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The collection consists mainly of materials used by Spinelli in the writing and publication processes of her books. Handwritten, typed, and word processed drafts from various stages of the books’ development are included. E-mail and written correspondence between Spinelli, publishers, and editors is also part of the collection. Several of the books were turned down by multiple publishing houses before being sold, and some manuscripts were never accepted at all. The electronic communication between the author and her editors provides insight into the complicated and lengthy process of revising childrens’ books for printing, as well as the task of choosing and collaborating with an illustrator.
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3 cubic feet
Jerry Spinelli, children's author, book manuscripts
Children's and Young Adult Literature | English Language and Literature
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Fleming, Jenna E., "MS-154: Eileen Spinelli Papers" (October 2013). Special Collections and College Archives Finding Aids. Special Collection and College Archives, Musselman Library, Gettysburg College.