Alan Garner papers, 1971-1978  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Alan Garner papers
1971-1978 (inclusive)
0.25 linear feet, (3 folders)
Collection Number
Coll 399
Alan Garner (1934 -) is a celebrated writer of fantasy stories that feature children as the main protagonists, and that explore the myths, traditions, and dialect of Cheshire, England. The collection (1971-1978) contains correspondence with publishers, a biographical packet, and reviews mostly concerning the book Red Shift.
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Collection is open to the public.

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Funding for production of this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).

Historical NoteReturn to Top

Alan Garner was born October 7, 1934, in the county of Cheshire, England. He became a celebrated writer of fantasy stories, most of which are set in Cheshire, and explore the myths, traditions, and dialect of that area. Although he is often categorized as a "children's author," Garner does not endorse that label. He explains that while his books mostly feature children as the main protagonists, and that "readers under the age of eighteen read what [he writes] with more passion, understanding, and clarity of perception than do adults," he writes for himself.

Novels by Gardner include: The Weirdstone of Brisingamen (1960), The Moon of Gomrath (1963), Red Shift (1973), Thursbitch (2003), and Boneland (2012).

[Source: Interview with Alan Garner by Raymond H. Thompson. April 12, 1989. website:]

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Correspondence is primarily between Gardner and Susan Hirschman of MacMillan Publishing (1971-1978). Included amongst the letters are notes, sources, and copies of illustrations for A Collection of Fools.

There are numerous reviews of Red Shift; some reviewers argue whether the book is aimed, or should be aimed, at children.

The collection also contains a "datapack biography," edited by (his wife) Griselda Greaves, that contains photocopied documents, writings, and photographs. The datapack includes an autobiographical sketch, handwritten letters, poetry, photocopied photographs and prints of Gardner and his house. Also filed with the datapack are copies of article or book pages about traditions and customs of Cheshire, England.

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Alan Garner papers, Coll 399, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.

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Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Authors and publishers--Correspondence
  • Authors, English--20th century
  • Children's literature, English--Authorship
  • Young adult literature--Authorship
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Science fiction