|Prof Hà Minh Đức (second from left) at the donation ceremony. — Photo baotintuc.vn|Viet Nam News
HÀ NỘI — Noted literature professor Hà Minh Đức recently donated his private collection of nearly 10,000 documents and objects concerning Vietnamese writers and literature to the Vietnamese Scientists’ Heritage Centre.
The collection includes more than 4,000 handwritten notes and research drafts on writers such as Nam Cao (1915-1951), Tô Hoài (1920-2014), Xuân Diệu (1916-1985) and Nguyễn Đình Thi (1924-2003).
Prof Đức’s research career began in 1961 with his piece titled Nam Cao – Nhà Văn Hiện Thực Xuất Sắc (Nam Cao – A Distinguished Writer on Realism).
Đức was awarded a State Prize in Literature and Arts in 2001 for his research Modern Vietnamese Literature and Theory, while his research on President Hồ Chí Minh’s literature and journalism career bagged him the Hồ Chí Minh Prize in Literature and Arts in 2012.
Đức was born in 1935 in Vĩnh Lộc District in the central province of Thanh Hóa. He graduated from the Literature Department in Hà Nội’s Teachers’ Training College in 1957. He served as deputy head of the Literature Department (between 1987 and 1988) at today’s National University, head of the Journalism Department (1990-2000) and rector of the Literature Institute (1995-2003). — VNS