Guide to the Papers of Matthew Condon

MS 9297

National Library of Australia

Collection Summary

Title
Papers of Matthew Condon
Date Range
1983-1997
Collection Number
MS 9297
Extent
1.82 metres (13 boxes)
Language of Materials
English
Repository
National Library of Australia

Introduction

Scope and Contents

The bulk of the collection comprises edited draft manuscripts and typescripts of several of Condon's works. Also included are draft typescripts of some unpublished short stories, a small amount of correspondence with publishers, letters from the author Georgia Savage, publicity photographs, reviews and newspaper clippings.

Conditions Governing Access

Please refer to the collection's catalogue record for the access conditions (http://nla.gov.au/nla.cat-vn294972).

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Copying and publishing of unpublished manuscript material is subject to copyright restrictions.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 Copying of unpublished material for research purposes is permissible 50 years after the death of the creator of the material.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 Matthew Condon, National Library of Australia, MS 9297, [box number and series and/or file number]'.

Provenance

The papers were purchased from Matthew Condon in 1998.

Arrangement

The original arrangement of the papers has been preserved by the Library.

Bibliography

Condon's published works include The motorcycle café (University of Queensland Press, 1988), Usher (University of Queensland Press, 1991), The ancient guild of tycoons (University of Queensland Press, 1994), A night at the Pink Poodle (Arrow, 1995), The lulu magnet (Vintage Australia, 1996), Smashed: Australian drinking stories (Random House, 1996), The tunnel (Lothian, 1997), The pillow fight ( Random House Australia, 1998)

Biographical Note

Matthew Condon is a journalist and an author. Born on 5 March 1962, he was educated at the University of Queensland, and studied German at the Goethe Institute, Bremen in Germany.

Condon began his career as a journalist with the Gold Coast Bulletin in 1982. From here he moved to the Brisbane Courier Mail, and then to the Sydney Sun-Herald, for a time as its London correspondent, and more recently in Sydney as literary editor.

Condon's first book, The motorcycle café, was published in 1988. Since then he has gone on to publish several works, as well as contribute short stories to collections, journals and newspapers.

Condon has received the following awards and grants for his work as an author:

Item Descriptions

Series 1. Correspondence, 1987-95 Show allonly 1

This series comprises business correspondence, mainly with publishers, and a folder of letters to Condon from the author Georgia Savage. The principal correspondents include James Bradley, Carmen Callil (Chatto & Windus), Luke Davies, Liam Davison, Anthony Harwood (his agent), Jan Smark Nilsson (National Book Council), Bruce Pascoe (Pascoe Publishing), Bill Scott-Kerr (Picador), Tom Shapcott (Director, Literature Board of the Australia Council), and the University of Queensland Press.

File 1. Correspondence, 1987-95 - Box 1 Show allonly 1

File 2. Letters from Georgia Savage, 1988-95 Show allonly 1

Series 2. The motorcycle café, 1983-89 Show allonly 1

This series comprises papers relating to Condon's collection of short stories entitled The motorcycle café, published by University of Queensland Press, 1988 (159pp). They include edited drafts and correspondence, mainly with University of Queensland Press, regarding editing and publication of the book.

File 1. Correspondence, 1986-89 - Box 1 Show allonly 1

File 2. Early portion of draft manuscript, and draft typescript, 1983-85 - Box 1 Show allonly 1

File 3. Draft typescript, 1985 - Box 1 Show allonly 1

File 4-5. Draft typescript, 1986-87 - Box 1, 2 Show allonly 1

File 6-8. Draft typescript, 1985-88 - Box 2 Show allonly 1

File 9. Notebook of additional stories, handwritten - Box 2 Show allonly 1

Series 3. Usher, 1987-92 Show allonly 1

This series comprises material relating to Condon's novel Usher, published by University of Queensland Press, 1991 (260pp). Included are notebooks, edited drafts and proofs, reviews and publicity photographs.

