Guide to the Papers of Laurie Clancy


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Manuscript Name Papers of Laurie Clancy
Manuscript Number MSS 52
Last Updated March 2007
Extent 98 cm (7 boxes)
Location Academy Library, UNSW Canberra
Abstract This collection comprises manuscript papers and related material produced or accumulated by Laurie Clancy.

Collection Subject Type

Literary

Scope and Content

The papers contain drafts, galleys and proofs, together with contracts and correspondence concerning Clancy's works A collapsible man (1975), The wife specialist : stories (1979), Perfect love : a novel (1985), Xavier Herbert (1981), The novels of Vladimir Nabokov (1984), City to city (1989) and 'Love and marriage'. Laurie Clancy is a novelist, critic and short story writer. A collapsible man (1975) shared the National Book Council Award for fiction in 1975.

Date Range of Content

1969-1989

Biographical Note

Laurence James Clancy was born 2 December 1942 in Melbourne, Victoria. He was educated by the Christian Brothers and the University of Melbourne. He subsequently taught at La Trobe University from 1967 until 1996.

Clancy is the author of numerous study guides and other educational material, including critical studies of Xavier Herbert and Vladimir Nabokov, and A reader's guide to Australian fiction (1992). His first novel, A collapsible man (1975), won the National Book Council Award. He has since published several collections of short stories and more novels, consolidating his literary reputation with more awards.

Since leaving academic life in 1996, Clancy has been writer-in-residence at several institutions and worked as a freelance reviewer.

Clancy has received the following awards:
FAW John Morrison Short Story Award, 1974: joint winner
FAW ANA Literature Award, 1983: winner for Perfect love : a novel 
National Book Council Award for Australian Literature, 1975: joint winner for A collapsible man.

References:
AustLit : The Resource for Australian Literature, December 2004.

 

Administrative Information

 

Access and Copying Conditions

Access: Check with Curator

Copying: Check with Curator

Preferred Citation

Papers of Laurie Clancy, Academy Library, UNSW Canberra, Australian Defence Force Academy, Canberra, Box [Number], Folder [Number].

Provenance

The collection was acquired from Laurie Clancy in one instalment in 1987.

 

Subject Keywords

 

Subjects

Australian authors, Australian literature

Personal Names

Laurie Clancy 1942-

Corporate Names

 

Occupations

Authors

 

Container List

 

Box 1

Folder 1 
Annotated typescript draft of A collapsible man (1975)

Folder 2 
Typescript draft of A collapsible man (1975)

Folder 3 
Typescript draft of A collapsible man (1975)

Folder 4 
Typescript draft of A collapsible man (1975)

Folder 5 
Annotated typescript draft of A collapsible man (1975)

 

Box 2

Folder 6 
Manuscript and annotated typescript drafts of 'A question of principle', 'Black Albert', 'Pussy love', 'Monologue', 'O'Donohue's first' (retitled 'Forrester's first'), 'Forrester's first', 'Drummy' (retitled 'Cliffy'), 'The Macbeth performance', 'Mother Angela' (retitled 'Mother Raymond'), ['The criminal'], 'The academic dinner party' for The wife specialist : stories (1979)

Folder 7 
Manuscript and annotated typescript drafts of 'The duel', 'The wife specialist', 'Characterisation deleted', 'Living alone', 'Knives like dreams' (retitled 'The goose girl'), 'Spinning Jenny', 'Splitting up' (retitled 'Civilised people') and 'The writer' for The wife specialist (1979)

Folder 8 
Annotated typescript draft of The wife specialist (1979)

Folder 9 
Page proofs of The wife specialist (1979)

Folder 10 
Manuscript and annotated typescript draft of Xavier Herbert (1981)

Folder 11 
Annotated typescript draft of Xavier Herbert (1981)

Folder 12 
Page proofs of Xavier Herbert (1981), and guides to indexing

 

Box 3

Folder 13 
Annotated typescript draft of Perfect love : a novel (1985)

