Best represented correspondents include Graham Ackroyd, Bodley Head (Firm), Peter Day (Allison & Busby), Ivan R. Dee (Ivan R. Dee, Inc., Publisher), Elizabeth Fairbairn (John Johnson Author's Agent Limited), Ray Gosling, John Killick (Littlewood Press), John Lucas (Shoestring Press), Carol O'Brien (Constable Publishers), and David Tipton. There are also letters from fellow authors, including Elizabeth Berridge, Norman Mailer, Stanley Middleton, John Cowper Powys, and J. B. Priestley. An index of all correspondent names is included in this finding aid.


Restrictions

Access:

Open for research


Related Material

Additional letters written by Philip Callow are present in the Ransom Center's manuscript collections for Francis Henry King, John Lehmann, and J. B. Priestley.


Separated Material

The Literary File in the Photography Collection contains a portrait of Philip Callow by Nicholas Elder. There is a single folder for Callow in the Center's Vertical File Collection containing two newspaper clippings of articles by or about Callow and a series of 14 printed postcards with poems by Callow and graphics by Geoff Clarke.


Administrative Information

Acquisition:

Purchases, 1964-2009 (R1613, R2088, R4085, R5971, R7293, R12352, R12427, R13037, R14340, R14473, R14499, 2009-04-02-P)

Processed by:

Joan M. Sibley, 2010


Sources:

Belbin, David. "Philip Callow." The Independent, 27 September 2007, http://www.independent.co.uk/news/obituaries/philip-callow-403638.html (accessed 13 October 2010).

"Philip Callow." Times Online Obituary, 25 September 2007, http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/obituaries/article2531271.ece (accessed 13 October 2010).

"Philip Kenneth Callow." Contemporary Authors Online, http://galenet.galegroup.com/servlet/GLD/ (accessed 13 October 2010).


