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Jane Hamilton Papers

Overview

Scope and Contents

Biographical Note

Administrative Information

Detailed Description

The Book of Ruth

A Map of the World

The Short History of a Prince

Disobedience

Essays, Reviews, and Talks

When Madeline Was Young

Laura Rider's Masterpiece

The Excellent Lombards

Various

Unpublished

Jane Hamilton's Indexes and Guides to Papers


Jane Hamilton Papers, 1983-2000 | Carleton College Archives

By Jane Hamilton & Tom Lamb

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Collection Overview

Title: Jane Hamilton Papers, 1983-2000

ID: 03/245

Primary Creator: Hamilton, Jane (Class of 1979) (1957 July 13 -)

Extent: 6.0 Cubic Feet

Arrangement: Arranged by the author by novel in loose chronological.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

Papers of author and Carleton College graduate Jane Hamilton, class of 1979. This collection contains materials created during the writing, editing, publication, and promotion of Hamilton's novels and other writings. Included are drafts, editor's notes, and research, as well as screenplays for movies based on The Book of Ruth and Map of the World. Correspondence with Oprah Winfrey and other materials related to The Book of Ruth's and Map of the World's selection for the Oprah Book Club, and Hamilton's appearances on the Oprah Winfrey Show, are also included.

Biographical Note

Biographical note contributed by Jane Hamilton - Jane Hamilton was born in Oak Park, Illinois in 1957. Both her grandmother and her mother were journalists and fiction writers, and she assumed that if you were a girl you were supposed to become a writer. She graduated from Carleton in 1979 with that aim in mind, although she’d been told by various professors that writing fiction was not usually a viable profession. This was sound advice. She married an apple farmer, Robert Willard, in Rochester, Wisconsin in 1982. Between harvest and planting she wrote her first novel, The Book of Ruth, published in 1988. She has written six novels since, several short stories, and many essays.

Her daughter Hannah graduated from Carleton in 2010. Her son attended Lawrence University, where he had an English class from a Carleton grad who’d studied with the great professors of the 1980s, Carleton doing its work in Wisconsin.

Hamilton’s work has won prizes and two of the novels, The Book of Ruth and A Map of the World, have been made into films. She has taught at Carleton College, in the Warren Wilson MFA program, at Luther College, as well as conducting many workshops nationally and internationally. Although there was not a writing program at Carleton when she matriculated, the two workshops she took, and the professors she studied with, were instrumental in teaching her the craft of writing.

Administrative Information

Repository: Carleton College Archives

Access Restrictions: See Deed of Gift dated 2018-06-14


Box and Folder Listing


Browse by Series:

[Series 1: The Book of Ruth],
[Series 2: A Map of the World],
[Series 3: The Short History of a Prince],
[Series 4: Disobedience],
[Series 5: Essays, Reviews, and Talks],
[Series 6: When Madeline Was Young],
[Series 7: Laura Rider's Masterpiece],
[Series 8: The Excellent Lombards],
[Series 9: Various],
[Series 10: Unpublished],
[Series z: Jane Hamilton's Indexes and Guides to Papers],
[All]

