Date Published: 1972 to 1993
Binding: No binding & hard cover
Thomas Keneally is a prolific Australian novelist, playwright and author. He won the Booker Prize in 1982 with Schindler's Ark, later made into the Steven Spielberg Academy Award-winning film Schindler's List.
The collection contains 18 items dating from 1972 to 1993, specifically, 5 letters, 3 cards, 2 commemorative envelopes, and 8 books.
• 2 ALS, 2 TLS (one on onion paper; the other "signed in his absence" by his wife, Judy Keneally, with her initials),
5pp., 4 Haviland Rd., New Milford, Connecticut, c/- R.B. Washington, 21 Candlewood Springs, New Milford, Connecticut, and AVALON BEACH . . . N.S.W., Australia, 16 August 1982 - n.d. to Saros Cowasjee (Indian-born Canadian novelist, short story writer, commentator, critic, anthologist, and screenwriter), mainly concerning Keneally's efforts to assist with the publication of Cowasjee's novel, Goodbye to Elsa ("Since I didn't really know any other likely agent, I have submitted your book to the fiction department of my publisher, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich. . . ."; "There's a compelling voice behind the writing that makes you go on listening. I hope you get an answer soon. . . .";), but also sending congratulations "on your excursion into editorship. I look forward immensely to reading Stories From the Raj.", thanking him "for all your kindnesses," announcing his travel plans, supporting Cowasjee’s Canada Council application, and recalling the two writers' time spent together ("I still remember our adventures in the wilds of Canada…."). Mailing folds; staple holes from filing, a trifle edgeworn, else very good.
- TLS signed (one page, AVALON BEACH . . . . N.S.W., Australia, 20 November 1983) from Judy Keneally to Professor Cowasjee, reading in part: "Just in case you and Tom have not come across each other while he is on his U.S. promotional tour, I'd like to say thank you, on his behalf for your congratulation on his Booker Prize win. . . . A long tour, and exhausting one . . . seems to have been a great success so far. . . . As soon as he is free and settled into a work routine, he will write to you. . . . may I wish you every succes [sic] with Suffer Little Children. . . ." Includes reviews and notices pertaining to Cowasjee's novel, Goodbye to Elsa.
8 Books (with a card inserted in each of two books):
• The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith. New York: The Viking Press, 1972. Inscribed by Keneally on the fly title. Black cloth in dust jacket. Fine.
• The Cut-Rate Kingdom. London: Allen Lane, 1984. Dark brown paper boards in dust jacket. The lightest of surface wear to the dust jacket. First English edition. Signed and inscribed by the author on the title page for Greg Gatenby-Canadian writer/poet and founder of the International Festival of Authors. With Gatenby's signature on the front free endpaper.
• A Dutiful Daughter. New York: The Viking Press, 1971. Orange and cream cloth in jacket. First American edition. Edge and surface wear to dust jacket. Signed by the author and inscribed by him on the title page to Greg Gatenby with Gatenby's signature on the front free endpaper.
• The Place at Whitton. London: Cassell, 1964. First English edition. Black paper boards (with a small k embossed on the lower board) in dust jacket. Signed by Keneally on the title page. Inscription from the previous owner on the front free endpaper. Slight foxing on preliminary pages. The jacket is rubbed and creased at the edges. Otherwise, a very good copy of Keneally’s first book.
• A River Town.New York: Nan A. Talese/Doubleday, 1995. Uncorrected proof in paper covers, perfect bound. Very good. Publisher's sticker on front cover. Publisher's promotional letter to book reviews and producers laid-in. Signed by the author and inscribed on the title page to Greg Gatenby. From Gatenby's personal library and with his signature on the front free endpaper. Light surface wear to covers.
• Schindler’s List. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1982. Grey paper boards, quarter bound in gold cloth. Dust jacket has a few nicks and the spine panel is lighter in colour. Otherwise very good. Signed on the title page, with 1 commemorative envelope both signed by Keneally; Allied Forces Liberate Concentration Camps, first day of issue, 2 September 1995).
• Schindler’s List 2 copies -. New York: Simon and Schuster, A Touchtone Book, 1993. Paperback. (1) Signed on the title page: “To Woody | & Anita | Shalom | Tom Keneally | 1994”. (2) Signed on the title page and dated 1994. With 2 cards from the Houston Forum (“An Evening Recognizing Mrs. Dominique de Menil and the Visual Arts in Houston”, featuring Keneally as a speaker) with a color photo of Keneally and four other people
• Christmas card in Thomas Keaneally’s hand signed "The Keneallys",
Collection on consignment with LDRB.