Container List

Series I. Works, 1949-2004

Another Flesh (omnibus of three-novel trilogy, 1989) -- see Going to the Moon, The Bliss Body, and Flesh of Morning
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1.1 Bare Wires (poetry, 1972), signed typescript with editor's markings, undated
Black Rainbow (novel, 1999)
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1.2 First draft, typescript with handwritten revisions and notes, undated (titled Wild Spring)
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1.3 Complete typescript, bound photocopy, undated (title The Silence of Stars crossed out)
The Bliss Body (novel, second in trilogy, 1969)
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1.4 First draft, typescript with handwritten revisions and handwritten and typed notes, undated
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1.5 Final draft, typescript with printer's markings, undated
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1.6 Final draft, carbon copy typescript, undated
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1.7 Proof copy, 1969
Body of Truth: D. H. Lawrence, the Nomadic Years (biography, 2003)
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1.8-9 Draft, typescript with corrections, undated
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2.1-2 Final draft, typescript with editor's corrections and printer's markings, 2003
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2.3-4 Author's first proof, with handwritten corrections, 2003
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2.5 Cave Light (poetry, 1981), typescript, undated
Chekhov, the Hidden Ground (biography, 1998)
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2.6-7 First draft, typescript with corrections, undated
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3.1-3 Final version, typescript with corrections and printer's markings, 1998
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3.4-7 Final version, photocopied typescript, undated
Clipped Wings (novel, 1964)
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4.1 First draft, typescript with handwritten revisions and handwritten and typed notes, undated (titled The Birds)
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4.2 Carbon copy typescript, undated (titled The Naturals)
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4.3 Typescript with handwritten revisions, undated (titles The Naturals and The Birds deleted)
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4.4 Typescript, undated
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4.5 Carbon copy typescript, undated
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4.6 Additional pages incorporated into final version, handwritten and typed pages with handwritten revisions, undated
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gf 1 Galley proofs with handwritten corrections, 1964
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4.7 Signed proof copy, 1964
Common People (novel, 1958)
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5.1 Handwritten manuscript / incomplete with revisions, in notebook, undated
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5.2 Typescript / first draft with handwritten emendations and typed insert, undated (titled Raw Laughter)
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5.3 Typescript / second draft, undated (titled Raw Laughter)
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5.4 Typescript / third draft with handwritten revisions, undated (titled Death of an Old Man)
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5.5 Critical extracts from five critics, typescript / copy, undated
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5.6 Facing South: Poems 1950-1962, typescript, undated (unpublished, some poems used later in Turning Point)
Fires in October (poetry, 1994)
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5.7 Typescript, undated
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5.8 Typescript with typesetting marks, 1993
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5.9 Page proofs with corrections, 1994
Flesh of Morning (novel, third in trilogy, 1971)
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5.10 First draft, typescript with handwritten notes and revisions, undated
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6.1 Final, carbon copy typescript, undated
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6.2 Final, typescript with handwritten corrections and printer's markings, 1971; dust jacket
From Noon to Starry Night: A Life of Walt Whitman (biography, 1992)
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6.3 Research materials, notes, proposal, undated
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6.4-5 First draft, typescript with handwritten revisions and inserts, undated
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6.6-7.1 Final draft, typescript with corrections, undated
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7.2-3 Final draft, photocopy with corrections, undated
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7.4-5 Setting copy, with printer's markings, 1992
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23.1 Galley proofs, with corrections, 1992
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7.6-8.1 Page proofs, uncorrected, 1992
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8.2-3 Page proofs, with corrections, 1992
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8.4 Jacket copy, blurbs, reviews, 1991-1993
Going to the Moon (novel, first in trilogy, 1968)
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8.5 First draft, typescript with handwritten revisions and handwritten and typed notes, undated
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8.6 Final draft, typescript with handwritten emendations and typed notes, undated
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9.1 Final draft, carbon copy typescript, undated
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9.2 Proof copy, with corrections, 1968
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9.3 A Hood for the Brightness, typescript / incomplete, 1949 (unpublished)
The Hosanna Man (novel, 1956)
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9.4 Handwritten manuscript / incomplete with revisions, in notebook, undated
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9.5 Typescript / incomplete with handwritten revisions, undated
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9.6 Icons (poetry, 1987), drafts of poems, mainly typescript but also handwritten manuscripts, all with revisions; typescript draft with table of contents and corrections; both undated; proof copy, 1987
In My Own Land (autobiography, 1965)
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9.7 First draft of diary section "Progress of a Dream," handwritten manuscript with revisions and notes, undated
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9.8 First draft, typed and carbon copy manuscript with handwritten revisions, undated
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9.9 Carbon copy typescript, 1965
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9.10 Final draft, typescript printer's copy with printer's notes, 1965
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10.1 Printer's dummy and notes, with photograph proofs and originals, 1965
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gf 1 Galley proofs with handwritten corrections, 1965
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10.2 Proof copy, 1965
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10.3 In the Wonder (poetry), signed handwritten and typed manuscripts of short poems, undated (unpublished, some poems used later in Turning Point)
Janine (novel, 1977)
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10.4 First draft, typescript with handwritten changes, handwritten notes, undated
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10.5 Final draft, typescript with handwritten changes; also editorial notes, publisher's blurb, jacket design, all undated
Lost Earth: A Life of Cezanne (biography, 1995)
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10.6 Research material, undated
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10.7-8 First draft, typescript with handwritten corrections, undated
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11.1-2 Second draft, typescript, undated
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11.3-4 Final version, typescript setting copy with printer's markings, 1995
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11.5 First page proofs, corrected pages only, 1995
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11.6-12.1 Second page proofs, 1995
Louis: A Life of Robert Louis Stevenson (biography, 2001)
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12.2-3 Typescript, complete with illustrations and captions, no index, undated
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12.4-5 Setting copy, typescript with printer's markings, 2001
The Magnolia (novel, 1994)
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12.6 First draft, typescript with handwritten revisions, undated
