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HOLLIS 601662

Papers relating to John Jay Osborn's books: The Paper chase; The Only thing I've done wrong; and The Associates. 1971-1978 (inclusive).

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Descriptive Summary

Location: Harvard Depository
Call No.: HOLLIS 601662
Repository: Harvard Law School Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Osborn, John Jay.
Title: Papers relating to John Jay Osborn's books: The Paper Chase; The Only Thing I've Done Wrong; and The Associates
Date(s): 1971-1978
Quantity: 2.5 linear feet (6 boxes)
Language of materials: English
Abstract: This collection contains drafts of three novels by John Jay Osborn, Jr.: The Paper Chase, The Only Thing I've Done Wrong, and The Associates.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

The manuscripts were donated by John Jay Osborn, Jr. in 1971, 1976, and 1978.

Processing Information:

Amelia Wilbur, August 2011

Conditions Governing Access:

Access to these papers is governed by the rules and regulations of the Harvard Law School Library. This collection is open to the public, but is housed off-site at Harvard Depository and requires 2 business-day advance notice for retrieval. Consult the Historical & Special Collections staff for further information.

Conditions Governing Use:

The Harvard Law School Library holds copyright on some, but not all, of the material in our collections. Requests for permission to publish material from this collection should be directed to the Historical and Special Collections staff. Researchers who obtain permission to publish from the Harvard Law School Library are also responsible for identifying and contacting the persons or organizations who hold copyright.

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Historical/Biographical Information

John Jay Osborn, Jr. took his undergraduate degree from Harvard College in 1967, and graduated from Harvard Law School in 1970. His 1971 bestselling novel, The Paper Chase , tells the story of Hart, a first-year student at Harvard Law School, and his infatuation with Professor Charles Kingsfield. The novel inspired a 1973 Hollywood movie and a television series of the same title. Osborn's other books include The Only Thing I've Done Wrong, The Associates, and The Man Who Owned New York.

Scope and Contents

The collection includes two boxes of drafts, book reviews, and movie production materials of The Paper Chase ; three and a half boxes of drafts of The Only Thing I've Done Wrong ; and one half box of drafts of The Associates.


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