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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...

The Object and the Eye

By k.lamb on April 13, 2016

The Films of Samuel Beckett   Following the production of his full-length plays–Waiting for Godot (1949), Endgame (1957), Krapp’s Last Tape (1958) and Happy Days (1961)–and the publication of his sprawling novels–Molloy (1951), Malone Dies (1951), and The Unnameable (...

MLC Book Anniversary: Boswell and Mrs. Ted Bliss

By k.lamb on April 1, 2016

Stanley Elkin’s Boswell and Mrs. Ted Bliss   On April 1st, Stanley Elkin published both his first novel–Boswell (Random House, 1964)–and his final novel–Mrs. Ted Bliss (Hyperion, 1995). Original typescripts of both these definitive texts can be found in the Modern Lit...

Devil of a State

By k.lamb on March 16, 2016

An Interview with Dr. Geoffrey Hill on the Irwell Edition of Anthony Burgess’s Devil of a State       Last week, Dr. Geoffrey Hill traveled from Cambridge, Massachusetts to view the MLC’s Anthony Burgess Papers. Dr. Hill’s research focused on the original typescript for Burge...

Happy Birthday to MLC Author James Merrill!

By k.lamb on March 3, 2016

James Merrill’s Early Years   To commemorate the March 3, 1926 birthday of MLC author James Merrill, we present “Baby’s Own Book”: a regal silk-draped testament to the legacy he inherited. The son of wealthy Charles E. Merrill–founding partner of Merrill Lynch I...

MLC Book Anniversary: Bending the Bow

By k.lamb on March 1, 2016

Robert Duncan’s Bending the Bow Today–March 1st–marks the original release date of Robert Duncan‘s poetry collection, Bending the Bow. The original text was published in 1968 by New Directions, which described the text as “a multiphasic projection of movements in a f...

MLC Book Anniversary: The Straw Market

By k.lamb on February 29, 2016

William Jay Smith’s The Straw Market   Today–March 1st—marks the original release date for William Jay Smith’s comedic play, The Straw Market. The Straw Market premiered in 1966 at Hollins University in Roanoke, Virginia, where Smith was then serving as a writer-in-residence. This sati...

Happy Birthday to MLC Author Howard Nemerov!

By k.lamb on February 29, 2016

Happy Birthday, Howard Nemerov!   Born on a Leap Day–February 29, 1920–Howard Nemerov was destined to break the mold. His work was known for its unique mix of wit and playfulness framed within meticulous formalist structures.   Nemerov’s poem “Because You Asked A...

Hello and Welcome!

By k.lamb on February 29, 2016

  Welcome to the Modern Literature Collection Blog We are excited to introduce the Modern Literature Collection Blog, a go-to resource for new acquisitions, current projects, and upcoming events related to the Modern Literature Collection, part of  Washington University Libraries’ Depa...