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Shirley Hazzard papers, 1946-2010

Summary Information

At a Glance

Call No.: MS#0575
Bib ID 4079817 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Hazzard, Shirley, 1931-2016
Title Shirley Hazzard papers, 1946-2010
Physical Description 6 linear feet (12 manuscript boxes)
Language(s) English .

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Arranged in seven series.



Correspondence, manuscripts, documents, reports, notes printed material. The papers pertain to Hazzards̀ book COUNTENANCE OF TRUTH, a revealing look at the United Nations and one of its former secretary-generals, Kurt Waldheim. The sole catalogued correspondent is Norman Cousins. Among the arranged correspondence are letters concerned with Hazzards̀ attempts to expose the inefficiency and apostasy of the U.N. The arranged manuscripts comprise proofs and originals of a number of Hazzards̀ articles covering the U.N. The printed material includes books whose subject are the United Nations.

Using the Collection

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Restrictions on Access

This collection is located on-site.

This collection has no restrictions.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. The RBML maintains ownership of the physical material only. Copyright remains with the creator and his/her heirs. The responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Shirley Hazzard papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

Related Materials

See also the Francis Steegmuller Papers

Ownership and Custodial History

Gift of Shirley Hazzard, 1990.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

processed jsm 11/18/92.

Revision Description

2009-06-26 File created.

2019-05-20 EAD was imported spring 2019 as part of the ArchivesSpace Phase II migration.

Subject Headings

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Biographies Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
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Interviews Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
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Notebooks Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
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Cousins, Norman Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
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Hammarskjöld, Dag, 1905-1961 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
International agencies Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Lie, Trygve, 1896-1968 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
United Nations. Secretary-General Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Waldheim, Kurt Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
World politics Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical / Historical

Shirley Hazzard was born in Sydney on 30 January 1931 to a Welsh father and Scottish mother who worked for the company building the Sydney Harbour Bridge. She went to Queenwood School for Girls. In 1947 she left Australia with her parents and moved to Hong Kong, Italy and New Zealand before making a home in New York. In the 1950s in New York she worked at the United Nations.

In 1953 Hazzard published her firt book"Cliffs of Fall" , a collection of stories. This was followed in 1966 by her first novel"The Evening of the Holiday"; three years later she published "The Bay of Noon", which was shortlisted for the Lost Man Booker prize.

Her breakthrough novel was "The Transit of Venus", an account of the lives of two orphaned Australian-born sisters, Caroline and Grace Bell, in the postwar world.

The Transit of Venus won the 1980 National Book Critics Circle award.

Her next novel The Great Fire won the 2003 National Book award for fiction and the Australian Miles Franklin prize, and was named 2003 book of the year by the Economist.

Shirley Hazzard was mmarried to Francis Steegmuller, a translator of Flaubert's letters and biographer of Cocteau and Apollinaire, from 1963 until his death in 1994.

Hazzard died in 2016 at the age of 85.