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Freedom to Write, Freedom to Read: The Story of PEN

FALL 2024

Freedom to Write, Freedom to Read: The Story of PEN explores the history of PEN and its continuing relevance as an international organization devoted to freedom of expression. Using the records of both English PEN and PEN International at the Harry Ransom Center, this exhibition follows the founding of the organization of P.E.N. (poets, essayists, and novelists) as a dining club in London in 1921, its fight against the Nazi book burning campaigns in the 1930s, and its present status as the world's foremost association of writers, operating in over 90 countries. This exhibition spotlights creators like Arthur Miller, Salman Rushdie, Toni Morrison, and Margaret Atwood alongside the everyday people who promote freedom of expression.