New York Public Library: Celebrating 100 Years Exhibit

Another highlight of this trip was New York Pubic Library’s Celebrating 100 Years exhibit at is its august building on Fifth Avenue. The exhibition is divided into four themes: Observation, Contemplation, Creativity and Society, and features items of literature, social activism, invention, and religion spanning thousands of years. No photos were allowed inside the exhibit but some of the things I was thrilled to see included the personal diaries of Jack Kerouac, Malcom X, Virginia Woolf, and George Eliot; John James Audubon’s Birds of America artwork; W.W. Denslow’s Wizard of Oz illustrations; handwritten scores of John Coltrane and Ludwig Van Beethoven; T. S. Eliot’s typescript of “The Wasteland” with revisions by Ezra Pound; and Charles Dickens’s marked-up copy of “David Copperfield.” And of course, the library itself is pretty remarkable.

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