- 1964-1997. (Creation)
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Extent and medium
68 boxes, 1 parcel.
Name of creator
Peter Carey, author, was born on 7 May 1943 at Bacchus Marsh, Victoria. He was educated at Bacchus Marsh State School from 1948 to 1953, then boarded at Geelong Grammar from 1954 to 1960. Carey enrolled in organic chemistry and zoology at Monash University in 1961 but after a car crash that same year he ended his schooling and worked as an office clerk and executive assistant for a Melbourne advertising agency. He wrote fiction at night and weekends and in 1974 was successful in getting his first work published. This was the short story collection The fat man in history. In 1980 he and Bani McSpedden opened McSpedden Carey Advertising. Carey sold his share of the business in 1990 and moved to New York. He has lived in Melbourne, London, Kuala Lumpur, Sydney, Yandina (Queensland), Bellingen (New South Wales) and New York. Carey has been awarded honorary degrees and has won numerous literary awards.
Collection previously titled as: Papers, [ca.1965-]
Collection alternatively titled as: Peter Carey Collection.
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Scope and content
Drafts, notes, notebooks, research materials, press cuttings, reviews, relating to Carey's published and unpublished writings, including novels, short stories, screenplays and scripts, and non fiction works.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.
Appraisal, destruction and scheduling
System of arrangement
The collection has been arranged into 10 series. Series for fictional works (Series A, B and C) have been arranged into subseries by title of the work. Arrangement within the series mostly follows the receipt dates of the 8 accessions.
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Conditions governing access
Restricted access. Please contact the Fryer Library for more information.
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Material from this collection has been cited in:
Allahyari, Keyvan (2023). Peter Carey : the making of a global novelist. Palgrave Macmillan.
Byrne, T. The Road to Babi Yar: Anti-historicism in Recent Australian Fiction. Journal of the Association for the Study of Australian Literature, 1997, 209-215.
Byrne, Trevor Lindon. (2001). The problem of the past : the treatment of history in the novels of Peter Carey and David Malouf. Thesis (Ph.D.)--Adelaide University, Dept. of English.
'Guide to the Papers of Peter Carey, The University of Queensland Library, Fryer Library '. (2001). Guide to Australian literary manuscripts. University of Western Australia Library & Australian Literary Manuscript Collections Project.
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- Carey, Peter, 1943- (Subject)
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Dates of creation revision deletion
Revised, Linda Justo, 23-Jul-2020. Migrated from LMS: April 2019, P.A.