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Bennington College History: Literature: 1950s Literature Readings and Lectures

A guide to the history of literature at Bennington College

1950s Literature Readings and Lectures

1950

  • Howard Nemrov book signing. (1950) photograph
  • Allen Tate and Scott Buchanan. Panel: "Poetry and Science" Part of the Bennington Conference on Contemporary America. Franklin Living Room. (1950-04-17) conference program | Bennington College Alumnae Quarterly vol 2 no 3
  • Allen Tate. Reading his poetry. Part of the Bennington Conference on Contemporary America. Franklin Living Room. (1950-04-17) conference program | Bennington College Alumnae Quarterly vol 2 no 3
  • Allen Tate. Moderator: Ira De Augustine Reid. Part of the Bennington Conference on Contemporary America. Franklin Living Room. (1950-04-17) conference program | Bennington College Alumnae Quarterly vol 2 no 3
  • J. C. Levenson "Can History be a Literary Art?" Part of the Bennington Conference on Contemporary America. Franklin Living Room. (1950-04-19) conference program | Bennington College Alumnae Quarterly vol 2 no 3
  • R. Gorham Davis. "The Contemporary Novel" Part of the Bennington Conference on Contemporary America. Franklin Living Room. (1950-04) conference program | Bennington College Alumnae Quarterly vol 2 no 3
  • Literature Seminar. Several of the faculty members of the division will discuss Aristotle's Poetics. Dewey Living. (1950-09-27) College Week 
  • Perry Miller. "The Great Awakening". Part of the American Response to Crisis lecture series. (1950-10-02) College Week (description of series page 3) | Bennington College Alumnae Bulletin vol 2 n 4. 
  • Senior Projects Discussed. Franklin living room. (1950-11) The Bennington Weekly v 1 n10 "Senior Projects Discussed by By Lit Students and Faculty"
  • Howard M. Jones. "Horace Mann's Tenth Annual Report" Part of the  American Response to Crisis"  series. (1950-11-13) College Week (description of series page 3)
  • Literature Seminar. William Jay Howes and Barbara Howes, read from their work. Franklin Living Room. (1950-12-04) The Bennington Weekly v1 n12

1951

  • Barbara Golffing, Francis Golffing, Harold Kaplan, Wallace Fowlie, Howard Nemerov, Kenneth Burke, will read from material on which they are currently working. Franklin Living Room. (1951-04-03)  College Week | The Bennington Weekly v 1 n 18  article "Franklin Too Small To Seat  Appreciative Lit. Audience"
  • Catharine Foster reviews Hangsaman by Shirley Jackson. (1951-04) The Bennington Weekly v1 n21 article "Mrs. Foster Reviews 'Hangsaman'"
  • Ted Weiss. Poetry reading. Franklin Living Room. (1951-04-26) The Bennington Weekly
  • Harry Duncan, director of the Cummington Press. Reading of his poetry and original translations. (1951-05-29)  "Lit Seminar Tuesday Night" The Bennington Weekly Vol. 1 No. 24 | The Bennington Weekly vol 1 no. 25 | College Week
  • Wallace Fowlie. "Jean Cocteau, his career and his particular contribution to Ballet, Cinema, Theatre, Poetry and Criticism." Drama Workshop. (1951-06-04) College Week
  • Literature Seminar. Panel discussion of The Garden by Andrew Marvell. Panelist: Hope Farny, Anita Maximilian, Marcia Lang, and Carol Husted. Sondra Tschakbasov, moderator. (1951-06-10) The Bennington Weekly v1 n26 | The Bennington Weekly v1 n27
  • Norman Holmes Pearson. "American Intellectuals or American Communists" Part of the "American Values" lecture series. (1951-06-11) The Bennington Weekly v1 n27 article "N. H. Pearson Explains Why Artists of '20's Went Communistic"
  • Prose and Poetry Workshop. Poems, short stories, and critical essays by student authors will be read and discussed. Franklin Living Room. (1951-09-17) The Bennington Weekly v1 n20 article "Literature Will Join Ranks Of Division Workshops" | The Bennington Weekly v2 n2 article "Lit. Seminar Monday Night" | The Bennington Weekly v2 n3 article "Literature Workshop Promotes Interest"
  • Prose and Poetry Workshop. Poems, short stories, and critical essays by student authors will be read and discussed. Franklin living room. (1951-09-25) College Week 
  • Malcolm Cowley. "The Lost Generation". Part of the "American Values" lecture series. (1951-10-11) The Bennington Weekly v2 n1 article "Malcolm Cowley To Lecture On Flaming Youth" | The Bennington Weekly v2 n6 article " 'Literature of '20' s Hit Creative Peak,' States Cowley" | Bennington College Alumnae Quarterly vol 3 n 2 p.4-7 contains a "stenographic record" of his talk. 
  • Literature Workshop.(1951-10-15) The Bennington Weekly v2 n6 "Lit. Workshop Scheduled Mon."
  • Literature Seminar. Ben Belitt, Barbara Golffing, Francis Golffing, Harold Kaplan, and Howard Nemerov will read from their own work. Franklin living room. (1951-10-29) College Week | The Bennington Weekly v2 n8 article "Faculty Read Prose And Poetry In Progress And Published" by Wallace Fowlie. 
  • Prose and Poetry Workshop. Franklin living room. (1951-11-06) College Week
  • Literature Workshop. Franklin living room. (1951-11-20)  The Bennington Weekly v2 n10
  • Wallace Fowlie. Drama-Literature Seminar - "The French Theatre, 1941-51" Carriage Barn Lounge. (1951-12-17) College Week

