25th Anniversary of The Tunnel

This year marks a quarter century since William Gass‘ long-awaited tome, The Tunnel, was published by Knopf. In 1995, after nearly 30 years of writing and 26 years of published excerpts, postmodern fiction lovers could finally immerse themselves fully in William Kohler’s subterranean exploration of history, autobiography, psychology, sociology, sexuality, philosophy, etc. with a bitterness […]

Connecting Contexts: The Modern Literature Collection and The Letters of Samuel Beckett

We are pleased to present Connecting Contexts: The Modern Literature Collection and The Letters of Samuel Beckett, a new digital exhibit that connects one of the world’s major Beckett research collections with the authoritative, multi-volume set of his published correspondence. The sections of the digital exhibit reflect the cases and iPad station in the onsite […]

Pearl Archive

In addition to writers’ personal and professional papers, the Modern Literature Collection also consists of archives of small literary presses (e.g. Lord John Press Collection, Release Press Archive, Trigam Press Archive) and periodicals (e.g. River Styx Archive, Perspective Archive). Last year, we added to these resources with the acquisition of the Pearl Archive. Pearl was […]

Lee Kissman Alternative Theater Collection

In 2019 Washington University Libraries acquired the Lee Kissman Alternative Theater Collection, a new milestone for the breadth of the Modern Literature Collection. As the title suggests, the collection belonged to Lee Kissman–an actor, playwright and director who has been active in experimental and alternative theater in New York City and Los Angeles for decades. […]

What is the Word: Celebrating Samuel Beckett – Day 2

On November 7 and 8, 2019, Washington University celebrated the prose, poetry, drama, translations, correspondence and archives of Samuel Beckett, with a colloquium that included presentations, readings and performances by faculty, students and visiting scholars. The colloquium was held in Olin Library and Mallinckrodt Center, in conjunction with the exhibition in Olin Library, “Connecting Contexts: The […]

What is the Word: Celebrating Samuel Beckett – Day 1

On November 7 and 8, 2019, Washington University celebrated the prose, poetry, drama, translations, correspondence and archives of Samuel Beckett, with a colloquium that included presentations, readings and performances by faculty, students and visiting scholars. The colloquium was held in Olin Library and Mallinckrodt Center, in conjunction with the exhibition in Olin Library, “Connecting Contexts: […]

Lorin Cuoco, 1954-2019

By Joel Minor on August 15, 2019 in English & American Literature, Manuscripts, What's New

It is with great sadness that we pause to note the death of Lorin Cuoco, a longtime advocate for literature and the arts, especially in the St. Louis area, who was also an accomplished editor, writer, poet, administrator, and interviewer. This recent article in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch contains a nice overview of her life […]

May Swenson in Space

Written by Irina Teveleva In celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of the July 20, 1969, Apollo 11 moon landing, we are highlighting materials in the Modern Literature Collection related to space exploration. The May Swenson Papers include the poetry manuscripts, collected works, correspondence, photographs, and ephemera of the poet May Swenson (1913-1989). She published 11 […]

James Dickey and the Apollo Program

Written by Irina Teveleva On the fiftieth anniversary of the July 20, 1969, Apollo 11 moon landing, we are showcasing materials in the Modern Literature Collection related to space exploration. The James Dickey Papers include correspondence, manuscript drafts, editorial matter, and more from the American writer and poet James Dickey (1923–1997). A long-time poet-in-residence at […]