Department of Special Collections and University Archives
McFarlin Library. University of Tulsa.  2933 E. 6th St.  Tulsa, OK.  74104-3123 (OKT - OkTU)


V.S. Nipaul archive

Series 2: Writings

Collection   1993-003


Inventory

 

Series IA: Seepersad Naipaul (1906-1953) materials

1:1            Alice Meynell, THE SCHOOL OF POETRY (London: Collins Clear-Type Press, nd). Gift to VSN from his father. Inscribed: "To Vidyadhar/From his father/Today you have reached the span of 3 years 10 months and 15 days. And I make this present to you with this counsel in addition. Live only to the estate of man, follow truth, be kind & gentle and trust God."

1:2            Transcription into notebooks of SN's journalism published in the Trinidad GUARDIAN, 1930-34. With typescript transcription from the notebooks, Apr-Jun 1975. "Research for PROLOGUE TO AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY". [See also FINDING THE CENTER (1984)].

1:3            -----. "Early attempts at planning PROLOGUE. 40 pages of first attempt. Abandoned (1973)."

1:4            GURUDEVA (Trinidad: privately printed, 1943 or 1944). Proof copy. VSN note: "The start of our writing. Most precious to VSN." "With the encouragement, and possibly the help, of my mother's elder brother, my father printed the stories. That was another excitement. And then somehow, without any discussion that I remember, it seemed to be settled, in my mind as well as my father's, that I was to be a writer." (FINDING THE CENTER p43-44).

1:5            -----. Published edition, in printed wrappers, with errata slip.

1:6            SN story about Sonny Ramadhin, Indian cricketeer, with photogaph (which has SN's 1946 Perfect automobile in background). With rejection letter from NEWS CHRONICLE (London).

                 SN story, "My Uncle Dalloo." Typescript in two versions sent to VSN with a letter, 1952.

1:7            THE ADVENTURES OF GURUDEVA AND OTHER STORIES (1976). The expanded typescript of SN's stories, GURUDEVA, entrusted to VSN for publication after his father's death in 1953. An early draft of VSN's introduction to SN's collection of short stories, written in February, 1975, more than 30 years after his father's death: "My father received an elementary school education; he learned English and Hindi....In one letter to me he seems to say that he was trying to write when he was fourteen."

1:8            -----. Ms in two exercise books ("Zaire" and "Winfield Exercise Book"). Written April-June 1975.

1:9            -----. ccTMs prepared for the 1975 edition; with VSN's introduction in pcTMs.

1:10          -----. Deutsch catalog announcing publication. Reviews.

 
   
  Series IB:   VSN Writings

                 Mr. Naipaul carefully preserved his early manuscripts and later placed them, in two large boxes, with a London warehouse. When the boxes were retrieved in 1992, they were found to contain only unrelated, canceled financial papers and it was discovered that the warehouse, through confusion in its records, had destroyed Mr. Naipaul's materials believing them to be boxes with storage numbers it had been instructed by another customer to burn. Some manuscripts were preserved in a bank vault, and one -- MIGUEL STREET -- was on loan to a library in the Caribbean. Other early materials have since been found mixed with later records. All drafts, manuscripts, and typescripts which are known to have survived are listed in this inventory.

NOTE:      "NYRB" = THE NEW YORK REVIEW OF BOOKS.

                 "PAN" = Patricia Ann Hale Naipaul

                 "1:1" etc. = Box 1, Folder 1 etc.

1:1            Naipaul's London notebook for 1955 (used at the time he was writing MIGUEL STREET and THE MYSTIC MASSEUR) in which he noted overheard conversations and sharpened his skills of observation.

--              THE MYSTIC MASSEUR (1957).

1:2            Reviews.

--              THE SUFRRAGE OF ELVIRA (1957).

1:3            Reviews. Includes clippings from RADIO TIMES announcing broadcast of VSN's story "B. Wordsworth"

--              MIGUEL STREET (1959).

1:4            Corrected TMs draft (1955). Although MIGUEL STREET was Naipaul's first novel, it was not published until 1959, three years after it was written.

1:5            Reviews.

1:5a          A HOUSE FOR MR BISWAS (1961).

                 "1. Pastoral".  ccTMs, single leaf, found among PAN's papers; verso has been used to tick off names on [greeting card?] list.

                 "From V.S. Naipaul". ccTMs, single leaf, dated 26 June 1974. VSN's introduction for later edition?  

--              THE MIDDLE PASSAGE (1962).

1:6            Reviews.

--              MR STONE & THE KNIGHTS COMPANION (1963).

1:7            Reviews.

--              AN AREA OF DARKNESS (1964).

1:8            Reviews. Includes clippings from two Trinadad newspapers reporting an award by the Pegagus club which "has honoured the men and women who have helped shape the national honor of Trinidad and Tobago." Mrs. Doropatie Naipaul is pictured accepting VSN's award.

1:9            Dom Moraes. "Tete-a-Tete With V.S. Naipaul". THE ILLUSTRATED WEEKLY OF INDIA (February 14, 1965). VSN's 1995 comment: "Dom Morae's treacherous and in places false interview for the ILLUSTRATED WEEKLY OF INDIA. It never worried me, but I believe it has worried him."

                 Reader reactions to NEWSWEEK review: Margaret Block (ALS); K.C. Ayare (TLS); S. Shankar Menon (ALS); Frances T. Baird (ALS); and S.K. Oberbeck, the NEWSWEEK reviewer, forwarding a copy of letter from Ashok K. Rathore. 

--              THE MIMIC MEN (1965).

1:10          First abandoned draft (1965). pcTMs. 54p.

1:11          Second abandoned attempt. pcTMs. 20p.

1:12          Reviews.

1:13          John Hearne. "The Snow Virgin: Inquiry into V.S. Naipaul's 'Mimic Men'". CARIBBEAN QUARTERLY (23:2&3), June-September 1977. pc. 

1:14          VSN. "What's Wrong with Being a Snob?" SATURDAY EVENING POST, 1966. Galley proofs, pc.

1:15          "1964-67 clippings/ideas". A folder of press clipppings labeled by VSN in 1995: "* Vampire Bats, reminder of Seepersad Naipaul's Trinidad journalism; * murder of James Pope-Hennessy; * police leaflet about Stockwell murder, brought by young constable to 3 Stockwell Park Crescent".

1:16          VSN. "The Heart", a short story. QUEEN MAGAZINE, 1967. (Announced as from A FLAG ON THE ISLAND for publication in the autumn).

1:17          VSN. "Graham Greene". TELEGRAPH, 1967/68.  Galley proofs (two states). Tear sheets of published profile.

--              A FLAG ON THE ISLAND (1967).

1:18          ccTMs. 266p. VSN: "My notes for this title exist as well as a substantial fragment which will be sent to Tulsa about 1996 (following publication of a translation to French)".

1:19          Reviews.     

2:1            VSN. "Mr [Morihiro] Matsuda's Million-Dollar Gamble". TELEGRAPH MAGAZINE (later reprinted in THE OVERCROWDED BARRACOON). Matsuda's book, BIBLE OF WISDOM, with VSN's notes on his interview with Matsuda.

--              THE LOSS OF EL DORADO (1969).

                 "As a British colony Trinidad was as much an error and a failure as it had been as part of the Spanish Empire, 'these provinces of El Dorado.' And again, separate from the life of the Empire elsewhere, the imperial cycle was speeded up: a special virtue and vigor swiftly followed by the special decay which they contained." (p322)

2:2            Deutsch ad in THE LISTENER. Dustjacket for later Dutch edition. VSN: "A substantial fragment of this work exists in three-ring binders and will be sent after a French translation is completed, circa 1996-7."

2:3            Reviews.

2:4            VSN. David Hockney profile. DAILY TELEGRAPH MAGAZINE, (#372) 10 December 1970. Galley proofs. With invitations to 1976 exhibition.

--              IN A FREE STATE (1971).

2:5            ccTS. VSN: "A Note on 28 November 1992: The carbons in these two envelopes are all that survive of the MS of this book. There were deposited in the bank as they were completed."

                 I. June 12, 1970. (i) "Prologue: The Tramp of Pilaeus", (final title), 17p (ii) "One Out of Many", 47 pages. (iii) "Epilogue: the Circus of Luxor", (final title), 10p, with a carbon varient of first page of Epilogue.

2:6            II. July 21, 1970. "Tell Me When to Kill", 55p.

2:7            ccTMs, occasional corrections, 253p plus prelims. Final page dated August 1969-October 1970.

2:7a          VSN. "The Tramp at Piraeus". THE TIMES (25 September 1971)

2:8            Jacket blurb. ccTs, 2p. Reviews, including Booker Prize award notices; NY TIMES BOOK REVIEW by Nadine Gordimer and article by Israel Shenker.

2:9            Ian Hamilton. "V.S. Naipaul in conversation with Ian Hamilton", TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT (1971). VSN's notes, Hamilton's typed interview, galley proofs, and two Hamilton letters.

2:10          Francis Wyndham. "V.S. Naipaul". THE LISTENER 86:2219 (7 October 1971. Review of VSN's books to date.

                 Alex Hamilton. "Life on Approval". THE GUARDIAN (4 October 1971). With caricature of VSN. 

2:11          Adrian Rowe-Evans. "V.S. Naipaul--a TRANSITION interview by Adrian Rowe-Evans". TRANSITION 40 (December 1971). The "whole interview as rendered by the faithful typist" (ribbon and photocopy), a "boiled down" carbon typescript, and cover letter from Rowe-Evans dated 22 February 1970.  

--              THE OVER-CROWDED BARACOON (1972). "I've done a lot of thinking about immigrant societies, about the aftermath of empires and client economies and client cultures. But Argentina was a very difficult place to write about....jargon turns living issues into abstractions.... and that where jargon ends by competing with jargon, people don't have causes. They only have enemies....This left and right thing is a great crippler of thought."

3:1            ccTMs, p1-186 plus prelims; VSN notes, 2p.

3:2            p187-398.

3:2a          PAN notes found with reviews of ...BARACOON

3:3            TIMES review in December 1972 and other reviews.

3:4            Yves Leclerc interview for BBC French Service, January 22 and 23, 1973. Transcript. VSN 1995: "Leclerc ... was very nearly the first person I met in London in 1950..." and explaining his many addresses 1950-1953.

3:5            Ronald Bryden (literary editor of the SPECTATOR) inteview for the BBC. Transcript of broadcast of 29 January 1973.

--              ARTICLES FOR NEW YORK REVIEW OF BOOKS ON ARGENTINA, URAGUAY, ETC.

3:6            "I: Buenos Aires Apr 15". Small blue memo book.

                 "II: Argentina". Small blue memo book. Envelope with VSN note "Argentina notebooks (to be posted if I ask for them)".

3:7            "Argentina Random Notes 1972"; 12 calling cards laid in. Cuaderno Caribe notebook.

                 "Argentina", 12 June-29 June 1972. Rivadavia notebook. Ms and ccTMs pages of "Argentina: The Corpse at the Iron Gate" laid in; also draft of letter dated 28 June transmitting typescript to NYRB.

3:8            "The King over the Water". SUNDAY TIMES WEEKLY REVIEW, 6 August 1972. Clipped article.

                 "Argentina: The Corpse at the Iron Gate". Corrected photocopy of NYRB galleys.

                 ----. NYRB, 10 August 1972. Photocopy.

                 ----. TLS NYRB (Bob Silvers) to VSN 7 July, 25 August 1972, in re protests letters about Argentina article; ALS A. O'Connell to NYRB, 9 August 1972; TLS Jorge A. Sabato to NYRB, 10 August 1972; Clive Petersen: "Naipaul's fragmentary view"(BUENOS AIRES HERALD, 23 August); Ricardo Halac: "El Tiniteno Que Vino De Londres" (LA OPINION CULTURAL, 17 December 1972) [Newspaper edited by Jacobo Timmerman]. 

3:9            Red vinyl notebook. Begins: "Battle of Stanford Bridge and Hastings." Notes on history, literature and Borges.

                 "Borges - Trinidad June 30-July 6 1972". Billiken notebook.

                 "1972 - writing pad bought in Trinidad and taken to Argentina and New Zealand. Doeskin Bond notebook.

                 1. Borges article revisions

                 2. --- bibliographical note

                 3. Note on "Report by VSN on trip to New Zealand" (draft)". Inserted is a photocopy of 25 August 1972 Buenos Aires newspaper interview titled, "Naipaul in a 'land without thinkers'" and 2p of notes on Borges poetry.

                 "Comprehending Borges". NYRB 19 October 1972. Photocopy. With photocopy of a copy marked with changes for 1990 republication in THE RETURN OF EVA PERON WITH THE KILLINGS IN TRINIDAD (March 1994 VSN note: "I reviewed my notes on Borges for the 1990 reevaluation and found him much grander than I had in 1972." 

3:10          Ronald Bryden. "The novelist V.S. Naipaul talks about his work to..." THE LISTENER, 22 March 1973, p367-8, 370.

3:11          "England 7-1973". Baberton Junior notebook.

                 "8 October-3 November 1973. Uruguay and Buenos Aires, "Kamikaze in Montevideo". 5 November 1973, Wilsford". Gloria notebook. Uruguay, Tupamaros Guerrillas and Inflation. OBSERVER and NYRB articles. [This notebook contains draft for "A Country Dying on Its Feet" as published in NYRB].

                 ----. TLS Peter Crookston (THE OBSERVER) to VSN, 29 November 1973 in re proof of article.

                 ----. "A Country Dying on Its Feet". NYRB, 4 April 1974. Photocopy.

