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Detailed Container List

BOX 3: Dickinson (37 Folders)

3: Folder 1

Amherst College (Cole, Charles), correspondence with Jay Leyda 1956: (3 items)

Request to Leyda to catalogue and “put in proper shape” Mrs. Bingham’s materials on Emily Dickinson “for preservation and scholarly use.” Materials were to be donated by Mrs. Bingham.

02-Feb-1956

13-Feb-1956

21-Feb-1956

3: Folder 2

Bingham, Millicent Todd, correspondence with Jay Leyda 1954-1956: (28 items)

Millicent Todd Bingham (1880-1968) was the daughter of Mabel Loomis Todd who dedicated her life to editing the manuscripts and poems of Emily Dickinson.  Upon Mabel Loomis Todd’s death, Millicent took over the tedious task of editing Emily Dickinson’s poems.  She was editing several Dickinson pieces when Jay Leyda began his research, also on Emily Dickinson. These pieces included Emily Dickinson’s Home (Harper & Brothers, 1955) and Emily Dickinson, a Revelation (Harper & Brothers Publishers, 1954). They helped each other recover information about relevant dates, persons, places and relationships, and provided each other with feedback. They also shared an interest in knowing if Rev. Charles Wadsworth (“C.W”), father of famed Dr. William Scott Wadsworth, Philadelphia’s medical examiner and pathologist, was Emily Dickinson’s spiritual advisor.  See also Box 3: Folder 1 Amherst College, regarding Bingham’s collection of Dickinson papers. See also Box 3: Folder 12: Johns Hopkins University; Box 3: Folder 13: Johnson; Box 3: Folder 19: Pohl; Box 3: Folder 23: Todd; Box 3: Folder 27: Wadsworth photographs; and Box 3: Folder 29: Ward for more on Wadsworth.

undated                                 estimated  Sep-1954 

21-Sep-1954

21-Sep-1954

22-Sep-1954                         (*notes from Leyda on back)

01-Oct-1954                          (*notes from Leyda on back)

06-Nov-1954

17-Nov-1954

19-Nov-1954

25-Nov-1954            

29-Nov-1954

27-Dec-1954

12-Jan-1955

10-Feb-1955

12-Feb-1955

04-Mar-1955

29-Mar-unknown year        estimated 1955

01-Apr-1955

09-May-1955

3: Folder 2    (continued from previous page) Bingham, Millicent Todd

23-May-1955

undated                     estimated between Jun 22-29, 1955                    (draft from Leyda)

29-Jun-1955

06-Oct-1955

22-Nov-1955

23-Nov-1955

28-Nov-1955

02-Dec-1955             (from Leyda)

11-Feb-1956

20-Feb-1956

3: Folder 3

Bookstores / Booksellers & Collectors, correspondence with Jay Leyda undated, 1954: (6 items)

All letters are responses to Leyda’s search for materials relating to Emily Dickinson.

undated                     (Hillcrest Book Shop)

31-Aug-1954             (Harry A. Levinson, Rare & Precious Books)

09-Sep-1954             (William P. Wreden, Antiquarian Booksellers Association)

10-Sep-1954             (The Union League Club)

22-Sep-1954             (Mabel Zahn, Charles Sessler, Bookseller and Printseller)

27-Sep-1954             (Donald L. LaChance, Rare, Choice & Current Books)

3: Folder 4

Connecticut Valley Historical Museum (Juliette Tomlinson), correspondence with Jay Leyda 1954-1956: (3 items)

Correspondence is both personal and professional in nature with specific mention of “the Merriam stuff.”

13-Aug-1954

09-Sep-1954

24-Jan-1956

3: Folder 5

DuPont, Marcella, correspondence with Jay Leyda 1955: (2 items)

Refers to a letter that Leyda wrote to Mary Hampson in search of documents relating to Emily Dickinson.

