Fonds 18-006 - Peter Royle fonds

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Peter Royle fonds

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  • ca. 1969-2017 (Creation)
    Royle, Peter

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24 cm of textual records
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Professor Peter Royle was born in Coventry, England in 1934, the only son of James and Doris Royle. He received a Masters degree from Oxford University and a PhD from the University of Natal.

A scholar whose research focused on the existentialist philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre, Professor Royle taught in the French and Philosophy Departments at Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario from 1969 to 1996. He wrote many books, articles, plays, and short stories; a few of these include: L'Enfer et la liberté: Étude de "Huis clos" et des "Mouches" (1973); The Sartre-Camus Controversy. A literary and philosophical critique (1982); L’homme et le néant chez Jean-Paul Sartre (2005); and The Kaffir Killer, a black comedy (2010). The Kaffir Killer was earlier read twice as a radio play on BBC Radio 3 in 1971 and performed in theatres in 1982 and 1986. After retiring from Trent University, Professor Royle, together with his life partner Maren Thomas, lived in Germany and England. He died in England in 2017 and is survived by Maren Thomas and his two daughters, Eleanor Royle and Frances Royle (Roger Brush), both of Halifax, Nova Scotia.

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This fonds, created by Professor Peter Royle, was in the custody of Maren Thomas before being donated to Trent University Archives in 2018.

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Fonds is comprised of published and unpublished books, plays, short stories, articles, and essays written by Professor Peter Royle. Included are hard copy manuscripts and notes, as well as several digital files.

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Fonds acquired from Maren Thomas in 2018.


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Copies of books by Professor Royle were also received with this donation; these have been catalogued and added to the Trent Collection in Special Collections.

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  1. Play: The Atom Who Yearned to be a Molecule
  2. Play: Crime in Paradise
  3. Play: Gamblers
  4. Play: The Gaming Game
  5. Play: The Hypocrites’ Theatre
  6. Play: The Kaffir Killer
  7. Play: The Liberation of Phaedra
  8. Play: Love and war at Mount Banks U
  9. Play: Phaedra
  10. Play: The Prospect
  11. Play: Three Days in the Half-Life of a Plutocrat



  1. Novel: Isthmus
  2. Novel: A Stranger in the World of Allah
  3. Notes, ideas and poetry
  4. Essays
  5. Political essays
  6. Short stories
  7. Entries in the Dictionary of Existentialism – published
  8. Publications
  9. Copies of published articles
  10. Synopses of novels


Note: The digital records are comprised primarily of manuscripts by Peter Royle that were typed into digital format by Maren Thomas between 1996 and 2017; these records are listed below:

Peter Royle – Biographical

Biography with photo 2012 03 07

Information re the author for public release

Essays by Peter Royle

Arab-Israeli Conflict 2009 01 27

Everything is a Wolf 2010 07 21


Republic and Monarchy

Sartre and Football 2009 03 30

Sartre on Evil

The Pot and the Kettle – Excerpt from Chucker, McKiller and Di

Novels by Peter Royle

Novels – non-published


Necrophilia with Love (2 files)

2007 Necrophilia title page Necrophilia with Love

A Stranger in the World of Allah (3 files)

Manuscript of A Stranger in the World of Allah Synopsis of A Stranger in the World of Allah Title page of A Stranger in the World of Allah

Novels – published

Chucker, McKiller & Di (5 files)

Blurb for Chucker, McKiller and Di Contents page of Chucker, McKiller and Di Manuscript of Chucker, McKiller and Di Synopsis of Chucker, McKiller and Di Title page of Chucker, McKiller and Di

Love Beyond Mars (3 files)

Blurb for Love Beyond Mars Synopsis of Love Beyond Mars Title page of Love Beyond Mars 2009

My Mother-in-Law’s Murder (3 files)

Blurb for My Mother in Law’s Murder My Mother in Law’s Murder Short Synopsis of My Mother in Law’s Murder

Plays by Peter Royle

Plays – non-published

Hypocrites Theatre (2 files)

Cast list of Hypocrites’ Theatre Synopsis of Hypocrites’ Theatre

Gamblers – Dramatis Personae

Three Days in the Half-Life of a Plutocrat

Plays – published

The Kaffir Killer (5 files)

Blurb for The Kaffir Killer Dramatis Personae of The Kaffir Killer Manuscript of The Kaffir Killer Preface to The Kaffir Killer Title page of The Kaffir Killer

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