Edward Upward: Journals

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  • Reference
      GB 58 Add MS 89002/1
  • Alternative Id.
      (ark) ark:/81055/vdc_100000000083.0x00013a
  • Dates of Creation
  • Language of Material
  • Physical Description
      76 notebooks

Scope and Content

A continuous run of journals, preoccupied in the main with Upward's progress (and frustrations) as a writer. The journals record the planning and development of Upward's novels in terms of plot and characterisation, and also record the psychological journey of their writing. The journals are not diaries as such, and therefore sometimes omit to record aspects of Upward's life that diaries would usually include, but they record vividly the course of Upward's inner life and particularly his determination to complete The Spiral Ascent.



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Custodial History

Received from Katherine Allinson (daughter) in August 2009. The journals were retained by Upward during his lifetime.