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Higgins, George V., 1939-1999


Biographical Note

George V. Higgins (1939-1999) received his bachelor's degree in English (1961) and his law degree (1967) at Boston College, and earned his master's degree from Stanford (1962). Prior to becoming the Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Massachusetts in 1970, he was a reporter for the Providence Journal, the Evening Bulletin, and the Associated Press, covering news stories related to crime and the Mafia. His first novel, The Friends of Eddie Coyle (1972), was a bestseller, and Higgins stopped practicing law in 1983 to focus on his literary career. His twenty-six novels were set in the underground criminal world of Boston and took inspiration from his experience as a criminal attorney.

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George V. Higgins - Martin J. Kelly correspondence


This collection consists mainly of correspondence from crime novelist and lawyer George V. Higgins to his friend Martin J. Kelly. The letters discuss a wide range of subjects, including schooling, romantic pursuits, and Higgins’ writing, and include some excerpts of Higgins’ work. The collection also contains third-party correspondence to Kelly regarding Higgins, eulogies, and obituaries of Higgins.

Restrictions on access

Collection is open for research.

Dates: 1961-1969, 1989-1999