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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Unpublished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 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

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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