The Frederick R. Karl Archive

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Finding List
 

 

I. Literary Biographies and Letters

A. Joseph Conrad: The Three Lives (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1979)
1. The complete typewritten “Ur-manuscript” with extensive handwritten revisions, cancelled passages and pages, showing the original numbering of sections or chapters.
Approximately 1500 pages. 
Four boxes:
Box 1 – Parts I-III- 4 folders
Box 2 – Parts IV-VI – 3 folders
Box 3 – Part VII – 2 folders
Box 4 – Part VIIII-IX – 2 folders

2. The complete copy-edited typescript, with additional handwritten revisions. Approximately 1500 pages.
Three boxes:
Box 5 – p. I-629 – 2 folders
Box 6 – p. 630-1075 –3 folders
Box 7 – p. 1076-Afterword p.2 – 3 folders

B. William Faulkner: American Writer (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1989)
1. The typewritten Ur-manuscript , which includes extensive handwritten material, as well as alternate pages and passages. 
Approximately 1800 pages, including notes and index.
Two boxes:
Box 8–p.1-558D – 3 folders
Box 9- p. 673-1185- 3 folders

2. The complete copy-edited typescript, including the editor’s suggestions for changes and handwritten revisions.
Approximately 1800 pages, including notes.
Three boxes:
Box 10- Half-title page – p. 499- 5 folders 
Box 11- p. 500-1028 – 4 folders
Box 12- p. 1029-Notes- 4 folders

3. Supplementary material: including photographs (both used and Rejected), individual folders on works by Faulkner, newspaper clippings, correspondence with Faulkner scholars and publishers, and a calendar of dates for the writing of the biography. Frederick Karl considers these of supplementary materials on Faulkner to be the most complete set of files related to any of his biographical works.
Two boxes:
Box 13- 12 folders
Box 14- 16 folders

C. Franz Kafka: Representative Man (Ticknor & Fields, 1991)
1. The original typed worksheets, separated by chapter, in folders with handwritten revisions. Approximately 1000 pages.
Three boxes:
Box 15- Presentation-Ch. 7- 11 folders
Box 16-Ch. 8-11- 4 folders
Box 17-Ch. 12-13- 2 folders

2. The complete typescript with the editor’s comments and revisions. The early segments are heavily revised. Approximately 1500 pages. 
Two boxes:
Box 18- Ch. 1-8- 3 folders
Box 19- Ch. 9-Notes- 5 folders

3. Complete set of page proofs. Approximately 900 pages (with index and notes). 
Two boxes:
Box 20- Ch. 1-9- 4 folders
Box 21-Ch. 10-Index – 4 folders

4. Supplementary material including correspondence with Ticknor and Fields, permissions, requests for materials (including a letter in turn from Kafka’s niece), manuscript notes on additions, changes, and a folder of related Prague and Czech news articles, mainly in English, some in German.
Two boxes:
Box 22-6 folders
Box 23-5 folders

D. George Eliot: Voice of a Century (Norton, 1995):
1. The typewritten Ur-manuscript includes extensive handwritten revisions. Approximately 1000 pages.
Two boxes:
Box 24-Foreword-Ch. 2- 4 folders
Box 25-Ch. 13-23 – 4 folders

2. The next version, rewritten, but with further additions and 
cancellations. 
Three boxes:
Box 26-Foreword-Ch. 9- 4 folders
Box 27-Ch. 10-16- 3 folders
Box 28-Ch. 17-Epilogue- 4 folders

3. The complete typescript, including notes and index, ready for production. Approximately 1200 pages.
Two boxes:
Box 29- T.p.-Ch.13- 5 folders
Box 30-Ch.14-Index-5 folders

4. Supplementary material, including newsletter of the George Eliot Fellowship, notes, photographs and permissions, writing calendar, samples of dust-jackets, etc.
One box: 
Box 31-7 folders

