CONVERSATIONS: The Gore Vidal Collection Event

On October 12th, Neil Weijer, Curator of the Harold and Mary Jean Hanson Rare Book Collection hosted a lively discussion with Steven Abbott and Jim Stephens, bibliographers for Gore Vidal. Weijer introduced and probed about the recent Smathers Libraries collection. Donated by Abbott and Stephens in 2023, the Gore Vidal Collection contains over 1,000 books, articles and ephemera relating to Vidal’s publications across seven decades, from working drafts and screenplays to translations of his books and articles into more than 40 languages. This wonderful and versatile group of materials will allow for new areas of research into the pressing political and social issues of Vidal’s times and will be a great resource for the study of graphic arts, book design, and 20th-century publishing for years to come.

The Program