3:12          "Argentina: The Brothels Behind the Graveyard." Corrected TMs begins "The prophecy--according to some old Argentina book of prophecies....Peron would be hanged by his followers...." Written July 1974 and published in TELEGRAPH MAGAZINE and NYRB.

                 ----. Revised ccTMs titled "Argentina: The Brothels Behind the Graveyard."

                 ----. Corrected NYRB galleys.

                 ----. NYRB, 19 September 1974. Photocopy. 

                 ----. TLS Bob Silvers (NYRB) to VSN, 3 October 1974 (enclosing pcTLS from Joseph L. Love); 9 October 1974 (enclosing TLS from Guillermo McGough).

3:13          "Conrad's Darkness". Monitor notebook. "June-July 1974. About BISWAS. Conrad."

                 ----. Winfield Exercise book. "Conrad July 2 1974-July 16 Wilsford".

                 ----. Draft on ruled letter pad sheets.

                 ----. TMs headed "Joseph Conrad / for the Fiftieth Anniversary of his Death / University of Kent at Canterbury" and retitled in red ink "Conrad's Darkness".

                 ----. NYRB, 17 October 1974. Photocopy. With photocopy of letter from Charles O. McDonald and VSN's reply printed in the 28 November 1974 issue of NYRB.

                 ----. AMs fragment on two sheets which begins "My father inter[?] me to become a writer." [VSN note: written at time of Conrad article].

                 ----. pcALS N.R. Burrell to NYRB; ALS Julian Cole to NYRB; pcALS Keith Fenton to NYRB correcting Naipaul's statement on the identity of the secret agent.

4:1            "The Black Power Killings in Trinidad." Collection of newspaper clippings and other pieces from Trinidad and London newspapers used as background to "Killings in Trinidad." With 1975 clippings about Malik and 1995 VSN explanatory note.

4:2            ----.

4:3            Michael Abdul Malik, FROM MICHAEL DE FREITAS TO MICHAEL X (London: Deutsch, 1968). Contains VSN's notes.

4:4            ----. another copy, half-burnt, recovered by VSN from the ruins of Malik's house, burnt down after the murders.

4:5            ----. MALIK ACCUSED - MURDER! THE PROSECUTION'S CASE IN THE TRIAL OF ABDUL MALIK ... FOR THE MURDER OF JOSEPH SKERRITT. San Fernando, Trinidad: Unique Services, August 1972.

                 ----. MALIK GUILTY - MURDER! VERDICT OF THE ASSIZE COURT. San Fernando, Trinidad: Unique Services, November 1972.

                 ----. Application for leave to appeal against a conviction... March 1973. Mimeograph document.

                 ----. Judgement in the court of appeal, April 1973. Mimeograph document.

5:1            ----. "Malik flourished in Trinidad...." W.H. Smith & Son spiral notebook.

                 ----. "Michael X". W.H. Smith & Son spiral notebook.

5:2            ----. ccTMs, 83p with revisions.

                 ----. Postscript. ccTMs, 15p in to versions (different typings). ccTMs corrections, 4p.

                 ----. TLS Patrick Nicholson (SUNDAY TIMES) to VSN, 5 April 1974, re proofs; TLS Frances [Wyndham] (SUNDAY TIMES) to VSN, 27 November 1973; TLS Diane Athill (Andre Deutsch) to VSN, 26 July 1973, 3p, with suggested changes, discussion of the people involved in the murder case.

5:3            ----. SUNDAY TIMES MAGAZINE. May 12, May 19 1973. Galley proofs.

5:4            ----. "The Life and Trials of Michael X". THE SUNDAY TIMES MAGAZINE, May 12 and May 19, 1974

5:5            Four notebooks ("semi-journals") written in from 1972-1974, a difficult period for VSN. There is here, he says, a "little bit of Oxford," some GUERILLAS, ideas "sublimated into A BEND IN THE RIVER," and "many themes explored later". Two Silvine Students Note Books; a Winfield Excercise Book; and a notebook with "marbleized" paper cover. Also two pieces of card with VSN pencil sketches of Indian sculpture.  

--              GUERRILLAS (1975), a novel, explores the Black Power movement outside of the United States. Set on an English-speaking Caribbean island, likely a composite of Trinidad and Jamaica, VSN says that this is the most complex of his books--and the one he found most difficult to write; his writing becomes smaller and smaller in the early drafts as he moves toward the final violent scenes. There were a number of floundering beginnings as early as 1972. Ms of first draft written August 1973-April 1974.

5:6            TMs of abandoned 1972-1973 attempts.

5:7            W.H. Smith exercise book. Sept 22, 1972 notes and TMs drafts.

5:8            W.H. Smith spiral notebook. "The Mystery of Arrival." Black ink January 1973. "He had more---as a man who had been...." Red ink August 1973. Loose notes (some in PAN's hand as VSN would sometimes dictate to her) and TMs notes laid in. VSN: "Bits of this were used in A BEND IN THE RIVER."

6:1            "Revisions August 2, 1974". "Mosaic tulips" colourscript notebook.

6:2            -----. "Revision II". "Flowers and Butterflies" colourscript notebook.

6:3            ----. "Revision III". "Mosaic tulips" colourscript notebook.

6:4            ----. "Revision 4 October 28, 1974". Winfield exercise book.

6:5            ----. TMs with corrections.

6:6            ----. TMs with typesetting marks, prelims to p111.

6:7            ----. p112-250. Ends: September 1973-November 1974.

6:8            Reviews of GUERRILLAS. Joseph Epstein: "Nowhere Men." (WASHINGTON POST BOOK WORLD, November 1975); Hilton Kramer: "Naipaul's Guerrillas and Oate's Assassins" (COMMENTARY, 1976); Robert Farnsworth. "Each Man Has an Island, and Always it is in Him"; William Plummer "Caribbean Apocalyse" (NEWSDAY); BBC "Kaleidoscope" program; plus many reviews.

7:1            ----.

--              A BEND IN THE RIVER (written 15 January-31 March 1975). Research materials. See also below, 1979.

7:2            "Zaire Congo Notebook". First entry dated 15 January 1975. Black leatherette diary.

                 Alazan "Zaire" notebook dated 15 January -8 February 1975 and finished 31 March 1975. Draft of "A New King for the Congo."

                 Congo address and engagement book. Baberton Junior spiral notebook with business card and international telegraph charge card tipped in.

7:3            VSN. "A New King for the Congo: Mobutu and the Nihilism of Africa" ccTMs, 29p. Two copies.

7:4            VSN. "In Mobutu's Congo". NYRB 26 June 1975. Photocopy. See also A CONGO DIARY (Los Angeles: Sylvester & Orphanos, 1980).

7:4a          Mel Gussow. "Writer without roots". NY TIMES MAGAZINE (26 December 1976). Fragment of an article by Robert Boyers.

--              THE ADVENTURES OF GURUDEVA AND OTHER STORIES (1976). See Series I.

--              See Sound Recordings: 1977. Caracas diary, April 24, April 25, and May 3, 1977. VSN says this was an experiment in recording notes and that material recorded was not used elsewhere.

7:5            Background material gathered in 1977 for an article not finished on Argentina (but later published in the NYRB (11 October 1979) and in THE RETURN OF EVA PERON, WITH THE KILLINGS IN TRINIDAD).

                 ----. Report of an Amnesty International Mission to Argentina 6-15 November 1976 with clippings from Argentina newspapers.

                 ----. "The Terror: a Postscript in 1977". Heavily corrected TMs dated March 1977.

                 ----. "The Terror". Draft in orange spiral notebook begins "In Argentina the killer cars...." Among inserted items: TLS Diana Athill to VSN, 13 May 1977 concerning VSNs appearance on the Tonight program interviewed by Kennedy (who is a bad interviewer but VSN did wonderfully in spite of) and 10 Downing Street calling Deutsch for VSNs address (Athill dying of curiosity); TLS Andre Deutsch to VSNs 9 May 1977 in re: Penguin contract and proof copies for Curtis Brown; Telegram Rickhi to VSN in Caracas; invitations from Ambassador of Trinidad and Tobago 31 May 1977; TLS from Andre Deutsch, 9 May 1977; and a police certificate allowing VSN freedom of travel in Argentina.

7:6            ----. "An attempt in 1977 at BEND IN THE RIVER. Flip side: "Caracas May 77" "Peron conduce, Isabel verticalize"--"Peron conducts, Isabel verticalizes." Trinpad Exercise Book.

--              INDIA: A WOUNDED CIVILIZATION (1977). Written August 1975-October 1976. August-November 1975 notebooks. All versions of Mss December 1975-October 1976. Chapter-by-chapter NYRB proofs (1976-77) and editorial correspondence.

7:7            "India diary 1975". 77 AMs original pages from diary. See also below, GRANTA 57 (1997).

7:8            Challenge Duplicate Book containing 77 ccms pages of above.

                 Small notebook. Airline tickets.

7:9            Early notes and drafts. WH Smith "strap work" spiral notebook.

                 ----. "Interlocking links" WH Smith colour match spiral notebook.

8:1            ----. "Chapter 1 Draft 75-76". Cassette tape recording; see Sound Recordings.

                 ----. "Chapter 3 Not ideas, but Obsessions". Winfield Students Notebook.

8:2            ----. "VII Renaissance or Continuity." Silvine students notebook.

                 TMs extensively revised. Telegram Bob [Silvers (NYRB)] to VSN, 18 Sept 1976 in re "Terrific piece".

8:3            ----. "In 1888, when he was nineteen....", 19p revised TMs.

                 ----. Another version, 17p.

                 ----. "Sometimes Old India...." 55p TMs, extensively revised.

                 ----. "India: A New Clain on the Land." 20p TMs.

                 ----. "The engineer who had introduced me...." 19p TMS, extensively revised version of TMs above.

                 ----. "But it was also true...." 10p TMS with 2p AMs.

                 ----. "Sometimes India does appear to go on and on...." 9 small AMs pages, PAN's hand.

8:4            ----. p1-40: "Sometimes old India..." TMs.

                 ----. p1-40: "Sometimes old India..." ccTMs.

                 ----. p1-40: "Sometimes old India..." ccTMs.

8:5            ----. "It is said that every day..." Setting typescript for NYRB article with Bob Silver's headnotes. 15p.

                 ----. "The engineer who had introduced me..." Setting typescript for NYRB article with Bob Silver's headnotes. 19p.

                 ----. "In 1888, when he was nineteen..." Marked photocopy of NYRB galleys with Bob Silver's notes. 12p.

                 ----. "At a dinner party in Delhi..." Marked photocopy of NYRB galleys with Bob Silver's notes. 13p.

8:6            ----. "We are like a zoo..." Photocopy TMs, 12p.

                 ----. "We are like a zoo..." NYRB galleys with Bob [Silvers] head note.

8:7            TLS Diana Athill (Andre Deutsch) to VSN, 7 Mar 1977. Questions and corrections; revised ccTMs of blurb for Knopf edition, 2p.

8:8            Press cuttings and other reviews of INDIA: A WOUNDED CIVILIZATION.

--              See Sound Recordings: 1978. BBC Television Book Programme: interviewer Francis Wyndham with Gordon Walfort and Henry Swanzy. Filmed December 20-22, 1978. These three cassettes contain the sound takes, most widely separated by blank tape. 

--              A BEND IN THE RIVER (1979). First attempts in March 1977 [See above: Trinpad notebook, 1977; also research materials from Zaire and Congo]. Written connectedly July 1977-August 1978.

8:9            Copy of 1971 CAHIERS ZAIROIS acquired by VSN in February 1975 (date inscribed with signature on first page). It is a political journal devoted to Zaire.

8:10          Clipped newspaper articles used as background reading.

8:11          First Ms draft in two Lion Brand exercise books, with some dictated pages. Second is dated 15 August 1977.

9:1            ----. Reworkings in two Winfield Exercise Books. One isdated 27 August 1977.

9:2            ----. AMs and TMs fragments, some in the hand of PAN.

9:3            ----. Fragments and reworkings, much in the hand of PAN. WH Smith Notebook.

9:4            ----. Reworking of latter part of book. Red ink in a WH Smith Notebook.

9:5            ----. Rewritten draft of first parts. Red ink in a WH Smith Notebook.

9:6            ----. Draft continued from part 4 to end. Red ink in a WH Smith Notebook.

9:7            First typed draft, corrected in ink and pencil. Pages numbered in pencil 1-155.

9:8            ----. Typed draft continued. Pages numbered 156-256. Typed text of final page dated: "June 4 1978". VSN had added note in red ink: "12:45 Monday August 28 1978 overcast Wilsford first copy typed."

9:9            ----. AMs and TMs notes, reworkings and discarded pages.

9:10          ----. pcTMs, pages 1-89 with cover sheet for "I The Second Rebellion".

10:1          ----. ccTMs, 300p plus prelims. Final page is dated July 1977-August 1978.

10:2          ----. ccTMs as above, punched for two-hole binder.

10:3          Notes on corrections to Deutsch edition, including 3 TLS from Diana Athill.

10:4          Elizabeth Hardwick: "Meeting with V.S. Naipaul" and Irving Howe: "A Dark Vision", sharing the front page of the NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW (13 May 1979). Profile and review. Photocopy. With note on NYTBR letterhead signed "Richard" regarding the two pieces.

10:5          Clipped and photocopied reviews.

--              See Sound Recordings: 1979. Trial reading James lecture, 23 April 1979; New York Institute for the Humanities, The James Lecture, 24 April 1979, VSN reading from A BEND IN THE RIVER and other works.