Series 1: The Book of Ruth
Folder 1: “The Fruit Cakes and the Cane”, 1983
From Hamilton: First Drafts of The Fruit Cakes and the Cane, the story that became The Book of Ruth. Written in approx. 1983.
Container ID: Box 1
Folder 2: Correspondence with Ticknor & Fields editor, 1987-1988
From Hamilton: Correspondence with Katrina Kenison, editor at Ticknor & Fields, editor of The Book of Ruth. 1987-8. And 2 letters from the Ticknor Copy copy-editing department.
Container ID: Box 1
Folder 3: Racine Journal Times article, 1983
From Hamilton: Racine Journal Times article, 1983, reporting of the murder in Town of Dover, Wisconsin, that inspired The Book of Ruth.
Container ID: Box 1
Folder 4: Correspondence and press involving Oprah Book Club for The Book of Ruth
Container ID: Box 1
Folder 5: Rejection letters; correspondence from David Shields
From Hamilton: Two rejections from Abigail Thomas, who worked for the Liz Darhansoff Literary Agency and other rejections from agents. Also a letter about the book from the writer David Shields.
Container ID: Box 1
Folder 6: Correspondence from Elizabeth Weinstein
From Hamilton: Two Letters from Elizabeth Weinstein, (Betsy), about the Book of Ruth. List of agents that Betsy sent to me after doing a workshop. I worked down the list, got rejected by all until the last name, Amanda Urban.
Container ID: Box 1
Folder 7: Outline
From Hamilton: Spiral notebook, looks to be an outline ...
Container ID: Box 1
Folder 8: Early character explorations
From Hamilton: Bundle of Three Files. Early character explorations. Bits from the point of view of May, Jem (later called Ruby), Matt, Daisy.
Container ID: Box 1
Folder 9: Scribbles, notes, and corrections
From Hamilton: Scribbles, notes, made during the process. And sheet of corrections from Bob Willard.
Container ID: Box 1
Folder 10: Screenplay
From Hamilton: Screenplay by Suzette Couture for The Book of Ruth, with letter in back by JH with suggestions. (Made for TV movie, 2004.)
Container ID: Box 1
Folder 11: Contracts & Correspondence
From Hamilton: Contracts, The Book of Ruth. Correspondence with Amanda Urban in relation to The Book of Ruth.
Container ID: Box 1
Folder 12: Reviews of The Book of Ruth
Container ID: Box 1
Folder 13: Draft of the first chapter submitted for Wisconsin Arts Board Grant
Container ID: Box 1
Folder 14: Correspondence
From Hamilton: Correspondence with writers Joan Chase and Louise Eldritch. Also, a letter from bookseller and later friend, Susan Mayall.
Container ID: Box 1
Folder 15: Chapter 2, draft 1
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Folder 16: Chapter 2, draft 2
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Folder 17: Draft 2 - incomplete
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Folder 18: Draft 3
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Folder 19: Draft 3
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Folder 20: Draft 4 - incomplete
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Folder 21: Draft 5 - incomplete
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Folder 22: Draft 6 - incomplete
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Folder 23: Draft 7 - incomplete
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Folder 24: Draft 8 - incomplete
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Folder 25: Draft with copyeditor's notes
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Folder 26: Draft with copyeditor's notes
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Folder 27: Draft with copyeditor's notes
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Folder 28: Draft odds and ends, stray bits
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Folder 29: Royalty statements
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Folder 30: Draft 9 - incomplete
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Folder 31: Draft 9 - incomplete
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Folder 32: Draft 10 - incomplete
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Folder 33: Draft 10 - incomplete
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Folder 34: Draft 11 - incomplete
