JUXTAPOSITIONS

Classics Unbound

Creativity

Human imagination is given no more powerful expression than through the arts, celebrating who we were, are, and will become … and the connections are forged across virtually all cultural and societal divides.

The New York Public Library has always been committed to collecting across a very broad spectrum of human culture. In addition to valuable first editions of literary classics, the Library holds impressive collections of graphic novels and comic books, including this 1945 adaptation of the Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. This work shows the long cultural reach of Mary Shelley's horror story, as well as the Library’s willingness to follow its trail into "pop" culture. Another best seller of its day, John P. Marquand's Thirty Years, reveals its own mix of "high" and "low": this collection of the popular writer's stories, essays, and articles was once owned by Ernest Hemingway, who wrote out a draft of his Nobel Prize acceptance speech on four blank pages at the end of the volume.

Frankenstein, from the comic book series Classics Illustrated. NYPL, The Carl H. Pforzheimer Collection of Shelley and His Circle.

Ernest Hemingway. Draft of his Nobel Prize acceptance speech. NYPL, Rare Book Division.

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OBSERVATION
Flower PowerFlower Power
The Written Word, Ancient to ModernThe Written Word, Ancient to Modern
CONTEMPLATION
ContemplationContemplation
Life's Journeys: Virginia Woolf and Malcolm XLife's Journeys: Virginia Woolf and Malcolm X
CREATIVITY
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From King Lear to "Impossible Trash"From King Lear to "Impossible Trash"
SOCIETY
Transforming Society: Karl Marx, Nelson MandelaTransforming Society: Karl Marx, Nelson Mandela
Challenging the Status QuoChallenging the Status Quo
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