Lilly Library Manuscript Collections

WALDER, DENNIS MSS.

The Walder, Dennis mss., 1968-2006, consist of the papers, correspondence, cuttings, reviews, playbills, writings, presentations, drafts, publications and articles of Dennis Walder, Emeritus Professor of Literature, former Director of The Ferguson Centre for African and Asian Studies of the Open University, UK. Walder was also the founding Director of the Department's lively Post-Colonial Literatures Research Group. A graduate of the Universities of Cape Town and Edinburgh, he was Aytoun Research Fellow in English at the University of Edinburgh while completing his PhD. His thesis was published as a book on Dickens and Religion. He was promoted to a Chair of the Open University in 1999.

Walder's research interests range from 19th century fiction to 20th century literature. He published the first book on South Africa's best-known playwright, Athol Fugard, in 1984, and he has since edited three volumes of Fugard's plays for OUP (re-issued 2001), and in 2003, produced a new and comprehensive study of the playwright (Athol Fugard, Writers and Their Work). He regularly writes program notes and gives theatre talks for performances of Fugard.

Acquired: 2014

Collection size: 12,000 items

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