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Papers of Elizabeth Harrower, 1937-2005 [manuscript]
Bib ID 1179528
Format ManuscriptManuscript
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Harrower, Elizabeth, 1928-
 
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Access Conditions Part available for research; part requires permission for research; part not available for research. Not for loan. 
Description [1937-2005] 
4.51 m. (29 boxes) + 3 folders + 1 security binder. 
Summary

The MS 8237 collection comprises manuscripts of Harrower's novels, short stories and plays and a large quantity of personal correspondence with fellow writers and artists. The correspondents include Bill Cantwell, Dorothy Green, Antigone Kefala, Cynthia Nolan, Nancy Phelan, Christina Stead, Judah Waten, Patrick White and Christine Williams (21 boxes, 3 folders, 1 security binder).

The Acc06.016 instalment comprises manuscripts of short stories, reviews, correspondence with publishers and agents, general correspondence, newspaper cuttings, circulars and photographs. Also included are typescripts and correspondence of her cousin, Margaret Dick (4 boxes).

The Acc06.142 instalment comprises an extensive series of letters from Shirley Hazzard to Harrower, spanning almost forty years, 1966-2005. There are also several letters written by Francis Steegmuller and a number of cuttings, mostly relating to Hazzard's life and career. Included in the instalment are letters from Hazzard's mother, Kit Hazzard, to Harrower for the period 1966-1981 and letters to Harrower from Hazzard's sister, Valerie Barnes, for the period 1976-1981. A small envelope contains miscellaneous letters and/or cards from correspondents including Dorothy Green, 1989, Ron Geering, 1990-1997, Colin and Ruby Madigan, 1989 and 2004, and Nancy Phelan, 1989 (4 boxes).

Biography/History

Novelist and short story writer. Elizabeth Harrower was born in Sydney in 1928 and grew up in Newcastle, New South Wales. Between 1951 and 1959 Harrower lived in London. On her return to Sydney, she worked for the Australian Broadcasting Commission, as a reviewer for The Sydney morning herald and for a publishing firm. She has written several novels including, Down in the city (1957), The long prospect (1958), The Catherine wheel (1960) and The watch tower (1966), as well as a number of short stories. In 1996 Harrower won the Patrick White Literary Award.

Notes

Manuscript reference no.: MS 8237, MS Acc06.016, MS Acc06.142.

Related Material Conversation with Elizabeth Harrower; Located at; National Library of Australia Oral History collection ORAL TRC 1/299.  Elizabeth Harrower interviewed by Jim Davidson in Meanjin collection; Located at; National Library of Australia Oral History collection ORAL TRC 5217/14. 
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Guide to collections of manuscripts relating to Australia, E736.

Index/Finding Aid Note Finding aid available in the Special Collections Reading Room and online at: http://www.nla.gov.au/ms/findaids/8237.html 
Subjects Harrower, Elizabeth, 1928- -- Archives.  |  Harrower, Elizabeth, 1928- -- Correspondence.  |  Stead, Christina, 1902-1983 -- Correspondence.  |  Phelan, Nancy, 1913-2008 -- Correspondence.  |  Nolan, Cynthia, 1908-1976 -- Correspondence.  |  White, Patrick, 1912-1990 -- Correspondence.  |  Dick, Margaret -- Correspondence.  |  Hazzard, Shirley, 1931-2016 -- Correspondence.  |  Authors, Australian -- 20th century -- Correspondence.  |  Authors, Australian -- 20th century -- Archives.  |  Women authors, Australian -- 20th century -- Archives.  |  Women novelists, Australian -- 20th century -- Archives.  |  Australian literature -- 20th century -- Women authors.
Time Coverage 1937-2005 
Occupation Authors.  |  Novelists.

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