American Literary Studies
Submitted by firstname.lastname@example.org on Mon, 10/18/2010 - 13:48.
It was on this day in 1851 that Herman Melville's novel Moby-Dick was first published (under the title The Whale) by Richard Bentley in London. The first American edition was published on November 14 of that year by Harper & Brothers in New York. You can read more about the publication history of Moby-Dick here.
There are a Bentley edition of The Whale and a Harper & Brothers edition of Moby-Dick available here in Special Collections. Take a look at SearchWorks also for the many editions of Moby-Dick available here in Green Library.
Last year the radio program Studio 360 devoted an entire episode of its American Icons series to Moby-Dick; the show featured Ray Bradbury, Tony Kushner, Laurie Anderson and Frank Stella, among many others. You can listen to it in its entirety here.
Submitted by email@example.com on Wed, 10/06/2010 - 11:00.
There are movies based on literary works (“Paradise Lost” is on the way, I am told), bio-pics about literary greats (“Bright Star,” “The Hours”), movies that feature a bit of literary criticism (“Animal House,” “Dead Poets Society,” “The History Boys”), even movies — documentaries — about literary critics (Zizek and Derrida, who are only literary critics occasionally), but no movies I know of about literary criticism as such. None, that is, until “Howl,” the new movie about Allen Ginsberg starring James Franco, which is not only about literary criticism but is the performance of literary criticism, an extended “explication de texte.”
Submitted by firstname.lastname@example.org on Tue, 08/17/2010 - 07:34.
With the publication of his new novel Freedom, Franzen is billed on the cover of this week's Time magazine as "Great American Novelist." Time has been featuring novelists since Joseph Conrad's image graced its cover in April 1923. You can see here a full list of the 83 novelists Time has featured on its cover, then use SearchWorks to find titles by Franzen and the other 82 of these authors here in Green Library.
Submitted by email@example.com on Wed, 07/21/2010 - 15:16.
Today is the 111th anniversary of the birth of Ernest Hemingway. Hemingway was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1954, and according to his Nobel Prize biography he is known for "straightforward prose, his spare dialogue, and his predilection for understatement," all of which you can find in such novels as The Sun Also Rises and For Whom the Bell Tolls, and in short story collections like Men Without Women and The Fifth Column and the First Forty-Nine Stories.