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12.7 Second draft, typescript with handwritten revisions, undated
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13.1 Third draft, typescript, few changes, undated
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13.2 Final draft, typescript setting copy with printer's markings, 1994
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13.3 Page proofs, some corrections, 1994
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13.4 My friend… (untitled work in the form of a letter, 1952), signed handwritten manuscript with revisions, in notebook, dated 23 March 1952
Native Ground (short stories, 1959)
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13.5 First draft, typescript with handwritten revisions, undated
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13.6 Setting copy, typescript with printer's markings, 1959
Nightshade and Morning Glory (poems, 1998)
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13.7 Typescript with few handwritten revisions, undated (titled Splinters)
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13.8 Typescript and handwritten mock-up proof, 1998
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13.9 Page proofs with corrections, 1998
Notes over a Chasm (poetry, 1991)
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13.10 Typescript, undated
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13.11 Page proofs, 1991
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13.12 On Some Road (BBC radio play, 1979), reproduced playscript, 1979
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13.13 On the Earth: First Poems (poetry), typescript, undated
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14.1 Open Cage: A Collaboration, by Philip Callow and Ronald Hall, typescript, accompanied by notebook with Callow's letters to Hall, handwritten with some typed inserts (unpublished, 1961)
The Painter's Confessions (novel, 1989)
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14.2 First draft, typescript with handwritten revisions, undated
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14.3 Second draft, typescript with handwritten revisions, undated
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14.4 Third? draft, typescript with handwritten revisions, undated
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14.5 Final draft, typescript, undated
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15.1 Final draft, photocopy typescript, undated
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15.2 Setting copy, typescript with printer's markings, 1989
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15.3 Passage from Home: A Memoir (autobiography, 2002), typescript with corrections, undated
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15.4 Pastoral (poetry, 2004), page proof with a few corrections, dust jacket proof, 2004
A Pledge for the Earth (novel, 1960)
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15.5 Notes, handwritten and typed notes with revisions, undated
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15.6 Draft / incomplete, handwritten manuscript with revisions and handwritten and typed inserts, in notebook, undated; also includes handwritten manuscript / draft of autobiography; notes for A Pledge for the Earth; and journal entries in unidentified hand
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16.1 Early draft / incomplete, typescript with handwritten revisions and typed inserts, undated
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16.2 Early draft / incomplete, typescript with handwritten revisions, undated (titled A New Life)
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16.3-4 Carbon copy typescript, undated
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16.5-6 Setting copy, typescript with printer's markings, 1960
Poems, handwritten drafts, undated:
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17.1 At the Eve of Something (on sheet with Wonder Beast)
Even Now (on sheet with Waiting Here for It to Come)
God (on sheet with Though Blood Loves Always)
How Beautiful Is God
Man in His Deepest Nature
There Is No Name
These Golden Trophies of the Sun
This Convention of Anarchy (on sheet with Though Blood Loves Always)
Though Blood Loves Always
Waiting Here for It to Come
Wonder Beast
The Real Life: New Poems (poetry, 1964)
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17.2 Rough draft, handwritten and typescript / work sheets with handwritten revisions, undated (duplicates of some poems; some poems not in published version)
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17.3 Typescript draft with handwritten and typed front matter with printer's markings, undated
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gf 1 Galley proofs, two sets, both with handwritten corrections, one with handwritten and printed notes, 1964
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17.4 Proof copy, 1964
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17.5 Soliloquies of an Eye (poetry, 1990), first draft, typescript with handwritten corrections, undated
Some Love (novel, 1991)-- see also Time for Johnnie
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17.6 First draft, typescript with handwritten revisions, undated
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17.7 Second draft, typescript with handwritten revisions, undated
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17.8 Final draft, typescript, undated
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17.9 Extract entitled White Skirt, "from a new novel titled Intimacy" (early title for Some Love), typescript, undated
Son and Lover: The Young D. H. Lawrence (biography, 1975)
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18.1 Synopsis and first chapters, typescript with handwritten corrections, notes, undated
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18.2 First draft, typescript with handwritten revisions, undated
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18.3 Final draft, carbon typescript with handwritten revisions, undated
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18.4-5 Setting copy, typescript with handwritten corrections and printer's markings, 1975
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19.1 Proofs, with corrections, 1975
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19.2 Dust jacket and advertisement proofs, undated
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19.3 Illustrations, original mounted photographs, undated
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19.4 Editorial notes, undated
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19.5 Working notes, undated
The Subway to New York (novel, 1979)
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19.6 First draft, typescript with handwritten revisions and notes, undated
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19.7 Final draft, setting copy with some revisions and printer's markings, 1979
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19.8 Final draft, carbon typescript with some revisions, undated
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19.9 Threshold (poetry), handwritten and typescript manuscript, undated (unpublished)
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20.1 Time for Johnnie (novel, "a version of Some Love for teenagers"), typescript with handwritten revisions, circa 1991?
Turning Point (poetry, 1964)
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20.2 Worksheets, handwritten and typescript drafts / incomplete with handwritten revisions, undated
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20.3 Setting copy, typescript with printer's markings, 1964
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20.4 Proof copy, with handwritten correction, 1964
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20.5 Two Poems (poetry, 1992), typescript signed as Christmas greeting to David Tipton, 1992
Vincent van Gogh: A Life (biography, 1990)
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20.6 Proposal, outline, sample chapter, notes, permissions, 1989
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20.7 First draft, typescript with handwritten revisions, undated
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20.8 Second draft, typescript with handwritten revisions, undated
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20.9-21.1 Final draft, typescript with handwritten revisions, undated
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21.2 Page proofs, index, dust jacket design, 1990
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21.3 Woman with a Poet (stories, 1983), setting copy, composite handwritten, typescript, and photocopied text with printer's markings, 1983; proof copy
Yours (novel, 1972)
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21.4 First draft, typescript with handwritten revisions, undated
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21.5 Final draft, setting copy, typescript with printer's markings, 1972
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21.6 Final draft, carbon typescript, undated



