Guide to the Colin Wilson papers

Processed by Melissa Huntington, 2010.

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University of California
Riverside, California 92517-5900
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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

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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.


Collection Contents

 

Series 1. Correspondence. 1966-1981, undated.

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series is comprised of typed and handwritten correspondence primarily between Colin Wilson and June O'Shea. Also includes correspondence between Colin Wilson and others regarding the development and publication of Wilson's literary works.

Series Arrangement

This series is arranged sequentially according to box and folder number.
Box 2, Folder 3

Correspondence to June O'Shea from Colin Wilson and other individuals. 1973-1975.

Box 2, Folder 4

Correspondence to June O'Shea from Colin Wilson and other individuals. 1976-1981.

Box 2, Folder 5

Correspondence to Colin Wilson. 1974-1980, undated.

Box 2, Folder 6

Correspondence to June O'Shea from Colin Wilson regarding Wilson's essay on Humanistic Psychology. August 30, 1975.

Box 2, Folder 6

Correspondence to Colin Wilson from the Psychological Service Associates regarding Wilson's essay for the book The Challenge of Humanistic Psychology. March 23, 1966.

Box 2, Folder 6

Correspondence to June O'Shea regarding an interview with Colin Wilson in Oui. undated.

 

Series 2. Galley proofs. 1967-1975, undated.

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series is comprised of printed galley proofs of Colin Wilson's literary works. Includes the galley proof for The Unexplained as well as several other essay's Wilson wrote for various publications.

Series Arrangement

This series is arranged sequentially according to box and folder number.
Box 1, Folder 2

Galley proof of The Unexplained (photocopy/hand annotated). June 1975.

Box 2, Folder 6

Galley proof of an essay by Colin Wilson titled "An Introduction to James Drought" from the Los Angeles Times Calendar Magazine. January 15, 1967.

Box 2, Folder 6

Galley proof of an essay by Colin Wilson titled "Dual Value Response...A New Key to Nietzsche" (hand annotated). August 7, 1973.

Box 2, Folder 6

Galley proof of an essay by Colin Wilson titled "Civilization and Individual Fulfillment" from the Philosophy Forum. 1973.

Box 2, Folder 6

Galley proof of an essay by Colin Wilson titled "A Writer's Prospect - II" (photocopy). undated.

 

Series 3. Manuscripts. 1965-1978, undated.

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series is comprised of typed and hand annotated manuscripts of Colin Wilson's literary works. Included here are manuscripts for chapters in The Unexplained, Lulu , and The Order of Assassins as well as a complete manuscript for the book, The Schoolgirl Murder Case. Manuscripts regarding Israeli paranormalist Uri Geller are also included.

Series Arrangement

This series is arranged sequentially according to box and folder number.
Box 1, Folder 1

Manuscript of the introduction to The Faces of Evil; 84 pages (typed/hand annotated). February 1976.

Box 1, Folder 3

Manuscript of The Unexplained; chapters 1-5, 68 pages (typed/hand annotated). February 1976.

Box 1, Folder 4

Manuscript of Lulu; chapter 1, 18 pages, page 14 is not included (typed/hand annotated). June 1976.

Box 1, Folder 5

Manuscript of Lulu; chapter 5, pages 93-117 (typed/hand annotated). undated.

Box 1, Folder 6

Manuscript regarding Israeli paranormalist Uri Geller; 17 pages (typed). undated.

Box 1, Folder 7

Manuscript of The Path of the Dragon; chapter 3, 166 pages (typed/hand annotated). September 1976.

Box 1, Folder 8

Manuscript of the introduction to Mysteries (typed/hand annotated). undated.

Box 1, Folder 9

Manuscript of "Giants and Witches" from Mysteries;chapter 2, pages 78-123 (typed/hand annotated). undated.

Box 1, Folder 10

Manuscript of "The Curious History of Human Stupidity" from Mysteries; part 2, pages 221-278 (typed/hand annotated). undated.

Box 1, Folder 11

Manuscript of "How Many Me's Are There?" from Mysteries ; pages 267-315 (photocopy/typed/hand annotated). February 1978.

