The George V. Higgins Collection

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The George V.  Higgins Archive at the University of South Carolina’s Thomas Cooper Library preserves a comprehensive collection of the author’s literary, personal and legal papers that depict the full scope of his remarkable career, from his writing for the Boston College literary magazine, The Stylus, to his book At the End of the Day (2000), which was published posthumously.  

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Highlights of the collection include:

 Drafts, edited typescripts and proofs for his best-selling first novel The Friends of Eddie Coyle 

 Unpublished early fiction and ‘lost’ writing submitted for his MA in creative writing at Stanford 

 Research files and typescripts for his non-fiction books, The Friends of Richard Nixon and Style  and Substance, and for his investigative journalism on the Whitey Bulger case 

 Files from his work as defense attorney for Eldridge Cleaver and G. Gordon Liddy  

 A substantial cache of unpublished fiction and screenplays from the 1980s and 1990s 

 Drafts of the columns he wrote for the Boston Globe, the Boston Herald-American and for legal  journals  

 His clipping files on critical response to his books  


 Tax and other files relating to his work as a professional author 

 Personal mementos, such as his press pass to the Boston Red Sox, his vehicle license tags as an Assistant  U.S. attorney, his gun permit, yacht pennants and the coronet he played in the Boston College Marching  Band. 

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