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Sept. 1, 2004

Bibliophiles To Discuss Artists' Books, First Editions

Terry Pitts, art historian and director of the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, will discuss artists' books and first edition books when he speaks at the September meeting of the Iowa Bibliophiles.

The meeting will be Wednesday, Sept. 8, at 7 p.m. in the Second Floor Conference Room of the UI Main Library. Admission is free and open to the public.

Pitts' best and most complex collection is that of the German author W.G. Sebald, who died in 2002. Sebald was a German who emigrated to England and spent his adult life teaching in an English university and writing in German. Almost all of Sebald's true first editions were put out in Germany, but there are also first English and first American editions to deal with. He published four novels, some poetry and several books of literary criticism. Because of the topics of several of his novels and books of criticism, he's also tangentially considered a holocaust writer.

Pitts' collection features more obscure things about his collection topics, as well, such as the programs for the German literature prizes that Sebald won and a German-language CD of the author reading part of one of his novels. His address to the Bibliophiles will discuss finding this related material as well.

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