1952

  • Literature Seminar. Student creative writing. Franklin living room. (1952-04-01) College Week
  • Literature Seminar. Howard Nemerov and Thomas Wilcox will read Langland, Milton, Pope and Keats. Franklin living room. (1952-04-08) College Week 
  • Literature Workshop. Student work read and discussed. Franklin living room. (1952-04-29) College Week
  • Literature Workshop. Poetry reading, Howard Nemerov and Robert Stange will read selections from Chaucer, Herbert, Skelton, Browning, Swift, and Yeats. (1952-05-06) College Week
  • Joint Literature and Social Science Workshop. "Caine Mutiny" viewpoints from a sociologist, psychologist, and literary critic by Lucien Hanks, Josef Adelson and Robert Stange. Carriage Barn lounge. (1952-05-12) College Week
  • Literature Workshop. Student work read and discussed. Franklin living room. (1952-05-20) College Week
  • Literature Workshop. Student work read and discussed. Franklin living room. (1952-06-03) College Week
  • "Poets on Discs" an informal program of selective poetry recordings. McCullough Living Room. (1952-06-08) College Week
  • Literature Workshop. Student work read and discussed. Franklin Living Room. (1952-06-17) College Week 
  • Literature Workshop. Catharine Foster, Barbara. Golffing, Wallace Fowlie and Francis Golffing and Howard Nemerov read from prose and poetry works in progress. Franklin living room. (1952-09-16)  College Week
  • Literature Workshop. Student work read and discussed. Franklin living room. (1952-09-30) College Week
  • Literature Workshop. Franklin living room. (1952-10-14) College Week
  • Journalism Seminar. John Scott. "TIME and U.S. Journalism" (1952-10-27) College Week
  • Literature Workshop. Franklin living room. (1952-10-28) College Week
  • "Halloween, A Masque, a play by Howard Nemerov, will be performance immediately after the costume judging in the Theatre." (1952-10-31) College Week
  • Film screening. W. B. Yeats: A Tribute. (1952-11-01) College Week
  • Literature Workshop. Gunthar Schoenburg's French students will recite from the works of La Fontaine and Molière. Franklin living room. (1952-11-25) College Week
  • Literature Workshop. Gunthar Schoenburg's French students will read selections from Schiller. Franklin living room. (1952-12-09) College Week