II. Novel

A. The Quest (Heinemann, 1961)
1. Background information, notes, and chiefly handwritten Ur-manuscript of Frederick Karl’s novel, The QuestThe Quest is set in Italy near the end of the second World War during the period when the Germans were retreating and the Allies were advancing. The main characters are modeled on Carlo Levi, an Italian resistance fighter, painter and author ofChrist Stopped at Eboli, and his mistress.
One box:
Box 32-3 folders

III. Literary History, Criticism

A. Modern and Modernism: the Sovereignty of the Artist, 1885-1925. New York: Atheneum, 1985.
Hundreds of pages of notes, the manuscript in various stages, and supplementary material. Approximately 2000 pages.
1. Ideas and notes on individual works
Two boxes:
Box 33: [Ideas] – 1 folder
Box 34: Notes on individual works – 4 folders

2. Typed manuscript 
One box:
Box 35: Ch.1-Ch.8 - 4 folders

3. Typed manuscript with corrections and revisions
Two boxes:
Box 36: Foreword-Ch. 6- 6 folders
Box 37: Ch. 7-9 – 3 folders

4. Edited typescript
Two boxes:
Box 38 T.p.-Ch. 7- 3 folders
Box 39: Ch. 8-9 – 1 folder

5. Final manuscript with layout for photographs
One box: 
Box 40: Ch.1-Index, photographs-4 folders.

B. American Fictions, 1940-1980 : A Comprehensive History and Critical Evaluation. New York: Harper & Row, 1983.
1. Source Material and clippings
One box: 
Box 41: 4 folders

2. Ur-manuscript
Two boxes:
Box 42: 3 folders
Box 43: 2 folders
Box 44: 3 folders

3. Master typescript
One box:
Box 45: 3 folders

IV. Unpublished manuscript

A. “Literary Enclosures,” while unpublished as a complete manuscript, Frederick Karl did extract essays and other book ideas from it, notably the Kafka biography.


1. Unpublished, complete manuscript
One box:
Box 46: 2 folders

V. General Correspondence

A. Correspondence with many well known figures from the literary world, among them: Mrs. George Steiner (Kafka’s niece), Louis Auchincloss, Lionel Trilling, William Gaddis, etc.

1. Correspondence
One box:
Box 47: 1 folder

VI. Collected Letters of Joseph Conrad (five of eight volumes published by Cambridge University Press, 1983- )
Frederick Karl began this project in 1960 with the intention of publishing all of Conrad’s correspondence in three large volumes with Stanford University Press. By the 1970’s, Frederick Karl had collected over 4000 letters and it became clear that the project was much larger than originally expected. Cambridge University Press agreed to publish the letters in eight volumes.

A. Correspondence files divided by collector, library, and archive, chronicle Frederick Karl’s research over thirty years.
Four boxes:
Box 48 – folders 1-15
Box 49 – folders 16-30
Box 50 – folders 31-44
Box 51– folders 45-54

B. Manuscripts of volumes 1-4
1. Ur-manuscripts
Nine boxes:
Box 52 – Vol. 1&2 [1861-May 30, 1895]- 2 folders
Box 53 – Vol. 3 [June 7, 1895-Dec. 31, 1897]
– 2 folders 
Box 54 – Vol. 3 [1903-1905] – 3 folders
Box 55 - Vol. 3 [1906-1907] – 3 folders
Box 56 – Vol. 4 [1908] – 4 folders
Box 57 - Vol. 4 [1909-1910] – 3 folders
Box 58 – Vol. 4. [1910-1911] 4 folders
Box 59 - Vol. 5 [1912-1913] 4 folders
Box 60 – Vol. 5 [1914-1917] 4 folders

2. Original manuscript with final revisions
Two boxes:
Box 61- Vol. 3 [1903-1905]- 3 folders
Box 62- Vol. 3 [1906-1907]- 3 folders

3. Marked set
Two boxes:
Box 63 –Vol. 3 [1903-1907]- 5 folders
Box 64–Vol. 3 [1908-1911]- 4 folders

 

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