Manuscripts

William H. Gass Remembered Around the Web

By William Youngblood on December 12, 2017

Over the weekend the world of literature absorbed and responded to the death of writer William H. Gass, and the remembrances started rolling in. We at the Modern Literature Collection are touched by the warm tributes to Gass’s life and work.  Here are a few selections from around the web: T...

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

By Joel Minor and William Youngblood on December 8, 2017

We were saddened to hear of the death of William H. Gass, at the age of 93. As the many obituaries and tributes have attested and will attest, with his passing we have lost an important and still-active voice in American letters (Eyes, a collection of short stories and novellas was published in 2...

Remembering William H. Gass

By Shannon Davis on December 8, 2017

William H. Gass, the David May Distinguished University Professor Emeritus in the Humanities at Washington University in St. Louis, died Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017, at his home in University City, Mo. He was 93. Gass was an accomplished American novelist, short story writer, essayist, critic, photog...

Working With Special Collections: Meet Phillip Caprara

By Rose Miyatsu on December 7, 2017

When Phillip Caprara, a current doctoral student in Washington University in St. Louis’s Classics department, first saw the university’s collection of over 400 papyri fragments, he could immediately tell that it needed some care, and he was just the person to provide it. This collecti...

Highlighting Washington University’s Papyri Collection

By Rose Miyatsu on December 5, 2017

Although Washington University’s Manuscripts Collections are perhaps best known for their extensive Modern Literature Collection holdings from the 20th century, their oldest collections date back over two millennia. Some of the most ancient manuscripts you can find at Washington University ...

Washington University Libraries Acquire Papers of Author Joy Williams

By Joel Minor on November 28, 2017

  The Washington University Libraries, with support from the Washington University Department of English, recently acquired the Joy Williams Papers, a collection of drafts, journals, correspondence, and other materials related to the life and work of celebrated author Joy Williams. An acclai...

Hotch at 100: Tennessee Williams

By William Youngblood on November 17, 2017

In this third installment of our ongoing video interview with A. E. Hotchner, recorded to commemorate his 100th birthday, Hotch talks to us about meeting and working with a young Thomas Lanier “Tennessee” Williams, while they were both Washington University undergraduates enrolled in ...

Hotch at 100: Life at Washington University

By William Youngblood on November 10, 2017

In this second installment of our ongoing video interview with A. E. Hotchner, recorded to commemorate his 100th birthday, Hotch talks to us about his time at Washington University, how he paid for school in the depression, how he made ends meet and what campus life was like in the 1930s and 40s....

Preview of the Joy Williams Papers Takes Place November 17 at Olin Library

By Joel Minor on November 10, 2017

Washington University students, instructors, and library staff are invited to attend a preview of the Joy Williams Papers, which were acquired this year by University Libraries’ Department of Special Collections with support from the Department of English. The informal, open house-style event wil...

The 500 Year Anniversary of the Reformation

By Rose Miyatsu on October 31, 2017

Half a Millennium of Reformation   Exactly five hundred years ago, on October 31st, 1517, German scholar and priest Martin Luther sent his Ninty-Five Theses to the Archbishop of Mainz, and according to legend, nailed it to the door of All Saints’ Church. This document spelled out Luthe...