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  • Title
    Collection 1: Elizabeth Jolley papers, ca. 1939, 1950-1987
  • Call number
    MLMSS 4880
  • Level of description
  • Date

    ca. 1939, 1950-1987
  • Type of material
  • Reference code
  • Physical Description
    4.48 metres of textual material (27 boxes, 3 folders) - typescript, manuscript

    Elizabeth Jolley, nee Knight, was born in Birmingham, England in 1923. She was educated in Europe and England, and attended the Quaker Sibford School near Banbury, Oxfordshire, 1934-1940. Writing from an early age, she completed an unpublished novel ca.1939. She left school in 1940 and worked as a nurse during the Second World War. In 1959 Elizabeth Jolley migrated to Western Australia with her husband, Leonard, and three children. She began submitting fiction for publication in the 1960s and wrote stories for the BBC World Service. Some of her unpublished stories bore the pen-name, Rosemma. In the 1970s she contributed stories, radio plays and scripts to the Australian Broadcasting Commission. She has taught creative writing as writer-in-residence at Western Australian tertiary institutions and as tutor at leisure classes and workshops organised through the Fremantle Arts Centre Arts Access Scheme. From 1976 to 1986 she published thirteen books, including three collections of short stories, Five acre virgin (1976), The travelling entertainer (1979) and Woman in a lampshade (1983); three volumes of literature notes, Travelling notebook one, two and three (1978-1979); and several award winning novels, Palomino (1980), winner of the Con Weickhardt Award; The newspaper of Claremont Street (1981), Mr. Scobie's riddle (1983), winner of the Age Book of the Year; Miss Peabody's inheritance (1983), Milk and honey (1984), winner of the NSW Premier's Literary Award; Foxybaby (1985), and The well (1986), winner of the Miles Franklin Award.
  • Scope and Content
    SERIES 01
    Manuscripts of novels, ca.1939, 1950-ca.1986

    SERIES 02
    Manuscripts of short stories, between 1960 and ca.1987

    SERIES 03
    Manuscripts of plays, 1975-1984, date unknown

    SERIES 04
    Manuscripts of poems, not before 1969, date unknown

    SERIES 05
    Manuscripts of film scenarios and scripts, ca.1968-ca.1969

    SERIES 06
    Manuscript of radio script, 1978

    SERIES 07
    Manuscripts of teaching aids : Travelling notebook one, two and three, 1978-1979

    SERIES 08
    Manuscripts of essays and articles, 1978-1987

    SERIES 09
    Manuscripts of reviews, 1984-1987

    SERIES 10
    Manuscripts of lectures and talks, 1968-1987

    SERIES 11
    Manuscripts of interview with Candida Baker, 1985

    SERIES 12
    Correspondence, being mainly letters received including congratulatory letters concerning the Miles Franklin Award, 1973-1987

    SERIES 13
    Printed material, 1965-1968, date unknown

    SERIES 14
    Miscellaneous material, between 1960 and 1987

    SERIES 15
    [Elizabeth Jolley with her sister ; With classmates at Sibford School ; Nursing in England ; With Juliette Wansborough & Roger McGough], 1927-1986

    SERIES 16
    Pictorial material and realia, 1930, 1959
  • System of arrangement
    This collection consists of the following 16 record series
  • Language
  • Access Conditions
    Partly restricted
  • Copying Conditions
    Copyright status:: In copyright - This collection has multiple copyright owners
    Approval for reproduction required: Caroline Lurie is Literary Executor of the Literary Estate of Elizabeth Jolley. Any request for reference copying or broadcasting and publishing of material created by Elizabeth Jolley must be submitted to her.
    Please acknowledge:: Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales and Courtesy copyright owners
  • Finding Aids
    Click here to see entry for this collection in Guide to Australian Literary Manuscripts - onesearch.library.uwa.edu.au/view/delivery/61UWA_INST/12364186400002101
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