--              THE RETURN OF EVA PERÓN, WITH THE KILLINGS IN TRINIDAD (1980). VSN says that this collection of essays  "....bridged a creative gap: from the end of 1970 to the end of 1973 no novel offered itself to me. That perhaps explains the intensity of some of the pieces and their obsessional nature. The themes repeat, whether in Argentina, Trinidad, or the Congo."

10:6          Mixed ccTMs and pcTMs for book publication.

10:7          Mixed ccTMs and pcTMs of KILLINGS section.

10:8          Another pcTMs marked "final typescript"; pages numbered 109 to 259.

10:9          VSN. "Argentine Terror: A Memoir" (NYRB, 11 October 1979). Photocopy.

                 Jane Kramer. "From the Third World" (NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW, 13 April 1980). Review of EVA PERON. Photocopy.

 

                 Joan Didion: "Without Regret or Hope" (NYRB, 12 June 1980). Review of THE RETURN OF EVA PERON; with ALS from "Bob" [Silvers]. 

11:1:         Reviews and press cuttings, including Sven Birkerts: "V.S. Naipaul and Derek Walcott: A Multiplicity of Truths" (NEW BOSTON REVIEW V:V/VI August/September 1980).

--              A CONGO DIARY (1980).

11:2          Photocopy of edited TMs of VSN's Zaire Journal for Los Angeles: Sylvester & Orphanos (1980).

--              AMONG THE BELIEVERS: AN ISLAMIC JOURNEY (1981). Original Ms proposal, April 1979. Written August 1979-February 1981. Published in 1981, AMONG THE BELIEVERS records VSN's journey to Iran, Pakistan, Malaysia and Indonesia in search of enlightenment about the revolutionary Islamic state, the Islamic faith and way of life. "It was the late twentieth century that had made Islam revolutionary, given new meaning to old Islamic ideas of equality and union, shaken up static or retarded societies. It was the late twentieth century--and not the faith--that could supply the answers--in institutions, legislation, economic systems. And, paradoxically, out of the Islamic revival, Islamic fundamentalism, that appeared to look backward, there would remain in many Muslim countries, with all the emotional charge derived from the Prophet's faith, the idea of modern revolution." (p429). VSN originally proposed the title BEYOND THE SALT HILLS.

11:3          VSN's proposal to Edith Oliver for AMONG THE BELIEVERS: "What I have in mind is a kind of travel book, light in tone, even humorous, on a serious subject--Islamic revivalism or fundamentalism, as it has developed in the post-colonial world.... personal discovery rather than analysis: there will be no feeling of 'research,' no facts and figures, no interviews with distinguished local people... I feel I will be helped by my experience as a writer: colonial incapacity, fantasy and nihilism are among my themes." Photocopy TLS on Wesleyan University letterhead and related documents.

11:4          Diary beginning 12 July 1979. Small booklet covered with floral paper.

                 ---- beginning 3 August 1979. Silvine Students Note Book.

                 ---- beginning 18 August 1979. Silvine Students Note Book (smaller than above)

11:5          ----, mostly Kuala Lumpur, with much material taped in (dated October-November 1979). Alfalah Note Book.

11:6          ---- labeled "Jakarta 4 December 1979". ABC Notebook. Also photocopy of pages written on; and background materials: pcTLS "Ken (La Trobe University) to Habib Chirzin, 20 November 1979 tipped in re Islamic learning centers. pc article re Islamic learning centers, 4p.

11:7          ---- beginning 13 December 1979; hotel memo pad. Mimeograph program for a performance ["Hanoman Duta"] 1p; mimeograph poems "Shikwa," "Jawabi Shikwa," "La Takhaf Wa La Tahzan," "Pesan Iqbalkepada Manusia," 4p.

11:8          Travel journal personal notes/itinerary. Small floral paper covered.

                 Narrative beginning "After six months I was hotel-trained..." Bound in page of Karachi Numerical Telephone Directory.

11:9          Press clippings from Pakistani newspapers. Mostly dated November 1979.

11:10        Travel brochure for Kaghan Valley (Pakistan); two issues of READINGS IN ISLAM QUARTERLY.

12:1          Receipts, expense vouchers, various business and calling cards, etc.

12:2          First AMs and TMs drafts:

                 ----. "Signals From A Lost World." AMs draft in 2 WH Smith Notebooks.

12:3          ----. "Iran: The Twin Revolutions." ccTMs, lightly corrected, pi-iii, 1-98.

12:4          ----. "Pakistan 1." WH Smith Notebook. AMs draft.

                 ----. "Pakistan 2". WH Smith Notebook.

                 ----. Heavily revised TMs notes and drafts.

12:5          ----. "Pakistan 3". WH Smith Notebook.

                 ----. "Pakistan 4". WH Smith Notebook.

12:6          ----. "Pakistan. Displacements". Heavily revised TMs, 21p.

12:7          ----. "Malaysia 1". WH Smith Notebook.

12:8          ----. "Malaysia 2". National Blank Book.

12:9          ----. "Indonesia 1". WH Smith Notebook. Several pages in PAN's hand laid in.

12:10        ----. "Indonesia 2". WH Smith Notebook.

                 ----. "Indonesia 3". WH Smith Notebook.

12:11        ----. "Reprise 1". WH Smith Notebook.

                 ----. "Reprise 2". WH Smith Notebook.

13:1          ----. AMs draft fragments and notes: 28p dictated; 13p AMs; 37p in a hotel memo pad. See also Sound Recordings for a cassette with dictation labeled "Negro REv"; "Qom"; "Diplomacy"; "Salt Hills".

13:2          "Beyond the Salt Hills. Iran to Java: An Islamic Journey." Lightly revised TMs, pi-iv, 1-149.

13:3          ----. p150-269.

13:4          ----. p270-385.

13:5          ----. p386-521.

13:6          ----. TMs/AMs draft fragments, 4p.

13:7          Changes and corrections to proof sheets.

13:8          Portions proposed for publication in NEWSWEEK INTERNATIONAL; with pcTLS from Edward Behr.

13:9          Deutsch press kit containing poster; color photocopy of 18 August 1980 NEWSWEEK article on VSN; press releases. Knopf flyer.

13:10        Reviews and press cuttings including an undated cutting, "Naipaul's prize", speculating on the award of the Nobel Prize.

--              See Sound Recordings: 1980. International Poetry Forum, Pittsburg, PA, 12 March 1980.

                 ----. "Profile", broadcast on Radio 4, 11 May 1980.

                 ----."Desert Island Discs". A radio program on which VSN as the guest chooses eight musical selections which are presented interspersed with an interview. Internal references to VSN's having been in Indonesia "last year" and to his being 48, date this program to 1980.

--              See Sound Recordings: MIT Writing Program, 9 November 1981 (reel-to-reel recording, not cassette)

13:11        1981. Corrections for a new Vintage (U.S.) edition of INDIA: A WOUNDED CIVILIZATION, cTMs and cTL.

                 Foreword to the Vintage (U.S.) edition of THE MIDDLE PASSAGE, VSN's notes and TMs.

13:12        "Writers Read at M.I.T.  V.S. Naipaul". Poster advertising a reading on Monday, November 9, 1981.  Two copies, on one of which someone has written "ELitist Pig".

14:1          VSN. "A Note on a Borrowing by Conrad." Published NYRB, 1982. AMs, 2p; revised ccTMs, 5p with revisions; revivsed TMs, 2p with revisions; revised TMs, 5p; pcTMs; galleys with editor/printer marks and corrections.

--              See Video Recordings: 1982. VSN in Holland, VPRO-TV, 18-4-82

--              See Sound Recordings: 1982. Prologue. 30 September 1982.

14:2          VSN. June 1982 article for London DAILY MAIL during the Falkland's Crises. 7p AMs in PAN's hand on Sao Paulo Hilton letterhead. "We are good people Argentines say but we have have bad governments."

14:3          Review of THREE NOVELS.

14:4          Foreword to 1983 Knopf edition of A HOUSE FOR MR BISWAS. Ms draft through page proofs.

14:5          Foreword to 1983 Vintage (U.S.) THE LOSS OF EL DORADO. AMs draft, ccTms, illustrations.

14:6          FRANKFURTER ALLGEMEINE ZEITUNG "Proust Questionnaire." VSN's response to 37 questions, published article (in German). AMs, TMs.

14:7          Abandoned Jerusalem diary, April 1983. With notes and dictated pages of acceptance speech for Jerusalem Prize (in hand of PAN).

14:8          VSN. "Heavy Manners in Grenada." Long report (SUNDAY TIMES MAGAZINE and HARPER'S) about 1983 U.S. action in Grenada. Ts November 11-December 16, 1983. Setting TMs plus ccTMs, photocopy of published essay.

 

14:9          Muslim Africa. Abandoned notebook and notes on Dakar and Senegal, 1984.

14:10        VSN. "Among the Republicans," an article commissioned by the NYRB (25 October 1984), Naipaul's iconoclastic look at the Republican Convention in Dallas, Texas. "The fundamentalism that the Republicans had embraced went beyond religion. It simplified the world in general; it rolled together many different kinds of anxieties--schools, drugs, race, buggery, Russia, to give just a few; and it offered the simplest, the vaguest solution: Americanism, the assertion of the American self. Practical matters were in the party's printed platform and remained locked up there."

                 Subsidiary matter: clippings, notes, press passes.

14:11        A notebook and a notepad

                 AMs draft in two notebooks: "Dallas 1" and "Dallas 2".

14:12        TMs; galleys; published article (photocopy).

--              FINDING THE CENTER (1984). Written 1982-83, "Prologue to an Autobiography" (VSN's childhood in Port of Spain and his family's history in Trinidad) and "The Crocodiles of Yamoussoukro" (a travel piece on the Ivory Coast). "Our house stood on high concrete pillars. The newspaper man threw the GUARDIAN as high as he could up the concrete front steps. This delivery of a paper was one of the novelties of my Port of Spain life. And I also knew that, because my father worked for the GUARDIAN, the paper was delivered free. So I had a feeling of privilege, a double sense of drama....I began to be given ambitions connected with the printed word." (p36)

14:13        "Prologue to an Autobiography" (1982). Ms drafts in three notebooks; 8 sheets in hand of PAN. [See also Seepersad Naipaul Writings].

14:14        ----. ccTMs, 61p, with corrections.

14:15        ----. Revised ccTms of Forward and retyped TMs (October 1983).

15:1          Galleys; VANITY FAIR (April 1983). VSN: "...the copy of the resuscitated VANITY FAIR with the "Prologue to an Autobiography" that Richard Locke particularly wanted for the magazine's re-launch, and handsomely commissioned. He also commissioned the Snowdon photograph, which now -- just twelve years later -- makes me feel my age. With some letters." The letters are Locke to VSN, TLS 17 March 1983; ALS 21 March 1983; TLS Sarah Gold forwarding a fan letter (ALS in green ink) from Margaret R. Donaldson.

15:2          "The Crocodiles of Yamoussoukro." "Travels in the Ivory Coast." Journal, documents, Ms drafts, final TMs. Written April-June 1983.

                 ----. Folder of West African (Ivory Coast, Yamoussoukra, Abidjan, etc.) materials: magazines, pamphlets, journals, newspaper clippings.

15:3          ----. Correspondence with Christopher Shaw, Gil Silverman, Michael Daly, Terry Shroeder; pcTMs draft story "Diankey" by Francois Diadhiou (English teacher, Dakar). Originally sent to the secretary of Ambassador from Great Britain to [Dakar, Senegal?]

15:4          ----. "Friday November 26"; "To travel hopefully is better than to arrive. But it is easy to arrive nowadays." La Cote D'Ivoire notebook.

15:5          ----. "Wednesday 4.30 pm 1 December. I went for a walk in the hotel playground area, with the children and the hopeless, [---]...." Orange spiral notebook with materials laid in: envelope with photographs ("Drawing by the G.N.B. Friday 10 December 1982. When a chief dies, his wives and servants, if they do not wish to be buried with him...." 4 photographs of symbols (Akam Ghana)); business card of Mohamadov Diop, Director General Adjoint, Dakar; typed document: St. Peter's Anglican-Methodist Chapel, Dakar; A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, 1982, 1p; (4) tickets Port Autoname and Dakar; notes with drawings; two photographs of crocodiles at Yamoussoukra, 6 December 1982.

15:6          AMs draft. "Crocodiles I". Blue notebook.

                 ----. "Crocodiles 2". 20 May 1983. Orange notebook.

                 ----. "Crocodiles 3". Green notebook.

                 ----. "Crocodiles 4". 26 Jun 1983. Lion Brand Exercise book. 2p loose notes.

15:7          Revised TMs, 82p.

15:8          ----. Revised ccTMs, 82p.

15:9          ----. pcTMs, 82p. [Used to set NEW YORKER article?].

15:9a        ----. pcTMs, 82p with one page of corrections in ccTMs. This copy has been moved from the André Deutsch Archive.   

15:10        ----. NEW YORKER galleys (28 March 1983).

--              FINDING THE CENTRE (1984).

16:1          Foreword: corrected TMs; retyped and lightly corrected TMs; ccTMs.

16:2          Letters from Diana Athill (Deutsch) regarding title; corrections; blurbs.

16:3          Revised pcTMs of "Prologue" used as setting copy for Deutsch edition; includes 2 sheets of corrections and prelim designs.

16:4          Corrected page proofs for Deutsch edition.

16:5          Corrected page proofs ("Foul Matter") for setting of Knopf edition.

16:6          Knopf galleys.

16:7          Reviews and press cuttings.

