New York Public Library Acquires Tom Wolfe Archive

Thursday, Nov 21, 2013  |  Updated 10:54 AM EDT
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This 2012 image released by Little, Brown and Company shows author Tom Wolfe. Wolfe, who wrote "The Bonfire of the Vanities," "The Right Stuff" and "Back to Blood," his first novel in eight years.

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The New York Public Library has acquired the archive of journalist and author Tom Wolfe.

The library board of trustees approved the $2.15 million acquisition on Wednesday.

The collection includes manuscript drafts and outlines for most of Wolfe's works, including "Bonfire of the Vanities."

It also contains notebooks filled with interviews, drawings and correspondence.

The library says the material will be available to researchers at its main Fifth Avenue building after being processed.

President Tony Marx says the papers will significantly add to the library's holdings because of Wolfe's "deep and meaningful ties to New York City."

Wolfe says in a statement that his longtime relationship with the library made it feel like his archive was "going home."

The acquisition was largely paid for with a private donation.

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