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Peter Carey Papers

  • UQFL164
  • Collection
  • 1964-1997.

Drafts, notes, notebooks, research materials, press cuttings, reviews, relating to Carey's published and unpublished writings, including novels, short stories, screenplays and scripts, and non fiction works. Correspondence, personal papers, works by other authors, and photographs are also included.

Carey, Peter, 1943-

Novels

The series includes manuscript and typescript drafts, notes, research material, publicity material, and related correspondence for Carey's published and unpublished novels.

Bliss [novel] (1981)

This subseries consists of revised drafts, working notes, index cards, proofs and correspondence relating to the novel Bliss. This novel had several working titles: 'Heaven's door', 'A garden at the end of the world', 'On the edges of the empire', 'A wonderful fool' and 'Waiting for the Barbarians'. Bliss was published in Australia by University of Queensland Press in 1981. This was Peter Carey's first novel and won the Miles Franklin Award 1981 and New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards 1982.

Bliss book reviews, correspondence

Bliss book reviews (photocopies of newspapers cuttings). Correspondence, including telegrams, 23 July 1980 to 28 Jun 1982 and undated. Correspondents include: Antek Skotnicki regarding film and television rights ; Craig [?] from University of Queensland Department of English ; Elaine Markson ; Faber and Faber ; Ellen Joseph (from Houghton Mifflin Company) ; Deborah Rogers ; Kym [?] from University of Queensland Press ; Merril Yule from University of Queensland Press ; Harper & Row ; Michele Field from The Sydney Morning Herald ; David Christian ; Jean Bedford.

Index cards

85 index cards (12.5 x 7.5 cm) of typescript notes with handwritten amendments, undated. First index card has the typed title 'I. A wonderful fool' with a handwritten note underneath '(i.e. Bliss)'.

'Heaven's Door. 6th Draft'

Original folder titled 'Heaven's Door. 6th Draft. p153 -', typescript draft, pp 1-330, with handwritten amendments, undated.

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