Yale Collection of American Literature

The Yale Collection of American Literature documents the creative lives, the artistic communities, and the literary achievements of American writers. The collectionis noted for its strength in nineteenth, twentieth, and twenty-first-century poetry, fiction, and dramatic writings. The archives of writers of diverse backgrounds underscore the collection’s interest in the indigenous and immigrant cultures that shape American literature.
  • American Poetry

    February 24, 2013

    An example of the Collection’s great strength in printed, manuscript, and visual materials documenting American Poetry is its outstanding holdings of materials...
  • Collection Highlights

    February 24, 2013

    Do I contradict myself? Very well then … . I contradict myself; I am large … . I contain multitudes. Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass , 1855 Founded...
  • Nineteenth-Century American Print Culture

    February 24, 2013

    The bestselling book of the nineteenth century, Harriet Beecher Stowe’s influential abolitionist novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin (1852) provides an example of the...
  • Arts in the Archive

    February 24, 2013

    The lives and work of important American artists and arts communities are well documented in the Collection, especially at pointsof intersection between...
  • Image, Text, and the Art of the Book

    February 23, 2013

    American writers, artists, and publishers have long explored the book form — its intimacy, portability, and physicality — asserting its position as a...
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    About Copyright

    February 23, 2013

    Materials featured on the Yale Collection of American Literature Blog may be protected by copyright restrictions; permission to publish should be sought from...
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    YCAL Podcasts

    February 23, 2013

    The Rediscovery of Monkeys’ Moon Richard Deming, critic, writer, and lecturer in the Yale Department of English describes the silent film Monkeys Moon. (18:41...
  • American Letters: Podcasts

    February 23, 2013

    A. A. Brill and Mabel Dodge Luhan: A Reading from their Correspondence Psychologists Patricia Everett and Paul Lippmann read from the archival correspondence...
  • Beinecke Top Tens: Ernest Hemingway

    February 23, 2013

    Ernest Hemingway Top Ten Photograph of Langston Hughes, Michael Koltyov, Ernest Hemingway, Nicolas Guillen, 1937, from the Langston Hughes Papers JWJ MSS 26...