The David Lodge Papers

Scope and Content

The principal literary papers of David Lodge, 1960-1988, including holograph manuscripts, first and final (copy edited) typescripts, galley and page proofs, foul papers and some correspondence relating to the following works by Lodge:

Small World , 1984; Changing Places , 1975; Paradise News , 1991; Out of the Shelter , 1970; How Far Can You Go , 1980; Ginger You're Barmy , 1962; Nice Work , (shadow work), 1988; The Picturegoers , 1960; The Devil, the World and The Flesh , (unpublished, written in 1953); in 1953); The British Museum is Falling Down , 1965; The Pressure Cooker ; Small World television screenplay; Nice Work television screenplay; The Art of Fiction ; Write On ; After Bakhtain ; Modern Criticism and Theory ; Emma, A Casebook ; Language of Fiction ; Working With Structuralism ; Modes of Modern Writing ; The Novelist at the Crossroads .

Administrative / Biographical History

David John Lodge (b 1935), Professor of English, novelist. Education: BA, MA, University of London; PhD, University of Birmingham. Career: British Council, London, 1959-60; Assistant Lecturer, 1960-62, Lecturer 1963-71, Senior Lecturer, 1971-73, Reader in English, 1973-76, Professor of Modern English Literature, 1977-86, Honorary Professor, 1986-, University of Birmingham.

Publications: Novels:The Picturegoers , 1960; Ginger, You're Barmy , 1962; The British Museum is Falling Down , 1965; Out of the Shelter , 1970; revised edition, 1985; Changing Places , 1975; How Far Can You Go? , 1980; Small World , 1984; Nice Work , 1988; Paradise News , 1991; Therapy , 1995; Thinks.... , 2001.

Publications: Criticism:Language of Fiction , 1966; The Novelist at the Crossroads , 1971; The Modes of Modern Writing , 1977; Working with Structuralism , 1981; Write On , 1986; After Bachtin (essays), 1990; Home Truths , 1999 ; The Art of Fiction , 1992; The Practice of Writing , 1996;

Stage plays:Write On 1991 and Home Truths 1999.

Honours : Yorkshire Post Fiction Prize, 1975; Hawthornden Prize, 1976; Whitbread Book Prize of the Year, 1980 ;Sunday Express Book of the Year Award, 1988; Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres; Commander of the Order of the British Empire, 1988

Reference: International Authors and Writers Who's Who ( 17th edition, 2001/2002 ).


Temporary arrangement: Papers relating to published novels and one unpublished novel; Papers relating to stage play; Papers relating to television screen plays of novels; Papers relating to works of non-fiction.

Access Information

There are restrictions on access to some parts of this collection and a number of items are not to be consulted without the express permission of the author or his executors. These restrictions apply to the Lodge's manuscript of the very early novel The Devil, the World and the Flesh and to his working notebooks.

Acquisition Information

Agreement for the donation of a substantial collection of Lodge's literary papers was reached in 1989 and additional papers were purchased from the author in 1995. Further deposits have been made by the author in 1997 and 2000.

Other Finding Aids

Please see online catalogue for further details.

Conditions Governing Use

Bona fide scholars may make notes about the papers for their personal use but may not photocopy them. The papers may be quoted from in academic dissertations with the permission of the Special Collections Department. They may not be quoted in published work without the permission of the author or his literary executors. Readers are required to sign a form accepting these conditions. For further information please contact the University Archivist, Special Collections.


Further deposits are expected.

Related Material

University of Birmingham Information Services, Special Collections Department holds the archives of the University of Birmingham and archives of other former staff, officials and students. The department also holds the papers of other 20th century novelists including the papers of Martin Booth (GB 0150 MB).