Shiva Naipaul Archive


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Shiva Naipaul Archive

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General notes

This collection consists of autograph and typescript drafts of Shiva Naipaul's fiction novels, non-fiction and travel writing. It also includes research and drafts relating to his articles, short stories and prose. There is a run of autograph notebooks, largely with notes and research gathered on his travels in India, Trinidad and Tobago, Surinam, Guyana, America, South Africa, Africa, and Australia. There is correspondence dating form his university days, with his family, his wife and a run of business correspondence.

Content notes

This collection is arranged in to the following series:
Fireflies ; working papers
The Chip-Chip Gathers : working papers
North of South ; working papers
Black and White ; research and working papers
A Hot Country ; working papers
Beyond the Dragon's Mouth ; working papers
The Unfinished Journey ; working papers
Short stories and prose
Articles and Reviews
Travel notebooks and diaries
Press cuttings and publicity



30 boxes (149 files)


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Add MS 89154

Accompanying material

The audio and audio visual material was incorporated into the British Library Sound Archive.

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