Jane Hamilton

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General Information

Name: Jane Hamilton

Pen Name: None

Born: 1957 in Oak Park, Illinois

Website: http://www.randomhouse.com/features/janehamilton/

Email: N/A

Illinois Connection

Hamilton was born and raised in Oak Park, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Hamilton spent has spent most of her life in the Midwest. After Hamilton graduated from college in Minnesota, she stopped off on her way to New York for a job in publishing to visit a friend who was working on a farm for the summer. They needed help for picking season so she stayed a month and ended up falling in love her friend's cousin. They married and she now lives on an apple orchard in Rochester, Wisconsin.

Published Works

  • The Book of Ruth, Ticknor & Fields, 1988
  • A Map of the World, Doubleday, 1994
  • A Short History of a Prince, Random House, 1998
  • Disobedience, Doubleday, 2000
  • When Madeline Was Young: A Novel, Doubleday, 2006
  • Laura Rider's Masterpiece, Grand Central Publishing, 2009

Titles at Your Library

The Book of Ruth

ISBN: 061302527X
Release Date: 1989-12

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A Map of the World: A Novel (Oprah's Book Club)

ISBN: 0385720106
Release Date: 1999-12-03

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The Short History of a Prince: A Novel

ISBN: 0385479484
Release Date: 1999-03-16

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ISBN: 0552998907
Release Date: 2002

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Literary Awards

The Book of Ruth

  • PEN/Ernest Hemingway Foundation Award for best first novel
  • Oprah Book Club Selection
  • Basis for a 2004 television film of the same title

A Map of the World

  • Notable Book of the Year, New York Times
  • Top ten books of the year, Entertainment Weekly
  • Top ten books of the year, Publishers Weekly
  • Top ten books of the year, the Miami Herald
  • Top ten books of the year, People magazine
  • Adapted for a film in 1999
  • Oprah Book Club selection, 1999

The Short History of a Prince

  • Best Book, Publishers Weekly, 1998

Other Awards:

  • Notable Wisconsin Author, Wisconsin Library Association, 2000

Speaking Engagements and Upcoming Appearances

Speaking Engagement Availability: (Yes)

Contact: Doubleday Pulishers, 1540 Broadway, New York, NY 10036

External Links

Jane Hamilton on WorldCat


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