Chester Aaron Papers, 1981-1982
1 box (0.3 cubic
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The collection contains
written production material, including corrected typescripts, corrected galley
proof, and front matter, for 2 titles written by Chester Aaron.
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Chester Aaron papers, Children's Literature Research Collection,
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Chester Aaron was born May 9, 1923 in Butler, Pennsylvania. A child of
Jewish emigres from Poland and Russia, Chester Aaron experienced ethnic slurs
and clashes with the onset of World War II. Eventually joining the Army, he was
part of the military unit that liberated prisoners at the Dachau concentration
camp, an experience that changed his life.
After returning from the war, Chester Aaron studied creative writing
as he worked a variety of odd jobs. Following a stream of rejections of his
writing, he trained and worked as an x-ray technician, all the while continuing
to write on a part-time basis. Chester Aaron's first book, an adult novel
entitled About Us , was finally published in 1967
to critical acclaim. Soon after, a teaching position at St. Mary's College in
Maraga, California afforded him more time for his writing. Creating mostly
young adult and some adult fiction, many of Chester Aaron's novels involve
animals and their interactions with human beings. He is praised for the
directness and conviction of his writing.
Biographical Sources: Something about the Author, Volume 74, 1993.
Collection Scope and Content Note
The collection contains written production material, including
corrected typescripts, corrected galley proof, and front matter, for 2 titles
written by Chester Aaron.
Corrected Typescript 1982 Box 1, Folder 5-6
Galley Proof, Corrected Photocopy 1982 Box 1, Folder 7-8
Corrected Typescript Photocopy undated Box 1, Folder 1-2
Corrected Typescript 1981 Box 1, Folder 3-4