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Material for Writing Home, 1968-1994

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MS. Bennett 178

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Material gathered together for Writing Home, first published in 1994. Folders titled "Original stuff included in Writing Home. Includes copies of articles originally first published elsewhere and material that did not appear in the final published version.

(fols. 1-81) Material for published book section headed "Past and Present":
  1. (fols. 1-2) Photocopy of article "Alan Bennett remembers the treachery of books" from The Independent on Sunday on 28 Jan. 1990.
  2. (fols. 3-14) Photocopy of typed text of talk by Alan Bennett at seminar held on 7 Feb. 1986 at Nuffield College, Oxford on "Sport and Theatre in Oxford since 1945". See also texts for talks by Alan Bennett, MS. Bennett 181.
  3. (fols. 15-16) Photocopy of article "Uncle Clarence" by Alan Bennett from the London Review of Books from 5 June 1986, briefly annotated by Alan Bennett. See also text of article in MS. Bennett 177.
  4. (fols. 17-44) Handwritten sheets titled Dinner at Noon. Typed text of article titled "Hotel Reservations". Plus copy of The Listener from 11 Aug. 1988 featuring same article. For relevant script see MS. Bennett 140.
  5. (fols. 45-53) Typed text of memorial address for Russell Harty by Alan Bennett [from 14 Oct. 1988]. For more on Russell Harty see MS. Bennett 171.
  6. (fols. 54-81) Copy of The Listener from 20 Oct. 1988 featuring article about Russell Harty by Alan Bennett, briefly annotated.
(fols. 82-103) Material for published book section "The Lady in the Van":
  1. (fols. 82-99) Copy of the London Review of Books from 26 Oct. 1989, featuring article by Alan Bennett "The Lady in the Van". For more on The Lady in the Van please see MSS. Bennett 156-160.
  2. (fols. 100-103)Copy of the London Review of Books from 11 Jan. 1990 featuring diary extracts from 1989 including account of Miss Shepherd's funeral by Alan Bennett.
(fols. 104-147) Material for published book section headed Diaries. For more published extracts of diaries, see MSS. Bennett 70-86, MS Bennett digital 192.
  1. (fol. 104) Typed text for Introduction to diary section, annotated by Alan Bennett.
  2. (fols. 105-129) Bundle of papers, mainly handwritten diary entries for 1979-1989, titled "Diary / Writing Home stuff". Includes (fols. 122-125) letter from his mother, Lillian Bennett, postmarked 13 Sept 1976 (= Closed) and newspaper cutting regarding E.C.T. from 1993.
  3. (fols. 130-131) Newspaper cutting of diary extracts from 1978 from the London Review of Books from 20 Dec. [1979?].
  4. (fols. 132-133) Photocopy of newspaper cutting of diary extracts from 1984 from the London Review of Books from 16 Feb. 1984.
  5. (fols. 134-135) Newspaper cutting of diary extracts from 1985 from the London Review of Books from 5 Dec. 1985.
  6. (fols. 136-137) Newspaper cutting of diary extracts from 1986 from the London Review of Books from 18 Dec. 1986.
  7. (fols. 138-141) Newspaper cutting of diary extracts from 1987 from the London Review of Books from 10 Dec 1987.
  8. (fols. 142-145) Newspaper cutting of article about visit to Russia by Alan Bennett from the London Review of Books from 15 Sept 1988, briefly annotated by Alan Bennett.
  9. (fols. 146-147) Newspaper cutting of diary extracts from 1990 from the London Review of Books from 24 Jan. 1991.
(fols. 148-203) Material for published book section headed "Prefaces to Plays":
  1. Typed text for "Forty Years On and other plays", undated, annotated by Alan Bennett. Newspaper cutting of same article published as "Lost Jokes" in the London Review of Books from 2 Aug. 1984.
(fols. 204-222) Material for published book section headed "Filming and Rehearsing":
  1. (fols. 204-206) Photocopy of diary for A Day Out from The Listener from 21 Dec. 1972.
  2. (fols. 207-222) Photocopy of typed text for "The Writer in Disguise" titled "TV Plays", undated [c.1983]. Original annotated by Alan Bennett.
