Gatsby to Garp: Modern Masterpieces from the Carter Burden Collection
There are nearly a hundred items in this marvelous exhibition of first editions, manuscripts, notebooks, letters, and revised galley proofs from a private collection and among them, Portrait of a Lady by Henry James, This Side of Paradise and The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, a draft of XXX Cantos by Ezra Pound, Tender Buttons by Gertrude Stein, New Hampshire by Robert Frost, Light in August by William Faulkner, Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett, The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler, Goodbye Columbus by Philip Roth, Henry Miller’s Tropic of Cancer, and Jack Kerouac’s copy of The Pocket Book of Verse, subtitled Great English & American Poems edited by Dr. M. E. Speare, first published in 1940 and one of the best-selling books of all time, and distributed by the Red Cross to World War II soldiers in the field. “All books that wouldn’t be published today,” I heard one elderly visitor to the exhibition mutter to his wife. You may not agree with him, but you are bound to have many interesting thoughts of your own as you tour this exhibition.
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