File 1. Notebooks of early ideas, and draft manuscript, 1987-88 - Box 3 Show allonly 1

File 2-4. Early draft typescript, 1989 - Box 3 Show allonly 1

File 5-7. Early draft typescript, working notes and chapter plan, 1989-90 - Box 4 Show allonly 1

File 8-9. Draft typescript, 1990 - Box 4, 5 Show allonly 1

File 10-11. Edited proofs - Box 5 Show allonly 1

File 12. Miscellaneous papers, 1990-92. - Box 5 Show allonly 1

They include publicity photographs, newspaper and journal reviews, draft and colour photocopy of book cover, and a program for Warana Writers Week 1991, which Condon attended.

Series 4. The ancient guild of tycoons, 1991-94 Show allonly 1

This series comprises papers relating to Condon's novel The ancient guild of tycoons, published by University of Queensland Press, 1994 (365pp). They include reviews and edited drafts and proofs.

File 1. Reviews and miscellaneous related papers including publicity material, a listing of bookstores stocking the book, and a proof sheet of publicity photographs, 1994 - Box 6 Show allonly 1

File 2. Experimental first draft typescript and notes, 1991 - Box 6 Show allonly 1

File 3. Early draft typescript and notes, 1993 - Box 6 Show allonly 1

File 4-5. First draft typescript, chapter plans and notes - Box 6 Show allonly 1

File 6-7. Draft typescript, 1993 - Box 6, 7 Show allonly 1

File 8-9. Final draft typescript, with corrections, 1993-94 - Box 7 Show allonly 1

File 10-11. Edited proofs, 1994 - Box 7 Show allonly 1

Series 5. A night at the Pink Poodle, 1994-95 Show allonly 1

This series comprises papers relating to Condon's novel A night at the Pink Poodle, published by Arrow, 1995 (315pp); including reviews and an edited draft typescript.

File 1. Reviews, 1995 - Box 8 Show allonly 1

File 2. Early draft typescript - Box 8 Show allonly 1

File 3. Draft typescript, 1994 - Box 8 Show allonly 1

File 4. Draft typescript, 1995 - Box 8 Show allonly 1

Series 6. The lulu magnet, 1995-96 Show allonly 1

This series consists of typed drafts of Condon's book of short stories entitled The lulu magnet, published by Vintage Australia, 1996 (553pp).

File 1-4. Draft typescript, 1995-96 - Box 9 Show allonly 1

File 5-7. Draft typescript, 1995-96 - Box 10 Show allonly 1

File 8-10. Edited proofs and corrections, 1996 - Box 10, 11 Show allonly 1

File 11-12. Draft typescript of some of the stories for The lulu magnet, together with other stories not included in the book, 1995-97 - Box 11 Show allonly 1

Series 7. Smashed: Australian drinking stories, 1996 Show allonly 1

This series comprises papers relating to a book of short stories entitled Smashed: Australian drinking stories, edited by Matthew Condon and Richard Lawson and published by Random House, 1996 (520pp). They include draft typescripts, edited galley proofs and some correspondence.

File 1-2. Draft typescript received from each of the contributing authors, 1996 - Box 12 Show allonly 1

File 3-4. Corrected galley proofs and related correspondence with some of the authors, 1996 - Box 12 Show allonly 1

They include Tim Baker, Carmel Bird, José Borghino, Max Cullen, Chris Cyrill, Luke Davies, Barry Dickins, Susan Errington, Mandy Sayer, Rosie Scott, and Candace Sutton.

Series 8. Other writings, 1994-97 Show allonly 1

This series comprises a miscellaneous collection of draft typescript of short stories.

File 1. Draft typescripts of short stories entitled Hour of the sidecar: selected journalism essays [nd] - Box 13 Show allonly 1

File 2. Early draft typescript of a short story entitled Tin head, 1994 - Box 13 Show allonly 1

File 3. Miscellaneous collection of draft typescript of short stories, 1994-97 - Box 13 Show allonly 1

Series 9. Miscellaneous papers, 1991-93 Show allonly 1

A collection of miscellaneous papers including payment advice notes (1991) and a publishing agreement for The ancient guild of tycoons from Curtis Brown, newspaper clippings, and the draft typescript of a short story entitled Mister fake together with a copy of Australian Book Review (1992) in which it appeared.

File 1. Miscellaneous papers - Box 13 Show allonly 1