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Summer 2002 Newsletter

Recent Acquisitions

Carlton Lake Collection


André Breton, undated photograph.

An extensive collection of rare autograph letters and manuscripts, most of them unpublished, together with original photographs, artwork, and other documents related to the modern movement in literature and the arts of twentieth century France.

Russell Banks


Russell Banks, photo by Marion Ettlinger,

American writer, nominated for both the PEN/Faulkner Award and Pulitzer Prize, who has received the O. Henry Award and the John Dos Passos Prize for Literature. The archive includes:

Thomas Pynchon

The manuscript for an unproduced musical called Minstral Island by Pynchon and Kirkpatrick Sale. Early notes, outlines, and drafts for the 1958 collaboration between Pynchon and Sale which explores the year 1998 when IBM dominates the world and artists (including musicians, sailmakers, and prostitutes) are pariahs who have yet to be assigned roles in the new world order. Pynchon collaborated on the manuscript with Sale in 1958, prior to the publication of Pynchon's first novel, V. Kirkpatrick Sale has written extensively on the political, economic, sociological, and environmental impacts of technology, even going so far as to reconstitute the term Luddite to describe a contemporary movement that is skeptical of uncontrolled technological advance. Pynchon manuscripts are notoriously rare, which makes this unpublished gem particularly exceptional.



Bananas, no. 10, 1978.

Archive of the literary periodical Bananas, during the tenure of editor and author Emma Tennant, from 1975-1978. Archive contents include original manuscripts and typescripts by contributors such as Martin Amis, Beryl Bainbridge, J.G. Ballard, William Burrough, Angela Carter, Ted Hughes, Ian McEwan, Sylvia Plath, Stephen Spender, and Paul Theroux, as well as financial records and correspondence.

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