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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Unpublished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


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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],
[All]

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.

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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