Series II. Correspondence, 1952-2006

Outgoing, 1952-1995
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22.1 A-Z
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22.2 Ackroyd, Graham, 1952, bulk undated
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22.3 Tipton, David, 1981-1998, undated
Incoming, 1953-2006
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22.4 A-L
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22.5 Ackroyd, Graham, 1953; 1990-1991
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22.6 The Bodley Head, 1972-1974
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22.7 Day, Peter (Allison & Busby), 1990-1995
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22.8 Dee, Ivan R. (Ivan R. Dee, Inc., Publisher), 1990-1998
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22.9 Fairbairn, Elizabeth (John Johnson Author's Agent Limited), 1990-1997
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22.10 Gosling, Ray, 1963-1966
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22.11 Killick, John (Littlewood Press), 1987-1990
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22.12 Lucas, John (Shoestring Press), 2005-2006
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22.13 M-Z
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22.14 O'Brien, Carol (Constable Publishers), 1996-1998
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23.1 Oversize materials



Index of Correspondents

  • Ackroyd, Graham--22.2 (from Callow); 22.5 (to Callow)
  • Albion, Sue--22.4 (to Callow)
  • Allen, Wal--22.4 (to Callow)
  • B____, John--22.4 (to Callow)
  • Barr, Barbara--22.4 (to Callow)
  • Berridge, Elizabeth--22.4 (to Callow)
  • Bodley Head (Firm) (Dobson, Carla; Michie, James; Waldman, Guido A.)--22.6 (to Callow)
  • Boothe, John (Panther Books Ltd.)--22.4 (to Callow)
  • Boulton, James T. (Letters of D. H. Lawrence; University of Nottingham)--22.4 (to Callow)
  • Brander, Laurence, 1903- --22.1 (from Callow)
  • Bratby, John, 1928-1992 (Art Quarterly)--22.4 (to Callow)
  • Brownjohn, Alan, 1931- --22.1 (from Callow)
  • Busby, Christopher (Christopher Busby Ltd. Literary Agency)--22.4 (to Callow)
  • Causley, Charles--22.4 (to Callow)
  • Davis-Poynter, R. G. (Macgibbon & Kee, Ltd.)--22.4 (to Callow)
  • Day, Peter (Allison & Busby)--22.7 (to Callow)
  • Dee, Ivan R. (Ivan R. Dee, Inc. Publisher)--22.1 (from Callow); 22.8 (to Callow)
  • Fairbairn, Elizabeth (John Johnson Ltd.)--22.9 (to Callow)
  • Franklin, Colin (Routledge and Kegan Paul Ltd.)--22.5 (to Ackroyd, Graham)
  • Ginsberg, Harvey (G. P. Putnam's Sons)--22.4 (to Callow)
  • Gosling, Ray, 1939- --22.10 (to Callow)
  • Hall, Ron--22.4 (to Moore, Reginald; transcribed by Berridge, Elizabeth)
  • Killick, John (Littlewood Press)--22.1 (from Philip Callow); 22.11 (to Callow)
  • Kirkup, James, 1918-2009--22.4 (to Callow)
  • Lockwood, Bernard, 1921- --22.4 (to Callow)
  • Lucas, John, 1937- (Shoestring Press)--22.12 (to Callow)
  • MacInnes, Colin--22.13 (to Callow)
  • Mailer, Norman--22.13 (to Callow)
  • Melly, George--22.13 (to Callow)
  • Middleton, Stanley, 1919-2009--22.13 (to Callow)
  • Miller, Brian, 1941- (BBC Bristol)--22.13 (to Callow)
  • Mitchell, Adrian, 1932-2008--22.13 (to Callow)
  • Moore, Harry Thornton--22.13 (to Callow)
  • Multi Media Communications Consultants (Amy, Ruth; Chapman, Jennifer)--22.7 (to Callow)
  • Nottinghamshire County Council Leisure Services (Sims, Jean)--22.13 (to Callow)
  • O'Brien, Carol (Constable Publishers)--22.1 (to Callow, on verso of draft letter Callow to Ivan Dee); 22.14 (to Callow)
  • _____, Peter--22.1 (from Callow)
  • Powys, John Cowper, 1872-1963--22.13 (to Callow)
  • Priestley, J. B. (John Boynton), 1894-1984--22.13 (to Callow)
  • Randall, Peter (Greenwich Exchange)--22.13 (to Callow)
  • Rose, John (Curtis Brown, Ltd.)--22.1 (from Callow)
  • Sagar, Keith M. (Letters of D. H. Lawrence; University of Manchester)--22.13 (to Callow)
  • Segal, Israel--22.13 (to Callow)
  • Seven Seas Books (Gelbin, Gertrude; Pankey, Kay)--22.13 (to Callow)
  • The Tablet--22.13 (to Callow)
  • Thwaite, Anthony--22.1 (from Callow)
  • Times Press--22.13 (to Dor, Mr. from Callow); 22.13 (from Quayle, H. B. to Callow)
  • Tipton, David, 1934- --22.3 (from Callow)
  • Vinogradoff, Julian, Mrs.--22.13 (to Callow)
  • Whittaker, James (Andrew Melrose Ltd.)--22.13 (to Callow)