The Stonehenge LetterseBook - 2014
While digging through the Nobel Archives in Stockholm, trying to learn 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.
Publisher: [United States] : Coach House Books : Made available through hoopla, 2014
Characteristics: 1 online resource