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The Mystique of the Archive Reading List

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Harlot's Ghost

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The Archivist

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Collecting the Imagination

Books Featured in The Mystique of the Archive

Samuel Beckett, How It Is
Anthony Burgess, Earthly Powers
Don DeLillo, Underworld
T. S. Eliot, The Waste Land
John Fowles, The Magus
Norman Mailer, Harlot's Ghost
Peter Matthiessen, Far Tortuga
Paul Scott, The Raj Quartet
Anne Sexton, The Complete Poems of Anne Sexton
Leon Uris, Battle Cry
Arnold Wesker, As Much as I Dare

Books about Archives

Peter Ackroyd, Chatterton
Julian Barnes, Flaubert's Parrot
A. S. Byatt, Possession
Martha Cooley, The Archivist
Umberto Eco, The Name of the Rose
Brian Friel, Give Me Your Answer, Do!
Doris Lessing, Canopus in Argos: Archives Series
Penelope Lively, According to Mark
Dave Lodge, The British Museum is Falling Down
Tom Stoppard, Arcadia

Non-fiction related to Archives

Megan Barnard, ed., Collecting the Imagination
Ian Hamilton, In Search of J. D. Salinger
Joseph Sax, Playing Darts with a Rembrandt
Janna Malamud Smith, Private Matters
Carolyn Steedman, Dust: The Archive and Cultural History



The Mystique of the Archive explores archives themselves, the archival process, and the culture surrounding archives

The Arrival
of a Collection

Join the Ransom Center's archivists and conservators as they unpack the more than 60 boxes of new John Fowles material, inspecting it for insect and mold infestation while simultaneously completing an organizational assessment of the items.

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