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Herein lies the city's coolest exhibit.

Why would you ever care about visiting a bunch of dusty old review copies?

Because you could stumble upon a snide inscription like this from Hemingway:

“What is the writer of a book expected to write in a review copy of that book sold by a reviewer and purchased by a collector--except to hope they all have their money’s worth and are happy.”

Gatsby to Garp: Modern Masterpieces from the Carter Burden Collection is a total must-see.

So who was Carter Burden? Well, he was an Upper East Side city councilman and a onetime owner of The Village Voice. But it’s his dizzying array of rare-book porn that’s the stuff of legends.

In his short 54 years, Burden amassed an unheard-of private collection--including (but certainly not limited to) a first-edition copy of The Great Gatsby, a hand-edited galley proof of Of Mice and Men and an original copy of Scottsboro Limited (with lithographs made from the skirmish’s original stones).

The Morgan Library & Museum has used these donated relics to present an analysis of how the 20th century’s history shaped its literature. And we bet you’ll hang on its every word.

Through September 7; 225 Madison Ave. (at 36th St.); 212-685-0008 or themorgan.org

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