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April 2014

Burroughs-Chapin Art Museum in Myrtle Beach, SC, Offers Exhibit Focused on Mickey Spillane

The Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum in Myrtle Beach, SC, is presenting I, the Writer: A Collection of Mickey Spillane Memorabilia, on view through Apr. 20, 2014.

For fans of mystery novels and films, the name Mickey Spillane has been a familiar one for nearly seven decades; more than 200 million copies of his books have sold internationally, including seven of the top 15 all-time best-selling fiction titles in the US. As a longtime resident of Murrells Inlet who died in 2006 (at the age of 88), Spillane’s cachet is even greater along the Grand Strand.

Those fans will have a not-to-be-missed opportunity to relive their memories of Spillane’s work and life. The exhibition is accompanied by a series of public events featuring the books and films created during Spillane’s long career and highlighting the legacy of his work.

Presented in conjunction with Coastal Carolina University’s OLLI division and The Athenaeum Press, this wonderful collection of memorabilia borrowed from the Spillane residence in Murrells Inlet, SC, offers a glimpse into the fascinating life of one of the best-selling pulp fiction writers of our time.

Items in the exhibit include original hardback, paperback and comic book covers and posters promoting Spillane novels; photo stills from Spillane’s Miller beer commercials; photographs and illustrations; and even a vintage manual typewriter used by the author.

Components of Museum programs are funded in part by support from the City of Myrtle Beach, the Horry County Council and the South Carolina Arts Commission, which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

For further information check our SC Institutional Gallery listings, call the Museum at 843/238-2510 or visit (www.MyrtleBeachArtMuseum.org).

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