J.M. Coetzee Archive Open for Research in Austin, Texas

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J. M. Coetzee’s handwritten drafts of Life & Times of Michael K are constructed of stacks of exam books bound together with cardboard and wire. The book, published in 1983, went on to win the Booker Prize. Photo by Pete Smith.

The archive of Nobel Prize–winning writer and University of Texas at Austin alumnus J.M. Coetzee is available for research at the Harry Ransom Center, a humanities research library and museum at The University of Texas at Austin. The bulk of the archive traces the author’s life and career from 1960 through 2012.

Coetzee was born in Cape Town, South Africa, in 1940 and graduated from the University of Cape Town. After working three years as a computer programmer in England, he enrolled in The University of Texas at Austin in 1965 to pursue his Ph.D. in English, linguistics and Germanic languages, which he earned in 1969. While at the university, he conducted research in the Ransom Center’s collections for his dissertation on the early fiction of Samuel Beckett.

“It is a privilege to have graduated from being a teaching assistant at The University of Texas to being one of the authors whose papers are conserved here,” said Coetzee . . . Read on here.

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