PCL MS 184 Patricia Gaffney Collection
|Title||PCL MS 184 Patricia Gaffney Collection|
Patricia Gaffney transferred her collection to the Browne Popular Culture Library at Bowling Green State University in September 1999 with additional materials donated in 2005. The collection has no restrictions placed on its use for scholarly purposes. Researchers are responsible for securing copyright permission when using all unpublished manuscripts and published works, whether authored by Patricia Gaffney or by other writers whose works may be found in this collection.
The collection consists of 6.5 cubic feet of documents dating from 1990-2004. It contains manuscripts, edited manuscripts, proofs, research notes, outlines, synopses, proposals and one audio script.
This finding aid was prepared by Mary Koslovsky in January 2006.
Patricia Gaffney was born in Tampa, Florida, but grew up in Bethesda, Maryland. She earned a bachelor's degree in English and philosophy from Marymount College in New York and also studied literature at Royal Holloway College of the University of London; at George Washington University and at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
After college, Gaffney taught high school English for one year, after which she took a job as a freelance court reporter and pursued that career in North Carolina, Pittsburgh and Washington D.C. for 5 years.
In 1984, Gaffney was diagnosed with breast cancer, which prompted her to decide what she wanted to do with the rest of her life. She decided to do what she had always wanted to do: write books and live in the country. In 1986, she and her husband left Washington D.C. and moved to rural southern Pennsylvania where they live today.
Gaffney published 12 historical romance novels. Her first, Sweet Treason, appeared in 1989 and won the Romance Writers of America Golden Heart as well as other first-book awards. Six of her novels have been nominated for Romance Writers of America RITA awards and Wild at Heart (1997) was among ten finalists for the reader-nominated Favorite Book of the Year Award.
After a dozen books, Gaffney wanted to write “real-life” fiction. In 1999, The Saving Graces, the story of four women friends, one of whom battles a cancer recurrence, was published. Circle of Three was published in 2000, Flight Lessons in 2002 and Good-bye Summer was released in 2004. She is currently working on another novel.
|Scope and Content|
The Patricia Gaffney Collection comprises 6.5 cubic feet of manuscripts dating from 1990-2004. The collection contains several manuscripts, edited manuscripts, proofs, research notes, outlines, synopses, proposals and one audioscript. The researcher will be able to view the process of writing a manuscript from the proposal to the editor's proof of a manuscript.