English & American Literature

Lee Kissman Alternative Theater Collection

By joelminor on March 27, 2020

In 2019 Washington University Libraries acquired the Lee Kissman Alternative Theater Collection, a new milestone for the breadth of the Modern Literature Collection. As the title suggests, the collection belonged to Lee Kissman–an actor, playwright and director who has been active in experi...

A. E. Hotchner, 1917-2020

By joelminor on February 21, 2020

It is hard to know where to begin and how to end a blog post summarizing the long and storied life of novelist, playwright, memorialist, biographer and philanthropist A. E. Hotchner, who passed away at age 102 last Saturday at his home at Westport, Connecticut. For a man who accomplished so much,...

Libraries’ Essay Competition Offers Cash Prizes to Students

By WU Libraries on December 16, 2019

The Washington University Libraries are giving away cash prizes to the students who write the best short essays about their personal book collections. That’s right, students — ponder the contents of your bookshelves, write a brief essay, and you could win cash. The Neureuther Student Book Collect...

What is the Word: Celebrating Samuel Beckett – Day 2

By joelminor on November 15, 2019

On November 7 and 8, 2019, Washington University celebrated the prose, poetry, drama, translations, correspondence and archives of Samuel Beckett, with a colloquium that included presentations, readings and performances by faculty, students and visiting scholars. The colloquium was held in Olin L...

What is the Word: Celebrating Samuel Beckett – Day 1

By joelminor on November 15, 2019

On November 7 and 8, 2019, Washington University celebrated the prose, poetry, drama, translations, correspondence and archives of Samuel Beckett, with a colloquium that included presentations, readings and performances by faculty, students and visiting scholars. The colloquium was held in Olin L...

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...