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If you book an appointment at the New York Public Library, you can have a nose around the Berg Collection – a collection of objects that the library has come into possession of related to literary authors throughout history.


This video from The New Yorker gives us a swift tour of some of the most bizarre items of paraphanelia in the collection, presented by Declan Kiely, the Director of Exhibitions for the library.

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Items in the collection range from deeply personal all the way through to the downright bizarre – Virginia Woolf’s walking cane, Jack Kerouac’s shoes and prayer bells and even Charles Dickens’ cat’s foot make an appearance throughout the tour of objects in the collection.


The Berg collection was started by two brothers in 1940, when they donated their vast collection of books and manuscripts to the library for public use, and these objects have slowly trickled in throughout the years to be added to the collection’s weird and wonderful list of literary paraphernalia.

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The New York Public Library|The New Yorker|Literature

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