Guide to the Papers of Robin Klein

MS 9301

National Library of Australia

Table of Contents

  1. Collection Summary
  2. Introduction
    1. Scope and Contents
    2. Conditions Governing Access
    3. Conditions Governing Use
    4. Preferred Citation
    5. Provenance
  3. Biographical Note
  4. Item Descriptions
    1. File 1. Honoured guest, 1979 - Box 1
    2. File 2. Junk castle, 1983 - Box 1
    3. File 3. Thingnapped, 1984 - Box 1
    4. File 4. Penny Pollard's letters, 1984 - Box 1
    5. File 5. Halfway across the galaxy and turn left, 1985 - Box 1
    6. File 6. Games, 1986 - Box 1
    7. File 7. Penny Pollard in print, 1986 - Box 1
    8. File 8. The lonely hearts club, 1987 - Box 1
    9. File 9. Get lost, 1987 - Box 2
    10. File 10. I shot an arrow (1987); Birk the Berserker (1987) Dear Robin (1988) - Box 2
    11. File 11. Laurie loved me best, 1988 - Box 2
    12. File 12. Penny Pollard's passport, 1988 - Box 2
    13. File 13. Against the odds, 1989 - Box 2
    14. File 14. Penny Pollard's guide to modern manners, 1989 - Box 2
    15. File 14a. Came back to show you I could fly, 1989 - Box 3
    16. File 15. Screenplay adaptation of Came back to show you I could fly - 'Say a little prayer...' by Richard Lowenstein, 1991 - Box 3
    17. File 16. Ghost in Abigail Terrace, 1989 - Box 3
    18. File 17. Tearaways, 1990 - Box 3
    19. File 18. Boris and Borsch, 1990 - Box 3
    20. File 19. All in the blue unclouded weather, 1991 - Box 4
    21. File 20. Dresses of red and gold, 1992 - Box 4
    22. File 21. Amy's bed, 1992 - Box 5
    23. File 22. Seeing things, 1993 - Box 5
    24. File 23. Turn right for Zyrgon, 1994 - Box 5
    25. File 24. The sky in silver lace, 1995 - Box 6
    26. File 25. Boss of the pool: the play by Mary Morris, adapted from Klein's novel - Box 6
  5. Online Items
  6. Related Documentation

Collection Summary

Title
Papers of Robin Klein
Date Range
1983-1993
Collection Number
MS 9301
Extent
0.9 metres (6 boxes)
Language of Materials
English
Repository
National Library of Australia

Introduction

Scope and Contents

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.

Conditions Governing Access

Please refer to the collection's catalogue record for the access conditions (http://nla.gov.au/nla.cat-vn3036427).

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 Robin Klein, National Library of Australia, MS 9301, [box number and series and/or file number]'.

Provenance

The papers were donated to the Library by Ms Robin Klein in 1997 under the Cultural Gifts Program.

Biographical Note

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.

Item Descriptions

File 1. Honoured guest, 1979 - Box 1 Show allonly 1

File 2. Junk castle, 1983 - Box 1 Show allonly 1

File 3. Thingnapped, 1984 - Box 1 Show allonly 1

File 4. Penny Pollard's letters, 1984 - Box 1 Show allonly 1

File 5. Halfway across the galaxy and turn left, 1985 - Box 1 Show allonly 1

File 6. Games, 1986 - Box 1 Show allonly 1

File 7. Penny Pollard in print, 1986 - Box 1 Show allonly 1

File 8. The lonely hearts club, 1987 - Box 1 Show allonly 1

File 9. Get lost, 1987 - Box 2 Show allonly 1

File 10. I shot an arrow (1987); Birk the Berserker (1987) Dear Robin (1988) - Box 2 Show allonly 1

File 11. Laurie loved me best, 1988 - Box 2 Show allonly 1

File 12. Penny Pollard's passport, 1988 - Box 2 Show allonly 1

File 13. Against the odds, 1989 - Box 2 Show allonly 1

File 14. Penny Pollard's guide to modern manners, 1989 - Box 2 Show allonly 1

File 14a. Came back to show you I could fly, 1989 - Box 3 Show allonly 1

File 15. Screenplay adaptation of Came back to show you I could fly - 'Say a little prayer...' by Richard Lowenstein, 1991 - Box 3 Show allonly 1

File 16. Ghost in Abigail Terrace, 1989 - Box 3 Show allonly 1

File 17. Tearaways, 1990 - Box 3 Show allonly 1

File 18. Boris and Borsch, 1990 - Box 3 Show allonly 1

File 19. All in the blue unclouded weather, 1991 - Box 4 Show allonly 1

File 20. Dresses of red and gold, 1992 - Box 4 Show allonly 1

File 21. Amy's bed, 1992 - Box 5 Show allonly 1

File 22. Seeing things, 1993 - Box 5 Show allonly 1

File 23. Turn right for Zyrgon, 1994 - Box 5 Show allonly 1

File 24. The sky in silver lace, 1995 - Box 6 Show allonly 1

File 25. Boss of the pool: the play by Mary Morris, adapted from Klein's novel - Box 6 Show allonly 1