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An Inexhaustible Blessing

Doe Library North Entrance

"What an inexhaustible blessing the Cal Library was to me as I wrote The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay! My job in that novel was to try to make an entire vanished world--a time, a place, a mood, and an art form--come to life again. So many of the traces of that world--images, sounds, magazines and newspapers, congressional transcripts and cigarette ads, personal memoirs, histories, photographs and travel guides--were preserved for me in the Library. It was like a miracle, one for which I was grateful every time I passed through those doors."

Michael Chabon
2001 Pulitzer Prize winner for fiction

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