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O'Brian mss., ca. 1970-1994.

Papers, ca. 1970-1994, of Patrick O'Brian, at the Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana

Electronic finding aid encoded by Beth Benda

Summary Information

Repository
Lilly Library (Indiana University, Bloomington)
Indiana University
1200 E. Seventh St.
Bloomington, IN 47405-5500
Phone: 812-855-2452
Fax: 812-855-3143
Email: liblilly@indiana.edu
http://www.indiana.edu/~liblilly

Creator
O'Brian, Patrick, 1914-

Title
O'Brian mss., ca. 1970-1994.

Collection no:
LMC 1943

Extent
28 items

Language
Materials are in English.

Abstract
Consists primarily of notes and full-text manuscripts of author Patrick O'Brian's historical sea novels. Autograph manuscripts for eighteen of the twenty published novels are present.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions
This collection is open for research.
Acquisition Information
Purchase. 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998.
Usage Restrictions
Prior arrangements are not necessary before coming to the Library, however, patrons from out of town are encouraged to communicate with the Library in advance of their visits to ascertain availability of materials.

Photocopying permitted only with permission of the Curator of Manuscripts, Lilly Library.

Preferred Citation
[Item], O'Brian mss., Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.
Biographical Note
Patrick O'Brian, 1914-2000, was an Irish novelist and short story writer. Many of his novels reflected his interest in eighteenth-century history and are set during the Napoleonic Wars.

Scope and Content Note

Consists primarily of notes and full-text manuscripts of author Patrick O'Brian's historical sea novels. Autograph manuscripts for eighteen of the twenty published novels are present. The titles are Master and Commander(1969); Post Captain (1972); HMS Surprise (1973); The Mauritius Command (1977); Desolation Island (1978); The Fortune of War (1979); The Surgeon's Mate (1980); The Ionian Mission (1981); Treason's Harbour (1983); The Far Side of the World (1986); The Reverse of the Medal (1986); Letter of Marque (1988); The Thirteen-Gun Salute (1989); The Nutmeg of Consolation (1991); Clarissa Oakes (1992); The Wine-Dark Sea (1993); The Commodore (1994); The Yellow Admiral (1996); and The Hundred Days (1998).

The notes relate to six volumes in the series, titled: The Letter of Marque, The Thirteen-Gun Salute, The Nutmeg of Consolation, Clarissa Oakes, and The Wine-Dark Sea. The last folder of notes is marked simply XVII, presumably referring to the volume that became The Commodore. In addition the manuscript of Mauritius Command is accompanied by about 25 pages of notes. The manuscripts are filed in order of publication by HarperCollins in London, with the folders of notes preceding each appropriate manuscript.

Manuscripts for O'Brian's biographies of naturalist Joseph Banks (published in 1987 by HarperCollins) and of artist Pablo Picasso (HarperCollins, 1976), complete the collection.

  • Indexing Terms

  • The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in IUCAT, the IU Libraries' online catalog. Materials about related topics, persons or places can be found by searching the catalog using these terms.

    • Names
    • O'Brian, Patrick, 1914-
    • Picasso, Pablo, 1881-1973.
    • Banks, Joseph, Sir, 1743-1820.
    • Topics
    • Sea stories, English.
    • Historical fiction, English.

Series: Writings of Patrick O'Brian,

Box 1 Master and Commander; Letter of Marque

Box 2
Folder 1

Post Captian

Box 2
Folder 2

HMS Surprise

Box 2
Folder 3

The Mauritius Command

(ca. 25 pages of notes are at the end of the folder)


Box 2
Folder 4

Desolation Island

Box 2
Folder 5

The Fortune of War

Box 2
Folder 6

The Surgeon's Mate

Box 2
Folder 7

The Ionian Mission

Box 3
Folder 1

Treason's Harbour

Box 3
Folder 2

The Far Side of the World

Box 3
Folder 3

The Reverse of the Medal

Box 3
Folder 4

Notes for Letter of Marque

Box 3
Folder 5

Notes for The Thirteen-Gun Salute

Box 3
Folder 6

The Thirteen-Gun Salute (manuscript)

Box 3
Folder 7

Notes for The Nutmeg of Consolation

Box 3
Folder 8

The Nutmeg of Consolation (manuscript)

Box 3
Folder 9

Notes for True Love (i.e. Clarissa Oaks)

Box 3
Folder 10

Clarissa Oaks/The True Love (manuscript)

Box 3
Folder 11

Notes for The Wine-Dark Sea

Box 3
Folder 12

The Wine-Dark Sea (manuscript)

Box 3
Folder 13

Notes for The Commodore (xvii)

Box 4
Folder 1

The Commodore (manuscript)

Box 4
Folder 2

The Yellow Admiral

Box 4
Folder 3

The Hundred Days

Box 4
Folder 4

Joseph Banks biography

Box 4
Folder 5

Picasso biography