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Title: Jane Hamilton papers, 1980-2000
Received Extent: 6.0 Cubic Feet
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Physical Description: 5 cubic foot boxes of personal papers
Scope and Contents:

BOX1 - The Book of Ruth (originally called Come Riddle me, Riddle Me)

1. First drafts of “The Fruit Cakes and the Cane,” the story that became The Book of Ruth. Written in approx. 1983.

2. Correspondence with Katrina Kenison, editor at Ticknor & Fields, editor of The Book of Ruth, 1987-88. Two letters from the Ticknor copy-editing department.

3. Racine Journal Times article, 1983, reporting of the murder in town of Dover, Wisconsin, that inspired The Book of Ruth.

4. Correspondence and press involving Oprah Book Club for The Book of Ruth.

5. Two rejections from Abigail Thomas, who worked for the Liz Darhansoff Literary Agency. Other rejections from agents. Also a letter about the book from the writer David Shields.

6. Two Letters from Elizabeth Weinstein, (Betsy), about The Book of Ruth. List of agents that Betsy sent to me after doing a workshop.

7. Spiral notebook, an outline .

8. Bundle of three files. Early character explorations. Bits from the point of view of May, Jem (later called Ruby), Matt, Daisy.

9. Scribbles, notes, made during the process and a sheet of corrections from Bob Willard.

10: Screenplay by Suzette Couture for The Book of Ruth, with letter in back by Hamilton with suggestions. (Made for TV movie, 2004.)

11. Contracts, The Book of Ruth. Correspondence with Amanda Urban in relation to The Book of Ruth.

12. Reviews of The Book of Ruth.

13. Draft of the first chapter, submitted for Wisconsin Arts Board Grant.

14. Correspondence with writers Joan Chase and Louise Erdrich. Also, a letter from bookseller and later friend, Susan Mayall.

The Wisconsin Library Association Medallion, 1989.

Drafts One-Eight. Drafts One-Seven written on a Brother Charger portable typewriter.

Draft one: Labeled 2-1 meaning Chapter Two, draft one. (Chapter One is

missing.) Followed by draft within draft, 2-2-1, to mean chapter two, second draft of

the first draft – in other words, not a complete new draft, but a second pass within the structure of the existing draft.

Draft two: Noted with* (incomplete).

Draft three: noted with **

Draft four: Noted with***, or 3-eleven, meaning 3rd draft, chapter 11. (Very incomplete.)

Draft five: Labeled as 4. (Incomplete.)

Draft six: Labeled as 5. (Incomplete.)

Draft seven: Labeled as 6 or six. (Incomplete.)

Two drafts from the electric typewriter vintage, both incomplete.

Draft Eight: Starts on page 6

Draft Odds and Ends. Stray bits.

BOX 2 - The Book of Ruth

1. Royalty Statements

Drafts Nine through the Bound Versions.

Draft Nine: (Starts on Two).

Draft Ten

Draft Eleven

Three bound drafts-done at a copy shop at various stages to give to readers, including Betsy Weinstein, Sarah Hamilton, Bob Willard.

1. The Book of Ruth.

2. Ruth Grey Dahl

3. Come Riddle Me, Riddle Me.

Box3 - A Map of the World

1. Two clippings of photos: One the Gem of Egypt, which is important to the character of Howard. And, a brochure about the Racine County Jail.

2. Partial drafts of early version of what became The Map of the World.

3. Partial draft of another early version.

4. Another version, another plot line.

5-8. Early drafts of what actually became the final novel. Alice part one sections.

9. Miscellaneous sections

10. Notes

Box 4 - A Map of the World

1. Howard sections early.

2. Howard sections early

3. Howard sections early.

4. Howard sections early

5. Howard sections early

6. Howard section early.

7. Howard section.

8. Mostly complete draft.

9. Draft.

10. Edited manuscript, pencil markings by editor Deb Futter, red pencil style editor or copy editor.

11. Copy of Hamilton’s corrections to the typeset draft.

Box 5 - A Map of The World

1-2. Proofs from Doubleday.

3. Black dialect instructional

4. Various magazine/newspaper reviews

5. Letters from readers of A Map of the World. Including large envelope from Carol Samson, teacher at Columbine High School in Colorado

6. Outline written when Hamilton realized Howard had to have a voice in the book and that there would be three sections.

7. Letters drafted for booksellers, or others explaining why Hamilton chose to write A Map of the World.

8. Correspondence in regard to permission to use quotes.

9. First draft of screenplay by Janet Dulin Jones.

10. First draft by Peter Hedges-the ultimate write of the screenplay.

11. Materials relating to Oprah Show book club for A Map of The World, 2000. Including letters from "guests" readers who were hoping to be on the show, or already were accepted. Hamilton’s notes to herself in preparation for the taping of the show. First draft of Hamilton’s thank you note to Oprah.

12. Hamilton’s letter to Oprah and the reply from Oprah, 1996, following her being honored at the National Book Award ceremony in New York City.

13. Contract, A Map of The World, 1993, ICM/Doubleday.

14. Jane Hamilton’s guide to this 5-box accession, three-ring binder.

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