1953

  • Shirley Fisher, literary agent from McIntosh & Otis (1953-04-21)  General Meetings 1953-1957 Correspondence (Burkhardt 190. Box 11 of 16) | College Week
  • Dylan Thomas. Reading from the works of contemporary British poets including himself.  (1953-04-27)  College Week
  • Social Science Workshop. "Discussion of Evil" Frederick, Frederick Burkhardt, Francis Golffing, Howard Nemerov and Josef Adelson. (1953-05-04) College Week
  • Joseph Campbell. Myths of India. (1953-06-01) General Meetings 1953-1957 Correspondence (Burkhardt 190. Box 11 of 16) | College Week 
  • A Panel Discussion on The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir. Panelist Wallace Fowlie and Lawrence Frank. (1953-06-07) College Week
  • Poetry Exhibit. "Poems by Bennington Poets will be read, exhibited, sung, and danced." (1953-06-16) College Week
  • Literature Workshop. Members of the Literature Faculty will read from their work. (1953-09-29) College Week
  • Stanley Hyman's Folk Literature and Folklore class will play and sing ballads. Bingham Living Room. (1953-10-15) College Week 
  • Literature Workshop. Panel discussion on Christopher Marlowe's "Doctor Faustus". The participants will include most of the members of the Literature Faculty. (1953-11-10) College Week
  • Stanley Hyman's Folk Literature and Folklore class will play and sing ballads. Bingham Living Room. (11 November 1953-11-11) College Week
  • Literature Workshop. Shirley Jackson reading from her latest novel [possibly Hangsaman (1951) or The Bird's Nest (1954) that she was still writing in the Fall of 1953.] Franklin Living Room. (1953-11-24) College Week
  • Literature Workshop. Howard Nemerov reading from his work. (1953-12-03) College Week
  • Prose and Poetry Workshop.  Student work will be read. Franklin Living Room. (1953-12-08) College Week

1954

  • Prose and Poetry Workshop. Franklin Living Room. (1954-04-06) College Week
  • Literature Workshop. Kenneth Burke will speak on "Dictionaries, Concordances, and Summaries", "A Theory of Indexing". James Joyce's Portrait of the Artist As a Young Man will be used as tne primary text for analysis. Franklin Living Room. April 13. (1954-04-13) College WeekCollege Week
  • Prose and Poetry Workshop. Franklin Living Room.  (1954-04-27) College Week
  • A staged reading of Dylan Thomas' Under Milk Wood. Junior Drama Division Production. A collection will be taken for the Dylan Thomas Fund. (1954-05-03) College Week 
  • Literature Workshop. Translation Seminar. Ben Belitt, Francis Golffing and Wallace Fowlie will read from works which they have translated and discuss problems of translation. Franklin Living Room (1954-05-11) College Week
  • Drama Workshop. A discussion of literary values in the William Congreve play "The Way of the World." Panel: Catharine Foster, Wallace Fowlie, Francis Golffing, Thomas Wilcox. Franklin Living Room (1954-05-17)  College Week
  • "The Bible as Book" Panel: Frederick Burkhardt, Moderator. Ben Belitt, Kenneth Burke and Stanley Hyman. Carriage Barn. (1954-05-24) College Week
  • Literature Workshop. Selections from Senior Theses. Franklin Living Room (1954-06-08) College Week
    • Virginia Mackoy: "Proust: Social Historian"
    • Lynne G. Horowitz: "The Double Man: Eight Studies in Fiction"
    • Susan Schapiro: "Aldous Huxley's Search For Truth" 
    • Shashi Wahi: "Scenes From India"
    • Jean Diamond: "The Objective and Subjective  Realms in the Art of Andre Gide"
  • Literature Workshop. Selections from Senior Theses. Franklin Living Room. (1954-06-22) College Week
    • Sue Powers will read five poems from her poetry thesis.
    • Nancy Spraker will read a story from her short story thesis.
    • Lucy Byck will read from her poetry thesis.
    • Joan Drooker will read a section of her thesis "Depersonalization in Anna Karenina"
  • Poetry Workshop. Readings of their own work: Howard Nemerov, Ben Belitt, Stanley Edgar Hyman, Francis Golffing. Franklin Living Room. (1954-09-21) College Week 
  • Robert Frost. "The noted American poet, homespun philosopher, author, lecturer, and teacher will read from his own works." Carriage Barn. (1954-09-27) College WeekLetter | Photograph | The Bugler article "Robert Frost Enthralls Huge Audience At Carriage Barn"
  • Literature Workshop. Student Prose and Poetry will be read and discussed. Franklin Living Room. (1954-10-05) College Week
  • Agnes E. Meyer.  John Dewey Memorial Lecture. Carriage Barn. (1954-10-14) College Week
  • Literature Workshop. "An Evening with Shirley Jackson" readings themed around communication or lack of communication in articles Franklin living room. (1954-10-19) College Week | The Bugler v1 n3 article "Shirley Jackson Reads at Workshop" (article lists reading selections)
  • Literature Workshop. Three short stories, including two student works and Katherine Mansfield's "Bliss" will be read and discussed by faculty and students. (1954-11-02) College Week
  • [Spoof award announcement] "The College is happy to announce three recent awards to members of its faculty: In Music, the Nemerov Fellowship for Distinguished Fingering to George Finckel. In Literature, the Feeley Award for largest Metrical Footage, 1928-54 to Howard Nemerov. In Art, Finckel Grant for Advanced Brushing and General Paint Handling to Paul Feeley. Each award is for $5,000.00 and six months' study in Berlin, New York." (1954-11-09) College Week 
  • Autograph tea for Wilderness Stair by Ben Belitt. (1954-12-02) College Week

