Sillitoe, Alan

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BIOGHIST REQUIRED English north-country novelist, b. 1928.

From the guide to the Alan Sillitoe Letters to John and Dorothy Tarr, 1959-1974., (Columbia University. Rare Book and Manuscript Library, )

English north-country novelist, b. 1928.

From the description of Letters to John & Dorothy Tarr, 1959-1974. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 122622411

Sillitoe was born in Nottingham, England, the son of a tannery laborer. He left school at 14 to work in a bicycle plant, and later joined the Royal Air Force. He served as a radio operator from 1946-1949 in Malaya, and, upon leaving the service, was found to have tuberculosis confining him to bed for many months. A blessing in disguise, Sillitoe received a small disability pension and so was able to pursue his dream of learning to write. His first novel Saturday Night and Sunday Morning was proclaimed by some critics as the finest novel of 1958. The Loneliness of the Long–distance Runner (contained in a short story collection of the same name) firmly established his literary reputation the following year. Both have been translated into numerous languages, made into films, and performed on stage and on television. Sillitoe has written and published a number of other novels, in addition to magazine and newspaper articles, poetry and many short stories.

From the guide to the Sillitoe mss. II, 1950-1996, (Lilly Library (Indiana University, Bloomington))

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From the description of Papers, 1950-1996. (Indiana University). WorldCat record id: 47226377

Alan Sillitoe was born in 1928 in Nottingham, the son of a tannery labourer. At the age of fourteen Sillitoe left school and worked in a number of jobs in Nottingham factories. He then served in the Royal Air Force, as a wireless operator. He was sent to Malaya, and on his return was discovered to have tuberculosis. Sillitoe spent sixteen months in a RAF hospital, and during this period, he began to write and read intensively. He was pensioned off at the age of 21 and then spent seven years living in France and Spain to assist his recovery. Sillitoe married Ruth Fainlight, an American poet, in 1959.

Alan Sillitoe has written more than 50 books including novels, plays, poetry, travel pieces, children's books and over 400 essays. Encouraged by Robert Graves, Alan Sillitoe decided to write his first novel, The Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (London: W.H. Allen, 1958). A year later, The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner (London: W.H. Allen, 1959), a collection of stories with which he won the Hawthornden Prize, was published; followed closely by his first book of verse, The Rats and Other Poems (London: W.H. Allen, 1960). Among Sillitoe's other acclaimed works are The Ragman's Daughter (London: W.H. Allen, 1963), A Start in Life (London: W.H. Allen, 1970), and Birthday (London: Harper Collins, 2002).

Sillitoe's nephew, Patrick Cawkwell, was living in Nottinghamshire during the period of the correspondence in this collection. The correspondence is in part concerned with Cawkwell's literary aspirations and advice from his uncle about publication. Cawkwell wrote at least two unpublished novels: a fantasy called 'Icecreamland', and 'Fanningtails'.

From the guide to the Correspondence from Alan Sillitoe (born 1928), novelist and playwright, to his nephew, Patrick Cawkwell, (fl 1968-1991), 1968-1991, 1968-1991, (The University of Nottingham)

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Role Title Holding Repository
creatorOf Sillitoe, Alan. Flame of life. University of Manchester Library, Main Library
creatorOf Dillon, Millicent. Papers, 1905-1990 (bulk 1935-1986). Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
creatorOf Sillitoe, Alan. Letters to John & Dorothy Tarr, 1959-1974. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
creatorOf Howard, Elizabeth Jane. Papers of Elizabeth Jane Howard, 1933-2009. Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens
referencedIn Powys, John Cowper, 1872-1963. John Cowper Powys and Phyllis Playter letters to William Lander, 1950-1963. Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Pudney, John, 1909-1977. Papers, 1850-1977 (bulk 1926-1976). Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
referencedIn Taylor, Peter, 1917-1994. Papers of Peter Hillsman Taylor, 1939-1977 [manuscript]. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Correspondence from Alan Sillitoe (born 1928), novelist and playwright, to his nephew, Patrick Cawkwell, (fl 1968-1991), 1968-1991, 1968-1991 The University of Nottingham
creatorOf Sillitoe, Alan. Papers, 1950-1996. Indiana University
creatorOf Bowles, Paul, 1910-1999. Paul Bowles Collection, 1897-1995. Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
creatorOf Alan Sillitoe Letters to John and Dorothy Tarr, 1959-1974. Columbia University. Rare Book and Manuscript Library,
referencedIn Yehuda Amichai papers, 1929-1999 Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Sillitoe, Alan. Letter to [Barbara] Turner. London, Eng. 1961 Feb. 10. University of Iowa Libraries
creatorOf Sillitoe mss. II, 1950-1996 Lilly Library (Indiana University, Bloomington)
referencedIn New Yorker records, ca.1924-1984 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
referencedIn Amichai, Yehuda. Yehuda Amichai papers, 1929-1999. Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
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associatedWith Amichai, Yehuda. person
associatedWith Amichai, Yehuda. person
associatedWith Baskin, Leonard, 1922-2000. person
associatedWith Bowles, Paul, 1910-1999. person
associatedWith Bratby, John, 1928-1992. person
associatedWith Cawkwell Patrick fl 1968-1991 person
associatedWith Daleski, H. M. (Hillel Matthew), 1926- person
associatedWith Dillon, Millicent. person
associatedWith Graves, Robert, 1895-1985. person
associatedWith Howard, Elizabeth Jane. person
associatedWith Hughes, Glyn, 1935- person
associatedWith Hughes, Ted, 1930-1998. person
associatedWith Logue, Christopher, 1926-2011. person
associatedWith Megged, Aharon, 1920- person
correspondedWith New Yorker Magazine, Inc corporateBody
associatedWith Powys, John Cowper, 1872-1963. person
associatedWith Pudney, John, 1909-1977. person
associatedWith Sawkins, John. person
associatedWith Sillitoe Alan b 1928 person
associatedWith Škvorecký, Josef. person
associatedWith Tammuz, Benjamin, 1919-1989. person
associatedWith Tarr, Dorothy. person
associatedWith Tarr, Dorothy. person
associatedWith Tarr, John Charles. person
associatedWith Taylor, Peter, 1917-1994. person
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Novelists, English--20th century
Authors, English--Correspondence
English literature--20th century
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