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Pitching politics

Pitching politics

August 9, 2018

The story of baseball in the United States is intertwined with that of the presidency, says senior English lecturer Curt Smith. In his new book he traces the points of connection from the colonial era to the present.

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Poet James Longenbach unites spare and spooky in <em>Earthling</em>

Poet James Longenbach unites spare and spooky in Earthling

November 29, 2017

This fifth collection of poetry from the Joseph H. Gilmore Professor of English had its roots in a poem he wrote called “Pastoral,” which would set the collection’s tone of “feeling or spiritual development.”

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Nobelist Ishiguro: Novelist of ‘quiet riskiness’

Nobelist Ishiguro: Novelist of ‘quiet riskiness’

October 7, 2017

Adam Parkes ’93 (PhD) explores the writing of Kazuo Ishiguro, recipient of this year’s Nobel Prize in Literature, noting his fearless literary experimentation meshed with a simple austerity.

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Elizabeth Poliner receives 2017 Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize

Elizabeth Poliner receives 2017 Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize

October 6, 2017

The annual prize was created in 1976 to recognize American women on the precipice of promising writing careers.

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Remembering John Ashbery

Remembering John Ashbery

September 13, 2017

John Ashbery was memorialized as one of America’s premiere poets upon his passing earlier this month. English professor James Longenbach reflects on a long friendship with Ashbery and his impact on poetry and literature.

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Walking in Thoreau’s footsteps

Walking in Thoreau’s footsteps

July 11, 2017

Raymond Borst ’33 assembled one of the most extensive collections of Henry David Thoreau publications in the world, then gave it to the University.

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Walt Whitman is ‘More Important Now than Ever’

Walt Whitman is ‘More Important Now than Ever’

April 27, 2017

The 125th anniversary of poet Walt Whitman’s death came at the end of March. His is one of the most influential voices in American—and world—literature.

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Literary lights

Literary lights

April 20, 2017

For more than 50 years, the Plutzik Reading Series has brought Nobel laureates, Pulitzer Prize-winning writers, and National Book Award winners to River Campus.

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