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Lensey Namioka Papers

Summary Information
Title: Lensey Namioka Papers
Dates: 1998-2004
Creator: Namioka, Lensey
Extent: 2.0 linear ft.
Location: See Detailed Descriptions for Each Title Item for Box Locations
Language: English
Collection Number: CLRC-169
Abstract:
Lensey Namioka's papers focus on her work as an author of children's and young adult fiction. The collection contains production material for thirteen titles published between 1989 and 2003 with some production material dating back to 1988. Production materials consist of corrected typescripts, front matter, a note, and a photocopy of an illustration. The collection also contains one piece of correspondence to Lensey Namioka from her publisher.

Repository: University of Minnesota Libraries Children's Literature Research Collections

Access and Use
Access Restrictions:

Collection is open for researchers with no restrictions. Registration with the collection is required.

Copyright:

This collection is protected by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, U.S. Code). It is the user's responsibility to verify copyright ownership and to obtain all necessary permissions prior to the reproduction, publication, or other use of any portion of these materials.


Arrangement

April and the Dragon Lady, 1994

Coming of the Bear: A Novel, The, 1992

Den of the White Fox, 1997

Island of Ogres, 1989

Laziest Boy in the World, The, 1998

Loyal Cat, The, 1995

Yang the Third and Her Impossible Family, 1995

Yang the Youngest and His Terrible Ear, 1992

Half and Half, 2003

An Ocean Apart, A World Away, 2002

Ties That Bind, Ties That Break, 1999

Yang the Eldest and His Odd Jobs, 2000

Yang the Second and her Secret Admirers, 1998


Biographical Sketch

Lensey Namioka, nee Chao, was born June 14, 1929 in Peking, China. She studied at Radcliffe College from 1947-1949 and graduated from the University of California at Berkeley in 1951 and received her master's degree in 1952. Lensey Namioka worked as a mathematics instructor and translator before turning to writing in the 1970s. In 1976, she published her first books for juveniles, The Samurai and the Long-Nosed Devils and White Serpent Castle . Both books told of the adventures of two unemployed samurai in sixteenth-century Japan. Critics praised these books and Lensey Namioka's other works of historical fiction for their attention to detail and for evoking the place and period vividly. Critics also lauded her plots for their mystery, intrigue, action and suspense. Lensey Namioka has also written stories that draw on her Chinese heritage. In April and the Dragon Lady (1994), she describes how teenager April must come to terms with her own Chinese cultural heritage and contemporary American expectations. Her Yang series of books focus on the experiences and family life of some young Chinese immigrants living in Seattle. Critics called them humorous and filled with uproarious scenes of cross-cultural awkwardness that all children can understand. Lensey Namioka has received several awards for her work including the Washington State Governor's Award in 1976 for White Serpent Castle ,the Edgar Allan Poe award in 1982 for Village of the Vampire Cat , and the California Young Reader Medal in 2004 for Ties that Bind, Ties that Break .


Collection Scope and Content Note

The collection contains production material for thirteen titles published between 1989 and 2003 with some production material dating back to 1988. Production materials consist of corrected typescripts, front matter, a note, and a photocopy of an illustration. The collection also contains one piece of correspondence to Lensey Namioka from her publisher. The materials are arranged by title with folder and box level control.

Subject Terms
Indexing Terms
  • The collection is indexed under the following headings in the catalog of the University of Minnesota Libraries. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons or places should search the catalog using these headings.
  • Namioka, Lensey
Collection Contents
 Location  Title
 
April and the Dragon Lady 1994 
Note  : , 1994
Box M.F. 2053, folders 1-4
typescript, corrected (167 p.)  Box M.F. 2053, folders 1-4
 
Coming of the Bear: A Novel, The 1992 
Note  : , 1992
Box M.F. 2053 folders 1-4
typescript, corrected (187 p.)  Box M.F. 2053 folders 1-4
Box M.F. 2053 folder 4
Notes (1 p.)  Box M.F. 2053 folder 4
 
Correspondence (2 p.)  Box M.F. 2053 folder 4
 
Den of the White Fox 1997 
Note  San Diego: Harcourt Brace and Co., 1997
Box M.F. 2707 folders 1-4
typescript, corrected (179 p.)  Box M.F. 2707 folders 1-4
 
Island of Ogres 1989 
Note  1989
Box M.F. 2707, folder 1
front matter (8 p.)  Box M.F. 2707, folder 1
Box M.F. 2707, folders 1-4
typescript, corrected (195 p.)  Box M.F. 2707, folders 1-4
Box M.F. 2707, folder 4
photocopy of illustration (1 p.)  Box M.F. 2707, folder 4
 
Laziest Boy in the World, The 1998 
Note  New York: Holiday House, 1998
Box M.F. 2707, 1 folder
typescript, corrected (6 p.)  Box M.F. 2707, 1 folder
 
correspondence (1 p.)  Box M.F. 2707, 1 folder
 
Loyal Cat, The 1995 
Note  1995
Box M.F. 2053, folder 1
typescript, corrected (9 p.)  Box M.F. 2053, folder 1
 
Yang the Third and Her Impossible Family 1995 
Note  1995
Box M.F. 2053, folders 1-2
typescript, corrected (95 p.)  Box M.F. 2053, folders 1-2
 
Yang the Youngest and His Terrible Ear 1992 
Note  1992
Box M.F. 2053, folders 1-2
typescript, corrected (75 p.)  Box M.F. 2053, folders 1-2
 
Half and Half 2003 
Note  New York: Delacorte, 2003
Box M.F. 3388, 3 folders
typescript, corrected (134 p.)  Box M.F. 3388, 3 folders
Box M.F. 3388
notes (1 p.)  Box M.F. 3388
 
An Ocean Apart, A World Away 2002 
Note  New York: Delacorte, 2002
Box M.F. 3388, 3 folders
typescript, corrected (153 p.)  Box M.F. 3388, 3 folders
 
front matter (3 p.)  Box M.F. 3388, 3 folders
 
Ties That Bind, Ties That Break 1999 
Note  New York: Delacorte, 1999
Box M.F. 3388, 3 folders
typescript, corrected (110 p.)  Box M.F. 3388, 3 folders
 
Notes (1 p.)  Box M.F. 3388, 3 folders
 
Yang the Eldest and His Odd Jobs 2000 
Note  Boston: Little Brown, 2000
Box M.F. 3388, 2 folders
typescript, corrected (74 p.)  Box M.F. 3388, 2 folders
 
notes (1 p.)  Box M.F. 3388, 2 folders
 
Yang the Second and her Secret Admirers 1998 
Note  Boston: Little , 1998
Box M.F. 2707, 2 folders
typescript, corrected (81 p.)  Box M.F. 2707, 2 folders
 
front matter (2 p.)  Box M.F. 2707, 2 folders