Typescripts, editorial comments and correspondence, agent and publishers' correspondence, short stories (published and unpublished), markups of published reviews, one artwork.
BOX 1 Harmony Silk Factory (2005)
Typescript proof with comments from editor at Fourth Estate, Nick Pearson [loose leaves].
Typescript proof with comments from editor, Lindsay [?]. 'Lindsay's (dreaded) markup' [loose leaves].
Pastel drawing (b&w) of a traditional Chinese street. On verso: 'Cadeau de F., Hoi An → Singapour, 2013'. The drawing is signed and dated 2002.
BOX 2 Harmony Silk Factory (2005)
TYPESCRIPT Original typescript with comments in three parts [comments by ?]. Each part is bound in a comb-binder. There are two copies of 'Part 3: The Garden', but they have different comments.
EXTRACT FOR AGENTS, 2002-2003 Extract of the novel in progress, provisionally titled Harmony Silk Factory . The extract was sent to agents in 2002/03. It consists of the first few pages of each of the three parts of the story.
DAVID GODWIN (AGENT), 2002 Covering letter to David Godwin Associates (agent), 10/12/02, with extract of Harmony Silk Factory .
PSICHOGIOS (GREEK PUBLISHER), 2003 Email correspondence between David Godwin Associates (literary agency) and Elly Solomon of the Greek publisher Psichogios. An initial advance offer is made for a Greek version of The Harmony Silk Factory. A day later the figure is increased by a third.
FOURTH ESTATE (UK PUBISHER), 2004 Editorial comments from Silvia Crompton, Fourth Estate. With reference to 'NP' [Nick Pearson]. Pearson returns proofs for Aw to read.
RIVERHEAD BOOKS (US PUBLISHER), 2004 Letter exchange with editor Cindy Spiegel of Riverhead Books (Penguin Group), New York which relates to edits of Harmony Silk Factory . Includes Spiegel's edit notes with Aw's reply, 2004. Also included is correspondence with Spiegel's colleague Susan Ambler.
Includes author questionnaire sent by Marilyn Ducksworth of [Riverhead Books]. This is completed by Aw. Shows his editor's name as Cindy Spiegel and literary agent as David Godwin. Includes Aw's description of the book and biography description including what led him to write the book. He touches on his wandering childhood and his desire to reshape the east's view of Malaya in the 30s and 40s. He would convey this through the characters who are ordinary people living there. Also described is his early working life in London and his placement on the Creative Writing Course at UEA.
BOX 3 UNPUBLISHED SHORT STORIES (Author's note: these are the only existing copies – no digital versions survive).
Stargazer (1994) It's Beautiful (1995) Things We Do (1996) Peter and Kim (1996) Headlines (1999/2000) Billy Loke (2004) Floodwater (2005/06) + handwritten notes + markups on 3 drafts
SHORT STORIES WITH NOTES, MARKUPS, ETC. Notes from a Desert Sketchbook . Off the Edge, Issue 07, 2005. Published article + notes (draft).
Sail . A Public Space, 2010, + edit notes and email exchanges with the acclaimed short story writer Yiyun Li + images sources for setting + markups on various drafts.
The American Brick Problem . Prospect, Issue 122, 2006. Early handwritten notes, 2002. Three leaves with double-sided writing.
MARKUPS OF PUBLISHED REVIEWS The Disappeared by Kim Echlin Fieldwork by Mischa Berlinski Beijing Coma by Ma Jian The Lizard Cage by Karen Connelly Wolf Totem by Jiang Rong (pseudonym)