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John Donovan Papers

Summary Information
Title: John Donovan Papers
Dates: 1959-1976
Creator: Donovan, John
Extent: 5 folders
Location: See Detailed Descriptions for Each Title Item for Box Locations
Language: English
Collection Number: CLRC-21
Abstract:
Donovan's papers trace the genesis, process, and revision of six of his works for children and young adults. The collection includes typescripts, notes, correspondence, reviews, research materials, and both Harper and Morrow Junior Books catalogs.

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.

Processing Information:

This collection was processed with financial assistance from the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Arrangement

Family,

Good Old James,

I'll Get There, It Better be Worth the Trip,

Little Orange Book, The,

Remove Protective Coating a Little at a Time,

Wild in the World,


Biographical Sketch

John Donovan was born in Lynn, Massachusetts in 1928, and died in New York City on April 29, 1992. He was educated at William and Mary College, and received a law degree from the U. of Virginia. He began writing children's books in the 1960s, publishing his first book, The Little Orange Book in 1961. He shifted his attention to the young adult market in the late 1960s, becoming noted for his honest, compassionate and realistic portrayals of contemporary young adult concerns. Donovan was often controversial in his choice of subject matter, particularly in his depictions of homosexuality, alcoholism, teenage sexuality, death, and animal's rights. His books have received both criticism as being depressing, and praise for his emphasis on the lack of meaningful communication in modern life, and the crucial importance of friendship in developing character and beliefs. From 1967-1992 Donovan served as President of the Children's Book Council in New York, and in this position expressed concern about the future of children's and young adult literature at a time when profits were becoming paramount.

Biographical Sources: Something About the Author , vol. 29, 72; Children's Literature Review vol. 3; Contemporary Literary Criticism vol. 35


Collection Scope and Content Note

Collection contains material for 6 titles published between 1961-76. It includes typescripts, notes, research materials, correspondence, reviews, and six book catalogs from Mr. Donovan's publishers.

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.
  • Donovan, John
Collection Contents
 Location  Title
 
Family  
Box MF1809 folder 1
1 Harper Junior Books catalog (12 p.)  Box MF1809 folder 1
 
notes (1 p.)  Box MF1809 folder 1
 
research materials (2 p.)  Box MF1809 folder 1
Box MF1809 folders 2-4
Typescript, corrected (132 p.)  Box MF1809 folders 2-4
 
Good Old James  
Box MF1809 folder 1
1 Harper Junior Books catalog (10 p.)  Box MF1809 folder 1
 
Typescript, corrected (6 p.)  Box MF1809 folder 1
 
I'll Get There, It Better be Worth the Trip  
Box MF1809 folder 1
1 Harper Junior Books catalog (18 p.)  Box MF1809 folder 1
Box MF1809 folders 2-5
Typescript, corrected (206 p.)  Box MF1809 folders 2-5
 
Little Orange Book, The  
Box MF1809 folder 1
1 Morrow Junior Books catalog (38 p.)  Box MF1809 folder 1
 
correspondence (2 p.)  Box MF1809 folder 1
 
Typescript (4 p.)  Box MF1809 folder 1
 
Remove Protective Coating a LITTLE at a Time  
Box MF1809 folder 1
1 Harper Junior Books catalog (14 p.)  Box MF1809 folder 1
Box MF1809 folders 2-3
Typescript, corrected (85 p.)  Box MF1809 folders 2-3
 
Wild in the World  
Box MF1809 folder 1
1 Harper Junior Books catalog (18 p.)  Box MF1809 folder 1
 
reviews (1 p.)  Box MF1809 folder 1
Box MF1809 folder 2
notes (1 p.)  Box MF1809 folder 2
Box MF1809 folders 2-3
Typescript, corrected (97 p.)  Box MF1809 folders 2-3