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Erasure: A Story
by Mark Goldblatt (February 2011)
I nodded--just nodded--as Dr. Rothstein, the head librarian, broke the news: The college library had acquired an autographed first edition of Huckleberry Finn, valued at $16,000, for our rare book collection. It was a donation, no strings attached, from an alumnus who wished to remain anonymous; it was, Dr. Rothstein explained, an unadulterated windfall.The book would arrive the following Wednesday and be placed on exhibit at the end of the month. more>>>