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William H. Gass: Life & Legacy — Part 1

By William Youngblood on April 12, 2018

This past Friday Washington University in St. Louis hosted a celebration of the life and work of William H. Gass, longtime Washington University professor and one of the most notable American writers of the 20th and 21st Centuries. The day included an open house at the Special Collection library,...

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...

Highlighting Author Joy Williams

By Rose Miyatsu on March 30, 2018

To wrap up our celebration of Women’s History Month, we would like to spotlight the most recent writer to join the Washington University Libraries’ Modern Literature Collection: Joy Williams. Williams has been a frequent visiting Hurst Professor at Washington University, and the University ...

Hotch at 100: “The Day I Fired Alan Ladd”

By William Youngblood on March 23, 2018

In this installment of our ongoing series of interviews with author, philanthropist and Washington University alumnus A. E. Hotchner, Hotch tells us about the time he had to direct Hollywood Icon Alan Ladd in an Air Force propaganda film, and then tells us why he had to fire him. When Hotch was a...

Gardner and Gass: A Friendship in Letters

By William Youngblood and Joel Minor on March 21, 2018

On the evening of October 24, 1978, William H. Gass and John Gardner stepped onto a stage at the University of Cincinnati. For two hours they held forth in debate on a topic close to the heart of both men: the nature and purposes of fiction. Those in attendance, and those reading and listening la...

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...

A Brief History of Revision: Remembering Stephen Hawking

By Rose Miyatsu on March 15, 2018

Yesterday morning, many of us awoke to the sad news that the great theoretical physicist, cosmologist, and author Stephen Hawking had passed away. Hawking was a well-known figure not only for his extraordinary intelligence and contributions to our knowledge about black holes, quantum mechanics, a...

John Gardner Open House and Documentary Screening

By William Youngblood on March 5, 2018

We are excited to announce that the Washington University Libraries, in collaboration with the Lindenwood University School of Arts, Media, and Communications, will be hosting a screening of Sunlight Man, a documentary on the life of novelist (and Washington University alum) John Gardner, on Marc...

Artists and Authors Weigh in on Women’s Suffrage

By Rose Miyatsu on March 1, 2018

For Women’s History Month, we have decided to highlight some of Washington University Libraries’ suffrage materials from early twentieth century England. Although British suffragettes have become famous for their sometimes violent and even deadly demonstrations, a vast majority engage...