Series 2
Writings by Rushdie, 1964-2006
Boxes 15 - 65; OP1-OP2

Scope and Content Note

This series contains the manuscript and typescript material pertaining to Rushdie's writings, including his novels, short stories, nonfiction essays, scripts, reviews, press statements, and additional writings, from 1964-2006. Included amongst his works are both published and unpublished writings, including the unpublished novels, Madame Rama, The Antagonist, and The Book of the Peer, as well as significant portions of other unpublished works such as The Avatar. Each of Rushdie's published novels to date is represented; Rushdie often revised and completed multiple versions of his novels, and versions of Midnight's Children, The Satanic Verses, Shame, and subsequent works are available for comparison. Of particular interest are the notes Rushdie often made for himself while composing his works. These notes provide substantial insight into his creative process and the concerns governing the writing of each work. Also represented are typescripts and proof copies of Rushdie's nonfiction works, The Jaguar Smile, Imaginary Homelands, and Step Across This Line, as well as multiple versions of the script for the film version of Midnight's Children, and scripts or script proposals for the adaptation for stage or screen of many other texts. Finally, this series contains a significant body of interviews, introductions, opinion pieces, letters to the editor, poetry, press statements, reviews, and other writings, a portion of which was written by Rushdie while he was in hiding or in response to the yearly renewal of the Fatwa.

Additional drafts and notes for many of these works can be found in the digital files. See individual subseries descriptions for more details. A detailed listing of these files is available by accessing the searchable database and emulated environment on the researcher workstation in the Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library (the Rose Library) reading room.

Arrangement Note

Organized into four subseries: (2.1) Fiction, (2.2) Nonfiction, (2.3) Scripts, and (2.4) Other writings.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

The use of personal cameras is not allowed. Researchers are not permitted to copy or download any digital files or applications from the emulated environment or the searchable database on the computer workstation.

Restrictions on Access

Selected notes and unpublished writings in Subseries 2.1: Fiction, are restricted. Access to computer files is only available in the Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library (the Rose Library). Researchers must contact the Rose Library in advance for access to these materials.

Description of Subseries