Box 1, Folder 13

Manuscript of The Geller Phenomenon; chapters 2-6 (photocopy). undated.

Box 1, Folder 14

Manuscript of Order of Assassins; pages 1-150 (hand annotated). undated.

Box 1, Folder 15

Manuscript of Order of Assassins; pages 151-365 (typed/hand annotated). undated.

Box 2, Folder 1

Manuscript of The Schoolgirl Murder Case; approximately 301 pages (typed/hand annotated). 1974.

Box 2, Folder 2

Manuscript of the introduction to book on W. Reich; approximately 29 pages (typed/hand annotated). February 1978.

Box 2, Folder 6

Manuscript of an essay by Colin Wilson titled "The Magic Pendulum" from Psychic Eye. December 1975.

Box 2, Folder 6

Manuscript of an essay by Colin Wilson titled "Cranks and Weirdies" from Cavalier . May 1965.

Box 2, Folder 6

Manuscript of an essay by Colin Wilson titled "Evolutionary Humanism and the New Psychology" (hand annotated). undated.

Box 2, Folder 6

Manuscript of article by Colin Wilson titled "Comments on Boredom" (typed/hand annotated). undated.

Box 2, Folder 6

Manuscript of the interview with Colin Wilson featured in Oui (typed). undated.

 

Series 4. Notes, press clippings, and other material. 1973-1998, undated.

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series is comprised of notes, press clippings, and other material regarding Colin Wilson. Includes film notes, press clippings on psychology and social behaviorism, an autobiographical essay by Bruce Boston, and a dust jacket for the book The Space Vampires.

Series Arrangement

This series is arranged sequentially according to box and folder number.
Box 1, Folder 12

Notes regarding a film tentatively titled Journey to the End of Night; 20 pages. undated.

Box 1, Folder 13

Notes regarding story outline and film project shooting schedule for the Geller Effect (photocopy). undated.

Box 2, Folder 6

Publication titled Oui, containing interview with Colin Wilson titled "Conversation with Colin Wilson." December 1973.

Box 2, Folder 6

Press clipping featuring review of Colin Wilson's book Mysteries from the Los Angeles Times Book Review (photocopy). December 24, 1978.

Box 2, Folder 6

Press clipping featuring review by Colin Wilson of Views from the Real World Early Talks of Gurdjieff as Recollected by his Pupils from The Spectator (photocopy). March 2, 1974.

Box 2, Folder 6

Press clipping featuring review by Colin Wilson of Strong Opinions (photocopy). undated.

Box 2, Folder 6

Press clipping featuring review by Colin Wilson of The Romeo Error from The Spectator (photocopy). October 26, 1974.

Box 2, Folder 6

Press clipping featuring review of Colin Wilson's book, Strange Powers (photocopy). undated.

Box 2, Folder 6

Press clipping featuring review of Colin Wilson's book, The Space Vampires from the Herald Examiner. undated.

Box 2, Folder 7

Dust jacket of Colin Wilson novel, The Space Vampires (hand annotated on inner sleeve). May 1976.

Box 2, Folder 7

Brochure for A&W Visual Library, includes description of Colin Wilson's book The Faces of Evil, including brief description and publication information. 1976.

Box 2, Folder 7

Press clipping featuring review of Messengers of Deception by Jacques Vallee reviewed by Dennie Stacy from the San Antonio Star (photocopy). undated.

Box 2, Folder 7

Press clipping featuring review of The New Psychology: New Image of Man from the Los Angeles Times (photocopy). April 6, 1975.

Box 2, Folder 7

Press clipping of article titled Abraham Maslow: Father of Humanistic Psychology (photocopy). undated.

Box 2, Folder 7

Autobiographical essay "Fifteen Explanations in Search of a Life" by Bruce Boston from volume 30 of Contemporary Authors: Autobiography Series (signed off-print). 1998.

Box 2, Folder 7

Press clipping of article on Colin Wilson titled "Colin Wilson: Wer bin ich?" (photocopy). undated.