16:8          French translation by Annie Saumont with cover note from Ivan Nabokov. Corrected TMs.

16:9          Reviews of the French Edition (published as SACRIFICES).

17:1          Proposed 1985 anthology of VSN's stories, edited by Lesley Bulman, published by Longman, directed to schools. VSN did not like what was done and the project was aborted.

17:2          VSN. "On planning a Garden". Interview/transcript piece for U.S. HOUSE AND GARDEN. Proof, 1985. Photocopy transcription, galley proof. Photocopy of final article.

--              See Sound Recordings: 1986. San Francisco readings trial, 1-2 March 1986.

17:3          VSN. "Some Thoughts On Being a Writer". Ingersoll Prize speech reprinted in NYRB (November 1986). TMs continued in ink; photocopy of NYRB galley. Published November 1987.

17:3a        VSN. "My brother's tragic sense". The Shiva Naipaul Memorial Prize address delivered ... 6 December 1985. THE SPECTATOR 258:8272 (24 January 1987), p22-23.  

--              See Sound Recordings: 1985. Tribute to Sewan/Spectator meeting for Shiva 4 December 1985.  Tape ends abruptly.

--              See Sound Recordings: 1987. Radio 3 reading for BBC, 28 February 1987.

--              See Video Recordings: 1987. South Bank Show 80337, 2-3-87.

--              THE ENIGMA OF ARRIVAL (1987), an autobiographical novel, is set in the English countryside where the narrator retreats to reinterpret past experiences while self-consciously exploring the creative impulse and responding to it. Once he arrives at his country cottage he realizes: "There was no village to speak of. I was glad of that. I would have been nervous to meet people. After all my time in England I still had that nervousness in a new place, that rawness of response, still felt myself to be in the other man's country, felt my strangeness, my solitude. And every excursion into a new part of the country--what for others might have been an adventure--was for me like a tearing at an old scab." (p7-8).

17:4          Early versions of book, before first draft.

17:5          ----.

17:6          First mss draft in 16 exercise books.

                 ----. "Getting Started. Joe."

                 ----. "Getting Started. Jack I."

17:7          ----. "Jack 2."

                 ----. "Jack 3. 21 October 1984-27 Novenber 1984."

                 ----. "Jack 4. La [Guaria]. November 27 1984."

17:8          ----. "Jack 5. La [Guaria]. December 9 1984."

                 ----. "Arrival 6. Saturday 5 January 1985-Salterton."

17:9          ----. "Arrival 7. 4 February 1985."

                 ----. "Arrival 8. 24 February 1985."

17:10        ----. "Arrival 9. London 12 March 1985."

                 ----. "Arrival 10. Salterton, Sunday 14 April l985".

17:11        ----. "Arrival 11. Begun around May 1 1985 in London."

                 ----. "Arrival 12. June 1 1985. Salterton."

17:12        ----. "Arrival 13. June 9, 1985. Salterton."

                 ----. "Arrival 14. Salterton. September 16, 1985.

17:13        ----. "Arrival 15. Salterton. October 8, 1985.

                 ----. "Arrival 16. Salterton. October 26, 1985."

 17:14        "Jack's House." See Sound Recordings: 2 cassette tapes, 8 March 1985.

18:1          ----. "Jack's Garden." p1-91. Corrected TMs draft.

                 ----. See Sound Recordings: 3 cassette tapes, 1 and 5 March 1985.

18:2          ----. "The Enigma of Arrival." 90p. Corrected TMs draft.

                 ----. See Sound Recordings: 3 cassette tapes, May-June 1985.

18:3          ----. "Ivy." 114p. Corrected TMs draft.

                 ----. 2 cassette tapes. Oct 1985.

18:4          ----. "Rooks." 60p. Corrected TMs draft.

18:5          ----. "Ceremony of Farewell." 12p. Corrected TMs draft.

18:6          ----. Loose revised sheets.

18:7          "Jack's Garden". Photocopy of above draft, marked with further changes. p1-91.

18:8          ----. "Enigma of Arrival, 90p.

19:1          ----. "Ivy". 114p.

19:2          ----. "Rooks." 60p.

19:3          ----. "Ceremony of Farewell." 12p.

19:4          "Jack's Garden." Later [3rd] draft. TMs, pi-iii, 1-79 with AMs draft dedication page.

19:5          ----. "The Journey." p1-73.

19:6          ----. "Ivy." (pages numbered in ink 153-242).

19:7          ----. "Rooks." (pages numbered in ink 243-289).

19:8          ----. "The Ceremony of Farewell. (pages numbered in ink 290-299).

19:9          pcTMs [of 3rd draft] with pcAMs revisions. "Jack's Garden", prelims, p1-79; "The Journey" (numered 80-152).

19:10        ----. "Enigma of Arrival"; "Ivy"; "Rooks"; "The Ceremony of Farewell"; (numbered 153-299).

19:11        "Jack's Garden". THE NEW YORKER galley proofs for 29 September 1986 publication. THE NEW YORKER (6 October 1986) containing this section. With pcTLS of letter from William Shawn declining last part of book as "not self-contained." 

19:12        NYRB galley proofs of final section of ENIGMA with Robert Silver's pencil note.

20:1          "The Enigma of Arrival". THE NEW YORKER galley proofs for 4 August 1986 publication. 27 May 1986 TLS from Shawn; 8 July 1986 letter from Charles McGrath of THE NEW YORKER.  

20:2          UK Viking edition. Correspondence regarding design, blurbs, corrections.

20:3          ----. Author's corrected proof for Viking.

20:4          ----. Author's reference copy of Viking galleys.

20:5          Knopf page proofs. Titlepage-178.

20:6          ----.p179-352.

20:7          Passages read 5 February 1987 for BBC. VSN's notes and typescripts with cover correspondence from Tony Gould, BBC producer.

20:8          Andrew Robinson. Interview for THE ILLUSTRATED WEEKLY OF INDIA. Transcript (pp 2-11) and cover letter.

20:9          Reviews and press clippings. Includes John Bayley's review in NYRB, photocopy of Susan Sontag's letter to TLS objecting to Peter Kemp's review (with autograph note by Robert Silvers).

                 Newspaper notice of alterations planned for The Bungalow, Wilsford Manner.

--              A TURN IN THE SOUTH (1989), records VSN's journey through the Deep South, examining America's past and present from the perspective of one who himself comes from a troubled and often misunderstood region. Written April-December 1987.

20:10        "The idea for this book came to me in Dallas during the Republican Convention on August 1984." Prospectus for this book. AMs rough draft. 7 sheets.

20:11        Folder of correspondence, notes, clippings; people to meet, things to consider.

21:1          Travel diaries. 5 notebooks.

21:2          Appointments. 1987 Weekly Minder with variety of notes laid in.

21:3          Semester Composition book. Photocopy of First Friendship Baptist Church Sunday School program with VSN notes; Saturday 18 April 1987: "Today I went to South Carolina...." 25p.

21:4          Mead (Blue Horse) writing pad filled with newspaper clippings concerning the American South and racial problems in America, especially Detroit.

                 Small Ritz Carlton notepad containing notes, phone numbers, typing errors, legal emendations.

21:5          AMs draft. "Montpellier/October 1987. Chapter 1. Atlanta. Tuning In." Calligraphe spiral notebook with partial photocopy.

21:6          Lightly corrected pcTMs. Cover sheet dated 10 August 1987. Prelims-p109+xvi.

21:7          ----. p119-260. Cover sheet dated 1 July 1987. Last page is dated "New York Sunday 20 September 1987".

21:8          Corrected pcTMs. Contents page in VSN's hand, dated 10 August 1987. Prelims and pages 16-109+xvi.

22:1          ----. p111-260 (with VSN's colophon note "The printed version completed ... Sunday 5 December 1987"). Titlepage and 5p from another typing.

  

22:2          TMs reflecting authorial and legal emdendations. With covering correspondence dated July 1987. p1-151.

22:3          ----. p152-306, second copies of p295, 298-299, 302-304. 

22:4          THE NEW YORKER excerpts. TLS John Bennet to VSN 22 September 1988 regarding deadlines for each of four parts. "The Religion of the Past. I - Just Judgement." photocopy galleys, well marked.

22:5          ----. "The Religion of the Past. II - Something We All Live With."

22:6          ----. "The Religion of the Past. III - Smoke."

22:7          ----. "Reflections: How the Land Lay". 2 copies.

22:8          NYRB excerpts. "Chapel Hill / SMOKE". pcTMS and covering correspondence from Robert Silvers.

                 ----. NYRB galley; begins "I had been told that there was an old black elite in Atlanta...."

                 ----. begins "Traveling in the south, I had the vaguest idea of what a redneck was."

22:9          Knopf setting copy. Heavily annotated TMs. p1-114 with additional inserted sheets.

22:10        ----. p115-218.

23:1          ----. p219-306, with additional inserted sheets.

23:2          Releases signed by people interviewed by VSN; correspondence regarding changes made for both stylistic and legal reasons (mainly questions of privacy); opinion of Satterlee Stephens Burke & Burke on legal aspects of the manuscript (libel, invasion of privacy, copyright infringement).

23:3          Knopf page proofs, parts 1 and 2.

23:4          ----. Remainder of book.      

23:5          ----. Blue line proof for pages 21-308.

23:6          Introduction. "From VS Naipaul", TMs, 2p. With preliminary notes.

23:7          Sample pages of Knopf edition; dust jacket for Penguin edition

23:7a        Trinity Cross award by Trinidad & Tobago, March 1990. Cuttings from Trinidad newspapers which include color photographs of VSN and family.

--              See Sound Recordings: 1990. Kaleidoscope 21, September 1990; John Keay in conversation with VSN.

--              See Sound Recordings: 1991. New York 92nd Street Y Poetry Center, 27 January 1991.

--              INDIA: A MILLION MUTINIES NOW (1991), a reappraisal of VSN's earlier experiences as well as a fresh look at the country. Written December 1988-February 1990. "In 27 years I had succeeded in making a kind of return journey, shedding my Indian nerves, abolishing the darkness that separated me from my ancestral past." (p516)

23:8          Engagements book. 1989 "1 week to a view". Varia laid in.

                 Travel diaries. 15 Ryman notebooks as follows:

23:9          ----. 1 Bombay.

                 ----. 2 Bombay.

                 ----. 3 Bombay.

23:10        ----. 4 Bombay.

                 ----. 5 Bangalore.

                 ----. 6 Bangalore.

23:11        ----. 7 Madras.

                 ----. 8 Madras.

                 ----. 9 Calcutta.

23:12        ----. 10 Calcutta.

                 ----. 11 Calcutta.

                 ----. 12 Lucknow.

23:13        ----. 13 Amritsar.

                 ----. 14 Chandigarh.

                 ----. 15 Oberon Palace, Srinaghar.

                 Background materials, receipts, travel brochures, letters of introduction, etc.

243:1        ----. Notebook with press clippings taped in. Correspondence.

24:2          ----. Press cuttings, correspondence, receipts.

24:3          ----. Items concerning Amritsar violence and Bhindranwale.

24:5          ----. Receipts, business cards.

24:6          ----. Guidebooks, pamphlets, articles.

24:7          ----. Press cuttings, photocopies, translations of poetry. VSN notes and TMs fragment of part 4.

24:8          ----. Pamphlets and magazines (including issues of WOMAN'S ERA and FEMINA).

25:1          ----. Photographs (mostly taken in Kashmir); photograph album presented by Lions Club of Jaipur.

25:2          AMs drafts in six notebooks.

25:3          ----. WH Smith notebook. With revised sheets of pcTMs.

25:4          pcTMs. p1-192.

25:5          ----. p193-348.

25:6          pcTMs. p1-192.

26:1          ----. p193-348.

26:2          ----. p349-438.

26:3          Revised TMs. p1-192.

26:4          ----. p193-326.

26:5          ----. p327-485.

 
   

Inventory of the V.S. Naipaul Archive

 Series IB:   VSN Writings

                 Mr. Naipaul carefully preserved his early manuscripts and later placed them, in two large boxes, with a London warehouse. When the boxes were retrieved in 1992, they were found to contain only unrelated, canceled financial papers and it was discovered that the warehouse, through confusion in its records, had destroyed Mr. Naipaul's materials believing them to be boxes with storage numbers it had been instructed by another customer to burn. Some manuscripts were preserved in a bank vault, and one -- MIGUEL STREET -- was on loan to a library in the Caribbean. Other early materials have since been found mixed with later records. All drafts, manuscripts, and typescripts which are known to have survived are listed in this inventory.

NOTE:      "NYRB" = THE NEW YORK REVIEW OF BOOKS.

                 "PAN" = Patricia Ann Hale Naipaul

                 "1:1" etc. = Box 1, Folder 1 etc.

1:1            Naipaul's London notebook for 1955 (used at the time he was writing MIGUEL STREET and THE MYSTIC MASSEUR) in which he noted overheard conversations and sharpened his skills of observation.

--              THE MYSTIC MASSEUR (1957).

1:2            Reviews.

--              THE SUFRRAGE OF ELVIRA (1957).

1:3            Reviews. Includes clippings from RADIO TIMES announcing broadcast of VSN's story "B. Wordsworth"

--              MIGUEL STREET (1959).

1:4            Corrected TMs draft (1955). Although MIGUEL STREET was Naipaul's first novel, it was not published until 1959, three years after it was written.

1:5            Reviews.

1:5a          A HOUSE FOR MR BISWAS (1961).

                 "1. Pastoral".  ccTMs, single leaf, found among PAN's papers; verso has been used to tick off names on [greeting card?] list.

