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. NEW COLLEGE NEWS RELEASE FOR RELEASE: Sunday, Hay 9, 1965 CIRCUS AUTHOR GIVES .fSS TO ,!EH COLL'I<:"f NEW COLLEGE, SARASOTA, FLORIDA FURMAN C. ARTHUR INFORMATION Alden Hatch, co-author t.rith l enry RinglinP, J:'Torth of "The Circus l'ings," has agreed to give his original notes and manuscript for the book to the t\letJ College library. The p.ift t.ras announced by Dr. George F. Baughman, president of College, who added that Hatch would also present to the college autographed copies of most of his 29 books tJhich included biopraphies of Dt.right fisenhm.rer, Pope Pius XII, and Clare Booth Luce. "The Circus published in 1960, has since been in several print-ings and is now available in paperback editions. It tells the story of the Ringling Circus brothers and the development from their earliest to the modern giant that is the RinelinR Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. ltatch conceived the idea for the book in 1955 and suegested it to the John and Henry By the time the idea t.ras accepted the circus t.ras ready to begin its difficult conversion from a tent to an amphitheater show and the project was postponed. (more)
Circus -Page 2 In 1958 Hatch again suggested to Henry '"ho had retired from the circus and tvas living in Rome, that they move ahead. Jlatch said that North wired that he twuld be glad to do the book but that the work must be done in Rome. "That t-tas okay me and I v1ired hirn back right away, 11 said trorth 's co author, In preparation for the book, Hatch did considerable research, coming to Sarasota and talking at length with 'frs. R.. L. HadSl-'Orth, sister of the Porth Brothers. She l,as then living in the Ringling home on Bird Key. Hatch estimated that his notes run to about 100,000 words. Movie rights to the circus book have been sold and Batch said that if the movie is made, much of the filming ldll be done locally. lTe said that he even has permission to use the John residence for one of the filming locations. Hatch and his wife, artist Allene Caty Hatch, have been guests of Col. and Hrs. Ralph Noel Dagg during their stay here. The Hatches have been to'-fard buying a house here and up their Cedarhurst, N.Y., home. The author's latest book, about En3land's family, is due for publication this month by Random House and is an alternate Literary Guild selection and has been contracted to run serially in the London Daily Express.