Guide to the Papers of David Foster


MS Acc10.197

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Collection Summary

David Foster
Papers of David Foster
Date Range
Collection Number
MS Acc10.197
0.75 metres (5 boxes + 3 sound/av carriers)
Language of Materials
Special Collections (Manuscripts)


Conditions Governing Access

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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Copying and publishing of unpublished manuscript material is subject to copyright restrictions.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 Copying of unpublished material for research purposes is permissible 50 years after the death of the creator of the material.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 David Foster, National Library of Australia, MS Acc10.197, [box number and series and/or file number]'.

Finding Aid Source(s)

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Item Descriptions

Class 1. Original consignment

Series. Sons of the Rumour, Sydney, Picador 2009

Research materials and notes, 2000s (File) - Box 1
David Foster: Sons of the Rumour (Item NLA.MS-DM005278) - Digital-Carriers-Box 106
1 item, Verbatim, Data CD (any content on recordable CD-R)

Various postat notes on casing.

Sample manuscript first drafts, ca. 2008 (File) - Box 1
Unedited typescript, 2009 (File) - Box 1
Typescript, 2009 (File) - Box 2
Articles, reviews, published extracts, 2009 (File) - Box 2
Radio play of the story 'The Man who fell in love with his own Feet' from Sons of the Rumour (CD from ABC Radio National 'Airplay' 10.8.08 - titled 'Footbound'), 2008 (File) - Box 2
David Foster: Footbound. Airplay 10/08/2008, 10/08/2008 (Item NLA.MS-DM005280) - Digital-Carriers-Box 106
1 item, Data CD (any content on recordable CD-R)

ABC Radio National. With Don'o Kim, Darren Yap, Haven Tso, Tony Chu, Joy Hopwood, Terry Woo. Production Andrew McLennan. Sound Engineer Stephen Tilley.

Picador reading notes ; Picador catalogue 2009 ; letter to agent, Sophie Hamley ; correspondence from Rod Morrison, publisher, 2008-2009 (File) - Box 2

Series. NLA Harold White Fellowship Talk 2008

Application and talk. Fellowship used to research novel Sons of the Rumour ; CD-ROM from NLA - monster image from David Foster's Harold White flyer, 2008 (File) - Box 2
David Foster: Monster image from David Foster's Harold White flyer, Apri, 2008, 2008 (Item NLA.MS-DM005279) - Digital-Carriers-Box 106
1 item, Data CD (any content on recordable CD-R)

National Library of Australia

Series. General literary correspondence

Agents: Rosemary Creswell, Sydney, Bettina Keil, Hamburg, Tim Curnow, Sydney, AP Watt, London ; editors: Rosemary Sorensen, Anne Summers, Helen Daniel, Kerryn Goldsworthy, Ivor Indyk ; librarian: Lynn Hard ; also Clara Mason, James Joyce Foundation, Ramona Koval, ABC, Peter Solness, photographer Slow Food, 2001, 1992-2010 (File) - Box 3
Correspondence and articles by Susan Lever (critic and author of David Foster: Satirist of Australia, Cambria Press, NY, 2008), 1992-2009 (File) - Box 3
Review of Susan Lever's David Foster: Satirist of Australia, NY Cambria Press 2008 ; articles and comment pertaining to Patrick White Award, David Foster 2010, 2010 (File) - Box 3
Correspondence from former scientific colleagues including Prof. WJ O'Sullivan, former dean of Medicine UNSW; Dr Des Kirk, co-author with D. Foster of The Empathy Experiment, Sydney, Wild and Woolley 1977, 1992-2003 (File) - Box 3
Correspondence from Nicholas Hasluck, WA novelist and poet, 1991-1999 (File) - Box 3
Correspondence from Annie Proulx, US novelist and short story writer, 1994-2008 (File) - Box 3
Correspondence pertaining to, and from, friends from Berrima Jail, 1991-1993 (File) - Box 4

Series. Correspondence from Australian writers

Correspondents include Randolph Stow ('Mick'), Thomas Barlow, Alison Broinowski, Steven Conte, Ross Fitzgerald, Jack Hibberd, Barry Hill, Nick Jose, Gillian Mears, Brian Matthews, Mark O'Connor, Michael McGirr, Melissa Lucashenko, Bruce Roberts, Nicholas Rothwell, Martin Thomas, 1985-2004 (File) - Box 4
Correspondence from Geoffrey Dutton, publisher and poet, 1992-1998 (File) - Box 4

Series. Reader correspondence

Correspondence from readers etc, 1991-2009 (File) - Box 4

Series. Family correspondence

Some letters from family, including: first wife Robin Hodgson, anthropologist and for many years Director of the Katherine Aboriginal Language Centre NT ; elder son Seth, initiated man of the Ngungikurrungur, Peppimenarti NT ; daughter Natalie (to whom Dog Rock 3, in print, is dedicated) ; daughter Zoe, beauty editor and novelist, 1995-1999 (File) - Box 4

Series. Ucross Foundation, Wyoming

Material pertaining to stay at Ucross Foundation Wyoming 1997 including correspondence from fellow Ucross residents Ha Jin, novelist, Susan Yuzna, poet, 1996-2001 (File) - Box 4

Series. Correspondence

From Christopher Potter, publisher Fourth Estate UK (published of The Glade within the Grove 1996 and In the New Country 1999) ; plus editing notes for In the New Country, 1996-2000 (File) - Box 5
Edit of Crossing the Blue Mountains, Duffy Snellgrove, 1997 and relevant correspondence with Michael Duffy, publisher, 1996-1997 (File) - Box 5

Series. Correspondence with Michael Duffy

Publisher, Duffy Snellgrove and Yellow Press and editor, The Independent Monthly ; publisher of The Land where Stories End, Sydney D, 1993-2003 (File) - Box 5

Series. The sad and sorry saga of The Land where Stories End (Sydney, Duffy and Snellgrove 2001, Dingle Ireland, Brandon Press, 2003)

Cast includes Michael Duffy, publisher Duffy and Snellgrove, Sydney ; Christopher Potter, publisher, Fourth Estate, London ; Jane Palfreyman, publisher, Random House, Sydney ; Ivor Indyk, publisher, HEAT, Sydney ; correspondence with Paul Muldoon, poet ; Peter Porter, poet ; Brandon Press catalogue, Ireland, edited typescript, The Land where Stories End, 1993-2010 (File) - Box 5

Series. Correspondence and edit notes

In the New Country, London, Fourth Estate 1999 ; winner, FAW Literature Award 1999 and inaugural Brisbane Courier Mail Book of the year, 1999, 1995-2000 (File) - Box 5