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J.M. Coetzee Collection (VMF030)

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Coetzee transcripts from the University of Cape Town

Coetzee to Dean of Students and Coordinator of International Educational Exchange

Lawrence Ross (Chairman of the Graduate Committee, Department of English) to Coetzee

R.G. Howarth (Chairman of the Department of English Literature, University of Cape Town) to Chairman of the Department of English, Washington University

F.G. Butler (Professor of English, Rhodes University) to Chairman of the Department of English, Washington University

Coetzee to Chairman of the Department of English. Enclosure: Application for Graduate Assistantship and autographed photograph of Coetzee

Coetzee to Dean of Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Washington University. Enclosure: Application for admission to the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

Letter of recommendation for Coetzee by [S. Skewes]

Robert M. Schmitz (Chairman, Department of English) to Coetzee

Note approving Coetzee's application for a Graduate Assistantship

Coetzee to Robert M. Schmitz (Chairman, Department of English)

Dr. F. deS. Donnan to Chairman, Department of English

Coetzee to Robert M. Schmitz (Chairman, Department of English)



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Title: J.M. Coetzee Collection (VMF030), 1964-1965Add to your cart.

Predominant Dates:1964: August 8 - 1965: April 7

ID: MSS/VMF/030

Primary Creator: Coetzee, J. M. (1940-)

Extent: 17.0 Items

Date Acquired: 05/00/1987

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

Materials relating to Coetzee's application to Washington University's Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, the Department of English.

Collection Historical Note

John Maxwell (J. M.) Coetzee is a novelist, essayist, linguist, translator and recipient of the 2003 Nobel Prize in Literature. Of South African origin, he is now an Australian citizen and lives in Adelaide, South Australia. Coetzee was born in Cape Town, Cape Province, Union of South Africa, on February 9, 1940 to parents of Afrikaner descent.

Coetzee spent most of his early life in Cape Town and in Worcester in Cape Province (modern-day Western Cape) as recounted in his fictionalized memoir, Boyhood (1997). Coetzee attended St. Joseph's College, a Catholic school in the Cape Town suburb of Rondebosch, and later studied mathematics and English at the University of Cape Town, receiving his Bachelor of Arts with Honors in English in 1960 and his Bachelor of Arts with Honors in Mathematics in 1961.

Coetzee relocated to the United Kingdom in 1962, where he worked as a computer programmer, staying until 1965.  In 1963, while working in the UK, he was awarded a Master of Arts degree from the University of Cape Town for a dissertation on the novels of Ford Madox Ford.  His experiences in England were later recounted in Youth (2002), his second volume of fictionalized memoirs.

Coetzee went to the University of Texas at Austin, in the United States, on the Fulbright Program in 1965. He received a PhD in linguistics there in 1969. His PhD thesis was on computer stylistic analysis of the works of Samuel Beckett.  In 1968, he began teaching English literature at the State University of New York at Buffalo where he stayed until 1971.  It was at Buffalo that he started his first novel, Dusklands.  He then returned to South Africa to teach English literature at the University of Cape Town.  Upon retiring in 2002, Coetzee relocated to Adelaide, Australia, where he was made an honorary research fellow at the English Department of the University of Adelaide.

Administrative Information

Repository: MSS Manuscripts

Access Restrictions: Researchers must have the permission of Coetzee and the Curator of Manuscripts to see this collection. It is also Washington University policy to restrict the salary information in this collection.

Use Restrictions:

Users of the collection must read and agree to abide by the rules and procedures set forth in the Materials Use Policies.

Providing access to materials does not constitute permission to publish or otherwise authorize use. All publication not covered by fair use or other exceptions is restricted to those who have permission of the copyright holder, which may or may not be Washington University.

If you wish to publish or license Special Collections materials, please contact Special Collections to inquire about copyright status at (314) 935-5495 or spec@wumail.wustl.edu. (Publish means quotation in whole or in part in seminar or term papers, theses or dissertations, journal articles, monographs, books, digital forms, photographs, images, dramatic presentations, transcriptions, or any other form prepared for a limited or general public.)

Acquisition Source: Gift of Washington University Department of English

Acquisition Method: Accession 1735.

Preferred Citation: Name of the Collection, Washington University Libraries, Department of Special Collections

Processing Information: Processed February 1988.


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[Item 1: Coetzee transcripts from the University of Cape Town],
[Item 2: Coetzee to Dean of Students and Coordinator of International Educational Exchange, 1964: August 8],
[Item 3: Lawrence Ross (Chairman of the Graduate Committee, Department of English) to Coetzee, 1964: September 4],
[Item 4: R.G. Howarth (Chairman of the Department of English Literature, University of Cape Town) to Chairman of the Department of English, Washington University, 1964: December 18],
[Item 5: F.G. Butler (Professor of English, Rhodes University) to Chairman of the Department of English, Washington University, 1964: December 23],
[Item 6: Coetzee to Chairman of the Department of English. Enclosure: Application for Graduate Assistantship and autographed photograph of Coetzee, 1964: December 27],
[Item 7: Coetzee to Dean of Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Washington University. Enclosure: Application for admission to the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, 1964: December 27],
[Item 8: Letter of recommendation for Coetzee by [S. Skewes], no date],
[Item 9: Robert M. Schmitz (Chairman, Department of English) to Coetzee, 1965: January 27],
[Item 10: Note approving Coetzee's application for a Graduate Assistantship, no date],
[Item 11: Coetzee to Robert M. Schmitz (Chairman, Department of English), 1965: February 1],
[Item 12: Dr. F. deS. Donnan to Chairman, Department of English, 1965: February 18],
[Item 13: Coetzee to Robert M. Schmitz (Chairman, Department of English), 1965: April 7],
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Item 6: Coetzee to Chairman of the Department of English. Enclosure: Application for Graduate Assistantship and autographed photograph of Coetzee, 1964: December 27Add to your cart.
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