Modern Literature Collection

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...

Hotch at 100: Entering World War 2

By William Youngblood on February 2, 2018

In this fourth installment of our ongoing video interview with A. E. Hotchner, recorded to commemorate his 100th birthday, Hotch talks to us about his early experiences of World War 2, his attempts to become a pilot or a naval officer (and eventual assignment as one of the “airplane monkeys...

Remembering William H. Gass: Resources for Exploring a Life in Sentences – Part 2

By William Youngblood on January 19, 2018

The Modern Literature Collection is pleased to announce that Washington University in St. Louis will be hosting a tribute to the life and work of William H. Gass. The event will take place on April 6th, 2018 on Washington University’s Danforth campus. More details, including special guests ...

Hotch at 100: Tennessee Williams

By William Youngblood on November 17, 2017

In this third installment of our ongoing video interview with A. E. Hotchner, recorded to commemorate his 100th birthday, Hotch talks to us about meeting and working with a young Thomas Lanier “Tennessee” Williams, while they were both Washington University undergraduates enrolled in ...