USC Unveils Pat Conroy Collection With More Than 10,000 Handwritten Pages

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.


  1. Michelle M.

    Oh my, it’s gotta be Beach Music. It’s my favorite book of all books!

    May 18, 2014 at 7:34 am
  2. Suzie

    The Great Santini, if I must choose just one!

    May 17, 2014 at 3:10 pm
  3. Dianne

    Love them all but Beach Music is my all time favorite.

    May 17, 2014 at 8:32 am
  4. Priscilla

    I love them all. Have just encouraged my twenty one year old daughter to read them as I think she’d love them too. If I had to pick I think possibly The Water is Wide. Tough choice though.

    May 17, 2014 at 4:19 am
  5. Anne Scheetz

    Hard to choose! Either Prince of Tides or The Water is Wide! I adore his writing!Love them all!

    May 16, 2014 at 10:23 pm
  6. Denise

    Beach Music for sure. I stood in line in Charleston to have him sign it for me. He is my favorite writer of all time!

    May 16, 2014 at 6:34 pm
  7. Suzanne Woolverton

    Love, love, love them All!

    May 16, 2014 at 5:28 pm
  8. innerjuju

    Beach Music! I was on an airplane and crying so hard I had to stop reading. I was making a spectacle of myself!

    May 16, 2014 at 4:05 pm
  9. MT Girl

    Beach Music.

    May 16, 2014 at 3:30 pm
  10. twocie

    The Water is Wide followed by The Lords of Discipline.

    May 16, 2014 at 1:51 pm

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