Guide to the Catherine Rodgers McLain Papers, RG 256
Processed and Listed by: Dieter C. Ullrich
Date: April 2004
1.5 cubic feet; 5 items.
Number of Boxes:
3 document boxes.
Type of material:
Manuscripts, literary drafts and personal correspondence.
Arranged by title of manuscript.
Historical or Biographical Sketch:
Catherine Rodgers McLean was born on March 27, 1916 at Camp Hill, Tallapoosa County, Alabama, the daughter of George Robert and Bessie (Garlington) Rodgers. She was educated at local schools and in 1934 graduated from the Southern Industrial Institute (presently Lyman Ward Military Academy). She attended Alabama Polytechnic Institute (presently Auburn University) and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in education in 1938. A year later she attended the University of Alabama and received a Master of Science degree in 1941. After graduation she taught school in Talladega and Camp Hill. During the 1940s and 1950s, she wrote southern romance novels and stories on rural life in Alabama. Her best work was The Towers of Inheritance which was published by Doubleday & Company, Inc. in 1958. She married Thomas Jackson McLain in 1960. She continued to teach and write until her retirement.
Scope and Content:
Contains the published and unpublished manuscripts and correspondence of Catherine Rodgers McLain from 1946 to 1994. Includes the unpublished autobiography Johnny, Please Be Quiet, the unpublished novels The Swinging Gate and The Inheritors, and a draft of the published novel The Towers Inheritance.
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