Novelist Anne Rice’s archive, including diaries, novel manuscripts, recorded interviews and her collection of fan mail, is now available for public research at Tulane University. Dean of Libraries David Banush said the trove of documents is one of the largest archives in Tulane’s collection and is stored in boxes that, if laid side by side, would span “half a football field.”.
Rice, who died in December at age 80, was the modern queen of goth literature. Her 1976 blockbuster “Interview with the Vampire” introduced the compellingly creepy character Lestat, who some consider to be as important to New Orleans’ collective self-image as Stanley Kowalski and Ignatius J. Reilly. Rice, who grew up in the Irish Channel, exposed a generation to New Orleans’ occult allure.
Banush said that Rice’s contributions to Crescent City culture is the most important reason for Tulane to be the repository of her archive. Future biographers will have a window into Rice’s worldview like never before. For instance, her intensely annotated Bible, Banush said, illustrates the research that the prolific writer poured into her projects.
The collection includes the archives of Rice’s husband, poet and painter Stan Rice, who died in 2002, and her sister, novelist Alice Borchardt, who died in 2007.
Banush would not disclose the cost of the collection, which was purchased for the university by rare book collector and benefactor Stuart Rose and the Stuart Rose Family Foundation, from literary document dealer Glenn Horowitz.
Although Tulane acquired the collection in 2019, the coronavirus pandemic prevented its introduction to the public until now. Access to the trove is available to researchers by appointment at the Tulane University Special Collections at 7001 Freret St. Email Tulane Special Collections at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (504) 865-5685.
In time, Banush said, the library will curate exhibits of highlights of the archive for general public view.
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Anne Rice died Saturday at the age of 80.