BOSS IN THE WALL [Novel]. Typed Manuscript (TMs). Computer generated typescript. No date, but 1988. 76 leaves. A clean copy of a book proposal for a projected novel to be written by Avram Davidson and Grania Davis, based on an unpublished novella by Davidson (later published in a version attributed to Davidson and Davis by Tachyon in 1998) which evolved into an "enormous and unwieldy novel ms" by Davidson completed prior to 1988. The draft history of the earliest versions is a bit tangled. Davidson and Davis were represented by two different literary agents in earlier years. In his notes on the Davidson manuscript archive now in the Texas A&M library, Henry Wessells records an 87 page novella manuscript and a 563 novel manuscript (both unpublished), as well as a third version in collaboration with Grania Davis. So far, no novel version of this work has been published. In the Tachyon version, the text begins with the same line as the present manuscript, but is preceded by a three page prologue not present in this version, and ends with an entirely different line of text. The manuscript is accompanied by a cover letter from a literary agent dated 25 November 1988 describing the project. The Tachyon version was a Nebula Award finalist for best novella in 1998. The manuscript is in fine condition; the letter is in very good condition. (#141468).