Exhibit | April 24, 2015

Pop-up Exhibit of Unique Editions of Man Booker Prize Winners at the Morgan


New York, NY, April 24— From May 5 to May 17 the Morgan Library & Museum will hold a special pop-up exhibition celebrating the acquisition of several unique books by authors connected to Britain’s Man Booker Prize. The show, titled In the Margins, will feature Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall, the 2009 prize winner, Ian McEwan’s Amsterdam, winner in 1998, and Julian Barnes’s Metroland (1980). Mr. Barnes won the Man Booker Prize in 2011 for The Sense of an Ending. Each book has been enhanced by the author with annotations, personal letters, and other miscellaneous material. In a nod to the acclaimed Broadway production of Mantel’s novel, the Morgan’s annotated Wolf Hall will be displayed alongside a 16th-century letter and medieval Book of Hours relating to the novel’s hero, Thomas Cromwell.

In 2010 the Morgan acquired a large archive of Man Booker Prize material that forms the foundation of the museum’s Man Booker Prize collection. The holdings comprise more than four thousand items and include manuscripts, letters, proofs, first editions, judges’ copies, reprints, foreign translations, prize ephemera, and artworks. In the fall of 2013 the Morgan held a special exhibition, Bookermania: 45 Years of the Man Booker Prize, commemorating the acquisition. 

On the evening of Monday, May 4, representatives of the prize will hold an evening reception at the Morgan in honor of the exhibition and the debut of the Wolf Hall Broadway show. Guests will include a number of authors and judges associated with the prize as well as producers of the show. Michael Poulton, who adapted the book for the stage, will deliver the keynote address.

Image: In a nod to the acclaimed Broadway production of Hilary Mantel's novel, the Morgan's annotated Wolf Hall will be displayed as part of the pop-up exhibition.