Guide to the Papers of Robert Allen [MSS 193]

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Manuscript Name Papers of Robert Allen
Manuscript Number MSS 193
Last Updated August 2021
Extent 72 cm (5 boxes + 1 folio)
Location Special Collections, UNSW Canberra
Abstract Summary: Holographs, drafts, and proofs of "Tokyo no hana", "Saigon : south of beyond" and "Cairo, the cabaret in the desert"

Scope and Content

The collection comprises drafts of Tokyo no hana (1990) , Saigon, south of beyond (1990) and 'The Cairo novel'.

Date Range of Content


Administrative Information


Available for research.

Restrictions on Use

No copying is permitted without the permission of the copyright owners.

Preferred Citation

Papers of Robert Allen, Academy Library, UNSW Canberra, Australian Defence Force Academy, MS 193, Box [Number], Folder [Number].


This material was acquired from Robert Allen in 1990.

Access Terms

Personal Names

Allen, Robert, 1924- -- Archives.

Topical Subjects

Authors, Australian -- 20th century -- Archives.

Novelists, Australian -- 20th century -- Archives.

Australian literature -- 20th century.




Container List

Box 1

Folder 1
Tokyo no hana original title 'The flowers of the floating world' - original manuscript draft (incomplete) and photocopies of reviews, 1972-1990

Folder 2
Tokyo no hana - clean photocopy typescript draft as shown to Viki Wright

Folder 3
Tokyo no hana - revised version after changes suggested by Viki Wright, includes pieces from folder no. 1, February 1989

Folder 4
Tokyo no hana - annotated photocopy typescript draft with Nikki Christer and Allen's comments

Folder 5
Tokyo no hana - final draft passed to typesetter

Folder 6
Saigon, south of beyond - 1st manuscript draft, 11/12/1988-14/5/1989

Box 2

Folder 7
Saigon, south of beyond - 2nd annotated computer typescript draft, first half with editorial notes by Jean Bedford, p. 1-246, 1989

Folder 8
Saigon, south of beyond - 2nd annotated computer typescript draft, second half with editorial comments by Tom Thompson, p. 247-545, 1989

Folder 9
Saigon, south of beyond - 2nd annotated computer typescript draft, working copy with Jean bedford's comments, 545 p.

Box 3

Folder 10
Saigon, south of beyond - 3rd annotated computer typescript draft, 423 p.

Folder 11
Saigon, south of beyond - 4th annotated computer typescript draft with corrections by Neil Thomas, 423 p.

Box 4

Folder 12
Saigon, south of beyond - final edited computer typescript draft as sent to the typesetters, 423 p. and floppy disk

Folder 13
Saigon, south of beyond - uncorrected page proofs

Folder 14
Saigon, south of beyond - final page proofs

Folder 15
'Cairo, the cabaret in the desert' - computer typescript drafts for the time sequence of the novel, notes on plot and characters and notes on the gulf crisis, August 1990 and plot cards

Box 5

Folder 16
'Cairo, the cabaret in the desert' - manuscript draft with computer typescript annotations, 16/8/1989-28/12/1989

Folder 17
'Cairo, the cabaret in the desert' - 2nd annotated computer typescript draft, 385 p.

Folder 18
'Cairo, the cabaret in the desert' - 3rd computer typescript draft, 386 p.

Folio 1

Folder 19
Saigon, south of beyond - corrected galley proofs