Bibliotheca Fictiva Manuscript Collection: Part of the Arthur & Janet Freeman Collection of Literary & Historical Forgery
- approximately 1635-1970
- Freeman, Arthur, 1938- (Collector, Person)
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Collection is open for use.
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4.22 Cubic Feet (3 record center cartons, 1 legal size document box)
Biographical / Historical
In the process of assembling and exploiting their Collier collection, they also widened their scope and began to collect all forms of literary forgery they could reasonably identify. The Freemans constructed their own canons of inclusion, defining practical limits--as, for example, where traditional pseudepigraphy might border on deliberate and tendentious misattribution, or where true narrative impostures converge on conventional fiction, or whimsical hoaxes give way to immediate disclaimer.
Ultimately they settled on a plan to collect the entire range of literary forgery from approximately 600 B.C. to the end of the twentieth century. Among these were specimens of the more conventional physical forgeries faked printings, falsified provenance or autograph manuscript annotation, and the like but the emphasis always lay on the deceptive creation of spurious text and fictive record, and the history of their investigation, discreditation, and/or pernicious survival, even into present-day controversy.
written by Earle Havens, Curator of Rare Books
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For each entry a number and page number are referenced. These numbers reflect the arrangement in the published catalog and have been retained because they may be cited by researchers interested in accessing the collection.
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