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Frontispiece to Howell, James.  Epistolæ Ho-Elianæ: Familiar Letters, Domestic and Forren. London:   H. Mosley, 1655.




f the 38,000 volumes in Rare Books, more than half are literary in nature.  The in-print collection of Joseph Conrad is perhaps the strongest and most complete in the world.  Other authors with significant representation include John Donne, Rudyard Kipling, W. H. Auden, Walt Whitman, Marianne Moore, Kay Boyle, Arthur Schnitzler and James Dickey. Many of the collections include first and signed editions as well as letters, diaries and other manuscript materials.   The 405 uniformly bound volumes of the Teatro Español Collection contain over 3,700 separate Spanish plays ranging in date from the early 1800’s to the mid 1900’s.


American authors collected in strength include:


Walt Whitman

Elizabeth Stuart Phelps

Marianne Moore 

T. S. (Thomas Stearns) Eliot

Kay Boyle

James Dickey



European authors collected in strength include:


William Shakespeare

John Donne

John Milton

Robert Burns 

Walter Scott

Joseph Conrad

Rudyard Kipling 

W. B. (William Butler) Yeats

Arthur Schnitzler

A. E. (Alfred Edgar) Coppard

W. H. (Wystan Hugh) Auden 

John E. Gardner




Joseph Conrad Collection


Theodor and Beatrice Alexander Library of Continental and American Literature


Teatro Español Collection



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Bruce Cammack

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