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Papers of Barbara Burford
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Untitled Piece of Prose

A copy of the first chapter of an untitled piece of prose fiction. It is unclear whether or not it is by Barbara. The chapter revolves around the theme of family, focussing particularly on a woman named Beatrice, her cousins and her aunt.

Genre and Stereotype

A copy of “Genre and Stereotype”. This is a non-fiction piece by Barbara. It discusses her experience of publishers in Britain and the stereotypes that persist in the literary and publishing world.

Young British and Black

Some of Barbara's notes on a piece of non-fiction prose she was writing, explaining her motiviations for undertaking the writing project. In the notes she identifies that the final piece will be called either "Young British and Black", "Building Our Own Mirror" or "Part of Me is a Stranger". There are three copies of these notes.

A Letter from the British Library

This letter asks Barbara to deposit a copy of her play Patterns to the Department of Manuscripts. Under the Theatres Act of 1968, this was required of every play script performed to the public in Great Britain.

A Letter from Firebrand Books

A letter from Barbara's correspondent at Firebrand Books. The letter discusses the response to Barbara's short story collection, The Threshing Floor. It also includes five separate reviews of The Threshing Floor.


This file contains a collection of Barbara's typed-up and hand-written notes on different subjects and themes.

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