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Shirley Hazzard Papers. Rare Book and Manuscript Library. Columbia University.

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Bib ID:4079817 View CLIO record
Creator(s):Hazzard, Shirley 1921- .
Title:Shirley Hazzard Papers 1946-2010
Physical description:6 linear feet (12 boxes)
Language(s):In English
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Arranged in seven series

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Scope and Content

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.

Series I: Cataloged Correspondence

Series II: Arranged correspondence

Series III: Arranged Manuscripts, Documents & Photographs

Series IV: Research Files

Series V: Printed Materials

Boxes 3-8 include books, articles, documents and clippings concerned with the United Nations and Shirley Hazzard's book, Countenance of Truth

Series VI: United Nations Documents

(This is a first selection: the UN documents and correspondence directly related to my own work will be sorted into categories later.):

Series VII: Address Books and Correspondence of Shirley Hazzard and Francis Steegmuller

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Using the Collection


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Permission to publish material must be obtained in writing from the Librarian for Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Preferred Citation

Shirley Hazzard Papers. Rare Book and Manuscript Library. Columbia University.

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See also the Francis Steegmuller Papers

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About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries. Rare Book and Manuscript Library; machine readable finding aid created by Columbia University Libraries Digital Library Program Division

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processed 11/18/92 jsm

Machine readable finding aid generated from MARC-AMC source via XSLT conversion June 26, 2009 Finding aid written in English.
    2009-06-26 File created.

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Subject Headings

The subject headings listed below are found in this collection. Links below allow searches at Columbia University through the Archival Collections Portal and through CLIO, the catalog for Columbia University Libraries, as well as ArchiveGRID, a catalog that allows users to search the holdings of multiple research libraries and archives.

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Financial records.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Press releases.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID


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CUL Collections:
Nat'l / Int'l Archives:
Cousins, Norman.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Hammarskjöld, Dag, 1905-1961.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
International agencies.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Lie, Trygve, 1896-1968.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
United Nations.--Secretary-General.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Waldheim, Kurt.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
World politics.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID

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History / Biographical Note

Biographical Note

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.

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