                 "From V.S. Naipaul". ccTMs, single leaf, dated 26 June 1974. VSN's introduction for later edition?  

--              THE MIDDLE PASSAGE (1962).

1:6            Reviews.

--              MR STONE & THE KNIGHTS COMPANION (1963).

1:7            Reviews.

--              AN AREA OF DARKNESS (1964).

1:8            Reviews. Includes clippings from two Trinadad newspapers reporting an award by the Pegagus club which "has honoured the men and women who have helped shape the national honor of Trinidad and Tobago." Mrs. Doropatie Naipaul is pictured accepting VSN's award.

1:9            Dom Moraes. "Tete-a-Tete With V.S. Naipaul". THE ILLUSTRATED WEEKLY OF INDIA (February 14, 1965). VSN's 1995 comment: "Dom Morae's treacherous and in places false interview for the ILLUSTRATED WEEKLY OF INDIA. It never worried me, but I believe it has worried him."

                 Reader reactions to NEWSWEEK review: Margaret Block (ALS); K.C. Ayare (TLS); S. Shankar Menon (ALS); Frances T. Baird (ALS); and S.K. Oberbeck, the NEWSWEEK reviewer, forwarding a copy of letter from Ashok K. Rathore. 

--              THE MIMIC MEN (1965).

1:10          First abandoned draft (1965). pcTMs. 54p.

1:11          Second abandoned attempt. pcTMs. 20p.

1:12          Reviews.

1:13          John Hearne. "The Snow Virgin: Inquiry into V.S. Naipaul's 'Mimic Men'". CARIBBEAN QUARTERLY (23:2&3), June-September 1977. pc. 

1:14          VSN. "What's Wrong with Being a Snob?" SATURDAY EVENING POST, 1966. Galley proofs, pc.

1:15          "1964-67 clippings/ideas". A folder of press clipppings labeled by VSN in 1995: "* Vampire Bats, reminder of Seepersad Naipaul's Trinidad journalism; * murder of James Pope-Hennessy; * police leaflet about Stockwell murder, brought by young constable to 3 Stockwell Park Crescent".

1:16          VSN. "The Heart", a short story. QUEEN MAGAZINE, 1967. (Announced as from A FLAG ON THE ISLAND for publication in the autumn).

1:17          VSN. "Graham Greene". TELEGRAPH, 1967/68.  Galley proofs (two states). Tear sheets of published profile.

--              A FLAG ON THE ISLAND (1967).

1:18          ccTMs. 266p. VSN: "My notes for this title exist as well as a substantial fragment which will be sent to Tulsa about 1996 (following publication of a translation to French)".

1:19          Reviews.     

2:1            VSN. "Mr [Morihiro] Matsuda's Million-Dollar Gamble". TELEGRAPH MAGAZINE (later reprinted in THE OVERCROWDED BARRACOON). Matsuda's book, BIBLE OF WISDOM, with VSN's notes on his interview with Matsuda.

--              THE LOSS OF EL DORADO (1969).

                 "As a British colony Trinidad was as much an error and a failure as it had been as part of the Spanish Empire, 'these provinces of El Dorado.' And again, separate from the life of the Empire elsewhere, the imperial cycle was speeded up: a special virtue and vigor swiftly followed by the special decay which they contained." (p322)

2:2            Deutsch ad in THE LISTENER. Dustjacket for later Dutch edition. VSN: "A substantial fragment of this work exists in three-ring binders and will be sent after a French translation is completed, circa 1996-7."

2:3            Reviews.

2:4            VSN. David Hockney profile. DAILY TELEGRAPH MAGAZINE, (#372) 10 December 1970. Galley proofs. With invitations to 1976 exhibition.

--              IN A FREE STATE (1971).

2:5            ccTS. VSN: "A Note on 28 November 1992: The carbons in these two envelopes are all that survive of the MS of this book. There were deposited in the bank as they were completed."

                 I. June 12, 1970. (i) "Prologue: The Tramp of Pilaeus", (final title), 17p (ii) "One Out of Many", 47 pages. (iii) "Epilogue: the Circus of Luxor", (final title), 10p, with a carbon varient of first page of Epilogue.

2:6            II. July 21, 1970. "Tell Me When to Kill", 55p.

2:7            ccTMs, occasional corrections, 253p plus prelims. Final page dated August 1969-October 1970.

2:7a          VSN. "The Tramp at Piraeus". THE TIMES (25 September 1971)

2:8            Jacket blurb. ccTs, 2p. Reviews, including Booker Prize award notices; NY TIMES BOOK REVIEW by Nadine Gordimer and article by Israel Shenker.

2:9            Ian Hamilton. "V.S. Naipaul in conversation with Ian Hamilton", TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT (1971). VSN's notes, Hamilton's typed interview, galley proofs, and two Hamilton letters.

2:10          Francis Wyndham. "V.S. Naipaul". THE LISTENER 86:2219 (7 October 1971. Review of VSN's books to date.

                 Alex Hamilton. "Life on Approval". THE GUARDIAN (4 October 1971). With caricature of VSN. 

2:11          Adrian Rowe-Evans. "V.S. Naipaul--a TRANSITION interview by Adrian Rowe-Evans". TRANSITION 40 (December 1971). The "whole interview as rendered by the faithful typist" (ribbon and photocopy), a "boiled down" carbon typescript, and cover letter from Rowe-Evans dated 22 February 1970.  

--              THE OVER-CROWDED BARACOON (1972). "I've done a lot of thinking about immigrant societies, about the aftermath of empires and client economies and client cultures. But Argentina was a very difficult place to write about....jargon turns living issues into abstractions.... and that where jargon ends by competing with jargon, people don't have causes. They only have enemies....This left and right thing is a great crippler of thought."

3:1            ccTMs, p1-186 plus prelims; VSN notes, 2p.

3:2            p187-398.

3:2a          PAN notes found with reviews of ...BARACOON

3:3            TIMES review in December 1972 and other reviews.

3:4            Yves Leclerc interview for BBC French Service, January 22 and 23, 1973. Transcript. VSN 1995: "Leclerc ... was very nearly the first person I met in London in 1950..." and explaining his many addresses 1950-1953.

3:5            Ronald Bryden (literary editor of the SPECTATOR) inteview for the BBC. Transcript of broadcast of 29 January 1973.

--              ARTICLES FOR NEW YORK REVIEW OF BOOKS ON ARGENTINA, URAGUAY, ETC.

3:6            "I: Buenos Aires Apr 15". Small blue memo book.

                 "II: Argentina". Small blue memo book. Envelope with VSN note "Argentina notebooks (to be posted if I ask for them)".

3:7            "Argentina Random Notes 1972"; 12 calling cards laid in. Cuaderno Caribe notebook.

                 "Argentina", 12 June-29 June 1972. Rivadavia notebook. Ms and ccTMs pages of "Argentina: The Corpse at the Iron Gate" laid in; also draft of letter dated 28 June transmitting typescript to NYRB.

3:8            "The King over the Water". SUNDAY TIMES WEEKLY REVIEW, 6 August 1972. Clipped article.

                 "Argentina: The Corpse at the Iron Gate". Corrected photocopy of NYRB galleys.

                 ----. NYRB, 10 August 1972. Photocopy.

                 ----. TLS NYRB (Bob Silvers) to VSN 7 July, 25 August 1972, in re protests letters about Argentina article; ALS A. O'Connell to NYRB, 9 August 1972; TLS Jorge A. Sabato to NYRB, 10 August 1972; Clive Petersen: "Naipaul's fragmentary view"(BUENOS AIRES HERALD, 23 August); Ricardo Halac: "El Tiniteno Que Vino De Londres" (LA OPINION CULTURAL, 17 December 1972) [Newspaper edited by Jacobo Timmerman]. 

3:9            Red vinyl notebook. Begins: "Battle of Stanford Bridge and Hastings." Notes on history, literature and Borges.

                 "Borges - Trinidad June 30-July 6 1972". Billiken notebook.

                 "1972 - writing pad bought in Trinidad and taken to Argentina and New Zealand. Doeskin Bond notebook.

                 1. Borges article revisions

                 2. --- bibliographical note

                 3. Note on "Report by VSN on trip to New Zealand" (draft)". Inserted is a photocopy of 25 August 1972 Buenos Aires newspaper interview titled, "Naipaul in a 'land without thinkers'" and 2p of notes on Borges poetry.

                 "Comprehending Borges". NYRB 19 October 1972. Photocopy. With photocopy of a copy marked with changes for 1990 republication in THE RETURN OF EVA PERON WITH THE KILLINGS IN TRINIDAD (March 1994 VSN note: "I reviewed my notes on Borges for the 1990 reevaluation and found him much grander than I had in 1972." 

3:10          Ronald Bryden. "The novelist V.S. Naipaul talks about his work to..." THE LISTENER, 22 March 1973, p367-8, 370.

3:11          "England 7-1973". Baberton Junior notebook.

                 "8 October-3 November 1973. Uruguay and Buenos Aires, "Kamikaze in Montevideo". 5 November 1973, Wilsford". Gloria notebook. Uruguay, Tupamaros Guerrillas and Inflation. OBSERVER and NYRB articles. [This notebook contains draft for "A Country Dying on Its Feet" as published in NYRB].

                 ----. TLS Peter Crookston (THE OBSERVER) to VSN, 29 November 1973 in re proof of article.

                 ----. "A Country Dying on Its Feet". NYRB, 4 April 1974. Photocopy.

3:12          "Argentina: The Brothels Behind the Graveyard." Corrected TMs begins "The prophecy--according to some old Argentina book of prophecies....Peron would be hanged by his followers...." Written July 1974 and published in TELEGRAPH MAGAZINE and NYRB.

                 ----. Revised ccTMs titled "Argentina: The Brothels Behind the Graveyard."

                 ----. Corrected NYRB galleys.

                 ----. NYRB, 19 September 1974. Photocopy. 

                 ----. TLS Bob Silvers (NYRB) to VSN, 3 October 1974 (enclosing pcTLS from Joseph L. Love); 9 October 1974 (enclosing TLS from Guillermo McGough).

3:13          "Conrad's Darkness". Monitor notebook. "June-July 1974. About BISWAS. Conrad."

                 ----. Winfield Exercise book. "Conrad July 2 1974-July 16 Wilsford".

                 ----. Draft on ruled letter pad sheets.

                 ----. TMs headed "Joseph Conrad / for the Fiftieth Anniversary of his Death / University of Kent at Canterbury" and retitled in red ink "Conrad's Darkness".

                 ----. NYRB, 17 October 1974. Photocopy. With photocopy of letter from Charles O. McDonald and VSN's reply printed in the 28 November 1974 issue of NYRB.

                 ----. AMs fragment on two sheets which begins "My father inter[?] me to become a writer." [VSN note: written at time of Conrad article].

                 ----. pcALS N.R. Burrell to NYRB; ALS Julian Cole to NYRB; pcALS Keith Fenton to NYRB correcting Naipaul's statement on the identity of the secret agent.

4:1            "The Black Power Killings in Trinidad." Collection of newspaper clippings and other pieces from Trinidad and London newspapers used as background to "Killings in Trinidad." With 1975 clippings about Malik and 1995 VSN explanatory note.

4:2            ----.

4:3            Michael Abdul Malik, FROM MICHAEL DE FREITAS TO MICHAEL X (London: Deutsch, 1968). Contains VSN's notes.

4:4            ----. another copy, half-burnt, recovered by VSN from the ruins of Malik's house, burnt down after the murders.

4:5            ----. MALIK ACCUSED - MURDER! THE PROSECUTION'S CASE IN THE TRIAL OF ABDUL MALIK ... FOR THE MURDER OF JOSEPH SKERRITT. San Fernando, Trinidad: Unique Services, August 1972.

                 ----. MALIK GUILTY - MURDER! VERDICT OF THE ASSIZE COURT. San Fernando, Trinidad: Unique Services, November 1972.

                 ----. Application for leave to appeal against a conviction... March 1973. Mimeograph document.

                 ----. Judgement in the court of appeal, April 1973. Mimeograph document.

5:1            ----. "Malik flourished in Trinidad...." W.H. Smith & Son spiral notebook.

                 ----. "Michael X". W.H. Smith & Son spiral notebook.

5:2            ----. ccTMs, 83p with revisions.

                 ----. Postscript. ccTMs, 15p in to versions (different typings). ccTMs corrections, 4p.

                 ----. TLS Patrick Nicholson (SUNDAY TIMES) to VSN, 5 April 1974, re proofs; TLS Frances [Wyndham] (SUNDAY TIMES) to VSN, 27 November 1973; TLS Diane Athill (Andre Deutsch) to VSN, 26 July 1973, 3p, with suggested changes, discussion of the people involved in the murder case.

5:3            ----. SUNDAY TIMES MAGAZINE. May 12, May 19 1973. Galley proofs.

5:4            ----. "The Life and Trials of Michael X". THE SUNDAY TIMES MAGAZINE, May 12 and May 19, 1974

5:5            Four notebooks ("semi-journals") written in from 1972-1974, a difficult period for VSN. There is here, he says, a "little bit of Oxford," some GUERILLAS, ideas "sublimated into A BEND IN THE RIVER," and "many themes explored later". Two Silvine Students Note Books; a Winfield Excercise Book; and a notebook with "marbleized" paper cover. Also two pieces of card with VSN pencil sketches of Indian sculpture.  

