Papers of Gillian Freeman

Scope and Content

The collection consisits of manuscripts and typescripts of novels including The Alabaster Egg, The Leader, The Leather Boys and Jack would be a Gentleman, screenplays of The Leather Boysand Marriage Machine, radio plays and non-fiction works including The Undergrowth of Literature and The Schoolgirl Ethic: the life and work of Angela Brazil

Administrative / Biographical History

Gillian Freeman was born in London in 1929. She graduated in English Language and Literature from the University of Reading in 1951. As a novelist she took advantage of the increasingly liberal climate of the 1960s to tackle controversial subjects such as homosexuality. Her novel The Leather Boys, written under the pseudonym of Eliot George and published in 1961, was filmed, with a screenplay written by Freeman, in 1964. Directed by Sidney J. Furie and starring Rita Tushingham, Colin Campbell and Dudley Sutton, this was not the first film to tackle the subject but has become a cult classic.

In 1967 Gillian Freeman caused a stir with a work of non-fiction The Undergrowth of Literature, a study of contemporary publications devoted to fetishes and dominant and submissive relationships. Along with more novels and work for radio and television, she has continued to write non-fiction, most of it less controversial, notably her study of the author Angela Brazil The Schoolgirl Ethic.

Access Information

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Acquisition Information

Papers presented by the author on permanent loan, 1970&1978


Description prepared by Gil Skidmore

Other Finding Aids

The collection is partially listed to item level

Related Material

Publishing files relating to Gillian Freeman can be found in the Longman Archive in Reading University Library