Sarah Allen Papers, 1965-1983

Manuscript Collection #471

  • Descriptive Summary
    Title: Sarah Allen Papers
    Creator: Allen, Sarah S.
    Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
    Language: English
    Abstract: Papers (1965-1983) including correspondence, news releases, galley and page proofs, concerning novel Ginger Hill.
    Extent: 0.65 Cubic feet, 62 items , consisting of manuscripts, correspondence, news releases, galley and page proofs, concerning novel Ginger Hill.
  • Description

    Contained in this collection is correspondence (1971-1974) between Mrs. Allen and John Blair. In these letters, many fine points concerning Ginger Hill are discussed in great detail, such as dialect of the Negro characters; changes in the tobacco-planting chapter; time periods between chapters; accuracy concerning the river, which plays a significant symbolic role, as does the hurricane; the courtroom trial scene of Cassie; and the conclusion, in which the lives of all the characters are brought together for the reader. There is also an explanation of the conception and writing of Ginger Hill.

    Literary manuscripts in this collection consist of an original draft and subsequent rewritten drafts. There are photocopies of notes and notations on the manuscript between Mrs. Allen and Guy Owen, a professor and novelist at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, who was instrumental in helping to ready the manuscript for publication. It was on Owen's advice that Ginger Hill was sent to John Blair for publication.

    There is also the rewritten final version of the conclusion of Ginger Hill along with numerous redrafts and revisions. Finally, there are photocopies of news releases and reviews of the published book.

  • Biographical / Historical Note

    Sarah Allen of Kinston, N.C., wrote the novel Ginger Hill which was published by John F. Blair Publishing House of Winston-Salem, N.C. The manuscript, originally titled Rain on the River was begun during the late 1950s and completed in 1973-74. The novel is set in northeastern North Carolina during the depression years of the 1930s. The narrative is told by Ophelia, a fourteen-year old Negro girl, who lives with her mother, Cassie, and three other tenant families on Ginger Hill Plantation, a tobacco farm.

  • Administrative Information
    Accessions Information

    April 21, 1983, 19 items; Papers (1971-1973) concerning writing and publishing of novel Ginger Hill, including correspondence, novel drafts, and a statement.

    May 24, 1983, 43 items; Papers (1965-1974), including correspondence, reviews, a novel draft, galley proofs, and page proofs. Gift of Mrs. Sarah Allen, Kinston, N.C.

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of Mrs. Sarah Allen

    Access Restrictions

    No restrictions

    Copyright Notice

    Literary rights to specific documents are retained by the authors or their descendants in accordance with U.S. copyright law.

    Preferred Citation

    Sarah Allen Papers (#471), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

    Processing Information

    Processed by V. Leary, October 1987

    Encoded by Apex Data Services

Container List

Galley proofs, manuscript drafts
Manuscript drafts, author's set of manuscripts, final drafts, and news releases

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