University of Texas, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center

Julian Barnes:

A Preliminary Inventory of His Papers at the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center

Creator: Barnes, Julian, 1946-
Title: Julian Barnes Papers
Dates: 1971-2000
Abstract: Papers include early typescript drafts, printer's copies, proofs, production material, and reviews of Barnes's works as well as his crime novels written under the pseudonym Dan Kavanagh. In addition, there are articles by and about Barnes, book reviews, fan mail, publisher's correspondence, letters from acquaintances and writers, publicity clippings, photographs, and posters.
Quantity: 19 boxes, 3 oversize boxes, 1 oversize folder (14.23 linear feet)
Repository: Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, The University of Texas at Austin

Scope and Contents

The papers of British writer Julian Barnes span a thirty-year career from his first published fiction A Self-Possessed Woman (1975) to his recent novel, Love, etc. published in 2000. Represented in the collection are Barnes's novels Metroland (1980), Before She Met Me (1982), Flaubert's Parrot (1984), Staring at the Sun (1986), A History of the World in 10 1/2 Chapters (1989), Talking It Over (1991), The Porcupine (1992), Cross-Channel (1996), England, England (1998), and Love, etc. (2000). Also included are crime novels Barnes wrote under the pseudonym Dan Kavanagh, Going to the Dogs (1987), Duffy (1980), Fiddle City (1981), and Putting the Boot In (1985). Articles by and about Barnes, journalism, correspondence, clippings, photographs, and posters are also present.

The collection is organized in four series: Series I. Works, Series II. Articles, Series III. Correspondence, 1971-1998, and Series IV. Career-related.

The Works Series begins with two holograph notebooks containing early material relating to most of Barnes's books. In his description of his writing methods, Barnes indicated that "There might be an occasion when the germ--or rather the pre-germ--of a novel makes an earlier appearance in a travel diary or a personal journal…." The series continues in an alphabetical arrangement of works by title. In addition to the novels, the collection contains Barnes's unpublished non-fiction work A Literary Guide to Oxford, production material for Letters from London (1995) and Evermore (1996), and screenplays Growing Up in the Gorbals, and The Private Wound. Screenplay adaptations, written by others, for Love, etc., and Metroland are also present.

Describing his papers, Barnes wrote "everything I do from the moment I am faced by what I recognize as the possibility--or pre-possibility--of a novel is contained within the Archive. I have never thrown away more than the occasional (more or less duplicate) page of typescript. My Archive therefore contains 98 or 99% of all the marks I make on paper as a novelist." For most of these works, the creative process includes early typescript drafts through printer's copies, proofs, production material, and reviews. Occasionally, holograph notes and "scheme cards" are also present.

Series II. Articles includes articles and book reviews, Letter from London, tear sheets from The New Yorker (1990-1994), and typescripts of Barnes's TV criticism published in the Observer (1982-1986).

The Correspondence in Series III dates from 1971-1998 and includes fan mail, publisher's correspondence, and letters from acquaintances and writers including Eric Ambler, Kingsley Amis, Dirk Bogarde, Anthony Burgess, Graham Greene, Elizabeth Hardwick, Michael Horovitz, Arthur Koestler, Philip Larkin, Frances Partridge, Myfanwy Piper, V. S. Pritchett, Dodie Smith, and Auberon Waugh.

The career-related material in Series IV includes articles about Barnes, publicity clippings from 1980-1991, ephemera, and a rather large collection of photographs, mostly taken for publicity purposes.

Numerous editions of Barnes's works received with the collection, mostly foreign imprints, were transferred to the HRC Library, along with his commercially recorded books on tape and tapes of interviews and readings. Included with the books is a special limited edition of Cross-Channel issued on the occasion of Barnes's fiftieth birthday which he inscribed to the HRC.

The collection is in good physical condition and is open for research.



Open for research, with the exception of restricted contracts and related correspondence

Administrative Information


Purchase, 2002 (Reg no. 14971)

Processed by:

