Commencement. Kent State University, December 18, 1981

Kent, Ohio: Kent State University, 1981.

Price: $750.00

Softcover. First edition. Octavo. 42pp. Stapled illustrated wrappers. Slight age-toning on the wrappers, one pencil note in text, else very near fine. Commencement program that hides a literary hoax. On page 25, which lists the graduates from the University from the College of Arts and Sciences, the first listed of the six graduates in Geography is Nelson Springer Angstrom, the son of Rabbit Angstrom, both of whom existed only in the fertile mind of John Updike, who sent Nelson to Kent State in the third Rabbit book, *Rabbit is Rich* (1981). Updike corresponded with the assistant to the President of Kent State in order to gather details of the school for the book; the same employee was responsible for the University print shop, and awarded Nelson a degree. Copy of a clipping detailing the hoax is laid in. Presumably missing from most Updike collections. *OCLC* locates a single run of Kent State commencement programs, but the run seems to lack any issues after 1963.

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Commencement. Kent State University, December 18, 1981. John UPDIKE.