Manuscripts

New Content: Claude Fredericks Collection of James Merrill

By Casey Bowen on October 16, 2017

The Modern Literature Collection is proud to present the Claude Fredericks Collection of James Merrill, our latest resource in James Merrill scholarship. James Merrill and Claude Fredericks had a very close relationship that lasted throughout their lifetimes. Over the course of this long friendsh...

Hotch at 100: Growing Up In Saint Louis

By William Youngblood on October 9, 2017

This year marks the 100th birthday of author and Washington University alumnus A.E. Hotchner.  To help celebrate this milestone, Hotchner sat down with Washington University’s Steven Rosenblum in May 2017 for a wide-ranging conversation on his life, his career as a writer, and his friendshi...

October Is American Archives Month!

By Rose Miyatsu on October 5, 2017

Celebrate American Archives Month   American Archives Month was established to draw attention to the important materials that are being preserved in library archives throughout the country. Washington University in St Louis is home to a wide collection of archives that collect and preserve e...

Open House Featuring T.S. Eliot Materials Takes Place Friday, September 22

By Alison Carrick on September 20, 2017

Please join us for an Open House display of research materials about writer T.S. Eliot from the Libraries’ Special Collections.   Olin Library, Special Collections Classroom: Level One September 22, 2017 – 10:00 am-1:00 PM T.S. Eliot was born in St. Louis in 1888 and was the grandson o...

New Content: James Merrill Digital Archive

By Shannon Davis on July 31, 2017

The James Merrill Digital Archive is an ongoing project and collaborative effort by Scholarly Publishing, the Manuscripts unit of Special Collections, and the Humanities Digital Workshop. Intended as a resource for scholars, students, writers, and teachers, the James Merrill Digital Archive curre...

On Alexander Trocchi and Wonder, High and Low

By caskew on June 2, 2017

One of the fastest ways to make any group of people disagree is to ask them to draw a hard line between high and low culture. As they say, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and what one person considers great art, an achievement for all humankind, another considers vacuous. Popular culture is...

Remembering Derek Walcott

By caskew on April 14, 2017

Determining the boundaries of poetry, what it is and isn’t, what counts as ‘poetry’ and what doesn’t, is a thorny endeavor even – perhaps especially – for experienced poets. W.B. Yeats offered this standard: “Out of the quarrel with others we make rhetoric; out of the quarrel with our...

Remembering David Meltzer

By caskew on March 2, 2017

Born in 1937 to a cellist and harpist, poet and musician David Meltzer was perhaps destined to a life informed and enchanted by sound. As a child, he performed on the radio and on TV with The Horn and Hardart Children’s Hour. This strong musical heritage was only the beginning of Meltzer’s robust...