18-May-1955

21-Jun-1955


3: Folder 6

Haight, Gordon Sherman, correspondence with Jay Leyda 1955: (1 item)

Gordon S. Haight (1901-1985) was a biographer of women writers of the nineteenth century and a George Eliot scholar. He was an English Professor at Yale University at the time of this correspondence.  Correspondence refers to help Leyda provided Haight while writing an unidentified book, but with a reference to the “Lamartine portrait.”

03-Sep-1955

3: Folder 7

Hampson, Mrs. Alfred Landis (Mary), correspondence with Jay Leyda 1955: (1 item)

Mary Landis Hampson was of a friend of Emily Dickinson's niece Martha Dickinson Bianchi, and the last resident of The Evergreens, the villa of Emily Dickinson's brother Austin and his wife Susan. She lived next door to the Dickinson Homestead. Letter refers to Dickinson material owned by Harvard.

17-Jun-1955            

3: Folder 8

Harcourt, Brace & Company, Inc. (Jerold Hickey), correspondence with Jay Leyda 1951-1955: (1 item)

Refers to an article in Harper’s Bazaar on “Emily Dickinson’s Lover” (Nov. 1951).

31-Oct-1951              (article enclosed)

3: Folder 9

Harper & Brothers (Elizabeth Laurence), correspondence with Jay Leyda 1954: (1 item

Relates to the possibility of reissuing of the 1931 Emily Dickinson Letters.

14-Oct-1954

3: Folder 10

Harvard University, Library of (William A. Jackson), correspondence with Jay Leyda 1954: (1 item).

Discusses access to Millicent Todd Bingham’s Dickinson material.

13-Aug-1954

3: Folder 11

Haverford College Library (Anna B. Hewitt), correspondence with Jay Leyda 1954: (1 item)

Anna Hewitt was the Assistant Curator of The Quaker Collection at Haverford and responds to Leyda’s inquiry regarding the contents of Charles Roberts Autograph Collection.

02-Sep-1954


3: Folder 12

Johns Hopkins University (M.L.Raney), correspondence with Jay Leyda 1956: (1 item)

Mr. Raney expresses interest in reading what Leyda’s “new disclosures will be” in his new book regarding the relationship between Dickinson and the Reverend Charles Wadsworth. See also Box 3: Folder 2: Bingham; Box 3: Folder 13: Johnson; Box 3: Folder 19: Pohl; Box 3: Folder 23: Todd; Box 3: Folder 27: Wadsworth photographs; and Box 3: Folder 29: Ward for more on Wadsworth.

04-Mar-1956

3: Folder 13

Johnson, Thomas Herbert, correspondence with Jay Leyda 1953-1955: (8 items)

See also Box 3: Folder 10, New England Quarterly.

Thomas H. Johnson ((1902-1985), renowned Dickinson scholar, was a English Professor at The Lawrenceville School in Lawrenceville, N.J. at the time of this correspondence.  In the letters, Johnson consults Leyda on various Dickinson matters as he was writing Emily Dickinson: An Interpretative Biography (Belknap Press, 1955) and editing The Poems of Emily Dickinson (Harvard University Press, 1955). Johnson also mentions the mystery behind “CW” referring to whether or not “CW” was, in fact, the Reverend Charles Wadsworth and the nature of the relationship. See also Box 3: Folder 2: Bingham; Box: 3: Folder 12: Johns Hopkins University; Box 3: Folder 19: Pohl; Box 3: Folder 23: Todd; Box 3: Folder 27: Wadsworth photographs; and Box 3: Folder 29: Ward. Of interest may be an unpublished letter of Emily to a “Mr. Sanborn” that C. Waller Barrett, of the Seven Gables had just purchased. See 3: Folder 27: Ward  for more on Johnson.

10-Mar-1953             (a returned letter from Leyda, to May Geneviene Hardy, with handwritten

note to Johnson; Johnson’s handwritten reply in upper left corner).

