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A Guide to the Fleming Lee Papers

Finding aid created by Jennifer Amy

University of Florida Smathers Libraries - Special and Area Studies Collections
July 2007


Descriptive Summary

Creator: Lee, Fleming
Title: Fleming Lee Papers
Dates: 1946-2006
Abstract: Manuscripts, correspondence and memorabilia, primarily related to Fleming Lee's career as a writer of children's fiction.
Extent: 2.5 Linear feet. 3 Boxes.
Identification: MS Group 219
Language(s): English

Biographical/Historical Note

Fleming Lee was born Fleming Lee Blitch on December 19, 1933 in St. Augustine, Florida. His parents Loonis Blitch and Jean Frances Fleming Blitch had previously resided in Ocala, Florida, but moved to St. Augustine during the Great Depression so that Loonis could take a job as County Agricultural Agent. Lee began school in St. Augustine, but the family moved to Gainesville in 1941 where he attended J.J. Finley School, Gainesville High School and P.K. Yonge Laboratory School. He skipped the 12th grade and enrolled at the University of Florida in 1951. He received his B.A. in English in 1955, an M.A. in English and German Literature in 1959 and his Juris Doctorate degree in 1976. He went on to teach as an Instructor of English at Washington State University, Miami University of Ohio and Western College for Women and Florida Atlantic University. He also practiced law from 1978-1986 in Washington, D.C. and from 1987-2003 in central Florida.

His first book, The Amazing Adventures of Peter Grunt, was published in 1963 by J.B. Lippincott Company. That year it won the Parents' Magazine "Best Work of Juvenile Fiction" award. The same year Lee was also a Bread Loaf Writers' Conference Fellow. Other notable publications by Lee were The Last Dragon and his collaboration with Leslie Charteris on the The Saint series. In 1983, he married Julia Boone and now resides in DeLand, Fla.


Scope and Content

Most of the collection relates to Lee's career as a writer of children's fiction, and it includes manuscripts, correspondence and memorabilia. Manuscripts are divided into published and unpublished. Correspondence is organized by general correspondence and correspondence from young readers (primarily letters he received from children who read his books). Memorabilia pertains to The Amazing Adventures of Peter Grunt and writings he did as a student at J.J. Finley School.


Access or Use Restrictions

Access

The collection is open for research.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Fleming Lee Papers, Special and Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida.

Acquisition Information

The collection was donated to the University of Florida by Fleming Lee in 2006.


Contents List

Box
1 Biographical.
1 Memoirs. 2000-2006
1 Finley Flash Newsletter. 1946-1947
1 Sir Marmaduke and the Dragon. 1946
1 School Writings 6th Grade. 1948
1 School Writings. 1949-1958
1 Journals, Notes and Essays. 2003-2005
1 General Correspondence. 1963-1972
1 Young Fans re: Amazing Adventures of Peter Grunt. 1971-1973
1 Young Fans re: Peter Grunt, J.J. Finley School. 1964
1 Young Fans re: Pepito's Parakeet and The Last Firefly. 2001
1 Final Manuscript: The Amazing Adventures of Peter Grunt. 1963
1 Clippings re: Peter Grunt. 1963-1965
1 Peter Grunt (Misc. items).
1 The Last Dragon (Misc. items).
1 The Last Dragon: Friendly Puppet Show. 1974
1 Unpublished Manuscript: Firefly. 2000
1 Unpublished Manuscript: Parakeet. 2000
1 Unpublished Manuscript: Froggy. 1972
1 Unpublished Manuscript: Sequel to Peter Grunt.
2 Unpublished Manuscript: Astrology Part I pp. 1-73.
2 Unpublished Manuscript: Games of Chance pp. 1-93. 1984-85
2 Unpublished Manuscript: Games of Chance pp. 94-187.
2 Unpublished Manuscript: Games of Chance pp. 188-292.
2 Unpublished Manuscript: The Lady with Three Oranges/Where Do You Go From Being A Pig? Pp. 1-99.
2 Unpublished Manuscript: The Lady... pp. 1-99.
2 Unpublished Manuscript: The Lady... pp. 100-199.
2 Unpublished Manuscript: The Lady... pp. 200-299.
2 Unpublished Manuscript: The Lady... pp. 300-399.
2 Unpublished Manuscript: The Lady... pp. 400-417.
2 Unpublished Manuscript: Firm Commitments pp. 1-99. 1992
2 Unpublished Manuscript: Firm Commitments pp. 100-199.
2 Unpublished Manuscript: Firm Commitments pp. 200-299.
2 Unpublished Manuscript: Firm Commitments pp. 300-399.
2 Unpublished Manuscript: Firm Commitments pp. 400-499.
3 Oversize: Posters from school kids.

Selected Subjects and Access Terms

Children's literature -- Manuscripts.
Children's literature, American.
Children's stories.



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