--              GUERRILLAS (1975), a novel, explores the Black Power movement outside of the United States. Set on an English-speaking Caribbean island, likely a composite of Trinidad and Jamaica, VSN says that this is the most complex of his books--and the one he found most difficult to write; his writing becomes smaller and smaller in the early drafts as he moves toward the final violent scenes. There were a number of floundering beginnings as early as 1972. Ms of first draft written August 1973-April 1974.

5:6            TMs of abandoned 1972-1973 attempts.

5:7            W.H. Smith exercise book. Sept 22, 1972 notes and TMs drafts.

5:8            W.H. Smith spiral notebook. "The Mystery of Arrival." Black ink January 1973. "He had more---as a man who had been...." Red ink August 1973. Loose notes (some in PAN's hand as VSN would sometimes dictate to her) and TMs notes laid in. VSN: "Bits of this were used in A BEND IN THE RIVER."

6:1            "Revisions August 2, 1974". "Mosaic tulips" colourscript notebook.

6:2            -----. "Revision II". "Flowers and Butterflies" colourscript notebook.

6:3            ----. "Revision III". "Mosaic tulips" colourscript notebook.

6:4            ----. "Revision 4 October 28, 1974". Winfield exercise book.

6:5            ----. TMs with corrections.

6:6            ----. TMs with typesetting marks, prelims to p111.

6:7            ----. p112-250. Ends: September 1973-November 1974.

6:8            Reviews of GUERRILLAS. Joseph Epstein: "Nowhere Men." (WASHINGTON POST BOOK WORLD, November 1975); Hilton Kramer: "Naipaul's Guerrillas and Oate's Assassins" (COMMENTARY, 1976); Robert Farnsworth. "Each Man Has an Island, and Always it is in Him"; William Plummer "Caribbean Apocalyse" (NEWSDAY); BBC "Kaleidoscope" program; plus many reviews.

7:1            ----.

--              A BEND IN THE RIVER (written 15 January-31 March 1975). Research materials. See also below, 1979.

7:2            "Zaire Congo Notebook". First entry dated 15 January 1975. Black leatherette diary.

                 Alazan "Zaire" notebook dated 15 January -8 February 1975 and finished 31 March 1975. Draft of "A New King for the Congo."

                 Congo address and engagement book. Baberton Junior spiral notebook with business card and international telegraph charge card tipped in.

7:3            VSN. "A New King for the Congo: Mobutu and the Nihilism of Africa" ccTMs, 29p. Two copies.

7:4            VSN. "In Mobutu's Congo". NYRB 26 June 1975. Photocopy. See also A CONGO DIARY (Los Angeles: Sylvester & Orphanos, 1980).

7:4a          Mel Gussow. "Writer without roots". NY TIMES MAGAZINE (26 December 1976). Fragment of an article by Robert Boyers.

--              THE ADVENTURES OF GURUDEVA AND OTHER STORIES (1976). See Series I.

--              See Sound Recordings: 1977. Caracas diary, April 24, April 25, and May 3, 1977. VSN says this was an experiment in recording notes and that material recorded was not used elsewhere.

7:5            Background material gathered in 1977 for an article not finished on Argentina (but later published in the NYRB (11 October 1979) and in THE RETURN OF EVA PERON, WITH THE KILLINGS IN TRINIDAD).

                 ----. Report of an Amnesty International Mission to Argentina 6-15 November 1976 with clippings from Argentina newspapers.

                 ----. "The Terror: a Postscript in 1977". Heavily corrected TMs dated March 1977.

                 ----. "The Terror". Draft in orange spiral notebook begins "In Argentina the killer cars...." Among inserted items: TLS Diana Athill to VSN, 13 May 1977 concerning VSNs appearance on the Tonight program interviewed by Kennedy (who is a bad interviewer but VSN did wonderfully in spite of) and 10 Downing Street calling Deutsch for VSNs address (Athill dying of curiosity); TLS Andre Deutsch to VSNs 9 May 1977 in re: Penguin contract and proof copies for Curtis Brown; Telegram Rickhi to VSN in Caracas; invitations from Ambassador of Trinidad and Tobago 31 May 1977; TLS from Andre Deutsch, 9 May 1977; and a police certificate allowing VSN freedom of travel in Argentina.

7:6            ----. "An attempt in 1977 at BEND IN THE RIVER. Flip side: "Caracas May 77" "Peron conduce, Isabel verticalize"--"Peron conducts, Isabel verticalizes." Trinpad Exercise Book.

--              INDIA: A WOUNDED CIVILIZATION (1977). Written August 1975-October 1976. August-November 1975 notebooks. All versions of Mss December 1975-October 1976. Chapter-by-chapter NYRB proofs (1976-77) and editorial correspondence.

7:7            "India diary 1975". 77 AMs original pages from diary. See also below, GRANTA 57 (1997).

7:8            Challenge Duplicate Book containing 77 ccms pages of above.

                 Small notebook. Airline tickets.

7:9            Early notes and drafts. WH Smith "strap work" spiral notebook.

                 ----. "Interlocking links" WH Smith colour match spiral notebook.

8:1            ----. "Chapter 1 Draft 75-76". Cassette tape recording; see Sound Recordings.

                 ----. "Chapter 3 Not ideas, but Obsessions". Winfield Students Notebook.

8:2            ----. "VII Renaissance or Continuity." Silvine students notebook.

                 TMs extensively revised. Telegram Bob [Silvers (NYRB)] to VSN, 18 Sept 1976 in re "Terrific piece".

8:3            ----. "In 1888, when he was nineteen....", 19p revised TMs.

                 ----. Another version, 17p.

                 ----. "Sometimes Old India...." 55p TMs, extensively revised.

                 ----. "India: A New Clain on the Land." 20p TMs.

                 ----. "The engineer who had introduced me...." 19p TMS, extensively revised version of TMs above.

                 ----. "But it was also true...." 10p TMS with 2p AMs.

                 ----. "Sometimes India does appear to go on and on...." 9 small AMs pages, PAN's hand.

8:4            ----. p1-40: "Sometimes old India..." TMs.

                 ----. p1-40: "Sometimes old India..." ccTMs.

                 ----. p1-40: "Sometimes old India..." ccTMs.

8:5            ----. "It is said that every day..." Setting typescript for NYRB article with Bob Silver's headnotes. 15p.

                 ----. "The engineer who had introduced me..." Setting typescript for NYRB article with Bob Silver's headnotes. 19p.

                 ----. "In 1888, when he was nineteen..." Marked photocopy of NYRB galleys with Bob Silver's notes. 12p.

                 ----. "At a dinner party in Delhi..." Marked photocopy of NYRB galleys with Bob Silver's notes. 13p.

8:6            ----. "We are like a zoo..." Photocopy TMs, 12p.

                 ----. "We are like a zoo..." NYRB galleys with Bob [Silvers] head note.

8:7            TLS Diana Athill (Andre Deutsch) to VSN, 7 Mar 1977. Questions and corrections; revised ccTMs of blurb for Knopf edition, 2p.

8:8            Press cuttings and other reviews of INDIA: A WOUNDED CIVILIZATION.

--              See Sound Recordings: 1978. BBC Television Book Programme: interviewer Francis Wyndham with Gordon Walfort and Henry Swanzy. Filmed December 20-22, 1978. These three cassettes contain the sound takes, most widely separated by blank tape. 

--              A BEND IN THE RIVER (1979). First attempts in March 1977 [See above: Trinpad notebook, 1977; also research materials from Zaire and Congo]. Written connectedly July 1977-August 1978.

8:9            Copy of 1971 CAHIERS ZAIROIS acquired by VSN in February 1975 (date inscribed with signature on first page). It is a political journal devoted to Zaire.

8:10          Clipped newspaper articles used as background reading.

8:11          First Ms draft in two Lion Brand exercise books, with some dictated pages. Second is dated 15 August 1977.

9:1            ----. Reworkings in two Winfield Exercise Books. One isdated 27 August 1977.

9:2            ----. AMs and TMs fragments, some in the hand of PAN.

9:3            ----. Fragments and reworkings, much in the hand of PAN. WH Smith Notebook.

9:4            ----. Reworking of latter part of book. Red ink in a WH Smith Notebook.

9:5            ----. Rewritten draft of first parts. Red ink in a WH Smith Notebook.

9:6            ----. Draft continued from part 4 to end. Red ink in a WH Smith Notebook.

9:7            First typed draft, corrected in ink and pencil. Pages numbered in pencil 1-155.

9:8            ----. Typed draft continued. Pages numbered 156-256. Typed text of final page dated: "June 4 1978". VSN had added note in red ink: "12:45 Monday August 28 1978 overcast Wilsford first copy typed."

9:9            ----. AMs and TMs notes, reworkings and discarded pages.

9:10          ----. pcTMs, pages 1-89 with cover sheet for "I The Second Rebellion".

10:1          ----. ccTMs, 300p plus prelims. Final page is dated July 1977-August 1978.

10:2          ----. ccTMs as above, punched for two-hole binder.

10:3          Notes on corrections to Deutsch edition, including 3 TLS from Diana Athill.

10:4          Elizabeth Hardwick: "Meeting with V.S. Naipaul" and Irving Howe: "A Dark Vision", sharing the front page of the NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW (13 May 1979). Profile and review. Photocopy. With note on NYTBR letterhead signed "Richard" regarding the two pieces.

10:5          Clipped and photocopied reviews.

--              See Sound Recordings: 1979. Trial reading James lecture, 23 April 1979; New York Institute for the Humanities, The James Lecture, 24 April 1979, VSN reading from A BEND IN THE RIVER and other works.

--              THE RETURN OF EVA PERÓN, WITH THE KILLINGS IN TRINIDAD (1980). VSN says that this collection of essays  "....bridged a creative gap: from the end of 1970 to the end of 1973 no novel offered itself to me. That perhaps explains the intensity of some of the pieces and their obsessional nature. The themes repeat, whether in Argentina, Trinidad, or the Congo."

10:6          Mixed ccTMs and pcTMs for book publication.

10:7          Mixed ccTMs and pcTMs of KILLINGS section.

10:8          Another pcTMs marked "final typescript"; pages numbered 109 to 259.

10:9          VSN. "Argentine Terror: A Memoir" (NYRB, 11 October 1979). Photocopy.

                 Jane Kramer. "From the Third World" (NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW, 13 April 1980). Review of EVA PERON. Photocopy.

 

                 Joan Didion: "Without Regret or Hope" (NYRB, 12 June 1980). Review of THE RETURN OF EVA PERON; with ALS from "Bob" [Silvers]. 

11:1:         Reviews and press cuttings, including Sven Birkerts: "V.S. Naipaul and Derek Walcott: A Multiplicity of Truths" (NEW BOSTON REVIEW V:V/VI August/September 1980).

--              A CONGO DIARY (1980).

11:2          Photocopy of edited TMs of VSN's Zaire Journal for Los Angeles: Sylvester & Orphanos (1980).

--              AMONG THE BELIEVERS: AN ISLAMIC JOURNEY (1981). Original Ms proposal, April 1979. Written August 1979-February 1981. Published in 1981, AMONG THE BELIEVERS records VSN's journey to Iran, Pakistan, Malaysia and Indonesia in search of enlightenment about the revolutionary Islamic state, the Islamic faith and way of life. "It was the late twentieth century that had made Islam revolutionary, given new meaning to old Islamic ideas of equality and union, shaken up static or retarded societies. It was the late twentieth century--and not the faith--that could supply the answers--in institutions, legislation, economic systems. And, paradoxically, out of the Islamic revival, Islamic fundamentalism, that appeared to look backward, there would remain in many Muslim countries, with all the emotional charge derived from the Prophet's faith, the idea of modern revolution." (p429). VSN originally proposed the title BEYOND THE SALT HILLS.

11:3          VSN's proposal to Edith Oliver for AMONG THE BELIEVERS: "What I have in mind is a kind of travel book, light in tone, even humorous, on a serious subject--Islamic revivalism or fundamentalism, as it has developed in the post-colonial world.... personal discovery rather than analysis: there will be no feeling of 'research,' no facts and figures, no interviews with distinguished local people... I feel I will be helped by my experience as a writer: colonial incapacity, fantasy and nihilism are among my themes." Photocopy TLS on Wesleyan University letterhead and related documents.

11:4          Diary beginning 12 July 1979. Small booklet covered with floral paper.

                 ---- beginning 3 August 1979. Silvine Students Note Book.

                 ---- beginning 18 August 1979. Silvine Students Note Book (smaller than above)

11:5          ----, mostly Kuala Lumpur, with much material taped in (dated October-November 1979). Alfalah Note Book.

11:6          ---- labeled "Jakarta 4 December 1979". ABC Notebook. Also photocopy of pages written on; and background materials: pcTLS "Ken (La Trobe University) to Habib Chirzin, 20 November 1979 tipped in re Islamic learning centers. pc article re Islamic learning centers, 4p.

11:7          ---- beginning 13 December 1979; hotel memo pad. Mimeograph program for a performance ["Hanoman Duta"] 1p; mimeograph poems "Shikwa," "Jawabi Shikwa," "La Takhaf Wa La Tahzan," "Pesan Iqbalkepada Manusia," 4p.

11:8          Travel journal personal notes/itinerary. Small floral paper covered.

                 Narrative beginning "After six months I was hotel-trained..." Bound in page of Karachi Numerical Telephone Directory.

11:9          Press clippings from Pakistani newspapers. Mostly dated November 1979.

11:10        Travel brochure for Kaghan Valley (Pakistan); two issues of READINGS IN ISLAM QUARTERLY.

12:1          Receipts, expense vouchers, various business and calling cards, etc.

12:2          First AMs and TMs drafts:

                 ----. "Signals From A Lost World." AMs draft in 2 WH Smith Notebooks.

