||Much of the Tom Maschler Collection of Doris Lessing consists of typescript short
stories and related materials prepared for Lessing’s second collection, The Habit of Loving (1957), edited by Maschler. The
works represented include "The Eye of God in
Paradise"; "The Day that Stalin Died";
"Excuse me While I’m Sick, by Reggie Jones,"
which may be unpublished; "Flavours of Exile"; "Through the Tunnel"; "Traitors"; "Dialogue"; "Debbie and Julie"; "The
Truth About Billy Newton;" and "Wine."
Most of the typescripts contain autograph corrections and comments in pencil and
ink. The four short letters in the collection are all from Lessing to Maschler,
which she enclosed several stories for him and one for the Paris Review.
|| Tom Maschler (1933-) is a leading figure of modern British Publishing best known
for his many years as the editorial director and then managing editor at Jonathon
Cape. The first book he bought for Cape was Joseph Heller’s Catch-22, and he has since worked with many authors including Doris
Lessing, Gabriel García Márquez, Thomas Pynchon, John Fowles, Arnold Wesker, and
McEwan, among others.