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1998 EZRA JACK KEATS RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP RECIPIENT

 

"Once Upon a Time: The Grimms' Contribution to Literary History" was the topic of our ninth Keats/de Grummond Collection scholar. Dr. Donald Hettinga, professor of English at Calvin College, described himself as "a kid in a candy store" as he discovered the riches of the de Grummond Collection. Every day he found more and more treasures. Hettinga is writing a book-length critical study of Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm's fairy tales. His research involves the review and study of children's books to see how the fairy tales have been retold by picture book authors and illustrators in the 19th and 20th centuries. In addition, the volume will offer an autobiographical study of the brothers.

Hettinga prepared for his research visit by browsing the Collection via the Internet. This allowed him to make the most of his time during his weeklong visit to the University. The resources that he utilized in the Collection have given him new ideas and have helped to move his research in a new direction. He is even planning future visits to research newly conceived projects.

Hettinga is coauthor, with Gary D. Schmidt, of the Dictionary of Literary Biography: British Children's Literature, 1914-1960 (Gale 1996) and Sitting at the Feet of the Past: The Retelling of the North American Folktale (Greenwood 1992). He is the author of Presenting Madeleine L'Engle (Twayne/Macmillan 1993) and numerous journal articles and essays.

This annual research fellowship program is funded by the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation, and we thank them for their continued support of our efforts to make the extensive holdings of the de Grummond Collection accessible to a growing number of scholars throughout the world.


 

 

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