1955

  • Autograph tea for Howard Nemerov's book The Salt Garden. (1955-03-29)College Week
  • Literature Workshop. Student poetry and prose will be read and discussed.(1955-04-19) College Week
  • Dance Seminar. Belitt Movies. Three original films in color by Ben Belitt will be shown: "The Palm and the Prism" "Cycle of Autumn" and "Mexico Dances" (1954-04-27)  College Week
  • Harry Duncan, poet and founder of the Cummington Press, will read from his own work as well as from other English poets. Franklin living room. (1954-11-16) College Week
  • Literature Workshop. Panel discussion of The Rape of the Lock with literature faculty panelist. (1955 fall) Community Council Minutes 
  • Shirley Jackson reading her short stories. (1955 fall) Community Council Minutes 

1956

  • Literature Workshop. Seniors will read translations, critical and creative theses. Carriage Barn Lounge. (1956-06-19) College Week
  • Literature Workshop. Seniors will read translations, critical and creative theses. Carriage Barn Lounge. (1956-06-26) College Week 
  • Howard Mumford Jones, commencement speaker. (1956-06-29) College Week

1957

  • Raymond Bowen. "with the aid of blow-up cartoons Raymond Bowen talked about the early trials and triumphs of the New Yorker, of which he was advertising manager for twenty-eight years" (1957 spring) Bennington College Alumni Magazine vol 9 n 1. p. 42
  • Lee Wright, managing editor of Simon and Schuster. "The Market for Literature" (1957 spring) Bennington College Alumni Magazine vol 9 n 1. p. 42
  • Shirley Jackson. Reading from The Sun Dial. (1957 fall) Bennington College Alumni Magazine vol 9 n 2. p.26
  • Ben Belitt. Reading. (1957 fall)  Bennington College Alumni Magazine vol 9 n 2. p.26
  • Howard Nemerov. Reading. (1957 fall) Bennington College Alumni Magazine vol 9 n 2. p.26
  • Barbara Golffing. Reading. (1957 fall) Bennington College Alumni Magazine vol 9 n 2. p.26
  • Francis Golfing. Reading. (1957 fall) Bennington College Alumni Magazine vol 9 n 2. p.26

1958

  • Marianne Moore. 1957-1963 General Meetings. (1958-04-17) Fels 580. Box 15 of 15. 
  • Last Lesson for Review Text by Howard Nemerov. Music by Lionel Nowak. Written for the Commencement Ceremony. (1958-06)
  • Audio recording of poetry reading by Howard Nemerov. (circa 1958)

1959

  • Kenneth Burke. The present world crisis and human's struggle with technology. General Meeting. (1959 spring) The Bennington College Bulletin Alumnae Issue vol 27 no 5. p. 17
  • Film screening of Ben Belitt's movies of Vermont, Mexico and Florida. (1959 spring) The Bennington College Bulletin Alumnae Issue vol 27 no 5. p. 17
  • Stanley Hyman. "Mass Culture." (1959-09-10) 1957-1963 General Meetings. Fels 580. Box 15 of 15.