12:3          ----. "Iran: The Twin Revolutions." ccTMs, lightly corrected, pi-iii, 1-98.

12:4          ----. "Pakistan 1." WH Smith Notebook. AMs draft.

                 ----. "Pakistan 2". WH Smith Notebook.

                 ----. Heavily revised TMs notes and drafts.

12:5          ----. "Pakistan 3". WH Smith Notebook.

                 ----. "Pakistan 4". WH Smith Notebook.

12:6          ----. "Pakistan. Displacements". Heavily revised TMs, 21p.

12:7          ----. "Malaysia 1". WH Smith Notebook.

12:8          ----. "Malaysia 2". National Blank Book.

12:9          ----. "Indonesia 1". WH Smith Notebook. Several pages in PAN's hand laid in.

12:10        ----. "Indonesia 2". WH Smith Notebook.

                 ----. "Indonesia 3". WH Smith Notebook.

12:11        ----. "Reprise 1". WH Smith Notebook.

                 ----. "Reprise 2". WH Smith Notebook.

13:1          ----. AMs draft fragments and notes: 28p dictated; 13p AMs; 37p in a hotel memo pad. See also Sound Recordings for a cassette with dictation labeled "Negro REv"; "Qom"; "Diplomacy"; "Salt Hills".

13:2          "Beyond the Salt Hills. Iran to Java: An Islamic Journey." Lightly revised TMs, pi-iv, 1-149.

13:3          ----. p150-269.

13:4          ----. p270-385.

13:5          ----. p386-521.

13:6          ----. TMs/AMs draft fragments, 4p.

13:7          Changes and corrections to proof sheets.

13:8          Portions proposed for publication in NEWSWEEK INTERNATIONAL; with pcTLS from Edward Behr.

13:9          Deutsch press kit containing poster; color photocopy of 18 August 1980 NEWSWEEK article on VSN; press releases. Knopf flyer.

13:10        Reviews and press cuttings including an undated cutting, "Naipaul's prize", speculating on the award of the Nobel Prize.

--              See Sound Recordings: 1980. International Poetry Forum, Pittsburg, PA, 12 March 1980.

                 ----. "Profile", broadcast on Radio 4, 11 May 1980.

                 ----."Desert Island Discs". A radio program on which VSN as the guest chooses eight musical selections which are presented interspersed with an interview. Internal references to VSN's having been in Indonesia "last year" and to his being 48, date this program to 1980.

--              See Sound Recordings: MIT Writing Program, 9 November 1981 (reel-to-reel recording, not cassette)

13:11        1981. Corrections for a new Vintage (U.S.) edition of INDIA: A WOUNDED CIVILIZATION, cTMs and cTL.

                 Foreword to the Vintage (U.S.) edition of THE MIDDLE PASSAGE, VSN's notes and TMs.

13:12        "Writers Read at M.I.T.  V.S. Naipaul". Poster advertising a reading on Monday, November 9, 1981.  Two copies, on one of which someone has written "ELitist Pig".

14:1          VSN. "A Note on a Borrowing by Conrad." Published NYRB, 1982. AMs, 2p; revised ccTMs, 5p with revisions; revivsed TMs, 2p with revisions; revised TMs, 5p; pcTMs; galleys with editor/printer marks and corrections.

--              See Video Recordings: 1982. VSN in Holland, VPRO-TV, 18-4-82

--              See Sound Recordings: 1982. Prologue. 30 September 1982.

14:2          VSN. June 1982 article for London DAILY MAIL during the Falkland's Crises. 7p AMs in PAN's hand on Sao Paulo Hilton letterhead. "We are good people Argentines say but we have have bad governments."

14:3          Review of THREE NOVELS.

14:4          Foreword to 1983 Knopf edition of A HOUSE FOR MR BISWAS. Ms draft through page proofs.

14:5          Foreword to 1983 Vintage (U.S.) THE LOSS OF EL DORADO. AMs draft, ccTms, illustrations.

14:6          FRANKFURTER ALLGEMEINE ZEITUNG "Proust Questionnaire." VSN's response to 37 questions, published article (in German). AMs, TMs.

14:7          Abandoned Jerusalem diary, April 1983. With notes and dictated pages of acceptance speech for Jerusalem Prize (in hand of PAN).

14:8          VSN. "Heavy Manners in Grenada." Long report (SUNDAY TIMES MAGAZINE and HARPER'S) about 1983 U.S. action in Grenada. Ts November 11-December 16, 1983. Setting TMs plus ccTMs, photocopy of published essay.

 

14:9          Muslim Africa. Abandoned notebook and notes on Dakar and Senegal, 1984.

14:10        VSN. "Among the Republicans," an article commissioned by the NYRB (25 October 1984), Naipaul's iconoclastic look at the Republican Convention in Dallas, Texas. "The fundamentalism that the Republicans had embraced went beyond religion. It simplified the world in general; it rolled together many different kinds of anxieties--schools, drugs, race, buggery, Russia, to give just a few; and it offered the simplest, the vaguest solution: Americanism, the assertion of the American self. Practical matters were in the party's printed platform and remained locked up there."

                 Subsidiary matter: clippings, notes, press passes.

14:11        A notebook and a notepad

                 AMs draft in two notebooks: "Dallas 1" and "Dallas 2".

14:12        TMs; galleys; published article (photocopy).

--              FINDING THE CENTER (1984). Written 1982-83, "Prologue to an Autobiography" (VSN's childhood in Port of Spain and his family's history in Trinidad) and "The Crocodiles of Yamoussoukro" (a travel piece on the Ivory Coast). "Our house stood on high concrete pillars. The newspaper man threw the GUARDIAN as high as he could up the concrete front steps. This delivery of a paper was one of the novelties of my Port of Spain life. And I also knew that, because my father worked for the GUARDIAN, the paper was delivered free. So I had a feeling of privilege, a double sense of drama....I began to be given ambitions connected with the printed word." (p36)

14:13        "Prologue to an Autobiography" (1982). Ms drafts in three notebooks; 8 sheets in hand of PAN. [See also Seepersad Naipaul Writings].

14:14        ----. ccTMs, 61p, with corrections.

14:15        ----. Revised ccTms of Forward and retyped TMs (October 1983).

15:1          Galleys; VANITY FAIR (April 1983). VSN: "...the copy of the resuscitated VANITY FAIR with the "Prologue to an Autobiography" that Richard Locke particularly wanted for the magazine's re-launch, and handsomely commissioned. He also commissioned the Snowdon photograph, which now -- just twelve years later -- makes me feel my age. With some letters." The letters are Locke to VSN, TLS 17 March 1983; ALS 21 March 1983; TLS Sarah Gold forwarding a fan letter (ALS in green ink) from Margaret R. Donaldson.

15:2          "The Crocodiles of Yamoussoukro." "Travels in the Ivory Coast." Journal, documents, Ms drafts, final TMs. Written April-June 1983.

                 ----. Folder of West African (Ivory Coast, Yamoussoukra, Abidjan, etc.) materials: magazines, pamphlets, journals, newspaper clippings.

15:3          ----. Correspondence with Christopher Shaw, Gil Silverman, Michael Daly, Terry Shroeder; pcTMs draft story "Diankey" by Francois Diadhiou (English teacher, Dakar). Originally sent to the secretary of Ambassador from Great Britain to [Dakar, Senegal?]

15:4          ----. "Friday November 26"; "To travel hopefully is better than to arrive. But it is easy to arrive nowadays." La Cote D'Ivoire notebook.

15:5          ----. "Wednesday 4.30 pm 1 December. I went for a walk in the hotel playground area, with the children and the hopeless, [---]...." Orange spiral notebook with materials laid in: envelope with photographs ("Drawing by the G.N.B. Friday 10 December 1982. When a chief dies, his wives and servants, if they do not wish to be buried with him...." 4 photographs of symbols (Akam Ghana)); business card of Mohamadov Diop, Director General Adjoint, Dakar; typed document: St. Peter's Anglican-Methodist Chapel, Dakar; A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, 1982, 1p; (4) tickets Port Autoname and Dakar; notes with drawings; two photographs of crocodiles at Yamoussoukra, 6 December 1982.

15:6          AMs draft. "Crocodiles I". Blue notebook.

                 ----. "Crocodiles 2". 20 May 1983. Orange notebook.

                 ----. "Crocodiles 3". Green notebook.

                 ----. "Crocodiles 4". 26 Jun 1983. Lion Brand Exercise book. 2p loose notes.

15:7          Revised TMs, 82p.

15:8          ----. Revised ccTMs, 82p.

15:9          ----. pcTMs, 82p. [Used to set NEW YORKER article?].

15:9a        ----. pcTMs, 82p with one page of corrections in ccTMs. This copy has been moved from the André Deutsch Archive.   

15:10        ----. NEW YORKER galleys (28 March 1983).

--              FINDING THE CENTRE (1984).

16:1          Foreword: corrected TMs; retyped and lightly corrected TMs; ccTMs.

16:2          Letters from Diana Athill (Deutsch) regarding title; corrections; blurbs.

16:3          Revised pcTMs of "Prologue" used as setting copy for Deutsch edition; includes 2 sheets of corrections and prelim designs.

16:4          Corrected page proofs for Deutsch edition.

16:5          Corrected page proofs ("Foul Matter") for setting of Knopf edition.

16:6          Knopf galleys.

16:7          Reviews and press cuttings.

16:8          French translation by Annie Saumont with cover note from Ivan Nabokov. Corrected TMs.

16:9          Reviews of the French Edition (published as SACRIFICES).

17:1          Proposed 1985 anthology of VSN's stories, edited by Lesley Bulman, published by Longman, directed to schools. VSN did not like what was done and the project was aborted.

17:2          VSN. "On planning a Garden". Interview/transcript piece for U.S. HOUSE AND GARDEN. Proof, 1985. Photocopy transcription, galley proof. Photocopy of final article.

--              See Sound Recordings: 1986. San Francisco readings trial, 1-2 March 1986.

17:3          VSN. "Some Thoughts On Being a Writer". Ingersoll Prize speech reprinted in NYRB (November 1986). TMs continued in ink; photocopy of NYRB galley. Published November 1987.

17:3a        VSN. "My brother's tragic sense". The Shiva Naipaul Memorial Prize address delivered ... 6 December 1985. THE SPECTATOR 258:8272 (24 January 1987), p22-23.  

--              See Sound Recordings: 1985. Tribute to Sewan/Spectator meeting for Shiva 4 December 1985.  Tape ends abruptly.

--              See Sound Recordings: 1987. Radio 3 reading for BBC, 28 February 1987.

--              See Video Recordings: 1987. South Bank Show 80337, 2-3-87.

--              THE ENIGMA OF ARRIVAL (1987), an autobiographical novel, is set in the English countryside where the narrator retreats to reinterpret past experiences while self-consciously exploring the creative impulse and responding to it. Once he arrives at his country cottage he realizes: "There was no village to speak of. I was glad of that. I would have been nervous to meet people. After all my time in England I still had that nervousness in a new place, that rawness of response, still felt myself to be in the other man's country, felt my strangeness, my solitude. And every excursion into a new part of the country--what for others might have been an adventure--was for me like a tearing at an old scab." (p7-8).

17:4          Early versions of book, before first draft.

17:5          ----.

17:6          First mss draft in 16 exercise books.

                 ----. "Getting Started. Joe."

                 ----. "Getting Started. Jack I."

17:7          ----. "Jack 2."

                 ----. "Jack 3. 21 October 1984-27 Novenber 1984."

                 ----. "Jack 4. La [Guaria]. November 27 1984."

17:8          ----. "Jack 5. La [Guaria]. December 9 1984."

                 ----. "Arrival 6. Saturday 5 January 1985-Salterton."

17:9          ----. "Arrival 7. 4 February 1985."

                 ----. "Arrival 8. 24 February 1985."

17:10        ----. "Arrival 9. London 12 March 1985."

                 ----. "Arrival 10. Salterton, Sunday 14 April l985".

17:11        ----. "Arrival 11. Begun around May 1 1985 in London."

                 ----. "Arrival 12. June 1 1985. Salterton."

17:12        ----. "Arrival 13. June 9, 1985. Salterton."

                 ----. "Arrival 14. Salterton. September 16, 1985.

17:13        ----. "Arrival 15. Salterton. October 8, 1985.

                 ----. "Arrival 16. Salterton. October 26, 1985."

 17:14        "Jack's House." See Sound Recordings: 2 cassette tapes, 8 March 1985.

18:1          ----. "Jack's Garden." p1-91. Corrected TMs draft.

                 ----. See Sound Recordings: 3 cassette tapes, 1 and 5 March 1985.

18:2          ----. "The Enigma of Arrival." 90p. Corrected TMs draft.

                 ----. See Sound Recordings: 3 cassette tapes, May-June 1985.

18:3          ----. "Ivy." 114p. Corrected TMs draft.

                 ----. 2 cassette tapes. Oct 1985.

18:4          ----. "Rooks." 60p. Corrected TMs draft.

18:5          ----. "Ceremony of Farewell." 12p. Corrected TMs draft.

18:6          ----. Loose revised sheets.

18:7          "Jack's Garden". Photocopy of above draft, marked with further changes. p1-91.

18:8          ----. "Enigma of Arrival, 90p.

19:1          ----. "Ivy". 114p.

19:2          ----. "Rooks." 60p.

19:3          ----. "Ceremony of Farewell." 12p.

19:4          "Jack's Garden." Later [3rd] draft. TMs, pi-iii, 1-79 with AMs draft dedication page.