Liz Murray, 2002

Julian Barnes Papers--Folder List

Series I. Works

Box Folder
1 1-2 Holograph notebooks, include plans for books
Before She Met Me(1982)
Box Folder
1 3-4 Typescripts 1 and 2
5 "Latish draft," corrected typescript
6 Dust jackets and related production material
[oversize material removed to Box 19]
Box Folder
1 7 Typescript drafts and notes, extensive revisions, research material
Box Folder
2 1-2 Typescripts drafts and notes (cont'd)
3 Typescript draft with revisions
4 Printer's photocopied typescript, setting copy
5 Corrected page proofs
6 Dust jackets and related production material
[oversize material removed to Box 19]
6 Posters
[removed to oversize folder]
7-8 Reviews
Box Folder
3 1 Duffy (by Dan Kavanagh, 1980), corrected photocopy typescript
England, England(1998)
Box Folder
3 2 Early draft pages
3-5 Typescript draft, heavily revised
6 Final draft
Box Folder
4 1 Final draft, cont'd
2 Proofs, typesetter's copy
3-4 Proofs, marked set, 29 June 1998
5 Correspondence and notes
6 Dust jackets and related promotional material
[oversize material removed to Box 19]
7 Reviews
8 Evermore(1996), covers for paperback edition with related artwork designs
9 Fiddle City (by Dan Kavanagh, 1981), corrected typescript and covers for paperback
Flaubert's Parrot(1984)
Box Folder
5 1-2 Early typescript drafts
3 Second typescript copy, including final notes for additions
4 Third typescript copy
5 Printer's typescript
Box Folder
6 1-2 French translation
3 Dust jackets and related promotional material
4 Reviews
5-6 Going to the Dogs (by Dan Kavanagh, 1987), corrected typescript, notes, and revisions
7 Growing Up in the Gorbals, screenplay, first draft, 6 November 1987
The History of the World in 10 1/2 Chapters(1989)
Box Folder
6 8-9 Typescript draft, early version
Box Folder
7 1-2 Typescript draft with correspondence
3-4 Typescript draft with corrections
5 Unbound proofs
6 Notes, corrections, correspondence, and promotional material
7 Dust jacket and related promotional material
[oversize material removed to Box 19]
7 Poster
[removed to oversize folder]
Letters from London(1995)
Box Folder
8 1-2 Dust jackets, promotional material, and reviews
[oversize material removed to Box 19]
1-2 Posters
[removed to oversize folder]
A Literary Guide to Oxford (unpublished)
Box Folder
8 3 Early versions
4-5 Uncorrected carbon typescript
6 Early revised typescript
Box Folder
9 1 Early revised typescript, cont'd
2 Typescript for some colleges with research cards and notes
3-4 Illustration material including Oxford maps, photographs, and correspondence
Love, etc.(2000)
Box Folder
9 5 Holograph notebook
6-7 Top copy, final version
Box Folder
10 1 Unbound page proofs
2 Dust jackets and related promotional material
[oversize material removed to Box 19]
2 Poster, prototype proof
[removed to oversize folder]
3 Reviews
4 Screenplay adaptation in French by Dodine Herry and Marion Vernoux
Box Folder
10 5-6 Early typescript drafts
7 Typescript draft, partial
8 Near final draft, I
Box Folder
11 1 Near final draft, II
2 Final draft, photocopy
3 Printer's typescript
4 City of London pamphlets
5 Dust jackets and related promotional material
[oversize material removed to Box 19]
6 Dust jacket drawings by Volker Kriegel
7 Poster proof
8 Reviews
9 Screenplay by Adrian Hodges, second revised draft
10 Shooting script
The Porcupine(1992)
Box Folder
11 11 Notes, drafts, and correspondence
Box Folder
12 1 Notes, drafts, and correspondence, cont'd
2 Scheme cards
3 First typescript draft
4 Corrected typescript draft
5 Final draft, top copy
6 Page proofs, with corrections
7 Dust jackets and related production material
[oversize material removed to Box 19 & 20]
7 Poster
[removed to oversize folder]
8 Reviews
9 The Private Wound, screenplay by JB based on book by Nicholas Blake, first revised draft, January 1989
Putting the Boot In (by Dan Kavanagh, 1985)
Box Folder
13 1 Corrected typescript, top copy
2 Printer's typescript
3 "A Self-Possessed Woman," short story typescript, first published fiction, 1975
Staring at the Sun(1986), also titled "Question and Answer"
Box Folder
13 4 Typescript draft with notes
5 Typescript draft with readers' comments
6 Pre-final, near final reading version
Final draft
Box Folder
13 7 Copy 1
Box Folder
14 1 Copy 2
2 Printer's typescript
3 Proof, photocopy
4 Dust jacket and promotional materials
[oversize material removed to Box 19]
Talking It Over(1991)
14 Plan and schema
[removed to oversize Box 20]
5-6 Typescript, assorted notes, and comments
7 Typescript of abridgement by Andrew Simpson
Box Folder
15 1 Uncorrected proofs
2-3 Typescript for printer with final corrections
4 Dust jackets and related production material
[oversize material removed to Box 19]
4 Poster
[removed to oversize folder]
5 Reviews

Series II. Articles

Box Folder
15 6 Articles and book reviews by JB
7 "Letter from London,"New Yorker articles, 1990-1994, tear sheets
Observer pieces, TV criticism, typescripts
Box Folder
15 8-10 1982-1984
Box Folder
16 1-2 1985-1986

Series III. Correspondence, 1971-1998

Box Folder
16 3 Bogarde, Dirk, 1982-1996
4 Fan letters, 1989-1998
5-7 Flaubert's Parrot, fan mail, 1984-1995
Box Folder
17 1 The Harvester Press and A. D. Peters & Co. primarily, 1971-1976
2 "Letters from writers,"1972-1994
3 Smith, Dodie, 1978-1986
4 re Staring at the Sun and A History of the World, 1985-1991
5 Withdrawals from transferred books, mostly correspondence

Series IV. Career-related

Box Folder
17 6-7 Articles about JB and ephemera
[text pages and monotype from Charles Hobson's portfolio "Flaubert & Louise," removed to oversize Box 18]
Bound volume of clippings, 1980-1991
[removed to oversize Box 18]
Box Folder
17 8 Photographs
[promotional poster photograph removed to oversize folder; oversize photographs removed to box 20]
9 Negatives (non-circulating)
Posters announcing "Författarafton--Akademiska Föreningen i Lund"
[removed to oversize folder]
18-20 Oversize
21-22 Contracts and related correspondence (Restricted)