Elvis Marginalia

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Elvis was a voracious reader. He wrote in the margins of all of his books, underlining sentences obsessively (sometimes every line on the page), writing notes to himself on the side. I had to be asked to step back from a display of one of his open books at Graceland because I was trying to see what it said in the margins. “Please step back from the display, miss,” said the security guard. I got in trouble at Graceland, basically, because I wanted to read Elvis’ marginalia.

By far, though, my favorite bit of Elvis marginalia (that I have seen anyway) is what he wrote above.

GOD LOVES YOU. BUT HE LOVES YOU BEST WHEN YOU SING.

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2 Responses to Elvis Marginalia

  1. Roger Green says:

    They need a scan of the books on a website so you CAN read the margins!

  2. sheila says:

    Roger – if I am not mistaken someone has done just that and created a digital archive. He was a crazy scribbler in all of his books – love that about him!

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