Book Anniversary

MLC Book Anniversary: The Sam Book

By k.lamb on July 1, 2016

The Sam Book by Raymond Federman   Today–July 1st–marks the 53rd publication anniversary of The Sam Book by Raymond Federman. The text is a creative essay and “bi-lingual” memoir based in Federman’s connection with Samuel Beckett. In keeping with Federman’...

MLC Book Anniversary: Answer Back

By k.lamb on June 1, 2016

Donald Finkel’s Answer Back   June 1st marks the original publication date of Donald Finkel‘s poetry book Answer Back, which premiered in 1968. Finkel’s book was inspired by his explorations in Mammoth Cave National Park, and each of its sections–“Mummy Valley&#...

The Object and the Eye

By k.lamb on April 13, 2016

The Films of Samuel Beckett   Following the production of his full-length plays–Waiting for Godot (1949), Endgame (1957), Krapp’s Last Tape (1958) and Happy Days (1961)–and the publication of his sprawling novels–Molloy (1951), Malone Dies (1951), and The Unnameable (...

MLC Book Anniversary: Boswell and Mrs. Ted Bliss

By k.lamb on April 1, 2016

Stanley Elkin’s Boswell and Mrs. Ted Bliss   On April 1st, Stanley Elkin published both his first novel–Boswell (Random House, 1964)–and his final novel–Mrs. Ted Bliss (Hyperion, 1995). Original typescripts of both these definitive texts can be found in the Modern Lit...

MLC Book Anniversary: Bending the Bow

By k.lamb on March 1, 2016

Robert Duncan’s Bending the Bow Today–March 1st–marks the original release date of Robert Duncan‘s poetry collection, Bending the Bow. The original text was published in 1968 by New Directions, which described the text as “a multiphasic projection of movements in a f...

MLC Book Anniversary: The Straw Market

By k.lamb on February 29, 2016

William Jay Smith’s The Straw Market   Today–March 1st—marks the original release date for William Jay Smith’s comedic play, The Straw Market. The Straw Market premiered in 1966 at Hollins University in Roanoke, Virginia, where Smith was then serving as a writer-in-residence. This sati...