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Literary Society of the University of Massachusetts Collection

1953-1959
6 boxes (2.75 linear ft.)
Call no.: RG 40/3 L4

In 1955, the Literary Society of the University of Massachusetts and Professor H. Leland Varley received a grant of $5,800 from the Educational Television and Radio Center to produce a series of one-hour radio programs centered on a discussion of the impact of eight major American novelists from a European perspective. The subjects included Henry James, Sinclair Lewis, Thomas Wolfe, Ernest Hemingway, John Dos Passos, William Faulkner, and John Steinbeck (who replaced the original choice, John Marquand).

The collection is comprised of administrative documents, transcripts, and sound recordings relating to the Literary Society radio program, 'As others see us.' Moderated by a member of the UMass Department of English, each broadcast featured discussions by distinguished literary critics such as W.H. Auden, R.P. Blackmur, Perry Miller, Maxwell Geismar, and Renato Poggioli. Dos Passos, Faulkner, and Steinbeck participated in person. Also included is a related item from an earlier program sponsored by the Literary Society: E.E. Cummings reading Twelve Poems.

Background on Literary Society of the University of Massachusetts

In 1955, the Literary Society of the University of Massachusetts and Professor H. Leland Varley received a grant of $5,800 from the Educational Television and Radio Center to produce a series of eight one-hour radio programs under the title "As Others Read Us: American Fiction Abroad." Each program was centered on a discussion of a major American novelist who, in the words of the grant, "had played a major part in earning European respect for American culture."

The series featured discussions of the work of writers Henry James, Sinclair Lewis, Thomas Wolfe, Ernest Hemingway, John Dos Passos, William Faulkner, and John Steinbeck (who replaced the original choice, John Marquand), by panelists that included distinguished literary critics ranging from W.H. Auden and R.P. Blackmur to Perry Miller, Maxwell Geismar, and Renato Poggioli.

Scope of collection

The collection is comprised of administrative documents, transcripts, and sound recordings relating to the Literary Society radio program, 'As others see us.' Moderated by a member of the UMass Department of English, each broadcast featured discussions by distinguished literary critics such as W.H. Auden, R.P. Blackmur, Perry Miller, Maxwell Geismar, and Renato Poggioli. Dos Passos, Faulkner, and Steinbeck participated in person. Also included is a related item from an earlier program sponsored by the Literary Society: E.E. Cummings reading Twelve Poems.

Inventory

Introduction to the series, by Frederick Ellert, including keynote by Robert Penn Warren and outtakes of readings by John Dos Passos, John Steinbeck, and William Faulkner.

The foreign reputation of Sinclair Lewis: discussed by Renato Poggioli and Perry Miller
1956
00:00:00
No. 3

The foreign reputation of Thomas Wolfe: discussed by Adolph Klarmann and Maxwell Geismar
1956
00:00:00
No. 4

The foreign reputation of John Dos Passos: discussed by Maurice Coindreau and Harry Levin (with Dos Passos himself)
1956
00:00:00
No. 5

Ernest Hemingway: discussed by Henri Peyre and Charles Fenton
1956
00:00:00
No. 6

William Faulkner: discussed by Rene Girard and Carvel Collins: Includes Faulkner reading passages from Light in August and The Bear .
1956
00:46:40
No. 8

Poetry reading at UMass Amherst before the Literary Society of UMass Amherst for the program New England Anthology.

Administrative information

Access

The collection is open for research.

Provenance

Acquired from the Literary Society.

Processing Information

Processed by Dex Haven, August 2009.

Language:

English

Copyright and Use (More information )

Cite as: Literary Society of the University of Massachusetts Collection (RG 40/3 L4). Special Collections and University Archives, University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries.

Search terms

Subjects

  • Hemingway, Ernest, 1899-1961
  • James, Henry, 1843-1916
  • Lewis, Sinclair, 1885-1951
  • Novelists, American
  • Wolfe, Thomas, 1900-1938

Contributors

  • Literary Society of the University of Massachusetts [main entry]
  • Auden, W. H. (Wystan Hugh), 1907-1973
  • Bailey, Robeson, 1906-
  • Barron, Leone
  • Blackmur, R. P. (Richard P.), 1904-1965
  • Coindreau, Maurice Edgar
  • Collins, Carvel Emerson, 1912-
  • Cowie, Alexander, 1896-1978
  • Cummings, E. E. (Edward Estlin), 1894-1962
  • Dos Passos, John, 1896-1970
  • Faulkner, William, 1897-1962
  • Fenton, Charles
  • Geismar, Maxwell David, 1909-
  • Girard, Rene, 1923-
  • Goldberg, Maxwell Henry, 1907-
  • Klarmann, Adolf D. (Adolf Donald), 1904-1975
  • Koehler, Stanley
  • Levin, Harry, 1912-1994
  • Lohner, Edgar
  • Magny, Claude-Edmonde, 1913-1966
  • Miller, Perry, 1905-1963
  • Niedeck, Arthur E.
  • Peyre, Henri, 1901-
  • Poggioli, Renato, 1907-1963
  • Rudin, Seymour, 1922-
  • Savage, Richard C
  • Steinbeck, John, 1902-1968
  • Varley, H. Leland

Genres and formats

  • Audiocassettes
  • Broadcasts
  • Radio programs