Penn Libraries Receive the Chaim Potok Papers

Business Wire – “Spanning the second half of the 20th century, the collection documents Potok’s literary career and rabbinical life. It comprises correspondence, writings, lectures, sermons, clippings, promotional material, memorabilia, and fan mail. Among more than 1,200 correspondents is Elie Wiesel, who writes in May, 1992: “I shall read [I Am the Clay] as I read all your books–with fervor and friendship.” Examining the papers, scholars will be able to trace Potok’s writing process from conception to publication: from notebooks for ideas and drafts, to annotated typescripts with comments, to galleys. The collection also provides insights into Potok’s life, including his vocation as a rabbi, his service as a U.S. Army chaplain in Korea from 1955 to 1957, and his work at the Jewish Publication Society, where he served as editor-in-chief from 1969 to 1974.”

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