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Folder 35: Draft 11 - incomplete
Container ID: Box 2
Item 1: Medallion from Wisconsin Library Association - Banta Award, 1989
Container ID: Box 1
Item 2: Bound draft - The Book of Ruth
Container ID: Box 2
Item 3: Bound draft - Ruth Grey Dahl
Container ID: Box 2
Item 4: Bound draft - Come Riddle Me, Riddle Me
Container ID: Box 2
Series 2: A Map of the World
Folder 1: Clipping and brochure
Page from the United Mine Workers Journal, 1976, including an image of The Gem of Egypt important to the character "Howard." Brochure entitled "The Dedication of Racine County's" Law Enforcement Center" 1980.
Container ID: Box 2
Folder 2: Partial drafts of early versions
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Folder 3: Partial drafts of early versions
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Folder 4: Partial drafts of early versions
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Folder 5: Partial draft of early versions
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Folder 6: Draft of another plotline version
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Folder 7: Early draft of Alice section 1
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Folder 8: Early draft of Alice section 3
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Folder 9: Early draft of Alice section 3
Container ID: Box 3
Folder 10: Early draft of Alice sections
Container ID: Box 3
Folder 11-13: "Various fumblings"
From Hamilton: Miscellaneous sections that are impossibly mixed up. It's a big file called Various Fumblings.
Container ID: Box 3
Folder 14: Notes
loose and bound
Container ID: Box 3
Folder 15: Howard sections - early drafts
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Folder 16: Howard sections - early drafts
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Folder 17: Howard sections - early drafts
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Folder 18: Howard sections - early drafts
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Folder 19: Howard sections - early drafts
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Folder 20: Howard sections - early drafts
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Folder 21: Howard section
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Folder 22-24: Draft - mostly complete
Container ID: Box 3
Folder 25-27: Draft
Container ID: Box 4
Folder 28-30: Edited manuscript
From Hamilton: Pencil markings by editor Deb Futter, red pencil style editor or copy editor. They who go unnamed. Or unheralded, more like.
Container ID: Box 4
Folder 31-33: Copy of Hamilton's corrections to typeset draft
Container ID: Box 4
Folder 34-36: Proofs from Doubleday
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Folder 37-39: Proofs from Doubleday
Container ID: Box 4
Folder 40: Black dialect instructional
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Folder 41-42: Reviews
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Folder 43-44: Letters from readers
From Hamilton: Including large envelope from Carol Samson, teacher at Columbine High School in Colorado-one of my favorites.
Container ID: Box 4
Folder 45: Outline
From Hamilton: Written at the point that I realized Howard had to have a voice in the book, and that there would be three sections.
Container ID: Box 5
Folder 46: Letters by Hamilton explaining why she wrote A Map of the World
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Folder 47: Correspondence regarding permission to use quotes
Container ID: Box 5
Folder 48: First draft of screenplay by Janet Dulin Jones
Container ID: Box 5
Folder 49: First draft of screenplay by Peter Hedges
From Hamilton: The ultimate write of the screenplay
Container ID: Box 5
Folder 50: The Oprah Winfrey Show bookclub for A Map of the World
From Hamilton: Materials relating to Oprah Show book club for Map of The World, 2000. Including letters from "guests"-readers who were hoping to be on the show, or already were accepted. I'm not sure. Notes to myself in preparation for the taping of the show. A stab, first draft, of my thank you note to Oprah.
Container ID: Box 5
Folder 51: Correspondence with Oprah Winfrey, 1996
