The Brian Freemantle collection primarily consists of manuscripts and research material, as well as correspondence, professional material, photographs, diaries and journals, memorabilia, and other items.
Manuscripts in the collection include drafts of Freemantle’s novels, including many titles from his popular “Charlie Muffin” series of thrillers. Many manuscripts include multiple drafts, from first drafts to gallery proofs. Many early drafts are heavily edited by hand. For some titles there are outlines and story synopses. Some titles were published under pseudonyms.
Manuscripts for books published under Freemantle’s given name include: The Assassins (1971); Goodbye to an Old Friend (1973); Face Me When You Walk Away (1974); The Man Who Wanted Tomorrow (1975); The November Man (1976); Charlie Muffin (1977); Clap Hands, Here Comes Charlie (1978); Chinatown Charlie, titled in the U.S. as The Inscrutable Charlie Muffin (1979); KGB: Inside the World’s Largest Intelligence Network (1982); CIA (1983); The Fix: Inside the World Drug Trade (includes many manuscripts, extensive research material, notes, clippings, magazines, and articles; 1985); The Steal: Counterfeiting and Industrial Espionage (outlines and drafts; 1986); O’Farrell’s Law (1990); The Choice of Eddie Franks (Tor Books, 1990); Comrade Charlie (1991); The Button Man (1992); Charlie’s Apprentice (1993); The Octopus: Europe in the Grip of Organized Crime (1996); The Holmes Inheritance (2004); Dead End (2005); The Namedropper (2007); Dance of the One-Armed Man; Red Star Rising; Red Star Eclipsed (2009); and Red Star Falling.
Manuscripts for books published under pseudonyms are also included. With Freemantle writing as “John Maxwell” the collection includes: HMS Bounty, (1979); and The Mary Celeste (1979). Writing as “Leslie Street”: Patriot or Priest, Sinner or Saint; The Pimpernel Priest and the Man From Rome; Rich Man, Poor Man, Beggarman… Priest; and The Sunshine Priest. Writing as “Richard Todhunter” the collection includes: Three Across is a Seven Letter Word. Writing as “Stephen Harding”: The Ice Age.
Also present in the collection are manuscripts for short stories and articles by Freemantle wrote (under his own name and under pseudonyms), some of which were published in various newspaper, magazines, and anthologies.
Correspondence in the collection includes: letters written to and from Freemantle from the 1970s to the 2010s. In addition, the papers include fax transmissions and numerous birthday and greeting cards from friends and family. Most of the correspondence in the collection deals with Freemantle’s writing and research, as well as material regarding the publication and marketing of his books and other professional business. Some personal letters from family and friends are also present.
Professional material in the collection includes: subject files, such as those pertaining to Dance of the One Armed Man; Boston (2007-2012); the John Butler Tax (2010-2011); and general notes (2001-2011), among other items.
Printed material in the collection consists of: reviews of, and publicity for, Freemantle’s writing. These items include newspaper and magazine clippings with reviews and advertisements for his books; magazines with published pieces by Freemantle; book jackets; pamphlets; and other items.
Research material comprises a large portion of the printed material in the collection, which Freemantle gathered on various topics. Most of the material consists of items Freemantle used for his books KGB, CIA, and The Octopus; topics include: intelligence, espionage, drugs, and crime. The material includes pamphlets, government reports, and notes from various organizations. The collection contains much material printed in Japanese, as it was collected during Freemantle’s visits to Japan as part of his research. In addition, the collection includes dozens of pages of notes and notebooks containing Freemantle’s research on the Bounty, Pitcairn Island, and the mutineers (for HMS Bounty). Also present are photographs and drawings of Pitcairn Island.
Memorabilia in the collection includes: a laminated, genuine four-leaf clover; 4 sets of Vietnam stamps addressed to Mrs. Maureen Freemantle; clothes worn by Freemantle in Vietnam; and a note between Freemantle and his wife, among other items.
Other items in the collection include: financial material, film and video, artwork, legal material, and medical records.
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