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NewsSummer 2010

Dr. Robert S. Stempfel Jr. donates additional 250 volumes of modern literature

Dr. Robert S. Stempfel Jr.’s (MD’52) recent gift to Vanderbilt of 250 volumes of modern literature complements his existing collection at the library and also gives the library a starting point for collecting other modern American authors. This gift includes more Updike works, like the copy of Hub Fans Bid Kid Adieu, an Updike essay inspired by Ted Williams’ home run in his final at-bat in Fenway Park and signed by The Splendid Splinter himself. It also has first editions of works by William Faulkner, John Cheever and John Irving; and books by John LeCarré, Philip Roth, William Styron, Ernest Hemingway, Kurt Vonnegut, J.P. Donleavy and J.D. Salinger.

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