||The papers of British novelist and playwright Michael Hastings,
1956-1961, contain drafts of several works, as well as personal papers.
||Published works in the collection include a novel,
The Game (1957); a play,
Don't Destroy Me (1956); and a book of
Love Me, Lambeth, and Other Plays (1961).
Don't Destroy Me is Hastings' first
produced and published play; the manuscripts present are the original
handwritten draft and a handwritten draft marked for the stage production. Also
included are three poems from
Love Me, Lambeth in handwritten and
typescript form: "For William Dunlop," "For Starved Faces," and
Brought Nelson Home."
||Works which may be unpublished (as of 2004) include an unfinished
novel, 'Blind Man's Bluff,' and two plays: 'Hero of the Family' and
'I Am God.' 'Hero of the Family' has with it a letter addressed to Hastings from Richard
Burton, dated February 19, 1959.
||Among the personal papers are two diary notebooks, 1957-1961, and an
autobiographical sketch dated 1961.