On View: Gatsby to Garp at the Morgan Library & Museum

Attention to those who love the literary giants of the 20th century. The must-see exhibition this season is Gatsby to Garp: Modern Masterpieces from the Carter Burden Collection at the Morgan Library & Museum.

A sampling of the books on view at the Morgan Library (© The Morgan Library & Museum)

A sampling of the books on view at the Morgan Library (© The Morgan Library & Museum)

Carter Burden was an avid collector of first editions and after his sudden death in 1997, his family gifted 12,000 volumes to the Morgan. The exhibition showcases 100 extraordinary works from authors such as F. Scott Fitzgerald, Henry James, John Irving, Ernest Hemingway, Norman Mailer and Toni Morrison. First editions, galley proofs, manuscripts, photographs and letters show the breathe and scope of the creative process from a century bursting with artistic energy. Influential literary movements such as the Lost Generation, the Beats and the Harlem Renaissance are well represented.

“Burden has a singular eye for books of true distinction and also understood the importance of collecting works representative of major themes and movements in American letters,” says William M.Griswold, director of the Morgan. “We are deeply grateful for the gift of his collection.”

Gatsby to Garp: Modern Masterpieces from the Carter Burden Collection is on view at the Morgan Library & Museum through September 7, 2014.