“These new materials reveal a youthful Kerouac’s artistic development, and a lifetime of images of him both unguarded and unique,” said Kevin Young, the Emory poet, professor and curator of the Rose Library’s literary collections and of its Raymond Danowski Poetry Library. “They include wonders like drafts of unpublished poems, signed contracts and even his visual artwork.”
Located in the Robert W. Woodruff Library on Emory's main campus, the Rose Library also boasts papers and other materials from literary lights including Seamus Heaney, Ted Hughes, Harper Lee, Flannery O'Connor, Salman Rushdie and Alice Walker as well as from major figures from beyond the arts such as golfer Bobby Jones. It also includes archives from the Civil War to the civil rights movement.
The collections are available to anyone with a research interest, through the open-by-appointment-only Reading Room. Reading Room hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays (closed Sundays). The library is at 540 Asbury Circle, Atlanta. marbl.library.emory.edu.
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