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Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Updike papers acquired by Houghton Library, Harvard University

Updike papers acquired by Houghton Library, Harvard University"Harvard University has acquired a massive treasure trove of papers from one of its most famous literary graduates, John Updike '54, the multifaceted novelist, short-story writer, poet, and critic who died last January. Manuscripts, books, photographs, correspondence, artwork, and other papers are contained in the vast John Updike Archive, making it the definitive collection of Updike material, said Leslie Morris, curator of modern books and manuscripts at Harvard's Houghton Library, which acquired the collection. Houghton is Harvard's primary repository for rare books and manuscripts. The acquisition means the library will become the center for studies on the author's life and work. 'Many scholars would argue that John Updike is one of, if not the, novelist of the late 20th century,' Morris said. 'No one can really write about the American novel without taking Updike into consideration.' Harvard University President Drew Faust praised the library's acquisition

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