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tv   Berg Collection of English and American Literature  CSPAN  November 28, 2014 6:42pm-6:54pm EST

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south bronx. i remember one would really asking her what she was doing and she told me her name was miracle. i was like zero my god, you know, students in the south bronx in a place of great need and then some of the wealthiest and most powerful people in new york who want to be supportive of everything the library stands for. it means i get to live the diversity of experience that i think is the secret sauce of america's success, that we are all in this together. that's one of the great privileges of my life to be out of service staff. >> host: 10 years from now, whether we going to have? in the library? >> guest: at the will have every seat filled. i bet we will have many more educational programs for free to meet the needs in the neighborhood. i think we will have more --
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people will still be in this building and in schaumburg in the library for performing eyes in the business library, but much more research material will be sent out into the world. at some point, we will also reach what i call the holy grail, which is everything being available online to anyone and out of the blue and linked. but much of the world -- i don't think this would be 10 years from now because we have a lot of legal and technical issues and it will take a partnership with wikipedia and google and digital public libraries of america and everybody engaged in this and the publishers send authors. but imagine a world in which you could start looking up something you're interested in. reading about tables and then you're interested in the word in words that come from and what
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was the history of slavery there is a person and simply chart your own course of creativity throughout the world's knowledge. that would be amazing. with the touch of the screen, even easier. even better, even more explicit. the library will always be the centerpiece of that in meeting these educational needs, curating needs of the public at large. and my guess is there will always be a place where the polar way of new yorkers and people from around the world with all different economic, racial, religious backgrounds come together. that doesn't happen very much in our society at this point, which is sad and worrisome. it happens in the library. even more incredibly, they come together to inc. to read, write, create.
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you know, sometimes we think those days are gone. they are not gone. they are happening here. what could be more powerful? >> as booktv continues his tour of the new york public library, we are now joined by isaac gewirtz. what you do here? >> guest: i am the curator of the henry w. and albert a. berg literature. >> host: how did you get to that position? >> guest: i worked in the new york library in the past. in the bareboat division on with later curator at southern methodist university and i am
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downtown at the general theological seminary, st. mark's library and got a doctorate in the renaissance history of colombia and all that led to my being here. >> host: how long have you been with the new york public library? >> guest: as a curator since september 2000. >> host: you got some things to show us. >> guest: i have. the berg is enormous collection of tens of thousands of printed items and authors. but this is what i'd like to call the tip of the berg so to speak. here we have the only surviving manuscript of john diamond's holy sonnets, satires and paradoxes done in his own lifetime. it is not in his hands, but it's in the hand of his secretary and personal assistant. this has the highest authority driving to wreck to leave from
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dunn's own manuscript and you can see change is, differences between the text is represented here in the transactions made in the first additional ever perpetuated throughout the centuries. for instance in this sonnet, war, durres, age, aids, tierney is, all those who have been destroyed by this will be resurrected on the day of judgment. this was transcribed as the death and the only 20th century read correctly. john done was a great poet, mexican, now called physical poets of the 17th century. the used which, philosophical
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inquiry and in order to create highly formal and complex sonnets and other forms of poetry. >> host: what else do you want? >> guest: we have a wonderful dickens collection. over 550 letters. all the additions of books umpires. what is really remarkable is we have 13 for the performance copies for use in public readings. this is the first one he ever did. the first reading he ever gave was in 1853 and this is the prompt copy, performance copies for christmas carol. he first read it in birmingham and in 1853 this is not yet in existence and he set about creating a text that would be short enough that people could listen to for over a period of
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an hour, 10 minutes or so. so he had a finders tearout 49-point police and then he'd and then he grabbed whatever. a couple years and three editorial passes. you can see that he sometimes rewrote passages because if he would've deleted something something which a character with method or a scene described and referred to later, he had to introduce officially. that is what you see here. you also find bits of? pages pasted together that he wasn't going to read at all. you can see postage stamps. he said rocha. they use these to turn pages quickly, said the protruding pants have been broke in overmuch use. and here we have a photo of him taken in the dark. this is the last loop of photos from the last group of photos that were ever taken.
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new york 1867, winter of 1867, 68 was his great final reading tour of the united states. >> host: dr. gewirtz, how did the library get taken materials quiet >> guest: well, the performance copies came to the collection through the purchase the to greatest collections of art and literature in private hands in the 20th century. this is back in 1940, 41. one was david teachout was to create publishing magnate from sin cannot be in a friend of the irish literary renaissance collected from a real friend of literature. piazza of these performance copies and so did the other great collector who is a great founder of general electric, rca
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father. so this particular one i believe came from how. i believe it's the how collection. but i do want to mention one thing. this is the one to dickens. here is his pen that you want to hold and that is his inkwell. this is his ivory letter opener, which was given to him by his sister-in-law, georgina bogart and she had it inscribed or engraved with this cd in gothic letters. he put that on everything. in memory of bobby king 62 and this is one of the forepaws of his recently passed cat bath and a train of thought to put out his night can do with his paw. so maybe that is the same path. >> host: not to be terribly crass, how much is all this worth? >> guest: well, we don't like to discuss prices, but in one
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sense it is invaluable. i don't like to think of it in terms of financial value because these are priceless objects. they can't be duplicated. certainly the manuscripts i suppose you could find another letter opener with ticket and cat paw on it. >> host: all insured? >> host: wal-mart manuscript commissary. this is the first volume of three manuscript volumes. we have the vast majority here. virginia woolf was one of one of the modernist novels. this is published in 1927. this is in or on binding. it's not meant to be. she could do that kind of thing
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in the private press she ran with her has been and here you can see names to be used. some of these don't appear in the version. she always drew a blue cran line so she could read that old notes as she went along. in this particular case she is a couple of diary entries. and dad here for march 9, 1926, she writes a observe today i'm writing exactly oppositely from my other books, very loosely at first. she'll have to tighten finally further loosening as always before. also at three times the speed. the draft sire grammatical sentences are complete, tie, formal productions. in this


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