English & American Literature

Samuel Beckett’s Translation Drafts

By Irina Teveleva on October 10, 2019

In celebration of the current exhibit and upcoming colloquium at the Washington University Libraries honoring the life of the Irish writer Samuel Beckett (1906-1989), we are featuring selections of translation manuscripts and typescripts from the exhibit, starting with an autograph draft of Va et...

Washington University Libraries Celebrate Work of Samuel Beckett

By Washington University Libraries on October 4, 2019

A new exhibit and upcoming colloquium at the Washington University Libraries celebrate the life and work of Irish writer Samuel Beckett (1906–1989). Beckett won the Nobel Prize in Literature 50 years ago this year, and 2019 also marks the 30th anniversary of his death. The exhibit and colloquium ...

Recently added eBook: World Literature and Dissent

By Kristine Helbling on October 2, 2019

World Literature and Dissent Burns, Lorna, and Katie Muth, editors. World Literature and Dissent. Routledge, 2019. In this edited volume, Lorna Burns and Katie Muth (English and American Literature, PhD, 2010), present a varied collection of essays whose authors explore the role of dissent in con...

North American Theatre Online Is Now Theatre in Context

By Kristine Helbling on September 26, 2019

The Theatre in Context Collection from Alexander Street Press includes playbills, full-text reference works, citations that include links to independent digital archives of theater research materials. Among the full-text works are the Oxford University Press Companion series and Greenwood’s Ameri...

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 ...