From Hamilton: My Letter to Oprah and the reply from Oprah, 1996, following her being honored at the National Book Award ceremony in New York City.
Container ID: Box 5
Folder 52: Contract with Doubleday, 1993
Container ID: Box 5
Series 3: The Short History of a Prince
Container ID: Box 5
Folder 1: Hand-written notes
From Hamilton: Crumpled up notes that look to me like the first ideas for the book, organization-alternating time with every chapter. And for some reason some figures about money and best seller bonus -- ??
Container ID: Box 5
Folder 2: Letter to Uncle Howard re: Glen Carrie
From Hamilton: Letter to my Uncle Howard, Uncle Noh, I call him, 1992, hoping to persuade him not to sell the lake house, Glen Carrie, or not to demand an exchange of money from his family members. This is a plot point in the Short History.
Container ID: Box 5
Folder 3: Three short stories
From Hamilton: Three short stories, very rough/unfinished, that served as springboards into the book one way or another. "The Fall of the Holy Roman Empire", "Prince", "Health Valley, 1968."
Container ID: Box 5
Folder 4: Notes; miniature furniture
From Hamilton: Various notes taken along the way, a very small portion of a copy of a book on making furniture in miniature.
Container ID: Box 5
Folder 5: Draft 1, incomplete
From Hamilton: As best as I can tell first draft-ish materials.
Container ID: Box 5
Folder 6: Draft 2, incomplete
From Hamilton: I suspect I didn't actually get to the end before I went on to Draft Three.
Container ID: Box 5
Folder 7: Draft 3, part 1
Container ID: Box 5
Folder 8-9: Draft 3, part 2
Folder 10-12: Draft 4
Container ID: Box 5
Folder 13-15: Draft 5
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Folder 16-19: Drafts 6 and 7
From Hamilton: Draft Six with a bit of Draft Seven. Don't know if the rest of Draft Seven ever existed.
Container ID: Box 5
Folder 20-22: Ragdale draft
From Hamilton: Do not know the sequence of this but it appears to be coming together to the final draft. (The Ragdale Foundation is the artist residency community in Lake Forest, Illinois.)
Container ID: Box 5
Folder 23-25: Setting copy
With edits by Deb Futter
Container ID: Box 5
Folder 26-27: Rough master
Container ID: Box 6
Folder 28: Edits for Deb Futter
Folder 29: Correspondence with Deb Futter
From Hamilton: Correspondence with Deb Futter about disclaimer, (and also concern by me that I've taken some of the edits in File Four too far); letter by JH to Leslie 0., lawyer for Random House; examples sent to me of disclaimers.
Container ID: Box 6
Folder 30: Covers
From Hamilton: Possible covers all of which I rejected.
Container ID: Box 6
Folder 31: Correspondence re: Random House and Doubleday
From Hamilton: Correspondence between Amanda Urban, Jack Hoeft, Marty Asher, Betsy Lerner RE: my getting out of my Doubleday contract to follow Deb Futter, who left her job at Doubleday to go to Random House. There was a shake up and many people left Doubleday.
Container ID: Box 6
Folder 32: Correspondence, contract, etc.
From Hamilton: Contract with Transworld Publishers (Doubleday UK); correspondence with Marianne Velmans, several reviews, and a new cover for The Book of Ruth
Container ID: Box 6
Folder 33: Questions and answers for the Dutch translation
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Folder 34: Foreign contracts
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Folder 35: Correspondence about the audio version
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Folder 36: Contract for the movie
From Hamilton: It was never made
Container ID: Box 6
Folder 37: Letter from Betsy Weinstein
From Hamilton: With suggestions and approbation
Container ID: Box 6
Folder 38: Correspondence outlining the novel
From Hamilton: Letter I wrote to Amanda Urban and to Deb Futter outlining The Short History of a Prince for the purposes of getting an advance.
Container ID: Box 6
Folder 39: Book tour, 1998
Schedule and correspondence
Container ID: Box 6
Folder 40-41: Reviews and interviews
Container ID: Box 6
Item 1: La Brève Histoire d'un Prince (French version)
Container ID: Box 6
Item 2: De Kleine Geschiedenis van Een Prins (Dutch version)
Container ID: Box 6
Series 4: Disobedience
