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The Thomas Trail: every contact leaves traces

 

 

 

Pierpont Morgan Library

March 20, 1998

The Morgan Curtails Access to a Trove of Pynchon Letters

A trove of Thomas Pynchon letters — the most highly prized item in the Carter Burden collection of American literature given last month [February] to the Pierpont Morgan Library by the Burden family — will not be open to scholars during Mr. Pynchon’s lifetime.

The Pynchon letters, more than 120 written to his agent, Candida Donadio, from 1963 to 1984, reveal aspects of the novelist’s creative process as well as details of his life.

May 22, 1998

United States Copyright Office

Thomas Pynchon registers a copyright for the Unpublished letters of Thomas Pynchon to Candida Donadio.

Pynchon Files Copyright for Donadio Letters copy Tom & Carter copy

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