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Book Launch of
The Stonehenge Letters by Harry Karlinsky
published by Coach House Press
We April 30 7:00 pm

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About the book:
While digging through the Nobel Archives in Stockholm, trying to figure out why his hero, Sigmund Freud, never received a Nobel Prize, a psychiatrist makes an unusual discovery. Among the unsolicited self-nominations in the museum’s ‘Crackpot’ file, there are six letters addressed to Mr. Ragnar Sohlman, executor of Alfred Nobel’s will. Remarkably, all but one is crafted by a different Nobel laureate – including Rudyard Kipling, Ivan Pavlov, Teddy Roosevelt and Marie Curie – and each is an explanation of why and how Stonehenge was constructed. Diligent research eventually uncovers that Alfred Nobel, intrigued by a young woman’s obsession with the mysterious landmark, added a secret codicil to his will: ‘a prize – reserved exclusively for Nobel laureates – was to be awarded to the person who solves the mystery of Stonehenge.’

But is this fact or is this fiction? Weaving together a wealth of primary documents – photos, letters, wills – The Stonehenge Letters acts as a wryly documented archive of a fascinating secret competition, complete with strange but illuminating submissions and a contentious prize-awarding process


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