This collection of John Fowles material compiled by friend and editor Ray Roberts
reflects the personal and literary relationship of the two men during Roberts's
tenure at Little, Brown & Co. and continuing in 1994 when Roberts joined
Henry Holt and Company as senior editor. The Roberts Collection of John Fowles
contains typescript drafts, proofs, and galleys, publication and publicity
materials, reviews, correspondence, and works about Fowles.
The collection is arranged in three series: I. Works, 1956-1995; II. Correspondence,
1965-2004 (bulk 1980-2004); and III. Works about Fowles.
Series I. Works is subdivided into two subseries: Subseries A. Fiction and
Nonfiction, 1963-1995, and Subseries B. Other Writings, 1956-1986. Subseries A.
contains novels, screenplays, nonfiction, and a book of poems. The works are
arranged alphabetically by title and include the novels The
Collector, Daniel Martin, The Ebony Tower, The French
Lieutenant's Woman, A Maggot, The Magus, and Mantissa.
Typescripts and/or galleys are present for Daniel
Martin, The French Lieutenant's Woman
(selected chapters of the novel and screenplay drafts and proofs), A Maggot, The Magus
(screenplay typescript), and Mantissa. Nonfiction
titles include The Aristos, The Enigma of Stonehenge, Islands, works
about Fowles's town of residence, Lyme Regis, The Nature of
Nature, Shipwreck, Thomas Hardy's England, The Tree, and
Wormholes. Also included are cover art and
publicity for Poems and an unpublished multi-genre
Subseries B. Other Writings includes Fowles's adaptations and translations, articles
and interviews, book reviews, contributions, introductions, forewords, and
afterwords, as well as miscellaneous literary writings. The adaptations and
translations are arranged alphabetically by title and include Cinderella, Don Juan, Lorenzaccio, and Martine.
Contributions to edited volumes include Afterwords: Novelists
on Their Novels, Save the Earth, and
Whales: A Celebration. The works containing
Fowles's introductions, forewords, and afterwords are also arranged alphabetically.
Titles represented are Bedside Guardian 32, The Book of Ebenezer Le Page, Le
Grand Meaulnes, Land, Mehalah, Monumenta
Britannica, The Royal Game, and Other
Stories, and The Undercliff.
Arranged chronologically, the correspondence in Series II. dates from 1965-2004, but
the majority is between 1980-2004. There is a lively exchange of letters throughout
between Roberts and Fowles, touching on personal as well as literary matters.
addition, both men corresponded frequently with publishers, literary agents, book
dealers, literary journals, and collaborators. A good deal of secondary material
also present, such as tearsheets, publicity, reviews, and material on Fowles's
involvement in the town of Lyme Regis.
Series III. Works about Fowles contains articles, interviews, and several book-length
works including a special issue of the Journal of Modern
Literature dedicated to Fowles, Eileen Warburton's 1980 dissertation,
and the typescript of Simon Loveday's The Romances of John
Fowles (1985). Also present is a long run of publishers' catalogs that
reference works by Fowles or cite his "blurbs" for others' works. The section
Little, Brown & Co. from 1963-1991 is well-represented.