Modern Literature Collection

Archives Month Staff Picks, Part 2: Famous Signatures

By Rose Miyatsu on October 25, 2018

October is Archives Month, and to celebrate, we’ve had some of our staff members in Special Collections pick an item from the collections they oversee that they feel is underused or underappreciated. In this post, we will look at autograph books from the Manuscripts Collection and a letter signed...

Joy Williams’ Second Novel, Forty Years Later

By Analeah Rosen on October 10, 2018

Joy Williams’ second novel, The Changeling, has been reissued to much acclaim by Tin House Books with a new introduction by Karen Russell. Upon its initial publication forty years ago, however, few but her devoted fans would have foreseen this 180-degree turn in critical reception. That’s because...

Interview with Poet and WUSTL Faculty Member Mary Jo Bang

By Rose Miyatsu on September 12, 2018

When Washington University Libraries’ Modern Literature Collection was initially created in 1964, all but two of the forty-six writers in the original collection were still living. Today, the collection has grown to more than 175 authors, presses, and journals, with much of the archive stil...

Joy Williams Papers Now Available For Research

By William Youngblood on September 4, 2018

The Julian Edison Department of Special Collections is pleased to announce that the Joy Williams Papers are now available to researchers. The papers, bringing together five decades of materials, including manuscript drafts for Williams’ four novels, five story collections and unpublished wo...

Hotch at 100: Legacies

By William Youngblood on August 28, 2018

In the final installment of “Hotch at 100,” our interview with writer, philanthropist, and Washington University in St. Louis alumnus A. E. Hotchner, Hotchner reflects on various aspects of his legacy. He touches on his 100th birthday, his feelings about his written work, his advice t...

Hotch at 100: “The World of Nick Adams”

By William Youngblood on August 16, 2018

In this installment of Hotch at 100, our ongoing video interview with writer, philanthropist, and Washington University in St. Louis alumnus, A. E. Hotchner, Hotch continues the story of “The World of Nick Adams”, a project that began with his very first work for television, an adapta...

Hotch 101: A Conversation with A. E. Hotchner

By William Youngblood on July 23, 2018

On June 28th, 2018, writer, philanthropist, and Washington University alumnus A. E. Hotchner celebrated his 101st birthday and the release of his latest novel, The Amazing Adventures of Aaron Broom. To mark the occasion, the Julian Edison Department of Special Collections hosted a phone conversat...

Hotch at 100: Last Clear Chance

By William Youngblood on July 18, 2018

After making a name for himself in live television with his adaptations of “The Battler” and other Hemingway stories, writer, philanthropist and Washington University alumnus A. E. Hotchner enjoyed a long and prolific career bringing original projects to the stage and screen. In this ...

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...