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  • Title
    Jon Cleary further papers, ca. 1962-2003
  • Creator
  • Call number
    MLMSS 8685
  • Level of description
  • Date

    ca. 1962-2003
  • Type of material
  • Reference code
  • Physical Description
    1.3 metres of textual material (7 boxes)

    Jon Cleary (1917-2010) author, was born in Erskinville, New South Wales. He was educated at Marist Brothers School, Randwick. During the years of the Depression in 1930s, he had a variety of jobs from factory worker, travelling salesman, laundryman to dole worker on the roads.
    He joined the AIF early in 1940 and saw service in the Middle East and New Guinea. He started writing during the war and had short stories published in most of the world’s leading magazines. He wrote his first novel, You Can’t See Round Corners, in the last months of the war but lost the manuscript in a cyclone in New Guinea. He rewrote the book and at the end of 1946 won second prize in the Sydney Morning Herald’s first national novel competition.
    Cleary has published over 50 novels since ‘These Small Victories’ in 1946. Early in his career he wrote successful, popular novels ‘You Can’t See Round Corners’ 1948 and ‘The Sundowers’ 1952 before moving to thriller novel genre with great international success. He has one various awards including The Edgar Award for Best Crime Novel 1974 for his novel ‘Peter’s Pence’, the Australian Literature Society Gold Medal 1950 fro His third novel ‘Just Let Me Be’ (retitled You, the Jury), the regional prize from The New York Heritage Tribune World Short Story Contest, co-winner of ABC Radio National Play contest and second prize in The Sydney Morning Herald Novel Contest in 1946.
    Ten of Cleary’s novels have been filmed for either the cinema or television

    Library correspondence file
  • Scope and Content
    Includes manuscripts and papers relating to novels and screenplays:

    BOX 1
    'Bear Pitt’ two annotated photocopies with early title ‘Skulbuggery’, ca. 1998-1999
    'Five Ring Circus' annotated photocopy, ca. 1996-1997
    'A Different Turf' annotated photocopy with letter to publisher, ca. 1995-1996

    BOX 2
    'Endpeace' annotated typescript and photocopy, August 1994-May 1995
    'Dilemma' annotated typescript, March 1994

    BOX 3
    'Dark Summer’ annotated photocopy, October 1990-April 1991
    'Present Imperfect/Yesterdays Shadow' annotated typescript and photocopy, June-December 1999

    BOX 4
    'Pride's Harvest' annotated photocopy, ca. July 1989-March 1990
    'Bleak Spring' annotated photocopy, August 1991-March 1992
    'Autumn Maze' annotated photocopy, August 1992-July 1993

    BOX 5
    'Winter Chill' annotated photocopy and typescript, December 1993-June 1994
    'A Different Turf' annotated typescript, ca. 1997
    'Five Ring Circus' annotated typescript, August 1996
    Manuscript notes of plot outlines for novel and notebook, ca. 1998-2001

    BOX 6
    'Degrees of Connection' annotated typescript and photocopy, July 2001-May 2002
    'The Easy Sin' annotated typescript and photocopy with title changes, August 2000-April 2001
    'Yesterday's Shadow' typescript, June-July 1999

    BOX 7
    'Miss Amber Regrets' annotated typescript and photocopy, August 2002-May 2003
    'Vortex' annotated typescript of screenplay, ca. 1977
    'Winter Chill' photocopy of screenplay typescript, ca. 1995
    'Foreign Territory’ typescript of screenplay, no date
    'The Country of Marriage' typescript of screenplay, ca. 1962
    'Babylon South' photocopy of screenplay typescript, ca. 1989
    Notebook ‘Articles and Disposition of Same’, with newscuttings, draft notes, and letters, ca. 1973-1981
  • Source
    Presented by Jon Cleary in 2001 and 2004
  • Access Conditions

    This material is held offsite and can take up to four days to retrieve.
  • Copying Conditions
    Copyright status:: In copyright
    Approval for reproduction required: From copyright owner
  • Description source

    Information upgraded as part of the Manuscripts Unprocessed eRecords Project 2012-2013
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