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Symposium to feature new collection

Monday, October 1, 2007

Sinclair Lewis, one of Minnesota’s most famous sons, is the center of attention for the Sinclair Lewis Symposium Oct. 18-19. The event was organized by the SCSU College of Fine Arts and Humanities to honor the late Ida Kay Compton, a close friend of Lewis.  Her husband, Charles, who funds the conference, donated many of Ida Kay’s personal papers relating to Lewis, complementing an extensive collection of the writer’s papers, photographs and manuscripts cared for by SCSU.

Another feature of the symposium will be the unveiling of the latest addition to the Sinclair Lewis archives: the Hubert Irey Gibson Collection of original Lewis letters, manuscripts and other materials.  Gibson’s children chose St. Cloud State over three other universities and historical societies to receive the collection, which has an appraised value of $25,000.  Gibson, who worked for Lewis in 1933, had the author’s permission to save papers that eventually became Lewis’s novel, “The Jayhawker.”  The new collection offers students and scholars greater insight into the creative process Lewis used in developing his stories.  

Complete details on the symposium at web.stcloudstate.edu/sinclairlewis.

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