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Edna Pettigrew Papers

One and one-half linear feet, 1946-1978, document the literary accomplishments of writer and educator Edna Pettigrew. An alumnus of Winthrop College, Pettigrew pursued graduate studies at the University of North Carolina and taught English and Latin at McLenaghan High School in Florence. She wrote two novels—My Merry Way (1956) and Three Is a Family (1959). In addition, Pettigrew published articles in the New York Times, the National Education Association Journal, the Mississippi Educational Advance, Florence Morning News, Florence Times, and Jack and Jill magazine. Despite the successes of her two published books, evidence in Pettigrew's correspondence suggests that her third novel, Sow the Wind, did not find a publisher.

The collection includes personal, family, and literary correspondence; literary pieces by Pettigrew and others; newspaper clippings; literary magazines; and publicity photographs. The bulk of the papers relate to Doubleday's publication of Three Is a Family, later serialized by King Features Syndicate and contracted to Danish and French publishers for foreign editions.

Also included is correspondence from Dorrance and Company, publisher of Pettigrew's first book, My Merry Way; typescripts, many reviewed by literary agent Madeline Boyd, of unpublished short stores, children's stories, and poetry; letters from Pettigrew's brother, English professor and poet Richard Pettigrew; scattered issues of The Lyric containing poems by Richard Pettigrew; and reprints of articles by Richard Pettigrew. Writers other than Edna and Richard Pettigrew represented in the collection include Edna's fellow Quill Club members and poet John Harllee. Other correspondents include Hal Borland, Faith Baldwin Cuthrell, Chalmers Davidson, Chapman Milling, and Mircea Vasiliu.

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