Cloete, Stuart (1897-1976)
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The Stuart Cloete collection consists of manuscripts, printed material, correspondence, photographs, artwork, and other material.
Manuscripts by Cloete in the collection include drafts of The Abductors (1966); Rags of Glory (1963); The Fiercest Heart (1955); How Young They Died (1969); Cloete's autobiography, A Time to Remember (published as A Victorian Son in 1972); Three White Swans (1971); several unpublished novels; many unpublished short stories and short non-fiction works; and other unpublished, untitled pieces. Also present are drafts of plays; numerous poems; radio plays; and film treatment for The Wild One. There is a February 1947 notebook filled with observations, plots, novel ideas, and drawings; and notes on The Abductors; Hill of Doves; The Jump; South Africa: Its Land and Its People; and the projected novel Black Zebra. The collection also contains manuscript material by Rehna Cloete for two novels; fourteen short stories; eight plotlines; one radio play; and two poems.
Printed pieces by Cloete include "Distilled Experience," about his One Thousand One Nights of Jean Macaque (The Writer, July 1969); and "A Home is a Fire, A Woman, and Children" (Perfect Home, November 1960). Other tearsheets of Cloete's work come from Collier's; Red Book; Saturday Evening Post; and Life. There are earlier tearsheets of Cloete's fiction work (1938-1973); tearsheets of non-fiction work (1942-1974); and tearsheets of poems (1942-1C972). There are also three scrapbooks of printed Cloete pieces, two dated 1940 and one dated 1942.
Correspondence in the collection includes personal and professional letters two and from Cloete. Included is general correspondence (1956-1959); business correspondence with publishers (1957-1960, 1964-1966); letters to the editor (1957, 1964); letters to agents and publishers (1958-1964); letters to the Kenya Department of Information (1958-1959); and correspondence to be answered (1959-1960). Notable correspondents include Commander Edward Whitehead of the Schwepps beverage company, Ogden Nash, Allan Knight Chalmers, Gloria Vanderbilt, William F. Buckley, Jr., Roy Welensky, Prime Minister of the Central African Federation; Winston Gould, Prime Minister of Rhodesia; Dr. H.F. Verwoerd, Prime Minister of South Africa; and Elspeth Huxley. There are also many letters from Cloete to Madeleine V. Judd (1927-1954), along with her manuscript Always Tell the Truth (1951); numerous letters regarding the censorship of How Young We Died by the government of South Africa; and correspondence and related material pertaining to the Rags of Glory plagiarism controversy.
Photographs in the collection include several black and white photos of the Cloete home in Hermanus, South Africa; photographs of the Cloetes, their animals, and his paintings; several photographs of South African life from the South Africa Information Service, as well as numerous photographs of the atrocities committed by Mau-maus in Kenya and terrorists in Rhodesia; and stills from the film Majuba, for which Cloete wrote the story.
Artwork in the collection includes two oil paintings by Cloete; a number of sketches and paintings by Stuart and Rehna Cloete in a variety of media, mostly of animals; and illustrations by Rehna Cloete for her novel, The Nylon Safari (1956).
Other material includes income tax records, contracts, and material regarding agents and the South Africa Information Office and travel.
|1. Cloete, Stuart, 1897-1976|
|1. Literary Collections Subject Guide|
|2. South African Collections Subject Guide|
|3. Authors, South African|
|4. South African literature (English) – 20th century|