19:5          ----. "The Journey." p1-73.

19:6          ----. "Ivy." (pages numbered in ink 153-242).

19:7          ----. "Rooks." (pages numbered in ink 243-289).

19:8          ----. "The Ceremony of Farewell. (pages numbered in ink 290-299).

19:9          pcTMs [of 3rd draft] with pcAMs revisions. "Jack's Garden", prelims, p1-79; "The Journey" (numered 80-152).

19:10        ----. "Enigma of Arrival"; "Ivy"; "Rooks"; "The Ceremony of Farewell"; (numbered 153-299).

19:11        "Jack's Garden". THE NEW YORKER galley proofs for 29 September 1986 publication. THE NEW YORKER (6 October 1986) containing this section. With pcTLS of letter from William Shawn declining last part of book as "not self-contained." 

19:12        NYRB galley proofs of final section of ENIGMA with Robert Silver's pencil note.

20:1          "The Enigma of Arrival". THE NEW YORKER galley proofs for 4 August 1986 publication. 27 May 1986 TLS from Shawn; 8 July 1986 letter from Charles McGrath of THE NEW YORKER.  

20:2          UK Viking edition. Correspondence regarding design, blurbs, corrections.

20:3          ----. Author's corrected proof for Viking.

20:4          ----. Author's reference copy of Viking galleys.

20:5          Knopf page proofs. Titlepage-178.

20:6          ----.p179-352.

20:7          Passages read 5 February 1987 for BBC. VSN's notes and typescripts with cover correspondence from Tony Gould, BBC producer.

20:8          Andrew Robinson. Interview for THE ILLUSTRATED WEEKLY OF INDIA. Transcript (pp 2-11) and cover letter.

20:9          Reviews and press clippings. Includes John Bayley's review in NYRB, photocopy of Susan Sontag's letter to TLS objecting to Peter Kemp's review (with autograph note by Robert Silvers).

                 Newspaper notice of alterations planned for The Bungalow, Wilsford Manner.

--              A TURN IN THE SOUTH (1989), records VSN's journey through the Deep South, examining America's past and present from the perspective of one who himself comes from a troubled and often misunderstood region. Written April-December 1987.

20:10        "The idea for this book came to me in Dallas during the Republican Convention on August 1984." Prospectus for this book. AMs rough draft. 7 sheets.

20:11        Folder of correspondence, notes, clippings; people to meet, things to consider.

21:1          Travel diaries. 5 notebooks.

21:2          Appointments. 1987 Weekly Minder with variety of notes laid in.

21:3          Semester Composition book. Photocopy of First Friendship Baptist Church Sunday School program with VSN notes; Saturday 18 April 1987: "Today I went to South Carolina...." 25p.

21:4          Mead (Blue Horse) writing pad filled with newspaper clippings concerning the American South and racial problems in America, especially Detroit.

                 Small Ritz Carlton notepad containing notes, phone numbers, typing errors, legal emendations.

21:5          AMs draft. "Montpellier/October 1987. Chapter 1. Atlanta. Tuning In." Calligraphe spiral notebook with partial photocopy.

21:6          Lightly corrected pcTMs. Cover sheet dated 10 August 1987. Prelims-p109+xvi.

21:7          ----. p119-260. Cover sheet dated 1 July 1987. Last page is dated "New York Sunday 20 September 1987".

21:8          Corrected pcTMs. Contents page in VSN's hand, dated 10 August 1987. Prelims and pages 16-109+xvi.

22:1          ----. p111-260 (with VSN's colophon note "The printed version completed ... Sunday 5 December 1987"). Titlepage and 5p from another typing.

  

22:2          TMs reflecting authorial and legal emdendations. With covering correspondence dated July 1987. p1-151.

22:3          ----. p152-306, second copies of p295, 298-299, 302-304. 

22:4          THE NEW YORKER excerpts. TLS John Bennet to VSN 22 September 1988 regarding deadlines for each of four parts. "The Religion of the Past. I - Just Judgement." photocopy galleys, well marked.

22:5          ----. "The Religion of the Past. II - Something We All Live With."

22:6          ----. "The Religion of the Past. III - Smoke."

22:7          ----. "Reflections: How the Land Lay". 2 copies.

22:8          NYRB excerpts. "Chapel Hill / SMOKE". pcTMS and covering correspondence from Robert Silvers.

                 ----. NYRB galley; begins "I had been told that there was an old black elite in Atlanta...."

                 ----. begins "Traveling in the south, I had the vaguest idea of what a redneck was."

22:9          Knopf setting copy. Heavily annotated TMs. p1-114 with additional inserted sheets.

22:10        ----. p115-218.

23:1          ----. p219-306, with additional inserted sheets.

23:2          Releases signed by people interviewed by VSN; correspondence regarding changes made for both stylistic and legal reasons (mainly questions of privacy); opinion of Satterlee Stephens Burke & Burke on legal aspects of the manuscript (libel, invasion of privacy, copyright infringement).

23:3          Knopf page proofs, parts 1 and 2.

23:4          ----. Remainder of book.      

23:5          ----. Blue line proof for pages 21-308.

23:6          Introduction. "From VS Naipaul", TMs, 2p. With preliminary notes.

23:7          Sample pages of Knopf edition; dust jacket for Penguin edition

23:7a        Trinity Cross award by Trinidad & Tobago, March 1990. Cuttings from Trinidad newspapers which include color photographs of VSN and family.

--              See Sound Recordings: 1990. Kaleidoscope 21, September 1990; John Keay in conversation with VSN.

--              See Sound Recordings: 1991. New York 92nd Street Y Poetry Center, 27 January 1991.

--              INDIA: A MILLION MUTINIES NOW (1991), a reappraisal of VSN's earlier experiences as well as a fresh look at the country. Written December 1988-February 1990. "In 27 years I had succeeded in making a kind of return journey, shedding my Indian nerves, abolishing the darkness that separated me from my ancestral past." (p516)

23:8          Engagements book. 1989 "1 week to a view". Varia laid in.

                 Travel diaries. 15 Ryman notebooks as follows:

23:9          ----. 1 Bombay.

                 ----. 2 Bombay.

                 ----. 3 Bombay.

23:10        ----. 4 Bombay.

                 ----. 5 Bangalore.

                 ----. 6 Bangalore.

23:11        ----. 7 Madras.

                 ----. 8 Madras.

                 ----. 9 Calcutta.

23:12        ----. 10 Calcutta.

                 ----. 11 Calcutta.

                 ----. 12 Lucknow.

23:13        ----. 13 Amritsar.

                 ----. 14 Chandigarh.

                 ----. 15 Oberon Palace, Srinaghar.

                 Background materials, receipts, travel brochures, letters of introduction, etc.

243:1        ----. Notebook with press clippings taped in. Correspondence.

24:2          ----. Press cuttings, correspondence, receipts.

24:3          ----. Items concerning Amritsar violence and Bhindranwale.

24:5          ----. Receipts, business cards.

24:6          ----. Guidebooks, pamphlets, articles.

24:7          ----. Press cuttings, photocopies, translations of poetry. VSN notes and TMs fragment of part 4.

24:8          ----. Pamphlets and magazines (including issues of WOMAN'S ERA and FEMINA).

25:1          ----. Photographs (mostly taken in Kashmir); photograph album presented by Lions Club of Jaipur.

25:2          AMs drafts in six notebooks.

25:3          ----. WH Smith notebook. With revised sheets of pcTMs.

25:4          pcTMs. p1-192.

25:5          ----. p193-348.

25:6          pcTMs. p1-192.

26:1          ----. p193-348.

26:2          ----. p349-438.

26:3          Revised TMs. p1-192.

26:4          ----. p193-326.

26:5          ----. p327-485.

26:6 Releases from people interviewed by VSN.  
26:7 ----. photocopy release with p109-167 of pcTMs.  
26:8 ----. p199-293.  
27:1 Excepts published in THE SUNDAY TELEGRAPH, 1 April 1990; 16 September 1990; and 23 September 1990  
27:2 [galleys for NYRB excerpts?].   
27:3 Reviews.  
-- See Video Recordings: 1991. Dutch television, January 1991.  
-- See Sound Recordings: 5 February 1991. VSN reading from INDIA: A MILLION MUTINIES NOW at the City Arts & Lectures Series to benefit the Women's Foundation, [New York City]. The series title was "Writing and Politics".  First 100 feet of tape contain Robert Haas introducing VSN.  
-- See Video Recordings. CARACTERES. 28/06/91. VSN, "L'Enigma de l'arrivee". Cover note from Aiken & Stone.  
-- Articles for NYRB, 1990-1991.  
27:4 VSN. "[Evelyn Waugh's] A Handful of Dust: Cheddi Jagan and the Guyana Revolution". Reciepts, press cuttings, etc. December 1990-February 1991. VSN: "In the Red Corner". SUNDAY TELEGRAPH REVIEW 31 March 1991; STABROEK NEWS, 11 and 13 December 1990: picture of VSN "taking a second look"; GUYANA CHRONICLE, 13 December 1990: "Naipaul meets [President Desmond] Hoyte"; EXPRESS, 28 December 1990: "VWI professor: T & T [Trinidad and Tobago] on road to recovery".  
27:5 ----. Ryman notebook.  
  ----. "Caraballeda 11 February 1991". Libreta Caribe notebook. Draft completed 23 February and revised.  
27:6 ----. TMs. Four copies variously revised.  
27:7 ----. TMs. Begins: "Diana, small and flat in her saffron dress..."  
27:8 ----. NYRB galleys (fax copies). Article as published (photocopy).  
27:9 ----. Correspondence regarding need to coordinate NYRB publication with SUNDAY TELEGRAPH publication.  
27:10 VSN. "A Trojan Ending: Argentina and the Theme of Cruelty." Ryman notebook: "Buenos Aires Journal March 1991"; Industria Argentine notebook.  
27:11 ----. Background information: pamphlets, photocopies.  
27:12 ----. AMs draft in two notebooks.  
27:13 ----. Tms, 40p with miscellaneous revised and substituted pages.  
27:14 ----. pcTMs, 40p.  
27:15 ----. Faxed NYRB galleys.  
27:16 "V.S. Naipaul: Our Universal Civilization." Address given at the Manhattan Institute in New York. NYRB 31 January 1991. Photocopy.  
-- See Sound Recordings: 1992. Trinidad lecture "Literary Forms" February 1992  
-- See Sound Recordings: 1992. Rudolf von Bitter interview with VSN, 3 July 1992  
27:16a Andrew Robinson. "Stranger in fiction". INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY 16 August 1992. Clipped interview.  
  "Tragedy befalls the house of Mr Biswas". Undated and unidentified cutting regarding the loss of VSN's stored manuscripts.  
27:17 David Cohen British Literature Prize (15 March 1993). Cuttings.  
27:18 du, die zeitschrift der kultur (Geneva), Heft 10 (October 1993). Entire issue given over to "Citoyen der Weltliteratur: Der Erzahler V.S. Naipaul". Many illustrations from VSN files and Tulsa archive.  
27:18a "Author faces drinks charge". SALISBURY JOURNAL 14 October 1993. Related cutting from EVENING STANDARD.  
-- A WAY IN THE WORLD: A SEQUENCE (1994).   
28:1 ----. AN INHERITANCE (Tulsa: McFarlin Library, The University of Tulsa, 1994). Proof sheets and correspondence concerning publication of this keepsake in March 1994.  
28:2 A WAY IN THE WORLD. Setting TMs, prelims and p1-143.  
28:3 ----. p143A-299 and colophons.  
28:4 pcPage proofs marked "Master Set", prelims and p1-163, much marked with typographic instructions.  
28:5 ----. p164-386 and colophons.  
28:6 pcPage proofs marked "Master Pages" (a later setting), prelims and p1-161.  
29:1 ----. p163-380 and colophons.  
29:2 ----. Selected pages with corrections marked in purple pencil.  
29:3 Blue line galleys with final typographic markings, prelims and p1-161.  
29:4 ----. p162-380, colophon notes.  
29:5 Reviews.  
29:6 Stephen Schiff. "The Ultimate Exile" in THE NEW YORKER (23 May 1994), p60-71. Caricature by Edward Sorel.  
29:7 Aamer Hussein. "Delivering the Truth, an Interview with V.S. Naipaul" in TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT (2 September 1994), p3-4. Photocopy.  
30:1 AN AREA OF DARKNESS. June 1995 re-setting for Picador Travel Classics. VSN: "This series--small-page format--begun last year and intended to be collectable low-price hardbacks, a form of publishing perhaps encouraged by the Everyman reissue of recent years. With a jacket proof, trade advertisement January 1995, and promotional cards."  
30:2 VSN. "Letters to a Young Writer," VSN's letters to Paul Theroux, in THE NEW YORKER (3 July 1995), p144-153. Copy of the issue and photocopy of the piece.  
30:3 VSN. "Notebooks" in GRANTA 57 (Spring 1997), p[194-203]. Reproduces and transcribes the initial pages of VSN's 1975 India notebooks.  
30: VSN. "A Reporter at Large: After the Revolution" in THE NEW YORKER (May 26, 1997, p46-69. VSN revisits Iran. Photocopy.  
30: William Craig. "A Brief Encounter with the Naipauls" ([Hanover, MA]: VALLEY NEWS, 12 June 1997). Interview and article relating to VSN's acceptance of honorary degree from Dartmouth. Color photos of VSN and Nadira Naipaul.         
Series IC: PAN Writings and Political Activities
  These materials have been sorted but are not yet organized for use.  They consist of a great many clippings with PAN's interspersed notes and drafts.  
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