University of Texas, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center

Nadine Gordimer:

An Inventory of Her Short Stories and Novel at the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center

Descriptive Summary

Creator Gordimer, Nadine, 1923- .
Title Nadine Gordimer Short Stories and Novel Manuscripts
Dates: 1958-1965
Abstract: This collection contains typescripts for thirteen short stories and one novel.
RLIN Record # TXRC96-A41
Extent .5 Box (.21 linear feet)
Language English.
Repository Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Sketch

Nadine Gordimer, novelist and short story writer, was born in Springs, South Africa, in 1923. She spent her childhood in Transvaal, and began writing at an early age, publishing her first short story, "Come Again Tomorrow," when she was 15. At 21, Gordimer briefly attended Witwatersrand University in Johannesburg where she was exposed to the social and political atmosphere of South Africa, which would become the focus of her works. Gordimer married twice -- first in 1949 to G. Gavron, with whom she has a daughter, and then to Reinhold Cassirer in 1954. They have a son.

Gordimer remained in Johannesburg and her works reflect the racially turbulent themes of South Africa's history. She has published ten novels. Her first was the semi-autobiographical The Lying Days (1953), which was followed by A World of Strangers (1958), Occasion for Loving (1963), The Late Bourgeois World (1966), A Guest of Honour (1971), The Conservationist (1974), Burger's Daughter (1979), July's People (1981), A Sport of Nature (1987), and My Son's Story (1990).

Gordimer's short stories have been published in various magazines such as the New Yorker, Harpers, and the Yale Review. They have also been published in several collections, including Face to Face (1949), Friday's Footprint (1960), and most recently, Jump (1991).

Nadine Gordimer received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1991. She continues to live in and write about South Africa.

Scope and Contents

The Nadine Gordimer collection, 1958-1965, consists of fourteen corrected typescripts, including thirteen short stories and one novel. There is no material relating to Gordimer's personal life or correspondence. The works are arranged alphabetically.

The collection contains material relating to Gordimer's early work as a South African novelist and short story writer. It includes a draft of Gordimer's second novel, A World of Strangers (1958), and the thirteen short stories that have been collected and published in Friday's Footprint (1960) and Not for Publication (1965).

As well as providing Gordimer's impressions of South Africa, the corrected typescripts offer insight into Gordimer's writing process. A World of Strangers is prefaced by an author's plan that outlines the novel's plot.



Open for research

Index Terms

Short stories, South African.
Novelists, South African.
South African fiction.

Administrative Information


Gift of Joseph Jones, 1962

Processed by

Katie Salzmann, 1995; Sarah Demb, 1996

Nadine Gordimer Collection--Folder List

Works, 1958-1965

box folder
1 1 "Friday's Footprint" (1960)
"The Gentle Art" (1960)
"Harry's Presence" (1960)
"An Image of Success" (1960)
"Little Willie" (1960)
"The Night the Favourite Came Home" (1960)
"One Last Kiss" (1960)
box folder
1 2 "Our Bovary" (1960)
"The Path of the Moon's Dark Fortnight" (1960)
"Something for the Time Being" (1965)
"A Style of Her Own" (1960)
"A Thing of the Past" (1960)
"Through Time and Distance" (1965)
box folder
1 3-4 A World of Strangers (1958)