Folder 14 
Newspaper clippings and research material for Perfect love : a novel (1985)

Folder 15 
Research material for Perfect love : a novel (1985) and a typescript draft of 'Matters'

Folder 16 
Typescript of Xavier Herbert (1981)

Folder 17 
Typescript draft of Christina Stead's The man who loved children and For love alone (1981)

 

Box 4

Folder 18 
Typescript draft of Perfect love : a novel (1985)

Folder 19 
Manuscript and typescript draft of 'Matters' and typescript draft of Perfect love : a novel (1985)

Folder 20 
Annotated typescript draft of The novels of Vladimir Nabokov (1984)

Folder 21 
Page proofs of The novels of Vladimir Nabokov (1984)

Folder 22 
Manuscript and annotated typescript drafts of 'Ordeal' (retitled 'First love'), 'Hitch-hiking' and 'Shame' (retitled 'Guilt') for City to city (1989) plus manuscript and annotated typescript drafts of 'Swimming', 'Commitment' and 'Lunching at Traddles'

Folder 23 
Annotated typescript drafts of 'The great wall of China', 'Mothers' (retitled 'My first kangaroo'), 'How's the little girl?', 'Uncle Dave's funeral' and 'Starting price' (retitled 'Gambling') for City to city (1989)

 

Box 5

Folder 24 
Manuscript and annotated typescript drafts of 'Cunning linguists', 'Flo', 'How I nearly got to meet Norman Mailer', A man of culture and The mugger for City to city (1989)

Folder 25 
Manuscript and annotated typescript drafts of 'Living with the de Stoops', 'The revolution will not be televised', 'The astronaut in hibernation' (retitled 'The astronaut returns to Earth'), 'The richest man in the world' (retitled 'In search of Hugh Howard Hunter') and 'On being stood up by a publishers' editor' (retitled 'Now we may begin') for City to city (1989) and 'The life to write'

Folder 26 
Manuscript and annotated typescript drafts of unpublished short stories

Folder 27 
Annotated typescript and photocopied typescript drafts of articles and short stories by Laurie Clancy, Patricia Edgar, Albert Moran, Margaret Johnson, Rosemary Creswell, Virginia Duigan, Ian Robinson, Craig McGregor, Colin Talbot and Jack Clancy

Folder 28 
Manuscript and annotated typescript draft of 'Love and Marriage - A Comedy of Manners'

Folder 29 
Annotated typescript draft of 'Love and Marriage - A Comedy of Manners'

Folder 30 
Typescript draft of 'Love and Marriage - A Comedy of Manners'

 

Box 6

Folder 31 
Typescript draft of 'Love and Marriage - A Comedy of Manners'

Folder 32 
Correspondence from Tim Curnow of Curtis Brown (Aust) Pty Ltd and publishers 1979-1987

Folder 33 
Correspondence from The Age, Meanjin Quarterly, Island Magazine, Overland and publishers, 1970-1987

Folder 34 
Correspondence, 1969-1987, including letters of Thea Astley, Carmel Bird, Geoffrey Blainey, Bob Brissenden, Damien Broderick, Bob Burns, Peter Carey, Jon Cleary, Geoffrey Dutton, Beverley Farmer, Ross Fitzgerald, Katherine Gallagher, Helen Garner, Xavier Herbert, Jack Hibberd, Evan Jones, Rhys Graham, Christopher Koch, S. Liberman,

Folder 35 
Correspondence, 1969-1987, including letters of Brian Matthews, Craig McGregor, Michelle Nayman, David Malouf, Bruce Pascoe, Peter Porter, William Lambe, Tom Shapcott, Robin Sheiner, Christina Stead, Norman Talbot

Folder 36 
List of material sent to Special Collections (copy in Clancy correspondence file)

 

Box 7

Folder 37 
Galley proofs of Perfect love : a novel (1985)

Folder 38 
Galley proofs of Perfect love : a novel (1985)

Folder 39 
[Folio 3 which is listed in original handwritten finding aid cannot be located]