“Some kind of close-up magic”: Celebrating Stanley Elkin’s “Pieces of Soap”

By k.lamb on November 29, 2016 in Manuscripts, Special Collections, Uncategorized

Celebrating the Tin House Re-Release of Pieces of Soap, a book of essays by Stanley Elkin   November 29th, 2016 marks the Tinhouse re-release of Pieces of Soap, a book of essays by Stanley Elkin. The book derives its title from Elkin’s personal soap bar collection (measuring over 5,000 “pieces of soap,”) a collection which […]

A Virtuoso Performance: Speakers from the 2016 William H. Gass Symposium, Part III

Speakers from the 2016 William H. Gass Symposium, Part III Moderated by Matthias Göritz and Prof. Ignacio Infante, the roundtable discussion featured Stephen Schenkenberg, who edited and published The Ear’s Mouth Must Move: Essential Interviews of William H. Gass and who runs the Reading William Gass website; and Lorin Cuoco, who co-founded the International Writers Center with William […]

A Virtuoso Performance: Speakers from the 2016 William H. Gass Symposium, Part II

By k.lamb on November 21, 2016 in Manuscripts, Special Collections, Uncategorized

Speakers from the 2016 William H. Gass Symposium, Part II   In addition to talks addressing William Gass’s roles as reader, translator, and advocate for international writing, the 2016 William H. Gass Symposium featured multilingual poetry readings. The symposium included an introduction by Gerhild Williams, followed by readings of Rilke poems and Gass’s translations from Matthias […]

National Book Award Winners in the MLC

By k.lamb on November 15, 2016 in Manuscripts, Special Collections, Uncategorized

National Book Award Winners and Finalists in the Modern Literature Collection   November 15th marks the announcement of the National Book Award, an honor which numerous Modern Literature authors have either won or been nominated for. Among MLC recipients and nominees are May Swenson (A Cage of Spines, 1959, and To Mix With Time, 1964), […]

A Virtuoso Performance: Speakers from the 2016 William H. Gass Symposium, Part I

By k.lamb on November 11, 2016 in Manuscripts, Special Collections, Uncategorized

Speakers from the 2016 William H. Gass Symposium, Part I   The Modern Literature Collection is beginning to process some wonderful video footage from the September 23rd William H. Gass Symposium, an event that examined Gass’ literary work in translation, the importance of his work as a literary critic, and his role in promoting international […]

Harmonizing the Disharmonious: Robert Coover and the MLC, Part III

By k.lamb on October 31, 2016 in Manuscripts, Special Collections, Uncategorized

To celebrate Robert Coover’s upcoming visit to Washington University for a Neureuther Library Lecture Series reading on November 1, 2016, we are highlighting Coover materials in the Modern Literature Collection. The following is the third of a three-part series. “The infinite is all we have.” Robert Coover speaks to the unspeakable   In addition to performing […]

Harmonizing the Disharmonious: Robert Coover and the MLC, Part II

By k.lamb on October 25, 2016 in Manuscripts, Special Collections, Uncategorized

To celebrate Robert Coover’s upcoming visit to Washington University for a Neureuther Library Lecture Series reading on November 1, 2016, we are highlighting Coover materials in the Modern Literature Collection. The following is the second of a three-part series. “Energy as diffuse as his life” The many conversations of Robert Coover   Robert Coover‘s work […]

Harmonizing the Disharmonious: Robert Coover and the MLC, Part I

By k.lamb on October 18, 2016 in Manuscripts, Special Collections, Uncategorized

To celebrate Robert Coover’s upcoming visit to Washington University for a Neureuther Library Lecture Series reading on November 1, 2016, we are highlighting Coover materials in the Modern Literature Collection. The following is the first of a three-part series. “As the World Speaks” Robert Coover and the International Writers Center   Robert Coover is known […]

William Gaddis: Where These Lines Lead – Part II

By k.lamb on October 7, 2016 in Manuscripts, Special Collections

An Interview with David Ting   In this three-part series, Princeton University student David Ting discusses his research on William Gaddis, his experience with the Modern Literature Collection, and his connection with Gaddis as a bricoleur of historic and cultural fragments.   ML: I really like the idea of a novel as a space to meet […]