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Memoirs of many in one, [1984 or 1985] [manuscript]
Bib ID 1505095
Format ManuscriptManuscript
Author
White, Patrick, 1912-1990
 
Access Conditions Available for reference. Not for loan. This manuscript is jointly owned by the National Library of Australia and the State Library of New South Wales. Please contact either institution to arrange access in advance. 
Description [1984 or 1985] 
2 cm. (2 folders) 
Summary

Handwritten working manuscript of "Memoirs of many in one", the fictional memoirs of White's actress friend Alex Xenophon Demirjian Gray as edited by him. It is one of the two drafts prepared by White (see David Marr's biography). The manuscript, written in blue ballpoint on both sides of lined foolscap paper, includes White's draft introduction and his considerable changes and additions to the main text in red ballpoint. It is signed by White on the title page and is segmented into parts I, II, III, IV and V. The pages are not numbered. According to Marr, the first draft of this novel was written in 1984 and the second draft in 1985. It is not apparent whether the manuscript is the first or second draft.

Biography/History

Australian writer, winner of Nobel Prize for Literature, 1973. White gave his draft to an anti-apartheid institution in South Africa as a fund-raising contribution and in June 1991 the National Library of Australia was notified that it was to be auctioned. The work was published in 1986.

Notes

Manuscript reference no.: NLA MS 8293.

Available also on microfilm and colour microfiche at the National Library of Australia and at the State Library of New South Wales.

Microfilm held at mfm G 24,902; colour microfiche held at mc G 4564.

Subjects White, Patrick, - 1912-1990 - Archives.  |  Gray, Alex Xenophon Demirjian.  |  Novelists - Australia - Archives.  |  Novelists, Australian - 20th century - Archives
Time Coverage 1984-1985 
Occupation Novelists
Exhibited Selected items exhibited in: "The Life of Patrick White", National Library of Australia, 13 April - 8 July 2012, State Library of New South Wales, 20 August to 28 October 2012. 

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