Jul
11

Post 5: Yale University, Beinecke Library: Lots of Letters (Edward Millman, Nathanael West Project)

On the last stop of my trip today at Yale University where I have spent the day at the Beinecke Library (bein is pronounced like stein apparently) looking at West’s letters to William Carlos Williams and Josephine Hebst, as well as correspondence from Hebst and others regarding West after his death. I have quite a…
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Jul
10

Post 4: What I Found at Brown (Edward Millman, Nathanael West Project)

Brown University’s John Hay Library, my second stop in my travels, proved to be an incredibly worthwhile stop. This archive houses a great deal of material on S.J. Perelman, the comic writer who was West’s brother-in-law and frequent collaborator. During this visit, I found a never-before-published manuscript of a play co-written by West and Perelman…
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Jul
09

Post 3: First Stop, Harvard (Edward Millman, Nathanael West Project)

Just finished my work in the archives at the Houghton Library at Harvard. There were lots of papers regarding New Directions and West’s work, mostly between West’s estate and other people involved with West’s more sucessful posthumous publications. Additionally, I saw F. Scott Fitzgerald’s recomendation for West’s Guggenheim Fellowship application (West did not receive a…
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Jun
06

Post 2: Preparing for the Summer Archive Travels Ahead (Edward Millman, Nathanael West Project)

Hello everyone! I’ve been enjoying engaging with my research materials on Nathanael West and my preparations are underway for my travels to various archives and libraries . My project entails, in addition to what is mentioned in my first post, finding and analyzing manuscripts, drafts, letters (to friends, other writers, editors, publishers, etc.), and other…
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Apr
10

Nathanael West: An Underappreciated Postmodern Visionary

I’m Edward Millman, an English Major at the College of William and Mary. My project aims to widen the critical discourse on Nathanael West, a writer who, despite his influence on later Postmodern writers and high praise from his contemporaries, remains underappreciated in the academic literature. The goal of my project will be to discuss…
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