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BGSU Acquires the GARY C. HOPPENSTAND ADVENTURE FICTION COLLECTION

Colleen Warner, Popular Culture Librarian

The Popular Culture Library proudly announces the acquisition of an extraordinary collection of British and American adventure fiction. The Hoppenstand Collection contains nearly one thousand monographs and features rare, first edition classics from the late Victorian and Edwardian periods in England and the early twentieth century in the United States. A few of the preeminent authors and their works include: The Prisoner of Zenda by Anthony Hope, Dr. Nikola by Guy Boothby, Rafael Sabatini’s Captain Blood and Beau Geste by P.C. Wren. Intellectually related to the monographs is an extensive set of colorfully illustrated adventure pulp magazines dating from the 1910’s through the 1940’s. The Hoppenstand Collection is one of the largest sets of historical and contemporary adventure fiction ever assembled and placed in an academic institution.

The collection is a gift of noted popular culture scholar, author and BGSU alumnus, Dr. Gary C. Hoppenstand. Currently, Dr. Hoppenstand is Professor and Associate Chairperson in the Department of American Thought and Language at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan. A reception honoring Dr. Hoppenstand for his wonderful gift and support of the Popular Culture Library was held in the William T. Jerome Library on Thursday, April 11, 2002.

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