University of Texas, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center

Tom Maschler:

A Preliminary Inventory of His Collection of Doris Lessing at the Harry Ransom Center



Creator: Maschler, Tom
Title: Tom Maschler Collection of Doris Lessing
Dates: 1955-1957, undated
Abstract: Much of this collection consists of typescript short stories and related materials prepared for Lessing’s second collection, The Habit of Loving (1957), edited by Maschler.
Call Number: Manuscript Collection MS-05395
Extent: 1 document box, 1 galley file (.42 linear feet)
Language: English
Repository: The University of Texas at Austin, Harry Ransom Center

Scope and Contents

Much of the Tom Maschler Collection of Doris Lessing consists of typescript short stories and related materials prepared for Lessing’s second collection, The Habit of Loving (1957), edited by Maschler. The works represented include "The Eye of God in Paradise"; "The Day that Stalin Died"; "Excuse me While I’m Sick, by Reggie Jones," which may be unpublished; "Flavours of Exile"; "Through the Tunnel"; "Traitors"; "Dialogue"; "Debbie and Julie"; "The Truth About Billy Newton;" and "Wine." Most of the typescripts contain autograph corrections and comments in pencil and ink. The four short letters in the collection are all from Lessing to Maschler, with which she enclosed several stories for him and one for the Paris Review.

Tom Maschler (1933- ) is a leading figure of modern British Publishing best known for his many years as the editorial director and then managing editor at Jonathon Cape. The first book he bought for Cape was Joseph Heller’s Catch-22, and he has since worked with many authors including Doris Lessing, Gabriel García Márquez, Thomas Pynchon, John Fowles, Arnold Wesker, and Ian McEwan, among others.


Restrictions

Access:

Open for research


Related Material

Additional Lessing materials at the Ransom Center are located in the Doris Lessing Papers and the Doris Lessing Collection.


Administrative Information

Acquisition:

Purchase, 2015 (15-07-023-P)

Processed by:

Stephen Cooper, 2016


Container List

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1.1 Letters to Maschler, 1957, undated
Typescripts
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1.2 The Day that Stalin Died, two typescripts, undated
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1.3 Debbie and Julie, undated
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1.4 Dialogue, undated, with letter to Maschler, undated
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1.5 Excuse Me While I’m Sick, by Reggie Jones, undated
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1.6-1.7 The Eye of God in Paradise, undated
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1.8 Flavours of Exile, in London Magazine, 1957
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1.9 Through the Tunnel, in The New Yorker, 1955
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1.10 Traitors, in Argosy, 1957
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1.11 The Truth About Billy Newton, playscript, undated
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gf Wine, galley proofs, undated