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Guide to the Michael Peterson papers, 1961-2001 and undated, bulk 1972

Summary

Novelist, veteran of the Marine Corps in Vietnam, and alumnus of Duke University. Convicted in 2003 of murdering his wife Kathleen Peterson; a retrial was ordered in 2011. Chiefly consists of correspondence and writings that pertain to three novels written by Michael Peterson: A Time of War, The Immortal Dragon, and The Enemy. Peterson served in the Marine Corps and based these novels around his experiences during the Vietnamese conflict. The writings contain handwritten and typed drafts of the three novels. While an undergraduate at Duke University, Peterson served as editor of the student newspaper, The Duke Chronicle. Issues of this newspaper printed during his editorship are bound together and included within the collection.

Collection Details

Collection Number
RL.01020
Title
Michael Peterson papers
Date
1961-2001 and undated, bulk 1972
Creator
Peterson, Michael (Michael I.)
Extent
2.8 Linear Feet, 500 Items
Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Language
Material in English

Collection Overview

Collection chiefly consists of correspondence and writings that pertain to three novels written by Michael Peterson: A Time of War, The Immortal Dragon, and The Enemy. Peterson served in the Marine Corps and based these novels around his experiences during the Vietnamese conflict. The writings contain handwritten and typed drafts of the three novels. While an undergraduate at Duke University, Peterson served as editor of the student newspaper, The Duke Chronicle. Issues of this newspaper printed during his editorship are bound together and included within the collection.

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[Identification of item], Michael Peterson papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Contents of the Collection

Correspondence: Zuckerman, Albert, 1986-1988
Box 1
Correspondence: Various publishers and replies, 1972-1989
Box 1
Audio script of A Time of War, undated
Box 1
Descriptions of The Enemy, undated
Box 1
Manuscript draft of The Enemy
(14 folders)
Box 1
Miscellaneous writings, undated
(3 of 11 folders)
Box 1
Miscellaneous writings, undated
(8 of 11 folders)
Box 2
Setting copy of The Immortal Dragon, 1983
(4 folders)
Box 2
Typescript of A Time of War, 1983
(4 of 11 folders)
Box 2
Typescript of A Time of War, 1983
(7 of 11 folders)
Box 3
Clippings, newspapers and magazine articles about The Immortal Dragon and A Time of War, 1988-1990
Box 3
Miscellaneous, 1961-2001 and undated
Box 3
Clippings, newspapers and magazine articles about The Immortal Dragon and A Time of War, 1988-1990
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The Duke Chronicle, 1964-1965
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Provenance

The Michael Peterson papers were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a gift in 1990.

Processing Information

Processed by Rubenstein Library staff, 2001

Encoded by Elizabeth Shesko, May 2011

Accession(s) described in this finding aid: 90-122

This collection has been given basic processing: materials may not have been ordered and described beyond their original condition.