The Robert Nelson Jacobs Papers, 1977-2000, consist of scripts, development materials and research materials related to the
feature film CHOCOLAT. The collection contains the original manuscript of the novel from which the film was adapted, early
research materials, adaptation notes, correspondence with the studio and director as well as chronological drafts of the screenplay.
Robert Nelson Jacobs grew up in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania. He graduated from Yale University, where he received
the Curtis Literary Prize for his short fiction, and he later earned a master’s degree from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. He
began his career as a writer of short stories that were published in little, prestigious magazines and generated little, prestigious
His love of movies brought him to California, where it took a number of years for his writing to start paying the rent. Jacobs’
script for the film CHOCOLAT was nominated for an Academy Award for best adapted screenplay. His other produced screenplays
include OUT TO SEE, DINOSAUR, THE SHIPPING NEWS, FLUSHED AWAY, THE WATER HORSE and EXTRAORDINARY MEASURES–(RNJ, May 2014).
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