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American Literary Studies

Hannah Green Papers

The Collections

Stanford has comprehensive holdings of Hannah Green writings, including literary manuscripts, working notes, correspondence, photographs, and personal notebooks. These are contained in several different collections, each described below.

Location of All Collections: Department of Special Collections, Green Library

Research Access and Use: Materials in the Department of Special Collections are non-circulating and must be used in the Special Collections' Reading Room in the Cecil H. Green Library. The Reading Room is open 10:00am to 5:00pm Monday through Friday. Photocopies, photographs, and microfilm can be made of some materials in the collections. For more information about the collections and access policies, please contact Special Collections by telephone at (650) 725-1022, by electronic mail at or by regular mail at the Department of Special Collections, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, California 94305-6004.

Career of Hannah Green (1927-1996)

Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, to Matthew Addy and Mary McAlpin Green, Hannah Green was a precocious literary child, who began working as a writer at an early age. She studied fiction as an undergraduate at Wellesley under Vladimir Nabokov, and in 1956 with Wallace Stegner at Stanford, where she became a close friend to Tillie Olsen and also initiated her life-long career in teaching. She was awarded a MacDowell Colony Fellowship in 1960 and spent several terms there in residence. She moved to New York in 1961 where she served as a research assistant to Matthew Josepson until 1965. The early history of her family became the subject of her first book, The Dead of the House (1973). It was a critically acclaimed and carefully wrought work which took her over 10 years to complete. In 1971 she married the artist, John Wesley, with whom she regularly spent summers in France. This resulted in the publication of a children’s book, In the City of Paris (1985), as well as her second novel. On a visit to the village of Conques, she was inspired by the story of the child martyr, Saint Foy, which became the subject of Little Saint (2000), published posthumously by Random House.

Collections of Hannah Green Material:

Hannah Green Papers, 1950 - 98

Size: 25 linear feet
Call Number: M1030
Finding Guide: A partial listing of the collection (item level) can be viewed by clicking here.
Contents: The collection contains extensive correspondence to and from Hannah Green including letters exchanged with Tillie Olsen from the 1950’s into the 1990’s. Numerous drafts of Hannah Green’s published works are included in the collection, as well as drafts of such uncompleted works as College Days and Dreams and Early Memories. Hannah Green’s notebooks spanning the years 1963 though 1993, are also present, along with family papers, letters, and photographs from the late 19th century into the 1930’s.

Letters To Vincent McHugh, 1957 - 59

Size: 3 linear feet
Call Number: M1004
Finding Guide: Unpublished finding aid available (item level) in Special Collections.
Contents: The collection contains copies of Hannah Green’s correspondence to Vincent Mchugh from 1957 through 1959.



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