Container ID: Boxes 6 & 7
Folder 1: Short story attempt
From Hamilton: First idea of Disobedience called Reconstruction
Folder 2: Draft 1
Folder 3: Draft 1
Folder 4: Draft 2
Hamilton note: Bits and pieces.
Folder 5: Draft 2
Hamilton note: Bits and pieces.
Folder 6: Draft 3
Folder 7: Draft 3
Folder 8: Draft 3
Folder 9: Notes
From Hamilton: some correspondenc related to research and etc. in relation to research
Folder 10: Draft 4
Folder 11: Draft 4
Folder 12: Draft 5
Folder 13: Draft 5
Folder 14: Books, playing cards for research
Folder 15: Research Materials
Includes a map of Shiloh National Park to which Hamilton traveled in researching her novel.
Folder 16: Helpful periodicals
Folder 17: Permission to Quote from 'The Kiss'
Folder 18: Master Copy with Corrections
Folder 19: Master Copy with Corrections
Folder 20: Contracts
Folder 21: Copy Editing Notes
Folder 22: Reviews
Folder 23: Reviews
Folder 24: Reviews
Folder 25: Correspondence about Disobedience
Folder 26: Fall Tour 2000
Folder 27: Fall Tour 2001
From Hamilton: Fall tour, 2001 - which began and ended in Boston on 9/10 - September 11 happened, I was on my way to a radio interview, the streets of downtown Boston were closed off - what was happening? I could not get home for about a week, ending up renting a car when one became available, drove home, not an airplane in th sky. Comradery at rest stops. It was weird and wonderful in its way. Cousin Carleton Fyfe, father of Carleton grad Jim Fyfe, named for Carleton College, was killed on flight 11, Boston to LA.
Folder 28: Copy-edited Version
From Hamilton: Copy-edited version, of interest possibly because now all this happens online. This version occurs before the Master Copy, I'm pretty sure. There were many other passes which I did not include - for anyone interested in publishing at that time. First proofs, second proofs, final. With very minor adjustments.
Series 5: Essays, Reviews, and Talks
Container ID: Box 8
Folder 1: Aren't We A Pair
From Hamilton: Essay written for photogrpher Melissa Pinney's book of photos/essays called TWO
Folder 2: The Reading Circuit
From Hamilton: Unpublished essay, draft, about The Reading Circuit
Folder 3: Washington Post, 2006
From Hamilton: Review of Julia Glass novel which I pulled when I found I could not write positively about the book.
Folder 4: Hair, 2006
From Hamilton: Essay about Hair for Allure
Folder 5: Technology, 2006
From Hamilton: Essay about Technology for Speakeasy
Folder 6: Kirstin Valdes Quade, 2018
From Hamilton: Essay written about Kristin Valdez Quade's short story Jubilee for Jackson Bryer collection, Why I Like This Story
Folder 7: Review of After This, 2006
For Washington Post
Folder 8: Aerobics
Unpublished
Folder 9: National Kidney Foundation talk, 2003
San Francisco
Folder 10: American Library Association talk
Folder 11: Piano Recital
From Hamilton: Unpublished, given as a talk many times
Folder 12: Rejected Essay, 1987
Folder 13: Introduction to Allegra Goodman's Family Markowitz, 2012
Folder 14: Cardinal Stritch Commencement Speech, 2001
Folder 15: PBS Frontline's The Farmer's Wife, 1998
From Hamilton: Essay assigned by PBS to comment on Frontline's The Farmer's Wife. PBS was not happy with the piece. I found the portrait of the husband and wife unflattering, and the farmer's life untenable.
Folder 16: Essay
From Hamilton: Essay for Allure? Not sure. I THINK it was published.
Folder 17: The Summer Reading Was Banned, 2015
From Hamilton: Essay for Ann Hood, including finished anthology
Folder 18: On the Road to Material, 2016
In The Lonely Planet Travel Anthology
Folder 19: Rurburbia, 2007
In Wisconsin People & Ideas
Folder 20: Introduction to The Short History of a Prince, 1998
For Franklin Library Edition of The Short History of A Prince
Folder 21: Middles, 2017
In the anthology, Aging
Folder 22: The Zuki, 2009
From Hamilton: Essay on The Zuki coat for Elle, including email from Nora Ephron
Folder 23: NPR Three Books, 2009
Folder 24: Louisa May Alcott, 1997
For Salon magazine
Folder 25: Mud Dog Grows Up, 1988
From Hamilton: Unpublished essay Mother/Daughter, rejection by New York Times
Folder 26: Modern Love, 2009
Folder 27: How Reading Changed My Life
