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Doris Lessing manuscripts

Collection 1976-010

Dates:  1974-1985.

Extent:  (3 boxes).

Level of Description:  Item level.

Name of creator(s):  Doris Lessing.

Date of creation:  Undetermined.

Scope and Content: 

Administrative/Biographical History:  Consists of the typescript, carbon copy typescript, photocopied typescript, and galley proofs for the novel, Memoirs of a Survivor; typescript and carbon copy typescript of the novella, the Temptation of Jack Orkney; and the typesetter's copy and master galleys of The Good Terrorist.

Access and Copyright:  This material is housed off-site and will require special arrangements for anticipated use. Contact the Department of Special Collections.

Language and Scripts: English.

Finding aid/Inventory:   Finding aid is available online.

Provenance/Source of Acquisition:  Bertram Rota, March 1976.

Date(s) of description:   1993, 1998, 2007

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Memoirs of a Survivor
1:1 Initial typed draft, with handwritten revisions, p1-10, 12-268.    
1:2 Typed draft fragment, another version, p3-23.    
  Typed draft fragments, [discarded or revised text], 8p.    
  Folder in which the typescript was found bearing various handwritten notes.    
1:3 Typed second draft, with handwritten revisions and inserted text, pages numbered 1, [1a], 2-103, [103a], 104-115.    
1:4 Typed draft fragments, [replacement text], with handwritten revisions and inserted text; pages numbered 106a, 107a-107d, 108a-108j, 109-131, 133-140, [141a], 141-147, [147a], 158-180, 182-187, [187a], 188-200.    
  Typed draft fragments, [discarded or revised text], with handwritten revisions, 10p.    
  Folder in which the typescript was found bearing various handwritten notes.    
1:5 Carbon copy typed third draft, with handwritten revisions, pages numbered 1-25, 25, 26-176, 177/178, 179-239, 240/249, 250-273.    
1:6 Photocopied typed final draft, with further handwritten revisions, p1-198.    
1:7 Galley proofs with similar handwritten revisions as in the previous photocopied typescript.    
The Temptation of Jack Orkney
1:8 Typed draft novella in 2 versions, with handwritten revisions.  Version 1, 63p.    
1:9 Version 2, 79p.    
1:10 Version 3.  Carbon copy typed with handwritten revisions, 73p.    
The Good Terrorist
2:1 Photocopied typed draft, typesetter's copy, with editor and printer's corrections, marks and notations.     
3:1 Master galleys with editor and printer's marks and notations.     
3:2 Dorris Lessing to Jeffrey Meyers (biographer)
4 typed and signed letters from Lessing to Meyers, May 1971-Nov 1972.  All are responses to Meyers letters thanking him for his interest in her work; his request for her to be his agent; her unavailablity to meet with him due to work.
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