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      GB 1840 AG/20
  • Dates of Creation
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      49 items

Scope and Content

Draft and pre-publication material relating to 'Ithaka' by Adele Geras. The file includes several successive typescript drafts of the novel, dated 2002, 2004 and 2005 respectively (the 2002 and 2004 drafts are incomplete; the 2005 draft is complete), as well as typescript drafts of numerous redrafted passages and chapters from the novel. The file also includes some manuscript notes on corrections and alterations to the drafts; typed comments on the drafts, which appear to have come from the book's editor; a copy of the poem 'Ithaka' by C.P. Cavafy; and several rejected cover designs for the book.

Some of the pages from the typescript drafts of 'Ithaka' have been printed on the reverse of pages from black and white proofs and typescript drafts of various titles written by both Adele Geras and her husband, Norman Geras, Professor Emeritus in Government at the Centre for Jewish Studies, University of Manchester. Those by Adele Geras include proof pages, annotated with corrections, for 'Louisa and Phoebe' and 'Good Luck, Louisa' (books 3 and 6 in the 'Little Swan' series), 'The Gingerbread House', and 'Facing the Light'; and pages from typescript drafts of the audio script for 'The Girls in the Velvet Frame', 'The Ginger Kitten', 'Lizzie's Wish', and 'Hester's Story'. Those by Norman Geras include proof pages for 'Men of Waugh: Ashes 2001' and 'The Contract of Mutual Indifference: Political Philosophy after the Holocaust'; and pages from a typescript draft of 'Solidarity in the Conversation of Humankind'.