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Toni Morrison, Patti Smith hand-annotate books for PEN benefit
Toni Morrison, Patti Smith hand-annotate books for PEN benefit

Books hand-annotated by Toni Morrison, Patti Smith, Don Delillo, Philip Roth and others are being auctioned at Christie's to benefit PEN American Center in New York. For the Dec. 2 auction, titled First Editions/Second Thoughts, authors picked up first editions of their works and made notations and drawings in them by hand. Some messages explain their intent, others their process, and other times, just a feeling. "He protected me," Patti Smith writes under a photograph of her leaning against Robert Mapplethorpe. "He was strong." Before Mapplethorpe was a fine art photographer and before Patti Smith was a rock star, the two were an inseparable pair of starving...

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