PCL MS 066 Joan Hess Collection
|PCL MS 066 Joan Hess Collection
The Joan Hess Collection consists of approximately 1 linear foot of manuscript materials. The collection was donated to the Browne Popular Culture Library by Joan Hess around 1990. 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 Researchers are responsible for securing copyright permission when using all unpublished manuscripts and published works found in this collection. The collection was processed and finding aid prepared by Manuscripts & Outreach Archivist Steve Ammidown in April 2017. For inquiries about this collection, contact the BPCL reference email
|Joan Hess (1949- ) is an American mystery writer best known for two series, The Claire Malloy Mysteries and The Maggody Mysteries. Both series take place in Arkansas, where Hess was a longtime resident. A short-lived 1993 CBS series titled Arly Hanks was based on the central character of The Maggody Mysteries. Hess, under the pseudonym Joan Hadley, has also written two books featuring the character Theo Bloomer.
Hess served as president of the American Crime Writers League, and was a long time member of Sisters in Crime. Her stories have been published in anthologies such as Sisters in Crime, Crosswinds, and Malice Domestic.
|Scope and Content
|The collection consists of a number of copyedited manuscripts for novels written by Joan Hess between 1986 and 1990. Two books from her Maggody series are included- Mischief in Maggody and Much Ado in Maggody.
Manuscripts for five books featuring her long-running character Claire Malloy can also be found in the collection:
Dear Miss Demeanor
Red Rover, Red Rover
A Really Cute Corpse
Roll Over and Play Dead
A manuscript for the stand-alone novel Future Tense is also included.
This collection will be of interest to those interested in Joan Hess and her writing process, as well as editing practices during the 1980s and early 1990s.