Harry Ransom Centre acquires Kazuo Ishiguro's archive
Texas’ Harry Ransom Centre is to acquire the archive of writer Kazuo Ishiguro.
Ishiguro is a Japanese born writer who has lived in the UK since the 1960s.
He is best known for his novels, The Remains of the Day (1989) and An Artist of the Floating World (1986).
The archive will consist of work produced over many years.
Ishiguro explains that ordering it has been no easy task: “For many years, I’ve been in the habit of keeping a large cardboard box under my desk into which I throw, more or less indiscriminately, all papers produced during my writing that I don’t want to file neatly and take into the next stage of composition: earlier drafts of chapters, rejected pages, scraps of paper with scribbled thoughts, repeated attempts at the same paragraph, etc.
“I’d originally started this box-under-the-desk system not because I’d anticipated one day preparing an archive, but because I was nervous I’d throw out work I’d need later.”
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