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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Unpublished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 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

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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