PCL MS 054 John Boland Collection
“PCL MS 054 John Boland Collection.” Finding Aids. BGSU University Libraries, 14 Nov. 2016, lib.bgsu.edu/finding_aids/items/show/2622. Accessed 21 Sep. 2023.
|Title||PCL MS 054 John Boland Collection|
|Introduction||The collection consists of 0.4 linear feet of manuscript material relating to a portion of the career of novelist John Boland. The collection is open to research, however researchers are responsible for securing copyright permission to reproduce or reuse any published or unpublished works. The collection was purchased along with a selection of Mr. Boland's books in 1986. The finding aid was completed by Manuscripts & Outreach Archivist Steve Ammidown in November 2016.|
|Biographical Sketch||John Boland (1913-1976) was a British author of mystery and science fiction. After holding a number of jobs in post-war England, Boland's first novel, White August was published in 1955. His 1958 novel The League of Gentlemen was adapted into a film in 1960. Boland wrote more than 30 novels across genres, numerous short stories, several plays for stage and radio, and two non-fiction works on the craft of writing. Boland also wrote under the pen name Hugh Windsor.|
|Scope and Content||The collection is comprised of two main series. The first is a collection of correspondence between Boland and Derek Gardner, his literary agent. The correspondence is mostly business-related, including the negotiation of publishing contracts and the potential adaptation of a Boland book (The Catch) into a film. |
The second series contains manuscripts of fiction and non-fiction writing by Boland. This includes a non-fiction article titled "Tell Us Their I.Q.", and an unpublished manuscript titled Vino, as well as the manuscripts for the published works Counterpol and Counterpol in Paris.
This collection will be of interest to those with an interest in Boland's work as well as those studying the business of being a professional genre fiction writer in the mid-20th century.
1961-1967, bulk 1961- 1964
Arranged as received
|Transfers||Nine books by John Boland were included in this purchase and were separated to be added to the collections of the Browne Popular Culture Library: |
The Golden Fleece (inscribed by the author)
The Midas Touch
The Gentlemen Reform
Counterpol in Paris