English & American Literature

William H. Gass: His Life and Legacy — Tributes from Holmes Lounge and Olin Library

By William Youngblood on May 7, 2018

On April 6th Washington University in St. Louis hosted family, friends, colleagues, former students and fans of William H. Gass to pay tribute to the life and legacy of the esteemed author and Washington University philosophy professor. In both the Julian Edison Department of Special Collections ...

Remembering William Jay Smith

By Rose Miyatsu on April 22, 2018

Exactly one hundred years ago today, poet William Jay Smith was born in Winnfield, Louisiana. The son of a clarinetist in the Sixth Army Band, Smith grew up on a military base in Jefferson Barracks just outside of St. Louis, an experience he describes in his memoir, Army Brat. Smith obtained both...

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

By William Youngblood on April 5, 2018

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. Act...

Oxford Bibliographies: Literary and Critical Theory-NEW DATABASE

By Joy on March 25, 2018

Oxford Bibliographies: Literary and Critical Theory: Annotations by scholars experts on the best resources in Literary Theory and Critical Theory; from a chapter, a book, a journal article, a website, or an archive. Each topical entry includes an introduction written by a top scholar in the field...

Mona Van Duyn: The Woman Behind the Modern Literature Collection

By Rose Miyatsu on March 20, 2018

We could not let Women’s History Month pass without highlighting a woman who was incredibly important to the history of Washington University Libraries’ own Modern Literature Collection: Mona Van Duyn. Mona Van Duyn was a brilliant poet, editor, and instructor, who served as a pillar ...

Washington University to Celebrate William H. Gass’s Life at April 6 Event

By Jody Mitori on March 16, 2018

On Friday, April 6, 2018, Washington University in St. Louis is hosting “William H. Gass: His Life and Legacy.” Gass died on December 6, 2017, at the age of 93. He was the David L. May Distinguished Professor Emeritus in the Humanities at Washington University, where he taught philosophy for 30 y...

Journal of World Literature–NEW eJournal

By Brian Vetruba on January 23, 2018

I’m happy to report that Libraries now subscribe to this new Comparative Literature journal.  Journal of World Literature. Leiden: Brill, 2016- . We have access to current and past issues. DESCRIPTION: “The Journal of World Literature (JWL) aspires to bring together scholars intereste...

Database Trial – American Religion: Denominational Newspapers

By Kristine Helbling on November 21, 2017

Try some searches in American Religion: Denominational Newspapers during a trial access period until December 12. Please share your thoughts about this resource through this feedback form. Your opinions help inform future WU Libraries’ purchases and subscriptions. The collection includes ov...

Faculty Author Edward McPherson Discusses New Book, ‘The History of the Future’

By Julie Hale on November 21, 2017

An assistant professor in the Department of English, Edward McPherson explores the state of the nation in his new book, The History of the Future: American Essays (Coffee House Press), a collection of narratives that examine diverse parts of the country, including Dallas, New York, Los Angeles, a...