English & American Literature

Lorin Cuoco, 1954-2019

By joelminor on August 15, 2019

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 contain...

British Library Newspapers – Full Access, All Modules

By Kristine Helbling on August 13, 2019

WU Libraries now has access to all five modules of the British Library Newspapers online collection, spanning the mid-eighteenth to the mid-twentieth century. The collections include national and regional newspapers, with some full and some incomplete runs. In addition to making image adjustments...

May Swenson in Space

By joelminor on July 19, 2019

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...

James Dickey and the Apollo Program

By joelminor on July 18, 2019

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 ...

The Life and Mystery of Poet Elizabeth Jennings

By Analeah Rosen on April 2, 2019

Poet Elizabeth Jennings (1926 – 2001) led an extraordinary life: the only woman to join the Movement (an English group of poets dedicated to an anti-romantic aesthetic); publisher of twenty-six books of poetry in her lifetime; colloquially known in her later life as the bag-lady of poetry due to ...

The Raymond Federman Papers

By Analeah Rosen on February 13, 2019

Raymond Federman – novelist, poet, critic, translator – was nothing if not prolific. And now, his literary papers are fully processed and available to researchers, students, and members of the general public. To celebrate this major addition to the Modern Literature Collection, we present a very ...

New this Spring: Instruction Request Form!

By Amanda on February 1, 2019

Interested in incorporating the library in your course? Check out the updated instruction page, including the new instruction request form! The library is developing an Instruction and Information Literacy Program dedicated to helping faculty incorporate meaningful information literacy skills and...

Readers on The William H. Gass Reader

By Analeah Rosen on February 1, 2019

On the occasion of the publication of The William H. Gass Reader, we asked two writers and Gass aficionados about how his archive here at Special Collections helped shape their research into his celebrated essays and stories. Gass’ literary output was impressive– he published seventeen books in h...

Mary Jo Bang Celebration

By joelminor on December 21, 2018

On November 30, 2018, Washington University celebrated Mary Jo Bang–her work as a poet, English professor and artist, and her extensive collection of manuscripts, books, journals, photographs and other research materials in the Julian Edison Department of Special Collections. The event star...