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Bingham (Barry) Sr. Collection of Modern Literature
University of Louisville Special CollectionsLouisville, Kentucky 40292 USA
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[Identification of item], Barry Bingham Sr. Collection of Modern Literature, 1757-1970, Special Collections, University of Louisville, Louisville.
800 volumes, 0.75 linear ft. manuscripts
Given in memory of her husband Barry Bingham Sr. (1906-1988) by Mary Caperton Bingham, this collection was assembled by Jeremiah P. Starling and Marjorie C. Starling to emphasize literature of the Aesthetic Movement, the Bloomsbury Group, and Modernists. The collection includes first editions of Oscar Wilde, including the private edition of his autobiographical essay De Profundis, and rare publications of Aubrey Beardsley. The work of Max Beerbohm and his caricatures of the Aesthetic Movement are also included. The Bloomsbury Group is represented by first editions, particularly of E. M. Forster and Virginia Woolf, with the scarce editions issued by the Hogarth Press Jacob's Room, A Letter to a Young Poet, and The Waves. Also notable are the holdings of over fifty-two items of the work of Vita Sackville-West, many in presentation copies. First editions represent Modernist authors Henry James and T. S. Eliot, and also Ezra Pound. In addition to editions, including the rare limited signed edition of Hugh Selwyn Mauberly, are issues of the avant-garde magazine Blast. Other writers, from Keats and Byron to Conrad and the more recent Paul Bowles and Louis Zukofsky appear in first editions. The collection also includes letters by Conrad, Eliot, James, and Woolf, along with a substantial group of twenty-three letters written between 1922 and 1953 by Marianne Moore.
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