Collection Scope and Content Summary
Title: Colin Wilson papers.
Date (inclusive): 1965-1998, undated.
Date (bulk): 1973-1980
Collection Number: MS 190
1.0 linear feet
(2 document boxes)
Rivera Library. Special
This collection is comprised of correspondence,
galley proofs, manuscripts, press clippings, and other material pertaining to the
works of English literary figure Colin Wilson between the years 1965-1998. Includes
correspondence between Colin Wilson and June O'Shea, galley proofs and manuscripts
of Wilson's works in the science fiction genre, manuscripts and other material
regarding Israeli paranormalist Uri Geller, press clippings of book reviews by
Wilson, and manuscripts of interviews with Wilson.
Languages: The collection is in English.
This collection is open for research.
Copyright has not been assigned to the University of California, Riverside Libraries,
Special Collections & Archives. All requests for permission to publish or quote
from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections
& Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Regents of the
University of California as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to
include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by
[identification of item]. Colin Wilson papers, MS 190. University of
California, Riverside Libraries, Special Collections & Archives, University of
Processed by Melissa Huntington, 2010.
Colin Wilson is a British novelist and writer of science fiction, true crime, and
literary criticism. Wilson was born in Leicester, England on June 26, 1931 to Arthur
and Anetta Wilson. His mother's love for books served as an early influence on
Wilson and a science fiction magazine given to him at a young age by his grandfather
sparked his interest in the genre for which he would publish multiple novels.
At the age of sixteen Wilson quit school and began work at various jobs including a
coffee house in Paris where he began writing what would become his first published
The Outsider. In 1956
was published and met with high critical acclaim which instantly
catapulted him to literary stardom. He quickly became associated with the "Angry
Young Men," a British literary group, because of his depiction of social alienation
The Outsider. While Wilson's first literary effort
was critically acclaimed, praise eventually turned sour as Wilson's next efforts
were met with negative reviews. In 1960-1961, the critics turned back in favor of
Wilson with the publication of
Ritual in the Dark and
Adrift in Soho.
Colin Wilson has gone on to become a prolific novelist in both fiction (science
fiction) and non-fiction (true crime). He is also an accomplished essayist that has
contributed to numerous literary journals. In 2004, Wilson's autobiography titled
Dreaming to Some Purpose was published and typical
to Wilson's career was received with a range of praise and negativity from
||Born in Leicester, England on June 26th.
||Married Dorothy Betty Troop and the couple had one son.
The Outsider is published and met with high
Ritual in the Dark was published.
||Married Pamela "Joy" Stewart after his divorce from Dorothy and the
couple went on to have two children.
Adrift in Soho was published.
||The breadth of Wilson's literary work was published in this time
Dreaming to Some
Collection Scope and Content Summary
This collection is comprised of correspondence, galley proofs, manuscripts, press
clippings, and other material pertaining to the works of English literary figure
Colin Wilson between the years 1965-1998. Includes correspondence between Colin
Wilson and June O'Shea, galley proofs and manuscripts of Wilson's works in the
science fiction genre, manuscripts and other material regarding Israeli
paranormalist Uri Geller, press clippings of book reviews by Wilson, and manuscripts
of interviews with Wilson.
This collection is arranged into four series. The series arrangement is as
- Series 1. Correspondence, 1966-1981, undated.
- Series 2. Galley proofs, 1967-1975, undated.
- Series 3. Manuscripts, 1965-1978, undated
- Series 4. Notes, press clippings, and other material, 1973-1998,
The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the
library's online public access catalog.
Geller, Uri, 1946-
Genres and Forms of Materials
Clippings (information artifacts).