Item Details

Call Number: MS Gen 1595/1/1
Title: Lanark: A life in four books.
Date of Creation: Between 1952 and 1976
Place of Creation: Glasgow, Scotland
Level of Description: Item
Part of MS Gen 1595/1
Content: Lanark, book 3. Hardback notebook with faint drawings on front and back covers. Contains drafts of chapters 1 - 10 in printed edition. These are often numbered and named differently and there are multiple drafts of several parts. Also, many changes have been made to the manuscript either by crossing out or sellotaping/pasting over.
Intricate artwork by Gray can be found on the first two pages of the book, stating "Property of Alasdair Gray, 20.7.59, 11 Findhorn Street Glasgow". The title "Lanark" is given and the pseudonym Robert Walker. On the next page there is a drawing of the building which the Elite café was based on. This building is situated at the Charing Cross end of Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow and is now a casino. Throughout the book there are numerous drawings/portraits including a draft of a drawing used on the front cover of Scottish Field.
There are also two letters in the book. One to Anne Scott regarding "Mavis Belfrage" and another to Andrew concerning general news.
Physical Description: c.150 p. 33x15cm
Access: Normal conditions
Language: English
Material Type: Notebook
Bibliography: The arts of Alasdair Gray, edited by Robert Crawford and Tom Nairn (Edinburgh, 1991)
Accession Number: 4482
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Repository Code: GB 0247

Names associated with this item:

author: Alasdair James Gray b 1934
Scottish artist and writer. Studied at Glasgow School of Art (Diploma in mural painting and design). Worked as a teacher, mural painter, illustrator and playwright. …
subject: Anne Scott fl. 1952-1976
Friend of Alasdair Gray,
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