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Mario Puzo at work in his office on the Paramount Lot, 1969. (Photo by Bob Peterson. Courtesy of Dartmouth Library.)

I’m gonna make you an offer you can’t refuse: You can go see a collection of The Godfather author Mario Puzo’s draft manuscripts, correspondence and other records — including a typewriter that he probably wrote The Godfather on — at Dartmouth from April 5 to June 30.

Via Julie Bonette, a Dartmouth College media relations officer:

A selection of The Godfather author Mario Puzo’s papers that were recently gifted to Dartmouth College will be on display from April 5 to June 30 in the Berry Main Street lobby of Baker-Berry Library. Diana and Bruce Rauner ’78 donated the papers to Dartmouth Library, where they will be permanently housed after the exhibit.

 

The collection is comprised of about 50 Bankers Boxes and includes draft manuscripts, correspondence and other records from Puzo’s long career as a novelist and screenwriter—even the 1965 Olympia typewriter on which he likely wrote The Godfather. The protagonist of the book is portrayed as a Dartmouth graduate, and both Hanover and Dartmouth appear in many of Puzo’s writings; Puzo spent summers in New Hampshire as a child. More information can be found in the following Dartmouth News article.