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Manuscripts and related files

Series consists of drafts and proofs of articles, poems, plays, short stories, essays and novels written by Swan, including "Unfit for Paradise", "The Biggest Modern Woman of the World", "The Last of the Golden Girls", "The Wives of Bath", "Stupid Boys Are Good to Relax With", "What Casanova Told Me", "The Western Light" (previously titled "Black Ships" and "The Hockey Killer"), and "The Dead Celebrities Club". Series also includes research material and notes pertaining to Swan's writing projects, correspondence with publishers and collaborators, lecture notes pertaining to Swan's book tours, promotional material for several of her books, as well as screenplays for the proposed and/or produced films of "The Biggest Modern Woman of the World" and "The Wives of Bath".

Susan Swan fonds

  • F0113
  • Fonds
  • 1945-2017

Fonds consists of records documenting Susan Swan's personal life and professional activities as a writer, university professor, journalist and advocate for the arts, including correspondence, notebooks, day planners, research materials, photographs, lecture notes, sound recordings, promotional materials and manuscript drafts pertaining to Swan's novels and other writing projects.

Swan, Susan

Talks on "The Western Light"

File pertains to speaking engagements by Swan pertaining to the promotion of The Western Light in 2012 and 2013, as well as her talk at a tribute for Constance Rooke and her participation at a Mar. 2015 Trampoline Hall event. Included in the file are her speaking notes and lectures, e-mail, excerpts from the book, and research materials.

"Death at the Hotel Chelsea" : draft manuscripts

File also includes e-mail exchanged with one of Swan's students, Emiko Hsuen, pertaining to Swan's questions about Japanese culture for this story, e-mail regarding research about the Chelsea Hotel, a copy of a paper entitled "Thomas Wolfe's German girlfriend: some further thoughts on Thea Voelcker" by Lawrence D. Stokes, and Thomas Wolfe Society publications entitled "Thomas Wolfe's friendship with Henry Volkening: the documents" and "The proceedings and membership list of the Thomas Wolfe Society: the twenty-seventh annual meeting, Portland, Maine, May 27-29, 2005".

Story about the Thomas Wolfe suite at the Chelsea Hotel : drafts

File consists of notes, a pitch and annotated drafts by Swan about her stay in the Thomas Wolfe suite at the Chelsea Hotel. Also included in the file is a clipping of an article by Swan published in the National Post about Thomas Wolfe and her father (18 June 2005).

"Black Ships" : from March 2008

Item is a short excerpt from a manuscript of what would become Swan's novel The Western Light, accompanied by research material.

Selling diaries

File pertains to a diary project by Swan, Margaret Dragu and Marcella Lustig, and Swan's efforts to get a re-worked version of it published under the title, "It's not all porn". Included is correspondence exchanged between Swan, Dragu and Lustig, as well as copies of letters written by Swan to magazines regarding publication.

"Black Ships" : from March 2008

Item is a short excerpt from a manuscript of what would become Swan's novel The Western Light, accompanied by research material.

Selling diaries

File pertains to a diary project by Swan, Margaret Dragu and Marcella Lustig, and Swan's efforts to get a re-worked version of it published under the title, "It's not all porn". Included is correspondence exchanged between Swan, Dragu and Lustig, as well as copies of letters written by Swan to magazines regarding publication.

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