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Kay Dick:

A Preliminary Inventory of an Addition to Her Papers at the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center

Creator: Dick, Kay, 1915-2001
Title: Kay Dick Addition to Her Papers
Dates: 1915-2001
Extent: 46 boxes, 2 oversize boxes, 1 galley folder (21 linear feet)
Abstract: This collection contains notes, research, typescript drafts, contracts, correspondence, clippings, and reviews of Dick's published fiction and non-fiction—including works written under the pseudonyms Jeremy Scott and Edward Lane—as well as material for unpublished book projects. Other material includes scripts, story outlines, and coorespondence related to plays for stage, radio, and television; articles, BBC scripts, biographical writings, editorial work, poems, book reviews, and short stories; literary and personal correspondence; and financial papers, address books, autograph books, clippings, art and publishers catalogs, daybooks and diaries, photographs, travel materials, and other personal and career related materials, including correspondence and documents relating to Dick's residence at 9 Arundel Terrace.
RLIN Record #: None
Language: Most material in English .
Access:

Open for research




Acquisition:

Purchase, 2003 (Reg. no. 15143)

Processed by:

Melody Fisher and Liz Murray, 2004

Repository:

The University of Texas at Austin, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center


This accretion to the Kay Dick Papers consists of literary works, correspondence, personal, and career-related material, spanning her lifetime from 1915 to her death in 2001. The papers are arranged in three Series: I. Works, 1934-1994; II. Correspondence, 1941-2001; and III. Personal and Career-Related Material, 1915-2001.

The Works series is arranged in three Subseries: A. Books, 1943-1991; B. Plays, 1943 and nd; and C. Short Works, 1934-1994. Works are arranged alphabetically by title in each subseries. This series contains material written under Dick's pseudonyms Jeremy Scott and Edward Lane. Represented in Subseries A. Books, are published fiction including An Affair of Love, By the Lake, The Shelf, Solitaire, Sunday, They, and Young Man, as well as non-fiction works Friends and Friendship: Conversations and Reflections, Ivy and Stevie: Ivy Compton-Burnett and Stevie Smith, and Pierrot: An Investigation into the Commedia dell'arte. Also present is material for unpublished book projects, "The Carlyle Marriage," "Colette and Her World," notes for a memoir "The Fiction of My Life," "The Letters of Jane Welsh Carlyle," "Six Great Diarists," and "Venus." Often included for these works are notes, research, typescript drafts, contracts, correspondence, clippings, and reviews.

Plays for stage, radio, and television are present in Subseries B. Short Works Subseries C includes articles, BBC scripts, biographical writings, editorial work, poems, book reviews, and short stories.

Arranged alphabetically, the correspondence in Series II dates from 1941-2001 and is arranged in Subseries A. Literary Correspondence and Subseries B. Personal Correspondence. While the correspondence is predominately incoming, typed carbons of Dick's outgoing correspondence are found throughout the series. The literary correspondence includes communications with publishers, agents, literary societies and organizations, and newspapers. Also present is a folder for the publication The Windmill which Dick edited under the Edward Lane pseudonym. Frequent correspondents in Subseries B. Personal Correspondence include Sidney Blackmore, June and Neville Braybrooke, Brigid Brophy, Maurice Cranston, Gillian Freeman, Roddy Friend, Nathaniel and Beverley Gee, Penny Hoare, Pamela Hansford Johnson, Francis Henry King, Shena Mackay, and Michael Ratcliffe. Several boxes of correspondence and related material are present for Dick's longtime companion Kathleen Farrell. An alphabetical run of general personal correspondence follows the folders for individuals.

Series III. Personal and Career-Related Material includes items ranging from Dick's birth certificate in 1915 to bank statements from 2001. Included in this series are address books, articles and information about Dick, autograph books, art and publishers catalogs, clippings, daybooks and diaries, family papers, financial and personal papers, numerous photographs, and travel material. Also present is lengthy correspondence and documents relating to Dick's residence at 9 Arundel Terrace.

Several personal items, including assorted wallets, were transferred to the Ransom Center's Personal Effects.