Hamilton, Virginia, 1934-2002

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African American children's author.

From the description of Virginia Hamilton papers, 1938-2003 (bulk 1970-1999). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 71132880

Biographical Note

  • 1953 - 1956 : Attended Antioch College, Yellow Springs, Ohio
  • 1956 - 1958 : B.A., Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio
  • 1959: Attended New School for Social Research, New York, N.Y.
  • 1960: Married Arnold Adoff
  • 1967: Published Zeely. New York: Macmillan
  • 1968: Published The House of Dies Drear. New York: Macmillan
  • 1971: Published The Planet of Junior Brown.
  • 1972: Published W. E. B. Du Bois: A Biography. New York: Crowell
  • 1974: Published M. C. Higgins, the Great. New York: Macmillan Published Paul Robeson: The Life and Times of a Black Man. New York: Harper and Row
  • 1975: Published The Writings of W. E. B. Du Bois. New York: Crowell Received John Newbery Medal and National Book Award for M. C. Higgins, the Great
  • 1976: Published Arilla Sun Down. New York: William Morrow
  • 1980 - 1981 : Published the Justice trilogy, Dustland, The Gathering, and Justice and Her Brothers. New York: Greenwillow Books
  • 1982: Published Sweet Whispers, Brother Rush. New York: Philomel
  • 1983: Published The Magical Adventures of Pretty Pearl. New York: Harper Published Willie Bea and the Time the Martians Landed. New York: Greenwillow Books
  • 1984: Published A Little Love. New York: Philomel Virginia Hamilton Lecture in Children's Literature established at Kent State University, Kent, Ohio
  • 1936, Mar. 12: Born, Yellow Springs, Ohio
  • 1985: Published The People Could Fly. New York: Knopf
  • 1988: Published Anthony Burns: The Defeat and Triumph of a Fugitive Slave. New York: Knopf Published In the Beginning. New York: Harcourt, Brace, Jovanovich
  • 1989: Published The Bells of Christmas. New York: Harcourt, Brace, Jovanovich
  • 1990: Published Cousins. New York: Philomel
  • 1992: Received Hans Christian Andersen Award for Writing
  • 1994: Honorary degree, Doctor of Humane Letters, Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio
  • 1995: Received Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal Fellow, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
  • 1997: Published Her Stories. New York: Blue Sky Press
  • 1998: Published Second Cousins. New York: Blue Sky Press
  • 2002, Feb. 19: Died, Yellow Springs, Ohio
  • 2003: Posthumous publication of Wee Winnie Witch's Skinny. New York: Blue Sky Press

From the guide to the Virginia Hamilton Papers, 1938-2003, (bulk 1970-1999), (Manuscript Division Library of Congress)

Archival Resources
Role Title Holding Repository
referencedIn Smith, Karen. A teaching guide to M.C. Higgins, the great by Virginia Hamilton / by Karen Smith. Minnesota State University Moorhead, Livingston Lord Library
creatorOf Greenwillow Books. Records, 1974-1984. University of Oregon Libraries, UO Libraries
creatorOf Hamilton, Virginia, 1936-2002. Virginia Hamilton papers, 1938-2003 (bulk 1970-1999). Library of Congress
creatorOf Hamilton, Virginia, 1934-2002. Hamilton, Virginia : [photography bio file]. Metropolitan Museum of Art, Thomas J. Watson Library
creatorOf Virginia Hamilton Papers, 1938-2003, (bulk 1970-1999) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Hans Christian Andersen Awards, 1992-2010 Charles Deering McCormick Library of Special Collections
Role Title Holding Repository
Direct Relationships
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associatedWith Burns, Anthony, 1834-1862. person
associatedWith Du Bois, W. E. B. (William Edward Burghardt), 1868-1963. person
associatedWith Greenwillow Books. corporateBody
associatedWith International Board on Books for Young People corporateBody
associatedWith Robeson, Paul, 1898-1976. person
associatedWith Smith, Karen. person
Place Name Admin Code Country
African American authors
American literature--African American authors
African Americans--Biography
Children's books
African Americans--Fiction


Birth 1936-03-12

Death 2002-02-19




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