(fols. 223-306) Material for published book section headed "Books and Writers". See also reviews by Alan Bennett, MS. Bennett 170.
  1. (fols. 223-224) Photocopy of review by Alan Bennett of Forms of Talk by Erving Goffman, from the London Review of Books on 15 Oct. 1981.
  2. (fols. 225-228) Photocopy of article on Philip Larkin by Alan Bennett titled "Instead of a Present" which appeared in Larkin at Sixty edited by Anthony Thwaite published in 1982.
  3. (fols. 229-230) Photocopy of review by Alan Bennett of Auden in Love by Dorothy Farnan, from the London Review of Books on 23 May 1985.
  4. (fols. 231-257) Photocopy of typescript lecture on Kafka, annotated by Alan Bennett, [1986?]
  5. (fols. 258-280) Typed radio script titled The Book of Common Prayer for BBC radio schools for recording on 5 Mar. 1978, annotated by Alan Bennett.
  6. (fols. 281-300) Photocopy of typed text of talk given to the Prayer Book Society, Blackburn Cathedral on 12 May 1990, annotated by Alan Bennett. Please also see text for talk in MS. Bennett 181.
  7. (fols. 301-306) Photocopy of review by Alan Bennett of Philip Larkin: A Writer's Life by Andrew Motion, published in the London Review of Books on 25 Mar. 1993.
(fols. 307-341) Material for published book section headed "Stocking Fillers":
  1. (fol. 307) Photocopy of page of collection featuring article "Tit for Tatti" by Alan Bennett dated 18 Mar. 1971.
  2. (fols. 308-309) Photocopy of article "The Pith and its Pitheads" by Alan Bennett regarding the writer and his roots from The Listener from 20 May 1976.
  3. (fols. 310-316) Photocopy of typed text of review of Lady Ottoline's Album: Snapshots of Her Famous Contemporaries edited by Michael Joseph published 1976, annotated by Alan Bennett.
  4. (fols. 317-318) Photocopy of article "The Stripped-Pine Wilderness - Alan Bennett on the origin and originals of 'Life and Times in NW1'" from The Listener from 28 Nov. 1968.
  5. (fols. 319-320) Newspaper cutting of article about the Stringalongs by Alan Bennett published in the London Review of Books on 24 Feb. 1994.
  6. (fols. 321-342) Photocopy of Stringalongs sketch "Christmas in NW1" published in Tatler, undated.
  7. (fols. 323-341) Typed script for radio talk Going Round, first broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1981, annotated by Alan Bennett. For relevant script see MS. Bennett 120.
(fols. 342-421) Material not necessarily included in final version of Writing Home:
  1. (fols. 342-349) Newspaper cutting of article about Forty Years On from The Sunday Times from 17 Nov. 1968.
  2. ((fols. 350-378) Typed text and newspaper cutting of article "Something You Didn't Know You Knew" published in The Sunday Times on 31 Oct. 1971.
  3. (fol. 379) Photocopy of poem "Place-Names of China" by Alan Bennett in anthology edited by Kingsley Amis, first published 1978[?] briefly annotated by Alan Bennett.
  4. (fols. 380-381) Photocopy of newspaper cutting of article regarding his television films by Alan Bennett published in Sight and Sound in Spring 1984.
  5. (fols. 382-404) Photocopy of typed text of lecture on "Happiness" given at the University of Birmingham in 1988, undated and untitled. Please also see MS. Bennett 176 and 181.
  6. (fol. 405) Newspaper cutting of article about tourism by Alan Bennett in North Yorkshire Guide from 1988.
  7. (fols. 406-409) Typed text by Alan Bennett about portrait by John Singer Sargent for short BBC film, annotated by Alan Bennett. Plus related letter from BBC dated 24 Sept. 1992 and information on the portrait.
  8. (fols. 410-414) Typed text for National Gallery. Plus copy of The National Gallery News from Oct. 1992 featuring Alan Bennett's choices from the Early Italian Collection, briefly annotated by Alan Bennett.
  9. (fols. 415-421) Typed text of speech by Alan Bennett for St Paul's Cathedral Choir School prize giving. Plus compliment slip from school, undated.

Dates

  • 1968-1994

Extent

421 Leaves

Conditions Governing Access

Some material is closed.

Shelfmark

MS. Bennett 178

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

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