18-Aug-1954

undated

11-Mar-1955

23-Mar-1955

undated, unsigned postcard

18-Jul-1955

12-Oct-1955              (transcript of an unpublished letter to “Mr. Sanborn” attached)

3: Folder 14

Library of Congress, correspondence with Jay Leyda 1954-1955: (4 items)

Refers to the review written by Leyda on Bingham’s book, Emily Dickinson’s Home in The United States Quarterly Book Review and includes a copy. Draft of review is also included with a handwritten note to Blickenstein, the editor of the USQBR, Library of Congress.

26-Nov-1954

09-Aug-1955

copy of Review

undated                                 estimated 1955 (Leyda’s draft of review, note to Blickenstein)


3: Folder 15

Milwaukee County Historical Society (Frederick T. Olson), correspondence with Jay Leyda 1954: (3 items)

Letters relate to the Historical Society’s suggestion for Leyda to write a “short piece with a Milwaukee setting” for the Historical Messenger.  Also included are references to “J.L. Dudley”, (Reverend John Langdon Dudley), and a search for letters with Amherst friends, including Dickinson, Middletown parishioners, the Coleman and Fiske families, and Helen Maria Fiske Hunt Jackson (author and Dickinson friend and enthusiast).

29-Jun-1954

undated                                 estimated 19-Aug-1954 (draft from Leyda)

07-Nov-1954

3: Folder 16

New England Quarterly (Katharine Thompson), correspondence with Jay Leyda undated: (1 item)

Thompson is pleased that Leyda has agreed to review Thomas Johnson’s Emily Dickinson, and “is sending it along.”  Note mentions Betty Bezanson.

undated

3: Folder 17

New Republic (Robert Evett), correspondence with Jay Leyda 1954-1955: (4 items)

Letters refer to an article Leyda wrote on Dickinson for the New Republic.

06-Oct-1954

11-Jan-1955

05-Feb-1955

17-Feb-1955

3: Folder 18

Papers of Thomas Jefferson (Julian P. Boyd), correspondence with Jay Leyda 1955: (1 item)

Letter relates to an unidentified proposal Leyda made to Boyd, possibly an offer to conduct research, but on what remains unclear. Boyd also makes references to Lyman Butterfield, possibly the “Mr. Butterfield” from Box 1: Folder 59: Outgoing Drafts.

30-Nov-1955


3: Folder 19

Pohl, Josephine Pollitt, correspondence with Jay Leyda undated, 1955: (3 items)

Correspondence is both friendly and professional. Once a Dickinson scholar and author of a 1930 book on Dickinson, Josephine provides Leyda with feedback and insights on Dickinson.  She praises Leyda for his article in the New Republic, comments on Bingham’s Emily Dickinson’s Home, and refers to the interpretation of the Rev. Charles Wadworth’s relationship to Dickinson. See also Box 3: Folder 2: Bingham; Box: 3: Folder 12: Johns Hopkins University; Box 3: Folder 13: Johnson; Box 3: Folder 23: Todd; Box 3: Folder 27: Wadsworth photographs; and Box 3: Folder 29: Ward.

undated

29-Jun-1955

06-July-1955

3: Folder 20

Providence Public Library (Stuart C. Sherman), correspondence with Jay Leyda 1953-1954: (1 item)

Stuart Sherman was the Assistant Librarian at the time of the correspondence and responds to an inquiry from Leyda about a possible Dickinson collection at the Providence Public Library.

28-Feb-1953

3: Folder 21

Seven Gables Bookshop (C. Waller Barrett, R.T. Roberts), correspondence with Jay Leyda undated, 1954-1955: (3 items)

Leyda writes the owner of Seven Gables Bookshop, C.W. Barrett, Collector of old and rare books in the hopes that a “manuscript scrap” of Dickinson’s may be tracked down in his collection in time for Tomas H. Johnson’s publication of The Poems of Emily Dickinson (Harvard University Press, 1955).  Subsequent correspondence takes place between R.T. Roberts, on behalf on Mr. Barrett, and Leyda regarding two short notes found on Dickinson.  The two short notes are transcribed in the 01-Nov-1954 letter from Roberts.

undated                     estimated 25-Sep-1954       (draft from Leyda to Barrett)

01-Nov-1954             (reply from Roberts)

undated*                    estimated       Nov. 1954      (draft from Leyda, to Roberts)

*written on the back of a telegram from “Sergei,” possibly Sergei Bertensson – see Box 2: Folder 2: Bertensson.            


