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Desmond Meiring papers

Ms. Coll. 1001

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Summary Information

Repository:
University of Pennsylvania: Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts
Creator:
Meiring, Desmond
Title:
Desmond Meiring papers
Date [inclusive]:
1963-1970
Call Number:
Ms. Coll. 1001
Extent:
0.2 linear feet (1 box)
Language:
English
Abstract:
Desmond Meiring (born 1924) is the pen name of Desmond Rice, a Kenyan-born author of more than a dozen works. The collection contains manuscripts for four of Meiring's works, as well as a letter to Richard Simon of Simon & Schuster containing revisions to The Wall of Glass.
Cite as:
Desmond Meiring papers, 1963-1970, Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts, University of Pennsylvania.
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Biography/History

Desmond Meiring, born in 1924, is the pen name of Desmond Charles Rice, a Kenyan-born British author of more than a dozen works. During his active career, he worked as a policeman, journalist, and oil company executive, as well as an author. Some of his best-known works include The Brinksman,  A Talk with the Angels and  The Man with No Shadow. Topics addressed in Meiring's novels include world tension concentrated in Laos from 1959 to 1960, Middle Eastern politics, the Arab-Israeli conflict, terrorists, and Islam, to name only a few.

Scope and Contents

The collection contains manuscripts for four of Meiring's works, as well as a letter to Richard Simon of Simon & Schuster containing revisions to The Wall of Glass. Manuscripts included are:  The Brinkman,  Dasturi,  A Square Called Silence, and  The Wall of Glass. All manuscripts are typed, and both  The Brinkman and  A Square Called Silence are annotated, presumably with Meiring's notes and corrections. The material is arranged alphabetically by title of novel.

Administrative Information

Publication Information

University of Pennsylvania: Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts,  2014 June 24

Finding Aid Author

Finding aid prepared by Justin A. Bortnick

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions

Copyright restrictions may exist. For most library holdings, the Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania do not hold copyright. It is the responsibility of the requester to seek permission from the holder of the copyright to reproduce material from the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts.

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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials note

At Boston University Department of Special Collections: Desmond Rice collection, 1965-1970

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Controlled Access Headings

Form/Genre(s)
  • Correspondence
  • Drafts (documents)
  • Typescripts
Subject(s)
  • Authors
  • Authors, English--20th century

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Collection Inventory

Box Folder

The Brinkman, manuscript, 1963.

1 1

Dasturi, manuscript, 1970.

1 2

A Square Called Silence, manuscript, circa 1966.

1 3

The Wall of Glass, manuscript, 1970.

1 4

The Wall of Glass, revisions attached to letter to Richard Simon, 1970.

1 5