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Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Series I. Works 1981-1996, undated

Series II. Publishing Correspondence 1986-2003, undated

Series III. Reading Excerpts 1986-2005, undated

Index

University of Texas, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center

Alexander Altschuller:

Collection of J. M. Coetzee at the Harry Ransom Center



Creator: Altschuller, Alexander
Title: Alexander Altschuller Collection of J. M. Coetzee
Dates: 1981-2005
Abstract: The Alexander Altschuller Collection of J. M. Coetzee contains correspondence between Coetzee and editors at his British publisher, Secker & Warburg, and his American publisher, Viking Penguin, as well as drafts, galley proofs, setting copy, publicity photos, publishing materials, and materials used by Coetzee for public readings.
Call Number: Manuscript Collection MS-5296
Extent: 2 boxes (.84 linear feet), 1 galley file (gf)
Language: English
Repository: The University of Texas at Austin, Harry Ransom Center

Scope and Contents

The Alexander Altschuller Collection of J. M. Coetzee contains correspondence between Coetzee and editors at his British publisher, Secker & Warburg, and his American publisher, Viking Penguin, as well as drafts, galley proofs, setting copy, publicity photos, publishing materials, and materials used by Coetzee for public readings. The collection is organized in three series: I. Works and Publishing, 1981-1996, undated; II. Publishing Correspondence, 1986-2003, undated; and III. Reading Excerpts, 1986-2005, undated.

The majority of the works in Series I., represented by handwritten drafts, proof sets, and setting copy, show some emendations by Coetzee and/or a copyeditor. Some drafts contain more extensive revisions, such as the items related to his short story “A Woman Grows Older.” These materials display Coetzee’s compositional process through a progression of six drafts, all but the last of which contain heavy revisions in Coetzee’s hand. At the top of each draft in the collection, Coetzee has noted the date and often the place at which he worked on it.

The correspondence in Series II., relating to such works as Dusklands,Foe,Life and Times of Michael K, and Waiting for the Barbarians, is predominately business related and contains discussions of his work in detail, publication elements such as preliminary pages, biographical notes, and dust jacket art, as well as routine editorial queries and responses.

Series III. consists largely of photocopied and printed excerpts used by Coetzee for readings in the United States, Hong Kong, and South Africa from 1986 to 2005. All of the texts include notes indicating starting and stopping points and minor revisions, and some texts, such as for Boyhood and Waiting for the Barbarians, contain page-long handwritten introductions.

These materials were assembled by Alexander Altschuller, a Massachusetts cardiologist and collector of modern and Russian literature.

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Restrictions

Access:

Open for research

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Related Material

Additional Coetzee materials at the Ransom Center are located in the J. M. Coetzee Papers.

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Administrative Information

Acquisition:

Purchase, 2012 (2012-11-008-G)

Processed by:

Stephen Cooper, 2013

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Container List

 

Series I. Works 1981-1996, undated

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1.1 As a Woman Grows Older (short story), six typescript drafts with handwritten annotations, 2003
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Foe
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1.2-1.4 Proofs, with handwritten corrections, 1986, undated
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1.5-1.6 Setting copy, 1986
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1.7 Bound proof, 1986
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gf Life and Times of Michael K, galley proof, 1983

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Series II. Publishing Correspondence 1986-2003, undated

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1.8 Boyhood: Scenes from a Provincial Life, with publicity photograph, 1996
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1.9 Dusklands, 1981-1985, undated
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2.1-2.2 Foe, with publishing-related materials and publicity photographs, 1985-1988, undated
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2.3 Life and Times of Michael K, 1983-1984, undated
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2.4 Master of Petersburg, with publicity photos, 1993-1996
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2.5 Waiting for the Barbarians, 1979-1995
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2.6 White Writing: On the Culture of Letters in South Africa, 1986

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Series III. Reading Excerpts 1986-2005, undated

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2.7 Age of Iron, Penguin Books Edition (1990), unidentified reading location and date
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Boyhood: Scenes from a Provincial Life
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2.8 Penguin Books Edition (1997), unidentified reading location and date
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2.9 Photocopies from chapters 1, 4, and 13, the University of Hong Kong, 2002
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2.10 Photocopy of pages 1-166, ABC Radio National series, undated
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Elizabeth Costello
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2.11 At the Gate, printout, University of Tulsa, 2003
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2.12 The Humanities in Africa, printout, University of Hong Kong, 2002
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2.13 Homages of a Prose Writer, printout, lecture at UC Berkeley, 1991
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2.14 Nietverloren, printout, Stanford University, 2004
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2.15 Slow Man, printout, Galway Arts Festival, Ireland, 2005
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2.16 The Virgin and the Protestants: Samuel Richardson’s Clarissa Harlowe, printout, University of Cape Town, 2001, and Stanford University, 2002
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Waiting for the Barbarians
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2.17 Printout, Canberra, Australia, 2005
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2.18 Penguin Books edition (1980), Penn State University and Gouchler College, Maryland, 1986
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2.19 Youth, printout, Brandeis University, 2002

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 Index of Works 

  • Age of Iron--2.7
  • As a Woman Grows Older--1.1
  • Boyhood: Scenes from a Provincial Life--1.8, 2.8-10
  • Dusklands--1.9
  • Elizabeth Costello--2.11-12
  • Foe--1.2-7, 2.1-2
  • Homages of a Prose Writer--2.13
  • The Life and Times of Michael K--2.3, gf
  • The Master of St. Petersburg--2.4
  • Nietverloren--2.14
  • Slow Man--2.15
  • The Virgin and the Protestants: Samuel Richardson’s Clarissa Harlowe--2.16
  • Waiting for the Barbarians--2.5, 2.17-18
  • White Writing: On the Culture of Letters in South Africa--2.6
  • Youth--2.19

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