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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Unpublished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
Container ID: Box 1
Folder 16: Chapter 2, draft 2
Container ID: Box 1
Folder 17: Draft 2 - incomplete
Container ID: Box 1
Folder 18: Draft 3
Container ID: Box 1
Folder 19: Draft 3
Container ID: Box 1
Folder 20: Draft 4 - incomplete
Container ID: Box 1
Folder 21: Draft 5 - incomplete
Container ID: Box 1
Folder 22: Draft 6 - incomplete
Container ID: Box 1
Folder 23: Draft 7 - incomplete
Container ID: Box 1
Folder 24: Draft 8 - incomplete
Container ID: Box 1
Folder 25: Draft with copyeditor's notes
Container ID: Box 1
Folder 26: Draft with copyeditor's notes
Container ID: Box 1
Folder 27: Draft with copyeditor's notes
Container ID: Box 1
Folder 28: Draft odds and ends, stray bits
Container ID: Box 1
Folder 29: Royalty statements
Container ID: Box 1
Folder 30: Draft 9 - incomplete
Container ID: Box 2
Folder 31: Draft 9 - incomplete
Container ID: Box 2
Folder 32: Draft 10 - incomplete
Container ID: Box 2
Folder 33: Draft 10 - incomplete
Container ID: Box 2
Folder 34: Draft 11 - incomplete
Container ID: Box 2
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

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]


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