National Library of Australia
The papers consist of twenty five typescript drafts, many of them annotated, of published works for children and teenagers. There is also a small amount of correspondence between Klein and Max Dann, who jointly wrote The Lonely hearts club, published in 1987. The letters exchanged between the two authors are at the end of each chapter of the drafts (Folder 8). The correspondence gives an insight into how the two writers developed the plot, and approached their joint work. Typescripts of two stage and film adaptations of Klein's novels, Boss of the pool and Came back to show you I could fly, are also included.
Please refer to the collection's catalogue record for the access conditions (http://nla.gov.au/nla.cat-vn3036427).
Copying and publishing of unpublished manuscript material is subject to copyright restrictions.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 Copying of unpublished material for research purposes is permissible 50 years after the death of the creator of the material.
Items from this collection should be cited as '[Title or description of manuscript item], Papers of Robin Klein, National Library of Australia, MS 9301, [box number and series and/or file number]'.
The papers were donated to the Library by Ms Robin Klein in 1997 under the Cultural Gifts Program.
Robin Klein was born in Kempsey in 1936 and was educated at Newcastle Girls' High School. She began writing full time in 1981 after working as a teacher, nurse, library assistant and craft worker. She has written for children and teenagers, as well as short stories and novels, stories in verse, and a collection of poems. Her first book, The giraffe in Pepperell Street, published in 1978, was awarded Special Mention at the Bologna Children's Book Fair. Klein has since won many awards, including the Children's Book of the Year in 1990 and the Dromkeen Medal in 1991. Her books for children include People might hear you, Hating Alison Ashley, Penny Pollard's diary and Boris and Borsch.