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The Life and Mystery of Poet Elizabeth Jennings

By Analeah Rosen on April 2, 2019

Poet Elizabeth Jennings (1926 – 2001) led an extraordinary life: the only woman to join the Movement (an English group of poets dedicated to an anti-romantic aesthetic); publisher of twenty-six books of poetry in her lifetime; colloquially known in her later life as the bag-lady of poetry due to ...

The Raymond Federman Papers

By Analeah Rosen on February 13, 2019

Raymond Federman – novelist, poet, critic, translator – was nothing if not prolific. And now, his literary papers are fully processed and available to researchers, students, and members of the general public. To celebrate this major addition to the Modern Literature Collection, we present a very ...

New Content: Claude Fredericks Collection of James Merrill

By Casey Bowen on October 16, 2017

The Modern Literature Collection is proud to present the Claude Fredericks Collection of James Merrill, our latest resource in James Merrill scholarship. James Merrill and Claude Fredericks had a very close relationship that lasted throughout their lifetimes. Over the course of this long friendsh...

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...

William H. Gass Symposium: International Writing

By ksinger on May 31, 2016

On Friday, September 23, Washington University Libraries, the Committee on Comparative Literature, the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures, and the Interdisciplinary Project in the Humanities will co-sponsor the William H. Gass Symposium: International Writing. The day’s events, whic...