William H. Gass: Life & Legacy — Tributes from St. Louis Magazine

By William Youngblood on April 27, 2018 in Manuscripts, Special Collections

Earlier this month Washington University paid tribute to the life and legacy of author and professor William H. Gass. Two of the remembrances from the April 6th celebrations, delivered by Gass’ friend the photographer Michael Eastman and Gass’ philosophy department colleague Mark Rollins were recently posted by St. Louis Magazine. Eastman’s tribute, given in Holmes […]

William H. Gass: Life & Legacy — Part 1

By William Youngblood on April 12, 2018 in Manuscripts, Special Collections, What's New

This past Friday Washington University in St. Louis hosted a celebration of the life and work of William H. Gass, longtime Washington University professor and one of the most notable American writers of the 20th and 21st Centuries. The day included an open house at the Special Collection library, showing a selection from the William […]

Remembering William H. Gass: Resources for Exploring a Life in Sentences – Part 4

By William Youngblood on April 5, 2018 in English & American Literature, Manuscripts, Special Collections

Washington University will host a tribute to the life and work of William H. Gass. The event will take place TOMORROW, April 6, 2018 on Washington University’s Danforth campus. Manuscripts and other materials from the William H. Gass Papers will be on view in Olin Library Special Collections. Activities start in Special Collections at 2:45 […]

Hotch at 100: “The Day I Fired Alan Ladd”

By William Youngblood on March 23, 2018 in Manuscripts, Special Collections

In this installment of our ongoing series of interviews with author, philanthropist and Washington University alumnus A. E. Hotchner, Hotch tells us about the time he had to direct Hollywood Icon Alan Ladd in an Air Force propaganda film, and then tells us why he had to fire him. When Hotch was attached to the […]

Gardner and Gass: A Friendship in Letters

By William Youngblood and Joel Minor on March 21, 2018 in Manuscripts, Special Collections, Uncategorized

On the evening of October 24, 1978, William H. Gass and John Gardner stepped onto a stage at the University of Cincinnati. For two hours they held forth in debate on a topic close to the heart of both men: the nature and purposes of fiction. Those in attendance, and those reading and listening later, […]

John Gardner Open House and Documentary Screening

By William Youngblood on March 5, 2018 in Manuscripts, Special Collections, Uncategorized, What's New

We are excited to announce that the Washington University Libraries, in collaboration with the Lindenwood University School of Arts, Media, and Communications, will be hosting a screening of Sunlight Man, a documentary on the life of novelist (and Washington University alum) John Gardner, on March 29th at 5:30 in Wilson Hall. To see a trailer […]

Remembering William H. Gass: Resources for Exploring a Life in Sentences – Part 3

By William Youngblood on February 19, 2018 in Manuscripts, Special Collections, What's New

 The April 6 activities celebrating the life and legacy of William H. Gass are starting to take shape. We will have photographs, manuscripts and other materials on view, his friends, colleagues and fellow writers speaking about Gass and reading his work, and a reception. Please save the afternoon of Friday, April 6 to join us! […]

Hotch at 100: Entering World War 2

By William Youngblood on February 2, 2018 in Manuscripts, Special Collections, What's New

In this fourth installment of our ongoing video interview with A. E. Hotchner, recorded to commemorate his 100th birthday, Hotch talks to us about his early experiences of World War 2, his attempts to become a pilot or a naval officer (and eventual assignment as one of the “airplane monkeys” on the repair field) and […]

Remembering William H. Gass: Resources for Exploring a Life in Sentences – Part 2

By William Youngblood on January 19, 2018 in Manuscripts, Philosophy, Special Collections, Uncategorized

The Modern Literature Collection is pleased to announce that Washington University in St. Louis will be hosting a tribute to the life and work of William H. Gass. The event will take place on April 6th, 2018 on Washington University’s Danforth campus. More details, including special guests and speakers, will be made available in coming […]

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William H. Gass Remembered Around the Web

By William Youngblood on December 12, 2017 in Manuscripts, Special Collections, Uncategorized, What's New

Over the weekend the world of literature absorbed and responded to the death of writer William H. Gass, and the remembrances started rolling in. We at the Modern Literature Collection are touched by the warm tributes to Gass’s life and work.  Here are a few selections from around the web: The obituaries from The New […]