3: Folder 22

Todd, Minister G. Hall, correspondence with Jay Leyda 1954-1955: (8 items)

G. Hall Todd was the Minster of the Arch Street Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia at the time of this correspondence. He was a friend and probably the Minister of the famous Dr. William Scott Wadsworth, Philadelphia’s medical examiner and pathologist, who was, in turn, the son of the late Reverend Charles Wadsworth. Leyda had an unsigned letter to Emily Dickinson monogrammed “CW”, and believed it to be from the Reverend Charles Wadsworth. Leyda also believed the Reverend to be Emily’s spiritual advisor, contrary to others’ held beliefs that “CW” was possibly Emily’s lover. Leyda writes to Todd in the hopes that he may help resolve this mystery by speaking with Dr. Wadsworth and arranging a meeting between Wadsworth and Leyda.  Dr. Wadsworth becomes ill and passes away before a definite resolution on this matter is possible. See also Box 3: Folder 2: Bingham; Box: 3: Folder 12: Johns Hopkins University; Box 3: Folder 13: Johnson; Box 3: Folder 19: Pohl; Box 3: Folder 23: Todd; Box 3: Folder 27: Wadsworth photographs; and Box 3: Folder 29: Ward for more on Wadsworth.

13-Oct-1954

undated                     estimated late Oct. 1954     (draft from Leyda)

30-Oct-1954

09-Feb-1955

22-Feb-1955

28-Feb-1955

undated                     estimated early Mar. 1955  (draft from Leyda)

20-Mar-1955             (Dr. Wadsworth’s obituary attached)

3: Folder 23

Trustees of Forbes Library (Lawrence E. Wikander), correspondence with Jay Leyda 1956: (1 item)

This letter is a reply to Leyda’s inquiry about information regarding a Sidney E. Bridgeman, his family, and an unidentified book Leyda sought.

12-Jan-1956

3: Folder 24

University of California (Lawrence Clark Powell), correspondence with Jay Leyda 1953: (1 item)

Letter recommends a private collection of Emily Dickinson letters be offered to Harvard, and turns down a third party offer to purchase a Lewis Carroll collection.

12-Jan-1953

3: Folder 25

Van Boven, Alice, correspondence with Jay Leyda 1954: (1 item)

Alice Van Boven writes to Leyda about a collection of Amherst letters in which she determines at least one to be from her grandmother to Miss Vinnie Dickinson (Lavinia).  Van Boven alludes to and affirms Leyda’s suggestion to give the collection, once sorted, to UCLA

22-Nov-1954

3: Folder 26

Wadsworth photographs, correspondence with Jay Leyda 1954: (2 items)

Letters relate to the search for a photograph of the Reverend Charles Wadsworth. Leyda purchased one from The Presbyterian Historical Society.  Subsequently, American Heritage magazine wrote to Leyda asking if he had any photographs of Wadsworth. See also Box 3: Folder 2: Bingham; Box: 3: Folder 12: Johns Hopkins University; Box 3: Folder 13: Johnson; Box 3: Folder 19: Pohl; Box 3: Folder 23: Todd; Box 3: Folder 27: Wadsworth photographs; and Box 3: Folder 29: Ward for more on Wadsworth.

11-Oct-1954              (Guy S.. Kleitt, Dept. of History, Presbyterian Historical Society)

30-Dec-1954             (Stephen Sears, American Heritage)

3: Folder 27

Walter, Dorothy C., correspondence with Jay Leyda 1954: (1 item)

Dorothy Walter shares her insights on Dickinson.

