Helen Hinckley Jones was born on April 12, 1903 in Provo, Utah. At a young age she developed a love for literature. Her father read Greek myths, Dante, Milton, and a great deal of poetry to the family at bedtime and would review the story with the children later if they fell asleep. She attributes her father's kind service of reading to developing her writing ability. She attended undergrad and graduate school at Brigham Young University in 1924, and attended summer classes at Columbia, the University of California at Berkeley, Stanford, and Cambridge. During this time Helen developed a love of teaching, and taught drama and history in Ogden. From 1948-1974 she worked as a professor at Pasadena City College in California. She is currently a member of PEN International and he Society of Children’s Book Writers. She was married to Ivan C. Hinckley, and had two daughters. She died November 25, 1991 in Pasadena, California.
This manuscript is about 115 pages type written rough edition of the book. It contains rough drafts and edited copies of a novel, as well as correspondence between Ms. Jones and an editor. The manuscript is a copy of Columbus, Explorer for Christ which was published by Herald Publishing House. The novel details the history of Columbus and his exploration with a religious take, and was written by Helen Jones. The book was eventually published in 1977, along with a few other novels by Ms. Jones.