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Early Fragments, Drafts and Notes for Titus Alone

Add MS 88931/1/3/24 : mid 1950s

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  • Title:
    Early Fragments, Drafts and Notes for Titus Alone
  • Collection Area: Western Manuscripts
  • Reference: Add MS 88931/1/3/24
  • Creation Date: mid 1950s
  • Extent and Access:
    1 file

  • Language: English
  • Contents and Scope:

    Loose leaves (in manuscript unless otherwise stated):

    • ff.1-7: 'Dream Sequences of Gormenghast' and 'Dreams to be Infiltrated', revised typescript and manuscript leaves;
    • ff.8-9: 'Titus Far From Home', draft of passage describing Titus looking down on the city from a window on the thirtieth floor, inscribed 'For Maeve', 1-15 January 1953;
    • ff.10-12: 'Titus ('Afar' crossed out and replaced with) Alone' subtitled 'Out of the shadows, two voices': early draft of opening of Titus Alone consisting of dialogue between two characters who discover Titus asleep;
    • ff.13-14: dialogue between two characters, one informing the other that his wife is dead; another character called Digby is mentioned (unidentified typescript on reverse);
    • f.15: drafts of a passage describing Titus lying on a slab of stone on a mountainside, about to dream of Gormenghast;
    • f.16: list of chapters, events in the storyline and characters for Titus Alone ;
    • f.17: draft of scene with Titus, Mrs Ovoid and the Hintroducer;
    • f.18: draft entitled 'The Fly', scene between Mrs Dogflower and The Fly; two crossed out passages on reverse: a man putting on socks; Titus being introduced to Aphride? Dark;
    • f.19: scene between two characters entitled 'Wincy Spider' and 'Mrs Grass and Titus';
    • f.20: passage in which a servant, 'the half-wit' hugs her mistress;
    • f.21: heavily revised draft of chapter describing scene between Titus, who is 'dressed to the nines', and a servant;
    • f.22: passage describing Titus in a desert landscape;
    • f.23: description of Mrs Rancour-Rhodien (variously Rhodein and Rhodean);
    • f.24: typescript entitled '1st draft of Chapter 42 G'ghast' [title partially crossed out] with description of Gormenghast Castle after the flood;
    • f.25: typescript in red ink '(Covering old pages 383-401)' detailing corrections to first draft of typescript for Titus Alone (see Add MS 88931/1/3/37-39);
    • ff.26-27: depiction of the Black House in ruin after Cheeta's party and Muzzlehatch's death; Titus waving to Crabcalf, Crackbell [Crack-Bell in the published edition] and Slingshott (passage begun in Maeve's hand and continued in Mervyn's?).

    Also includes 'Notes for Titus 3': folder containing newspaper cuttings about Queen Elizabeth I's visit to Nigeria [1956].

    Physical characteristics:
    Foliation: ff.27.


    Originally arranged and foliated by UCL Archives. The British Library cataloguing archivist has altered this arrangement slightly where manuscripts have been newly identified and where the chronology of drafts was found to be incorrect.

  • Former Identifiers: UCL ref: MS ADD 234 6(i)

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