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Story Typescripts and Story Clips

Murray Hoyt Papers

Collection Summary

Repository
University of Vermont Libraries Special Collections Burlington, Vermont 05405-3596
Creator
Hoyt, Murray C., 1904
Title
Murray Hoyt Papers
Dates [inclusive]
1936-1974
Quantity
2 Cartons
Shelf location
Library Research Annex.
Language
English
Abstract
The Murray Hoyt papers contain correspondence, numerous short story typescripts, published short stories clipped from magazines and newspapers, newspaper clippings, including reviews of his books, proposals for writing assignments, legal documents, and notes he produced while writing.

Preferred Citation:

[Identification of item] The Murray Hoyt Papers, Special Collections, University of Vermont Library.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

University of Vermont, Bailey/Howe Library, Special Collections © 1998 

Access:

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights:

All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Curator of Manuscripts.

Acquisition Information

Murray Hoyt, October, 1975

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Biography

Murray Hoyt was born in Worcester, Massachusetts in 1904. He attended Middlebury College where he majored in English, and graduated in 1926. While still in college, he sold his first story to a boy's magazine. From 1926-1930, he taught physical education and coached in Waterville, New York. It was during this time that he sold stories, primarily dealing with romance and sports, to "pulp" magazines. Around the year 1930, Hoyt resigned his teaching position, as he was earning enough money at writing to support himself. It was at this time that Hoyt took up residence in Vermont.

In 1937, Hoyt founded an adult education camp on Lake Champlain to supplement his income as a writer. The story of this camp, Owl's Head Harbor, is related in Hoyt's first book, "Does it Always Rain Here, Mr. Hoyt?", published in 1950. The book was a great financial success, and received much public attention. During the period of WWII, he sold works to more respectable journals, or "slicks," among them "The Saturday Evening Post" and "Ladies Home Journal."

After this period, he continued to sell to these publications, but gradually concentrated on longer works. In addition to "Does it Always Rain Here, Mr. Hoyt?", he wrote "The Fish in My Life" (1964), "The World of Bees" (1965), "Investment Book" (1972), and "30 Miles for Ice Cream" (1964).

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Scope and Content

The Murray Hoyt papers contain correspondence, numerous short story typescripts, published short stories clipped from magazines and newspapers, newspaper clippings, including reviews of his books, proposals for writing assignments, legal documents, and notes he produced while writing. The correspondence is arranged chronologically. Typescripts and clippings of published stories are also arranged by year, with a section at the end consisting of clippings and typescripts for which no year could be assigned. A few miscellaneous items have been arranged alphabetically by type or subject.

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