Like many writers, Pat Conroy spent an awful lot of his writing career actually writing. Not via Microsoft Word, but on paper and in journals using pens and pencils. The University of South Carolina now has those handwritten pages.
Today the University of South Carolina unveiled the Pat Conroy collection, which includes the Southern’s authors poems, musings, personal diaries, handwritten manuscripts of his 11 books–such as The Great Santini and The Prince of Tides–and an awful lot more. It’s also got letters to fellow artists, like John Irving, Jimmy Buffett, and Barbra Streisand. It contains more than 10,000 handwritten pages and more than 15,000 typed ones. And, according to a release, this is a true marriage: The archive will include everything he writes for the rest of his life.
Next week, we’ll have an interview with Pat here on The Daily South. Before then, though, here’s a peek at some items in the collection, which is housed in the Ernest F. Hollings Special Collections Library at the University of South Carolina’s Columbia, S.C. campus.
What’s your favorite Pat Conroy book? Let us know in the comments.