The Josephine Hart collection consists of manuscripts, notebooks, correspondence, professional material, financial material, printed material, artwork, and photography.
Manuscripts include novels, screenplays, short stories, and speeches by Hart as well as manuscripts by others. Novel manuscripts by Hart include several drafts and notebooks for her novels Damage (1991); Sin (1992); Oblivion (1995); The Stillest Day (1998); The Reconstructionist (2001); and an early unpublished novel titled A Sense of Perspective (ca. 1989). Also included is a draft for a musical version of Damage and a screenplay version of Sin, written with Christina Kallas; Hart’s short stories “The Gift,” “The Gourmet,” “Remember Me,” “Secrets,” and “The Spider Killer,” and several others. Notable speeches include an address at Westminster Abbey and the British Library. Some of the novel drafts include correspondence related to Hart’s novels. Also included is a Q&A transcript on Hart’s novel on BBC radio 4.
Manuscripts by others in the collection include a screenplay version of Damage, by David Hare (marked “For Louis Malle,” who directed the1992 film version); a stage play version of Damage, by Antonia Brancati; an English version of Frederic Garcia Llorca’s play The House of Bernarda Alba, adapted by Robert David MacDonald (1986); a photocopy, with handwritten marginalia, of Graham Swinnell’s play collection A State of Affairs (1985); a photocopy, with notes, of Iris Murdoch’s play The Black Prince, based on Murdoch’s novel of the same title (1985-1989); The Beautiful Lie by Frank McGuiness; Lady into Fox by Simone Benmussa; a copy of Noël Coward’s play The Vortex; and several poetry collections, including Auden by Ralph Fiennes and Plath by Harriet Walten.
Notebooks include various notebooks for the novels Damage, Sin, Oblivion, The Stillest Day, The Reconstructionist, and various other writing notes, including short stories.
Correspondence in the collection consists of letters to and from Hart, dating from 1990 to 2002. The letters consist of fan mail, letters to and from various publishers, and items regarding the Ireland Fund of Great Britain. Notable correspondents include John Bayley, Bill Clinton, Ian McKellen, and Andrew Lloyd Webber.
Professional material in the collection consists of subject files. The contents of these files include financial material, legal material, printed material, publicity material, literary topics, event and awards information, and correspondence, arranged into files by Hart. Subjects include Damage (including files on the film and play versions); Sin; Oblivion; The Stillest Day; The Ireland Fund of Great Britain; Josephine Hart Productions; The House of Bernarda Alba; The Vortex; The Black Prince; and other topics. Also included are guest lists, contact sheets, and agendas.
Financial material includes ledgers and invoices dating from 1994 to 2010.
Printed material in the collection include articles, magazines, page proofs for novels, news clippings, pamphlets, internet printouts, posters, flyers, booklets, and programs. Articles consist of reviews of Hart’s novels from various newspapers and other periodicals dating from 1985 to 1997. Also included are articles regarding Hart, as well as several reviews of performances of Iris Murdoch’s play The Black Prince, which Hart produced. Magazines in the collection date from 1992 to 2012. Page proofs include Hart’s novels Sin, Oblivion, The Stillest Day, The Reconstructionist, and Words that Burn. News clippings consist of book reviews for Harts novels and date from 1994 to 2013. Internet printouts include topics such as Hart’s articles, books, and quotes. Posters, flyers, and programs revolve around poetry reading events dating from 1986 to 2013.
Artwork includes a drawing by Hart of a possible book cover for Damage.Photographs in the collection include archival photographs, rehearsal photographs from The Black Prince, photographs of an event in London, and slides of Hart with Dame Iris Murdoch.