- Associated Press - Friday, April 4, 2014

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) - The life of a Bloomington native who wrote a bestselling novel set in a fictitious Indiana county is being celebrated this month.

Indiana University’s Lilly Library will host an exhibit through May 19 honoring Ross Lockridge Jr.’s first novel, “Raintree County.”

Published in 1948, the epic runs more than 1,000 pages and portrays life in a fictional version of Henry County. Lockridge died a few months after the tome’s publication. In 1957, the book was made into a movie starring Elizabeth Taylor and Montgomery Clift.

The library houses a collection of thousands of the author’s belongings, including a portion of the original manuscript of his acclaimed novel.

The exhibit on the centennial of Lockridge’s birth will also include a free screening of the movie April 10.

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