literature

Washington University Libraries Celebrate Work of Samuel Beckett

By Washington University Libraries on October 4, 2019

A new exhibit and upcoming colloquium at the Washington University Libraries celebrate the life and work of Irish writer Samuel Beckett (1906–1989). Beckett won the Nobel Prize in Literature 50 years ago this year, and 2019 also marks the 30th anniversary of his death. The exhibit and colloquium ...

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...

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...

Raymond Federman’s “Take It or Leave It”

By caskew on February 16, 2017

February marks the original release date of Federman’s third novel, Take It or Leave It. To celebrate this, we offer a peek into some of the materials related to the book in the Raymond Federman Papers. Published in 1976 by Fiction Collective, Take It Or Leave It exemplifies Federman’s boldly inn...

Students Can Win Cash Prize in Libraries’ Essay Competition

By Julie Hale on January 19, 2017

2017 marks the 30th anniversary of the Neureuther Student Book Collection Essay Competition!  That’s right—the annual contest, with its cash prizes of $500 and $1,000, has showcased the book collections and writing expertise of WU students for three decades. Carl Neureuther would surely be ...

Germanic Literatures Collections Moving in January

By Julie Hale on January 6, 2017

The Germanic Literatures collections (PTs) on Olin Library’s Level A will be relocated to Level B during the intersession period, January 10-12, 2017.  By moving the collection to Level B, the Libraries will alleviate overcrowding in the Olin stacks, and the Germanic Literatures collection ...

Exploring the Literary World of William H. Gass

By Jody Mitori on September 22, 2016

Symposium on Sept. 23 will feature a keynote address from WU alumna Susan Bernofsky and an exhibit from WU Libraries’ Special Collections By Jody Mitori In the fall of 2015, William H. Gass Fellow Matthias Göritz and Ignacio Infante, an associate professor of comparative literature and Spanish, w...

International Writers Center Exhibit Now on View in Olin

By Julie Hale on September 15, 2016

A new exhibit, International Writers Center: Read Globally, Act Locally, is now on display in Olin Library’s grand staircase foyer. The exhibit features photos, books, correspondence, and ephemera connected to celebrated author William Gass and his 10-year tenure as director of WU’s I...

New Databases at WU Libraries

By Julie Hale on April 28, 2016

The WU Libraries have purchased two new full-text databases from Gale: American Fiction, 1774-1920 and  Early Arabic Printed Books from the British Library. Both databases offer multiple search, download, and print options. American Fiction, 1774-1920 encompasses prose fiction written by American...