Literary papers of Stanley Middleton, novelist, 1988-1991

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

The collection comprises:

  • Proofs and manuscripts of the novel Beginning to Endfirst published in 1991, undated (MS617/1/1-3).
  • Manuscript and typescript drafts of the unpublished short story, 'The Lady of the Lake', 1988 (MS617/2/1-3).

Administrative / Biographical History

Stanley Middleton was born in Bulwell, Nottinghamshire on 1 August 1919, the third and final sonof Thomas and Elizabeth Middleton. His father was a railway worker. Stanley was educated at HighPavement School, Bulwell and University College Nottingham where he studied English and French.After the second world war, Middleton returned to High Pavement School as a teacher, becoming headof the English Department in 1958.

Middleton began writing while at University College Nottingham and contributed a short story tothe student magazine, Gong. While a teacher in Bulwell, he worked on novels in his leisuretime and in 1958, Hutchinson published A Short Answer. A further 36 of his novels werepublished up to 1999. Middleton was co-winner of the Booker Prize in 1974 with Holiday.


The collection has been arranged by title of work.

Conditions Governing Access

ACCESS: Accessible to all registered readers.

REPROGRAPHIC: Reprographic copies can be supplied for educational use and private study purposesonly, depending on access status and the condition of the documents.

Conditions Governing Use

COPYRIGHT: Permission to make published use of any material from this collection must be soughtin advance in writing from the Keeper of the Department of Manuscripts and Special Collections(email TheDepartment will try to assist in identifying copyright owners but this can be difficult and theresponsibility for copyright clearance before publication ultimately rests with the person wishingto publish.


Custodial History

The collection was given The University of Nottingham's Department of Manuscripts and SpecialCollections by Stanley Middleton in July and August 1991.

Related Material

  • Nottinghamshire Archives: 10 revised typescript manuscripts of Stanley Middleton and a few items of correspondence, 1958-1973.
  • The University of Nottingham; Department of Manuscripts and Special Collections: a published copy of Beginning to End is held in East Midlands Special Collection. Reference: East Midlands Special Collection Not 1 W8 MD


  • Middleton, Stanley, Beginning to End (Hutchinson; London, 1991)