“Words are all we have.” ― Samuel Beckett
January 14, 2015 6:24 PM   Subscribe

“Modern Literature Collection: The First 50 Years: is a digital exhibit to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Modern Literature Collection (MLC), part of the Special Collections in the Washington University Libraries. The digital exhibit is a companion to the onsite exhibit in Olin Library, on display November 2014 – March 2015, and contains everything available onsite, and much more. We hope that through these digitized materials you will enjoy exploring the history of the MLC, as well as the rich contents of some of the writers’ archives."

"The work of forty-six writers, all but two of whom were then currently living, was reflected in the initial Modern Literature Collection. Today, the Collection's list has grown to more than 175 authors, presses, and journals, with more than 125 of these represented by manuscript materials."

A sampling of what is available:

Galley proof of Watt by Samuel Beckett.
Autograph card, signed from Sylvia Plath to Olwyn Hughes, circa December 1959.
Autograph chapter outline and notes toward The Recognitions by William Gaddis.
Autograph draft of "When a Warlock Dies" by Isabella Gardner. Gardner's tribute to the late poet Dylan Thomas.
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posted by idiopath at 6:40 PM on January 14, 2015

Oh, boy!
posted by XMLicious at 6:42 PM on January 14, 2015

It delights me beyond description that an early draft of Imagination Dead Imagine was in a puppy portrait notebook.
posted by idiopath at 6:52 PM on January 14, 2015 [1 favorite]

Autograph chapter outline and notes toward The Recognitions by William Gaddis.

"What's any artist, but the dregs of his work?"
posted by chavenet at 1:32 AM on January 15, 2015

“Words are all we have.”

That may be true for you, Sam. We have cameras.

(Kidding. This is great.)
posted by Grangousier at 2:05 AM on January 15, 2015 [1 favorite]

This is amazing. Thanks for the post!
posted by languagehat at 8:20 AM on January 15, 2015

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