Ken Follett Papers Housed At SVSU
March 15, 2011
By: Stephen Kent
Dr. Carlos Ramet
Dr. Carlos Ramet
became interested in Ken Follett
while taking a graduate course at the University, Chicago where students were looking at popular culture theory and how to apply that to works like thriller novels. Ramet had not read Follett at the time but came across one of his books in campus bookstore.
The paper Ramet eventually wrote grew into various articles and presentations. In the late 1990's Ramet took a sabbatical from SVSU and used the time to review his work and organize it into a book, which was published in 1999.
Ramet intentionally didn't try to contact Follett while writing the book. "I felt that if you are going to write on a writer you should be able to do it as you would a work on Dickens or anyone else based on the documents available on his books." Before the book was published, however, "I thought it would be a good idea to contact Follett before his lawyers did." That was the start of a long correspondence between the two men.
About a year later Follett wrote to Ramet saying that he was moving to another house and had a collection of correspondence, research papers, business records and first drafts, and wondered if Ramet would like to have those. The materials arrived in 18 large boxes and ended up in Ramet's house.
After about a year Ramet arranged with the SVSU library and Follett to house the collection there. In 2004 Follett came to SVSU for the dedication. Follett returned in 2010 with another large collection of his material. At that time he presented SVSU with $100,000 which has become an endowment to maintain the collection.
The archives, in 168 boxes and comprising over 60,000 separate documents, are being scanned, digitized, cataloged and organized on the Internet. This is the worlds largest collection of Follett's materials. The web site is publicly available and easily accessed as the
Ken Follett Virtual Exhibit
The SVSU library also has a collection of the works and other rare books.
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