An Amazing Collection of Philip José Farmer PapersPhilip José Farmer. Handwritten and Typed Notes and Manuscript for Lord Tyger.
A fascinating group of materials for Lord Tyger showing the creation of the book from genesis to completed manuscript. This lot is divided into five distinct sections consisting of: Farmer's original hand-written notes, the outline for proposal to the publisher, a rough first draft, the final manuscript, and a first edition of the Signet paperback.
The earliest gestation of Farmer's idea for Lord Tyger lies in fifty-one pages written in long-hand where he works on character development and story structure. Most of these are full pages, some even spilling over to the back side. A few are just one or two line musings. Interestingly, most of the pages used were from Motorola technical manuals. These are manuals that Farmer may actually have written, as he was a technical writer for them at one time and certainly would have written on what was at hand.
The second section consists of the publisher's outline with materials related to it. This gives an inside view of how the author proposes an idea to a publisher. Included are sixteen pages of notes, mostly handwritten and including three maps Farmer has drawn to work out story logistics. Also, a six-page handwritten letter to an editor, a one-page typewritten letter to the editors of Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, dated Nov. 4, 1964, a four-page typewritten rough outline and, lastly, a copy of the final twenty-two page-outline. The original of the final outline was presumably sent to the publisher for review.
The next section includes 51 pages, most handwritten by Farmer. These constitute a rough first draft of the book and additional notes. Here the author is still working on characters and structure and is fleshing out the story.
The next item is what appears to be the original 464-page typewritten manuscript. Handwritten editor's notations throughout provide alterations to the text of the printed book. A few pages are period photostatic copies. Also included is a first printing of the Signet paperback, allowing for comparisons of the texts.
This entire lot is in very good or better condition.
From Farmer's finished outline to the publisher: "Basic premise: A wealthy white South African businessman, Daniel Boyger, an American immigrant, is sane in most respects. But he is psychotic on one thing. He is an Edgar Rice Burroughs fan to the extreme, a Tarzanomaniac. He deliberately sets up what he calls (at first) the Ape-man Project to duplicate the Tarzan story." Farmer, long a Tarzan admirer, wrote many books exploring and deconstructing the legend of the pulp hero, including this one which he dedicated to Edgar Rice Burroughs, "without whom my childhood and youth would have been inestimably deprived and colorless."
Most manuscripts written today will never allow future generations the chance to truly understand the writer's creative process. As we move toward a paperless digital world, the need for page upon page of revisions and scrawled notes is no longer necessary. Here, though, is a rare opportunity to observe Philip José Farmer's progress from start to finish of his novel. One is able to chart the course of this talented and highly respected author from his rough notes to the finished book. This wonderful lot showcasing the creative prowess of one of the most successful and respected writers in the science fiction realm is an amazing collection for any serious collector of science fiction and fantasy. From the Frank Collection.
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