Posted on December 15, 2022 at 3:11 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

The Huntington Library, Art Museum and Botanical Gardens has made an incredible acquisition: the archives of the extremely private author Thomas Pynchon.

And, in a way, he'll still remain quite secretive.

The New York Times reports that the forty-eight boxes include drafts of and research notes for his novels, plus professional correspondence — but no photographs or personal letters.

That's consistent with his current habits; only a handful of photos of the V. and Gravity's Rainbow author exist, and he's quick to pressure the owners of any of his personal letters to keep them relatively private.

And only "qualified researchers" will be allowed to consult the archives once they've been processed, a task that the Huntington's library expects to take about a year.

Terms of the sale were, unsurprisingly, not disclosed.

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