Beatles' lyrics headed for British Library

Beatles' lyrics headed for British Library

May 22nd, 2013 by Associated Press in Local - Breaking News

The Beatles' first album was "Please Please Me."

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LONDON - Shakespeare, the Magna Carta - and now some of John Lennon's finest lyrics.

The august British Library has added substantially to its already formidable collection with handwritten lyrics to "Strawberry Fields Forever", "She Said She Said" and "In My Life."

The manuscripts and a number of Lennon's letters were donated to the library Wednesday by Hunter Davies, a Beatles biographer with longtime connections to the Fab Four.

Davies says he is pleased the unique collection will be kept together and put on public display.

In exchange for the gift, Davie will receive a reduction in his tax liability.

Handwritten lyrics by the band have recently sold for hundreds of thousands of dollars.