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  • Title
    Susan Geason papers, 1989-2001
  • Creator
  • Call number
    MLMSS 9311
  • Level of description
  • Date

  • Type of material
  • Reference code
  • Physical Description
    0.85 metres of textual material (5 boxes)

    Susan Geason is the author of several crime novels, including a series featuring private investigator Syd Fish: ‘Shark Bait’, ‘Dogfish’ and ‘Hook, Line and Sinker’. She has also written psychological thrillers, historical mysteries for teenagers and non-fiction works including ‘Great Australian Girls’ and ‘Australian Heroines’.


    Susan Geason, (accessed 17/12/2013)
  • Scope and Content
    Susan Geason papers, 1989-2001. The collection comprises correspondence with publishers, editors, literary agents and writers; typescript draft manuscripts; notes of interviews; general notes; book plans; newscuttings; colour and black and white photographs. Material relates to ‘Australian heroines: stories of courage and survival ’ (pub. 2001); ‘Regarding Jane Eyre’ (pub. 1997); ‘Great Australian Girls: and the remarkable women they became’ (pub. 1999); ‘Wildfire’ (pub. 1995); ‘Sharkbait’ (pub. 1993); ‘Dogfish: a Syd Fish thriller' (pub. 1991); ‘Shaved Fish’ (pub. 1990).

    BOX 1
    Papers relating to ‘Regarding Jane Eyre’ (pub. 1997), an anthology edited and with an introduction by Susan Geason. Contributors include Lyndall Gordon, Elizabeth Gaskell, Juliet Barker, Rosie Scott, Jean Bedford, Carmel Bird, Amy Witting, Beverly Raphael and Morag Fraser.

    Folder labelled ‘Jane Eyre’, containing correspondence with publishers, editors, potential contributors and literary agents; draft manuscripts with corrections; copies of contracts; 1996

    Folder containing correspondence with publishers, editors and contributors concerning editorial changes; draft manuscripts with corrections; copies of letters of agreement; 1996-1997

    Folder labelled ‘Jane Eyre: cover’, containing correspondence and photocopies of artworks; 1997

    Folder labelled ‘Jane Eyre: intro’, containing correspondence with contributors, notes, draft copies of the introduction with amendments; 1996

    Green folder containing draft manuscripts with corrections, and correspondence with publishers; 1996-1997

    Yellow wallet folder containing correspondence with contributors and potential contributors including Gillian Mears and Amanda Lohrey; draft manuscripts with corrections; 1996

    BOX 2
    7 spiral notebooks and 1 stapled bundle containing handwritten notes, including notes relating to Susie Maroney, Marika Weinberger, Sonya Hartnett, Beverley Buckingham, n.d.

    ‘Great Australian Girls: and the remarkable women they became’ (pub. 1999): typescript first draft, 1997

    Folder labelled ‘Dogfish plan, papers’, containing handwritten notes, typescript plot synopsis, book blurb, media release and book report relating to Dogfish: a Syd Fish thriller (pub. 1991)

    Folder labelled ‘Aussie heroines photos’ containing papers relating to ‘Australian heroines: stories of courage and survival ’ (pub. 2001) including cards, photographs and newscuttings; 2001

    Folder labelled ‘GAG photos’, containing colour and black & white photographs and notes relating to ‘Great Australian Girls’ (pub. 1999)

    Photocopies of newscuttings concerning ‘White horses’, n.d.

    ‘Re-write with pictures’ relating to ‘White horses’, an unpublished young adult novel which appears on the author’s website, Dec. 1998

    Folder labelled ‘White horses cover photos’, containing letter from Random House and cover artwork, 1995

    BOX 3
    13 folders of papers relating to ‘Great Australian girls: and the remarkable women they became’ (pub. 1999). Includes correspondence with publishers, editors, writers, etc.; notes of interviews; book plans; permissions; material not used; draft manuscripts with corrections. Correspondents include Nancy Bird Walton, Sonya Hartnett, Patricia O’Shane, Louise Sauvage, Robyn Archer, Olive Cotton, Robin Dalton, Mandy Sayer; 1996-1999

    BOX 4
    ‘Shaved Fish’ (pub. 1990): typescript draft manuscript; 'Fish Tales': typescript draft radio script, episodes 1-6; n.d.

    ‘Wildfire’ (pub. 1995): typescript first and second drafts with corrections; correspondence with publishers and editors; synopsis; 1994

    BOX 5
    ‘Shaved Fish’ (pub. 1990): correspondence with publishers; reader’s report; 1989-1990

    ‘Sharkbait’ (pub. 1993): typescript draft with corrections, correspondence with publishers, newscuttings; ca. 1992-1994
  • Source
    Presented by Susan Geason, June 2010
  • Access Conditions

    This material is held offsite and can take up to four days to retrieve.
  • Copying Conditions
    Copyright status:: in copyright. This collection has multiple copyright owners.
    Approval for reproduction required:
    Please acknowledge: : Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales
  • Description source

    Information upgraded as part of the Manuscripts Unprocessed eRecords project 2013-2014
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