Modern Literature Collection

William Gaddis: Where These Lines Lead – Part I

By k.lamb on September 29, 2016

An Interview with David Ting   In this three-part series, Princeton University student David Ting discusses his research on William Gaddis, his experience with the Modern Literature Collection, and his connection with Gaddis as a bricoleur of historic and cultural fragments.   ML: When ...

International Writers Center Conference Clips

By k.lamb on September 13, 2016

Audio and Video from International Writers Center Conferences Now Available   In honor of the soon-to-come 2016 William H. Gass Symposium on September 23rd, the Modern Literature Collection is sharing numerous audio and video excerpts from past International Writers Center conferences, featu...

Happy Birthday to MLC author Alexander Trocchi!

By k.lamb on July 30, 2016

Happy Birthday, Alexander Trocchi!   Today–July 30th–marks the 1925 birthday of Scottish author, publisher, and activist Alexander Trocchi. He began writing poetry and prose in the late 1940’s, and by the early 1950’s was an established figure in the literary avant-garde. Trocchi...

William H. Gass Symposium: International Writing

By k.lamb on July 16, 2016

William H. Gass Symposium: International Writing, scheduled for September 23, 2016   On September 23rd, Washington University Libraries will co-host a symposium to honor William H. Gass’s work in the fields of translation and international writing. The event is scheduled to take place ...

MLC Book Anniversary: The Sam Book

By k.lamb on July 1, 2016

The Sam Book by Raymond Federman   Today–July 1st–marks the 53rd publication anniversary of The Sam Book by Raymond Federman. The text is a creative essay and “bi-lingual” memoir based in Federman’s connection with Samuel Beckett. In keeping with Federman’...

Happy Birthday, David Wagoner!

By k.lamb on June 5, 2016

Happy Birthday to MLC author David Wagoner!   Today–June 5th–marks the 1926 birthday of celebrated poet, novelist, and playwright David Wagoner. Wagoner is the author of numerous poetry collections and novels, including Dry Sun, Dry Wind, In Broken Country, The Road to Many a Won...

MLC Book Anniversary: Answer Back

By k.lamb on June 1, 2016

Donald Finkel’s Answer Back   June 1st marks the original publication date of Donald Finkel‘s poetry book Answer Back, which premiered in 1968. Finkel’s book was inspired by his explorations in Mammoth Cave National Park, and each of its sections–“Mummy Valley&#...

‘We don’t mellow out. We spite out.’

By k.lamb on May 29, 2016

The Friendship of Stanley Elkin and Herb Yellin: Letters from the Lord John Press Collection The Modern Literature Collection recently acquired a treasure trove of papers from the Lord John Press archives, including personal correspondence and ephemera from Donald Barthleme, John Barth, Robert Co...

Happy Birthday, Mona Van Duyn!

By k.lamb on May 9, 2016

Mona Van Duyn   May 9th marks the 1921 birthday of Mona Van Duyn, world renowned poet, academic, editor and founder of Perspective: A Quarterly of Literature and the Arts, and beloved patron of the arts. Van Duyn has won every major American award for poetry , including the National Book Awa...