Andrews, V.C. (1924-1986)

The V.C. Andrews collection includes manuscripts, printed material, correspondence, photographs, and a notebook.

Manuscripts in the collection include Andrews’s novels Flowers in the Attic (Pocket Books / Simon and Schuster, 1979), Petals on the Wind (Pocket Books / Simon and Schuster, 1980), If There Be Thorns (Pocket Books / Simon and Schuster, 1981), My Sweet Audrina (Pocket Books / Poseidon Press, 1982), Seeds of Yesterday (Pocket Books / Poseidon Press, 1984), Dark Angel (Pocket Books / Poseidon Press, 1986), and Where the Green Grass Grows . The collection also includes Andrews’s poem “Golden Things,” a song lyric titled “Regretting,” and an article titled “A Writer’s Way to Profit from Memories,” published as “Turning a Profit from Memories” in Writer’s Magazine, November 1982.

Printed material in the collection includes reviews and publicity for Flowers in the Attic, Petals on the Wind, If There Be Thorns, My Sweet Audrina, Seeds of Yesterday, Dark Angel, and Dawn (1991). In addition, the collection includes best-seller lists from 1979 to 1988, photocopied pages from The V. C. Andrews Trivia and Quiz Book by Stephen J. Spignesi (Signet Books, 1994), Andrews’s obituary, sent to Publisher’s Weekly (1986), and miscellaneous clipped articles regarding Andrews.

Correspondence in the collection dates from 1967 to 1991. It includes letters to and from Andrews’s agent (Anita Diamant), her publishers, and her fans. Notable letters include a letter to Andrews from the American Writers Congress, signed by Francine du Plessix Gray, Gay Talese, and Kurt Vonnegut, and a letter from Lynda J. Robb (wife of the Governor of Virginia).

Photographs in the collection include portraits of Andrews, including one inscribed to her brother and one large framed color print from the Aufenger Studio, Norfolk, Virginia. In addition, there is a photograph of Andrews receiving an award, and a Polaroid of a book display.

The notebook in the collection is labeled “Rosenthalia”; it is made up of loose holograph pages, and includes historical notes.

Notable Figures
1. Andrews, V. C. (Virginia C.)
Associated Subjects
1. Mystery and Suspense Fiction Subject Guide
2. Literary Collections Subject Guide
3. Women's Studies Collections -- Popular Fiction Subject Guide
4. Helen Deutsch Research Section
5. Novelists
6. American literature -- Women authors
7. Novels
8. Women authors, American
9. American literature--20th century
10. Photographs