Manuscripts

Lasting Legacies: The A.E. Hotchner Papers

By Rose Miyatsu on April 30, 2018

In anticipation of the official opening of the newly transformed Olin Library on May 1, 2018, this blog series will preview some of the new spaces and exhibitions. Lasting Legacies, the inaugural exhibition of the Thomas Gallery on Level 1 of John M. Olin Library, pays tribute to seven influentia...

William H. Gass: Life & Legacy — Tributes from St. Louis Magazine

By William Youngblood on April 27, 2018

Earlier this month Washington University paid tribute to the life and legacy of author and professor William H. Gass. Two of the remembrances from the April 6th celebrations, delivered by Gass’ friend the photographer Michael Eastman and Gass’ philosophy department colleague Mark Roll...

Lasting Legacies: Philip Mills Arnold Semeiology Collection

By Rose Miyatsu on April 25, 2018

In anticipation of the official opening of the newly transformed Olin Library on May 1, 2018, we would like to preview some of the new spaces and exhibitions. Lasting Legacies, the inaugural exhibition of the Thomas Gallery on Level 1 of John M. Olin Library, pays tribute to seven influential Was...

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...

Washington University Honors Author and Teacher William H. Gass

By Julie Hale on April 19, 2018

On April 6, 2018, members of the Washington University community came together to celebrate the legacy of William H. Gass, who died on December 6, 2017, at the age of 93. Gass taught at Washington University for 30 years and in 1990 became the co-founder and first director of the university’s Int...

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...