PCL MS 210 Virginia Myers Collection
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Virginia Myers is an American writer of contemporary and inspirational romance fiction. Four original typescripts of her works and correspondence with publishers, editors, and literary agents among others compromise the core of this collection.
Virginia Myers transferred her manuscripts to the Popular Culture Library, Bowling Green State University, in September 1998 and November 1999. The collection is open for research, but photocopying or other duplication of manuscripts must comply with applicable copyright laws. This finding aid was compiled by Debbie Chimahusky under the supervision of Jean Geist, Popular Culture Library Associate in April 1999. The finding aid was updated by Steve Ammidown, Manuscripts & Outreach Archivist in August 2016 with help from Loran Ramm, Student Assistant.
Virginia Ann Myers was born August 17, 1918, in Eugene Oregon to G. E. Myers, office manager, and Hazel Hope Myers, office worker. She graduated from San Fernando (California) High School in 1949 and went to work in the county welfare office soon after.
Ms. Myers’ first published work came at the age of twenty-nine and was a short story for Story Magazine entitled “The People Who Find the Bodies.” Three books followed within four years: Angelo’s Wife, This Land I Hold, and Escape from Morales. In between books, Ms. Myers wrote several short stories for various magazines and a fairly successful radio suspense script, “The Trap.” Later, Winds of Love (1979) and Come November (1980) were published under the Candlelight Ecstasy label of Dell Publishing.
In 1985 Ms. Myers received the Romance Writers of America Golden Treasure Award. (Later known as the RWA Lifetime Achievement Award).
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The Virginia Myers Collection houses the literary manuscripts for four of Myers’ works. Included in this collection is correspondence with editors, publishers, literary agents and others concerned with the publishing business. Personal correspondence and newspaper clippings concerning Ms. Myers work are also included. The strength of this collection lies in the correspondence that contains information pertinent to the business and editorial aspects of publication during the post WWII years.
Researchers interested in the romance genre, as well as in the craft of romance writing and publication across decades, will find this collection useful.