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Guide to the Colin Wilson papers
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Table of contents What's This?
  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Processing History
  • Biography
  • Collection Scope and Content Summary
  • Collection Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Colin Wilson papers.
    Date (inclusive): 1965-1998, undated.
    Date (bulk): 1973-1980
    Collection Number: 190
    Creator: O'Shea, June
    Extent: 1.0 linear feet (2 document boxes)
    Repository: Rivera Library. Special Collections Department.
    Riverside, CA 92517-5900
    Abstract: 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.

    Access

    This collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    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 the researcher.

    Preferred Citation

    [identification of item]. Colin Wilson papers, Collection 190. University of California, Riverside Libraries, Special Collections & Archives, University of California, Riverside.

    Acquisition Information

    Information unavailable.

    Processing History

    Processed by Melissa Huntington, 2010.

    Biography

    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 book, The Outsider. In 1956 The Outsider 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 in 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 critics.

    Chronology

    1931: Born in Leicester, England on June 26th.
    1951: Married Dorothy Betty Troop and the couple had one son.
    1956: The Outsider is published and met with high critical acclaim.
    1960: Ritual in the Dark was published.
    1961: Married Pamela "Joy" Stewart after his divorce from Dorothy and the couple went on to have two children.
    1961: Adrift in Soho was published.
    1962-2003: The breadth of Wilson's literary work was published in this time frame.
    2004: Published autobiography Dreaming to Some Purpose.

    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.

    Collection Arrangement

    This collection is arranged into four series. The series arrangement is as follows:
    • 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, undated.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.

    Subjects

    Authors.
    Geller, Uri, 1946-
    Science fiction.
    Wilson, Colin.

    Genres and Forms of Materials

    Clippings (information artifacts).
    Correspondence.
    Galley proofs.
    Manuscripts.