Guide to the Papers of Robert Gray

MS Acc05.020 and MS Acc11.066

National Library of Australia

Collection Summary

Title
Papers of Robert Gray
Date Range
c.1999-c.2006
Collection Number
MS Acc05.020 and MS Acc11.066
Extent
1.2 metres (8 ms boxes)
Language of Materials
English
Repository
National Library of Australia

Introduction

Conditions Governing Access

Please refer to the collection's catalogue record for the access conditions (http://nla.gov.au/nla.cat-vn3547153).

Conditions Governing Use

Copying and publishing of unpublished manuscript material is subject to copyright restrictions. For such material, written permission to publish must be obtained from the copyright holder(s). Copying of unpublished material for research purposes is permissible 50 years after the death of the creator of the material.

Preferred Citation

Items from this collection should be cited as '[Title or description of manuscript item], Papers of Robert Gray, National Library of Australia, [class number, box number and series and/or file number]'.

Finding Aid Source(s)

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Collection Retrieval Advice

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Item Descriptions

Class MS Acc05.020. Original Consignment Show allonly 1

Drafts of the poems for Robert Gray's book Afterimages and drafts of other poems as well. There are proofs for Grass script: selected earlier poems, published in the United Kingdom in 2001, that show many re-workings not incorporated into any edition in Australia. Also, proofs for Afterimages and revised proofs for some reviews Gray wrote for The Australian. The collection also includes correspondence, ca. 1999-2004.

Comprises 2 boxes.

Class MS Acc11.066. Consignment Added 2011 Show allonly 1

Papers reflecting Gray's writing processes and his interactions with other Australian and international poets and painters. The papers include correspondence, a notebook, manuscripts and multiple annotated typescripts for several of Gray's works. The works are: The land I came through last; Afterimages; Nameless earth; and a volume of his collected poems (to be published in 2011). Correspondents include Christopher Koch, Peter Goldsworthy, Kevin Hart, Les Murray, Dennis O'Driscoll and Jan Zwicky. In addition, there is a letter from Patrick White, in which White names Gray, along with Bruce Beaver, as one of the two best poets in Australia.

Comprises 6 boxes.

Series. The land I came through last (2008), Giramondo Show allonly 1

File. Entire manuscripts of Gray's memoir, in all seven rewritings. The name changed whilst being written, eg 'The waters under the earth', 'A light in the porch', 'Life with the Sergeant-Major' etc., c.2006 - Box 1 Show allonly 1
File. Published copy of the memoir, which won the CAL (Copyright Agency Ltd)/Waverley Library Award and earned Gray a Doctor of Creative Arts degree from University of Technology Sydney (UTS). - Box 1 Show allonly 1
File. Memoir - annotated typescripts - Box 5 Show allonly 1
File. Memoir - annotated typescripts - Box 3 Show allonly 1
File. Manuscript notebook - Box 3 Show allonly 1

Series. Afterimages (2001,2003) Duffy and Snellgrove Show allonly 1

File. Annotated typescripts of the published book of poetry - Box 2 Show allonly 1

Series. Collected poems Show allonly 1

File. Revisions of all Gray's poetry, through its entire course, for forthcoming 'Collected poems', to be published 2011 by British publisher, Carcanet, and in Australia by the John Leonard Press. Worksheets are mostly not in their published order. - Box 3 Show allonly 1

Series. Nameless earth (2006), Carcanet UK Show allonly 1

File. Manuscripts and annotated typescripts for a published book of poetry, c.2005 - Box 4 Show allonly 1
File. Page proofs of a Dutch/English selection of my poems with rewritings - Box 4 Show allonly 1

Series. Correspondence Show allonly 1

File. Letters from various correspondents, some of them printed-out emails, all relevant to Gray's work, writers identified by Gray (list in Box 6 but also listed below)., c.2001-2011 - Box 6 Show allonly 1
File. Ted Hillyer - painter - Box 6 Show allonly 1
File. Michael Hulse - academic at University of Warwick, UK; poet - Box 6 Show allonly 1
File. Roo Borson - Canadian poet - Box 6 Show allonly 1
File. John Olsen - painter - Box 6 Show allonly 1
File. Cynthia Jeffreys - painter - Box 6 Show allonly 1
File. John Leonard - publisher, editor, anthologist - Box 6 Show allonly 1
File. Kevin Hart - poet and academic (in US) - Box 6 Show allonly 1
File. Stephen McInerney - poet - Box 6 Show allonly 1
File. Dennis O'Driscoll - Irish poet - Box 6 Show allonly 1
File. Stephen Edgar - poet - Box 6 Show allonly 1
File. Patrick White - novelist (one letter that refers to Gray, handed on by the recipient) - Box 6 Show allonly 1
File. Martin Harrison - poet and academic - Box 6 Show allonly 1
File. Robert Bolton - arts editor of the Financial Review - Box 6 Show allonly 1
File. Anne Ferguson - sculptor - Box 6 Show allonly 1
File. Harry Cummins - English poet - Box 6 Show allonly 1
File. John Foulcher - poet - Box 6 Show allonly 1
File. Susan Wyndham - arts editor of the Sydney Morning Herald - Box 6 Show allonly 1
File. Emma Lew - poet - Box 6 Show allonly 1
File. Rosamund Bartlett - translator and biographer of Chekhov, Tolstoy and other Russians - Box 6 Show allonly 1
File. Jeffrey Wainwright - English poet and academic - Box 6 Show allonly 1
File. Jennifer Compton - poet and essayist - Box 6 Show allonly 1
File. Helen Garner - novelist and prose writer - Box 6 Show allonly 1
File. Lois Downing - Gray's half-sister - Box 6 Show allonly 1
File. Barry Hill - poet and prose writer - Box 6 Show allonly 1
File. Joachim Sartorius - German poet, head of the Berlin Literatur Festival - Box 6 Show allonly 1
File. Dr S Yamamoto - president, Meiji University - Box 6 Show allonly 1
File. Lars Ahlstrom - Swedish translator - Box 6 Show allonly 1
File. Richard Dove - translator into German - Box 6 Show allonly 1
File. Maarten Elzinga - Dutch translator - Box 6 Show allonly 1
File. Hamish Ironsides - English poet - Box 6 Show allonly 1
File. Les Murray - poet - Box 6 Show allonly 1
File. Christopher (Chris) Koch - novelist - Box 6 Show allonly 1
File. John Mateer - poet - Box 6 Show allonly 1
File. Ed Campion - prose writer - Box 6 Show allonly 1
File. Maria Cristina Biggio - Italian translator - Box 6 Show allonly 1
File. Mike Heald - broadcaster and poet - Box 6 Show allonly 1
File. Craig Sherborne - poet - Box 6 Show allonly 1
File. Susan Stewart - American poet and academic - Box 6 Show allonly 1
File. Jan Zwicky - Canadian poet - Box 6 Show allonly 1