Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Stewart, J.I.M. mss., ca. 1954-1991, consist of correspondence, financial accounts, and manuscripts of writings by author and Oxford University don, John Innes Macintosh Stewart, 1906-1994. Born in Edinburgh, Scotland, Stewart took his MA at Oriel College, Oxford, and then taught English at Leeds University, the University of Adelaide in South Australia, Queen's University, Belfast, Ireland, and finally Oxford University where he became emeritus in 1973. Stewart had a distinguished career both as a scholar and a novelist. He first began writing mystery novels in the 1930s, using the pseudonym Michael Innes, and over the next fifty years produced highly acclaimed literary biographies of Thomas Hardy and Rudyard Kipling, as well as five other volumes of literary history and criticism; four volumes of short stories; twenty-two works of fiction under his real name; more than fifty novels as Michael Innes; numerous reviews for the Times Literary Supplement and other journals; a series of radio scripts and dramas; and an autobiography titled Michael Innes and Me: A Memoir.

The collection is organized into the following series: I. Correspondence; II. Royalties and other financial records; III. Writings, which includes diaries, lectures, talks and reviews; and, IV. Printed. An inventory of the collection is available.

The correspondence is both personal and professional for the latter period of his life, including extensive files with his literary agent A.P. Watt and English publisher Victor Gollancz. Also present are financial files involving royalties and tax statements, bills and receipts; a few photographs of Stewart and family; manuscripts, drafts, and some proofs for thirty-six of his published works; a detailed writing diary along with writing "time-lines"; manuscripts for more than fifty talks and lectures on literature, literary topics, or specific authors; and hundreds of reviews, some in manuscript, some in proof copy and many as clippings or press cuttings. Of particular and special interest are the writing diaries where he describes in great detail the development of characters, the decisions made about what to write next and what to put down for awhile, the various projects that are going on almost simultaneously, the number of words written each day, beginning and completion dates of specific books including projections along the way about how many chapters will be present and completed on what days. It is quite simply a remarkable body of documentation of a writer's working habits.

Purchase. 1997

Collection size: 2,250 items

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