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Gatsby to Garp: Modern Masterpieces from the Carter Burden Collection
May 20 through September 7, 2014


Works from the Carter Burden Collection of American Literature and the Estate of Carter Burden. Photography by Graham S. Haber, 2014.

Between 1973 and 1996 Carter Burden, a cultural benefactor and former New York City councilman, assembled the greatest collection of modern American literature in private hands. This exhibition brings together nearly one hundred outstanding works from the collection, including first editions, manuscripts, letters, and revised galley proofs. Authors featured in this unparalleled exhibition are some of the twentieth century's most celebrated—William Faulkner, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Allen Ginsberg, Ernest Hemingway, Langston Hughes, John Irving, Henry James, Jack Kerouac, Norman Mailer, Toni Morrison, J. D. Salinger, Gertrude Stein, John Steinbeck, John Updike, Tennessee Williams, and Richard Wright, among others.

This exhibition is made possible by lead funding from Karen H. Bechtel.

Related Programs:

Films
The Thin Man
Friday, June 27, 7 p.m.

The House of Mirth
Friday, July 18, 7 p.m.

Gallery Talk
Gatsby to Garp: Modern Masterpieces from the Carter Burden Collection
Friday, May 30, 6:30 p.m.

Reading
Poetry on View: Readings from the Carter Burden Collection
Thursday, June 26, 6:30 p.m.

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The programs of The Morgan Library & Museum are made possible with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Background images: Photography by Todd Eberle unless otherwise noted. © 2006 Todd Eberle.