[DWJ] New to the list...

Kyra Jucovy arykiy at gmail.com
Tue May 10 23:04:11 EDT 2011


Yes, let me chime in with my thanks as well.  Even these small tidbits that
you've posted so far are exciting to read, and I am very grateful that
you're doing this work (although I'm sure there is less enjoyable work out
there ;-)) and willing to share it with us!

---Kyra

On Tue, May 10, 2011 at 10:26 PM, Hannah Green <
hannah.green at sevenstories.org.uk> wrote:

> We would certainly hope to do some digitisation and make images available
> via our website, once the collection has been catalogued.  I'll certainly
> keep the list informed as and when images of material become available.
>
>
>
> I've just been reading a few exercise books which Diana kept as a child.
>  Two of these, both inscribed on the front cover 'Private Literary
> Convulsions', contain essays and other compositions written when she was 14
> and 15 years old.  She does appear to have been frighteningly clever
> (certainly a lot cleverer than I was at 14!), and engaged in musings
> somewhat beyond her years - a brief play, entitled 'Two Shades of Grey',
> features 'Jo' and 'Loo' (nicknames, in transpires, for Jehovah and Lucifer),
> debating whether or not to wipe out the human race, given the mess they've
> made of everything, and start all over again!
>
>
>
> There's also an essay entitled 'Juvenile difficulties', written aged 15,
> which begins: "I want to be a writer, and to all intents and purposes I am;
> yet I sometimes feel beset by quite as many difficulties as the courageous
> souls who rant round the pages of any history book.  My difficulties are, in
> the main, absurdly trivial but unfortunately persistent in their reality."
>
>
>
> Her humour, intelligence and insight, and her fluid, easy style are all
> abundantly evident.  And it all makes for a very entertaining afternoon's
> reading!
>
>
> Hannah Green
> Archivist
> Seven Stories, the Centre for Children's Books
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: dwj-bounces at suberic.net [mailto:dwj-bounces at suberic.net] On Behalf
> Of deborah.dwj at suberic.net
> Sent: 10 May 2011 14:54
> To: Diana Wynne Jones discussion
> Subject: Re: [DWJ] New to the list...
>
>
>
> On Tue, 10 May 2011, Hannah Green wrote:
>
> > I am now about to start the process of cataloguing Diana's archive, and
> wondered if list members might like to be kept informed of progress as I
> work?
>
>
>
> Hannah, as an archivist, I am double thrilled to hear about this.  Will you
> be digitizing any of the materials?
>
>
>
> -deborah
>
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