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Nancy Tilly papers

 Collection
Identifier: MS0242

Scope and Contents

Papers relating to her novel, Golden Girl (New York: Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 1985), which won the 1986 Juvenile Literature Award presented by the North Carolina division of the American Association of University Women. Includes drafts, correspondence with and notes of her editor, pages and galley proofs, and cassette recording of the author reading her work. The earliest draft (1979) includes notes made by novelist Lee Smith, in whose class Tilly began the work.

Dates

  • 1979-1985

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Some material may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the patron's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections.

Biographical / Historical

Nancy McFadden Tilly was born on June 8, 1935 in Atlanta. She is married to Eben Tilly Jr. and they have one son, John Eben Bradford (Jeb) Tilly. Tilly received a B.A. (with honors) from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1957, and an M.A. from the same institution in 1958. Tilly continued her education at the University of Chicago, receiving an M.A. in 1960. She taught English and humanities at the City Colleges of Chicago from 1961 to 1973 and creative writing in elementary schools, 1977-82. Tilly began working on Golden Girl during a writing course in the late 1970s. Vacations in Beaufort, N.C. inspired her to create a coastal setting for the novel, which was published in 1985 by Farrar, Straus, and Giroux. The book won the 1986 North Carolina American Association of University Women Award for the best book for juveniles by a North Carolina writer. She has also won awards for her short stories, including second prize from the Carolina Quarterly in 1979 for "Belle of the Ball" and for "Marina Grande" in 1986 and first prize from the North Carolina Writers' Conference in 1979 for "Two Women." Tilly also contributes articles, book reviews, stories, and interviews to magazines and newspapers. [For further biographical information, see Something about the Author (Detroit: Gale Research), volume 62, pages 173-175.]

Extent

1.5 Linear Feet (450 items)

Overview

Papers relating to her novel, Golden Girl (New York: Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 1985), which won the 1986 Juvenile Literature Award presented by the North Carolina division of the American Association of University Women. Includes drafts, correspondence with and notes of her editor, pages and galley proofs, and cassette recording of the author reading her work. The earliest draft (1979) includes notes made by novelist Lee Smith, in whose class Tilly began the work.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Nancy Tilly, 1997.

Creator

Title
Nancy Tilly papers
Status
Completed
Description rules
dacs
Language of description
English

Repository Details

Part of the Manuscript Collections, J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections and University Archives, UNC Charlotte Repository

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Atkins Library, UNC Charlotte
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