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Papers of Christopher Koch, 1937-2013 [manuscript]
Bib ID 2167393
Format ManuscriptManuscript
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Koch, C. J. (Christopher John), 1932-2013
 
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Access Conditions Part available for research; part permission required for research. Not for loan. 
Description [1937-2013] 
6.93 m. (42 boxes) + 1 medium folio box + 1 archives box. 
Summary

Papers of Christopher Koch were accumlated over the course of his career. They comprise largely correspondence, drafts and proof of novels, travel ephemera, diaries, research notes, photographs, slides, notebooks, commentaries, radio transcripts, articles and clippings. Notable correspondents include Larry McMurtry, Jean-François Vernay, Vivian Smith, Les Murray, Roland Robinson, Ray Mathew, Douglas Stewart, Kenneth Slessor, Sophie Masson, Cynthia Blanche and William Hartmann. Stage and screenplay script adaptations for The year of living dangerously are complimented by production photographs, notes from literary agents, screenplay writers and directors such as Peter Weir. There are a number photographs and transparencies with portraits of Koch as well as a collection of black and white photographs relating to cameraman Neil Davis. Objects interfiled in the awards series include the Priestley Medal, the Tasmanian Government Arts Award, 2000 Fairlight Talking Book Awards and the Estonian Award.

Partial contents The year of living dangerously / C. J. Koch. 
Biography/History

Christopher Koch was born in Tasmania, Hobart and graduated with honours from the University of Tasmania with degrees in English and philosophy. Before becoming a full-time author, he worked as a radio producer for the Australian Broadcasting Service in Sydney. After publishing his first novel The Boys in the Island (1958), Koch undertook a UNESCO Mission travelling to Indonesia in 1968. The following year he wrote his second novel Across the sea wall. His real breakthrough came with his novel The year of living dangerously (1978) which shared the Book of the Year Award and the National Book Council Award. The novel was then made into a movie in 1982. Koch travelled to China, Europe and India where he obtained material for his work, publishing eight more novels over his career. His works were widely published overseas in the 1970’s and 1980’s and adapted for film and stage. Koch’s contribution to Australian literature attracted many awards and honours including Order of Australia in 1995, the Miles Franklin Award for Doubleman in 1985, and Highways to a war in 1996. Koch died on September 23, 2013 at the age of 81 in Tasmania.

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Manuscript reference no. : MS 6488, MS Acc13.102, MS Acc14.142.

Subjects Koch, C. J. (Christopher John), 1932-2013 -- Archives.  |  Novelists, Australian -- 20th century -- Archives
Time Coverage 1937-2013 
Occupation Novelists.
Terms of Use Permission required to copy Christopher Koch’s copyright material for research purposes. 

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