Modern Literature Collection

Hotch at 100: For Whom The Bell Tolls

By William Youngblood on July 10, 2018

A. E. Hotchner’s friendship with Ernest Hemingway, and his successful adaptation of Hemingway’s “The Battler” for live television led the way to adaptations of some of Hemingway’s most important and popular works. In this episode of Hotch at 100, our ongoing video in...

Hotch at 100: Adapting “The Battler”

By William Youngblood on June 19, 2018

A. E. Hotchner’s friendship with Ernest Hemingway brought Hotch into the literary scene but it also opened a door to an unexpected career in the Golden Age of Television. In this episode of Hotch at 100, our ongoing video interview with author, philanthropist, and Washington University alum...

Celebrating Pride Month: The May Swenson Papers

By Rose Miyatsu on June 15, 2018

In celebration of Pride Month, Special Collections will be highlighting materials in our collections that are by or related to members of the LGBT community. Today, we will be exploring the Modern Literature Collection’s May Swenson Papers. About May Swenson Anna Thilda May “May” Swen...

Hotch at 100: Meeting Hemingway

By William Youngblood on May 29, 2018

Over the course of his long life and career, author, playwright, philanthropist, and Washington University alum A. E. Hotchner has had the good fortune to cross paths with many of the notable figures of the twentieth century. In 1948, fresh out of the Air Force, Hotchner was sent on assignment to...

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...

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 ...

Libraries receive $50,000 grant from Newman’s Own Foundation

By Jody Mitori on February 26, 2018

Funding will support the Libraries’ Modern Literature Collection and the digitization of student publications   Washington University Libraries have been awarded a $50,000 grant from Newman’s Own Foundation, the independent foundation created by the late actor and philanthropist, Paul Newman...