From Hamilton: Essay about reading for Deb Futter. Don;t know where it was used. Something I think for publicity.
Folder 28: When Love Gets in the Way
From Hamilton: Essay about College admission for Jennifer Delahunty anthology
Folder 29: The Mother of Your Dreams, 2002
In Parenting Magazine
Folder 30: My Teacher Crush, 2008
In Hallmark magazine
Folder 31: Music Camp, 2009
From Hamilton: Essay for Oprah Magazine - which features my Carleton classmates
Folder 32: Peril, 1988
In the New York Times
Folder 33: Spending the Sparkle, 2019
For the essay collectin Apple, Tree
Folder 34: The Rainbow Bus to Camp, 1991
In The Milwaukee Journal
Folder 35: In the Matter of Cats and Chickens, 2010
In CLUCK: From Jungle Fowl to City Chicks
Folder 36: Two Short Essays, 2008-2009
From Hamilton: Two very short miscellaneous essyas, one about favorite books. One about Michelle and Barack.
Series 6: When Madeline Was Young
Container ID: Boxes 8 and 9
Folder 1-2: Draft 1, When Madeline Was Young
Folder 3-4: Draft 2
Folder 5-6: Draft 3
Folder 7-8: Completed draft
From Hamilton: First found printed out draft as a completed, thus far, book
Folder 9-10: Draft 5
From Hamilton: Draft Five (ish)
Folder 11-12: Draft ?
From Hamilton: At a certain point my editor, Deb Futter, having read an early draft said, "I think what Madeline needs is a boyfriend." Oh, yes! I knew exactly then what to do - I might have come to that idea in a few years but her saying so was the perfect time. Zing: boyfriend, Mikey O'Day. I've thrown out many intermediary drafts. This is the draft where Mikey appears - he had formerly been known as Donny and was not the boyfriend, I think, is how it goes.
Folder 13-14: Notes, Emails, Cover Trials, Font Trials
From Hamilton: Emails cover music of the time advice, medical info, Vietnam research, Army research
Folder 15-16: Editing Notes
From Hamilton: Deb Futter's editing notes in the manuscript.
Folder 17-18: Second Round of Editing
From Hamilton: Including a disk, a cd, what even are these? With copyediting marks, too.
Folder 19-20: First Reader's set
From Hamilton: First reader's set, just for the heck of it. Omitted second reader's set. It just goes on and on!
Folder 21: Letters about Madeline
Series 7: Laura Rider's Masterpiece
Container ID: Boxes 9 & 10
Folder 1-3: Draft 1, Chapters 1-7
Folder 4-6: Draft 1, Chapters 8-17
Folder 7: August 2007 Draft, 2007
From Hamilton: Draft which I call the First Draft. Which means the first draft that I would show anyone.
Folder 8-9: November 2007 Rewrite, 2007
Folder 10-11: December 2007 Rewrite, 2007
Folder 12: Notes
Folder 13-14: January 2008 Edit, 2008
Folder 15-16: Foul Matter
Folder 17: Study for Midwestern Literature Papers
From Hamilton: Papers given sometime after 2009. One about Ruth, one about Map, one about The Short History, one about Laura Rider. I particularly liked the Laura Rider essay. I haven't come upon any reviews or letters - there were some - but many of them at this point were online, and there were blogs about Laura Rider. Not everyone understood the humor, or realized it was a satire. One review is included in this file.
Item 1-2: Two Books
From Hamilton: Reading the Romance and Abducted used for research.
Series 8: The Excellent Lombards
Container ID: Boxes 10-11
Folder 1-2: Draft 1, September 2011, 2011
Folder 3-4: Draft 2-3
Folder 5-6: Draft 4
Folder 7-8: Draft 5
Folder 9-10: Draft 10, August 2012, 2012
Folder 11-13: December 2012 Draft, 2012
Folder 14-15: June 2013 Draft, 2013
Folder 16-18: November 2013 Draft, 2013
Folder 19-20: December 2014 Draft, 2014
Folder 21-22: March 2015 Draft, 2015
Folder 23: Adele Firth, 2009
From Hamilton: Messing around with the material, some of which becomes the Lombards
Folder 24: Adele Firth, 2009
From Hamilton: Messing around with the material, some of which becomes the Lombards
Folder 25: Adele Firth, 2009
From Hamilton: Messing around with the material, some of which becomes the Lombards
Folder 26: Correspondence About Drafts and Notes
Folder 27: Correspondence About Drafts and Notes
Folder 28: Copy-edited Manuscript
Folder 29: Copy-edited Manuscript
Folder 30: Tour Schedule
From Hamilton:  - my last tour? The end of touring as we know it? Except for big stars? Plus Nytimes review. Plus various Q & A for publicity. And notes for talks about the Lombards.
Series 9: Various
From Hamilton: There is no particular rhyme or reason here-just incidental things. Interviews, invitations-I came upon a box and had to start. Therefore: A miscellaneous collection of talks, invitations, and thanks for the talks which I couldn't bring myself to throw out, still in the pandemic, still isolated in some ways. Also, the stage of life I'm in: did all that actually happen? But, also, there is the pleasure of currating the past. Throwing out everything that had to do with Cookies and Culture in Burlington, Wisconsin, which turned out to be a humiliating evening. For instance, the committee sent a LIMO to pick me up, which was completely unnecessary and sweet, but didn't shedule it for the return trip. What was clear at the event was how most guests would so have preferred to see Tony Romo-who grew up in Burlington, who was not invited, who was not in any way a consideration for a Burlington Arts event.
Folder 1: Invitations
Folder 2: Interviews
Folder 3: Interviews
Folder 4: Interviews
Folder 5: Map of the World Reviews
From Hamilton: Back in the day there was a clipping service and I would get the reviews in the mail.
Series 10: Unpublished
From Hamilton: God awful work. Feel free to toss all of this. From Archivist: We did not toss any of this.
Container ID: Box 11
Folder 1: The Once and Future Nicholas Plumly
I thought, I could write a not great middle grade reader, couldn't I? This project was misguided. The Once and Future Nicholas Plumly. When in 2014 I sent it to a retired children's book editor friend, she said simply. "NO." I include it because it is set in the Nutting House. And because it was a stupid move on my part. Arrogant. Writing children's books is an art and an entirely different skill, which I do not have. I haven't looked at it since 2014. I have no doubt that it is Not At All Any Good. I was working on it at the time I was reading Catherine The Great by Robert K. Massey. Libby Ester, Carleton class of 1979, teacher of 5th grade, read it and wrote notes for a 2012 draft .. Included. There's another letter about from I THINK Elizabeth Weinstein, also Class of '79, my first reader since the days of Crafts of Writing One and Two with Keith Harrison.
Folder 2: The Once and Future Nicholas Plumly
Folder 3: I Want the Girl in the Green Coat, 2012
From Hamilton: This is but one of many many iterations of this novel.
Folder 4: I Want the Girl in the Green Coat, 2012
Folder 5: The Confusion of Mr. and Mrs. Noble, 2008
From Hamilton: A screen play. What was I thinking? No doubt a complete embarrassment. The gatekeepers once again said: NO.
Folder 6: The Apple Farm, 2007
From Hamilton: Screen play by my nephew, Duncan Riddell. Our Wisconsin orchard has affected many people.  Dithered about whether to include.
Folder 7: The Devotion of Lilly Firth to Men, 2009
From Hamilton: A relative of the Adele Firth novel. So many versions of this.
Folder 8: The Devotion of Lilly Firth to Men, 2009
Folder 9: The Devotion of Lilly Firth to Men, 2009
Folder 10: First Novel
From Hamilton: My first attempt at a novel. It was a mess, as I recall, and had no real shape. The early 80's.
Folder 11: First Novel
Folder 12: First Novel
Series z: Jane Hamilton's Indexes and Guides to Papers
Folder 1: Hamilton's comprehensive index to papers donated 2018-06-14
Folder 2: Hamilton's index to papers donated 2019-06-21
Container ID: Box 6
Folder 3: Author's Guide to Series 4-10 - Disobedience; Essays, etc.; When Madeline was Young; Laura Rider's Masterpiece; The Excellent Lombards; Various; Unpublished.

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[Series 1: The Book of Ruth],
[Series 2: A Map of the World],
[Series 3: The Short History of a Prince],
[Series 4: Disobedience],
[Series 5: Essays, Reviews, and Talks],
[Series 6: When Madeline Was Young],
[Series 7: Laura Rider's Masterpiece],
[Series 8: The Excellent Lombards],
[Series 9: Various],
[Series 10: Unpublished],
[Series z: Jane Hamilton's Indexes and Guides to Papers],
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