08-Nov-1954


3: Folder 28

Ward, Theodora Van Wagenen, correspondence with Jay Leyda 1954-1956: (17 items)

Theodora Van Wagenen Ward (1890-1974), was the granddaughter of Dr. Josiah Gilbert Holland and Elizabeth (Chapin) Holland, friends and correspondents of Emily Dickinson. Theodora was an artist (wood block carvings) and Dickinson scholar. Author of many Dickinson pieces herself, she was also Thomas H. Johnson’s Editorial Assistant at Belknap Press and Harvard University Press at the time of this correspondence.  Letters relate to the arrangements made between Bingham and Harvard University Press for the release of Bingham’s materials and permission for Johnson to publish his work a year after Bingham’s publication. Ward and Leyda also shared information and advice about Dickinson.Ward was writing her own essay, entitled, “Ourself Behind Ourself – an Interpretation of the Crisis in the Life of Emily Dickinson”, and was seeking its publication. Harvard University Library eventually published this piece in 1956. Of interest may be correspondence regarding “secret” Bingham documents on Emily Dickinson that Leyda was privy to and shared with Ward. Some mention of Wadworth. See also Box 3: Folder 2: Bingham; Box: 3: Folder 12: Johns Hopkins University; Box 3: Folder 13: Johnson; Box 3: Folder 19: Pohl; Box 3: Folder 23: Todd; and Box 3: Folder 27: Wadsworth photographs.

undated

undated

17-Jul-1954

04-Aug-1954

26-Aug-1954

18-Feb-1955

26-Feb-1955

undated         estimated between 26-Feb and 11-Mar-1955 (draft from Leyda on blue paper)

11-Mar-1955

25-Mar-1955

09-May-1955

08-Jun-1955

19-Sep-1955

28-Nov-1955

09-Dec-1955

16-Dec-1955

22-Feb-1956

3: Folder 29

Williams, Stanley T.,correspondence with Jay Leyda 1954: (2 items)

Stanley T. Williams, English Professor at Yale University, refers to Leyda’s Dickinson manuscript. See also Box 3: Folder 30: Yale University Press for an excerpt from Williams on Leyda’s book on Dickinson.

undated                     (possible draft by Leyda)

21-Aug-1954             (postcard)


3: Folder 30

Williams, Mrs. Arthur L (Theresa Wright Williams), correspondence with Jay Leyda 1953: (1 item)

Theresa Wright Williams’s great aunt was Mrs. Sarah Taylor Fowler who was  “written [of] so affectionately” by Emily Dickinson.  Mrs. Williams shares what she knows about her family genealogy concerning the Wrights, Fowlers, and Dickinsons, and some friends and neighbors.

16-Aug-1953

3: Folder 31

Yale University Press (Mr. Davidson and Roberta Yerkes), correspondence with Jay Leyda 1955-1956: (4 items)

Letters relate to the publication of  The Years and Hours of Emily Dickinson (Yale University Press, 1960).

14-Nov-1955

11-Jan-1956

31-Jan-1956

02-Feb-1956

3: Folder 32

Zermer, Louise Gray, correspondence with Jay Leyda 1954: (2 items)

Correspondence relates to Leyda’s search for more information on Edward Dickinson’s friend, Mr. Eastman and his family, of whom Gray refers to in an article she wrote for the Illinois English Bulletin.

undated                     estimated Aug-1954            (draft from Leyda)

26-Aug-1954

Chronological Correspondence

3: Folder 33

Incoming, undated, correspondence with Jay Leyda: (3 items)

undated         (Anna Scannell [uncertain])

undated         (Birtha Van Riper Overbury)

undated         (“bd”)

3: Folder 34

Incoming 1953, correspondence with Jay Leyda: (2 items)

25-Feb-1953(John Moffit, Ramakrishna-Vivekananda Center)

07-Apr-1953  (Kimball C. Elkins, Harvard College Library, Archives)


3: Folder 35

Incoming 1954, correspondence with Jay Leyda: (4 items, 5 letters)

10-Sep-1954             (LOOK, Cowles Magazines Inc.)

12-Oct-1954*             (2 notes from an unknown correspondent, “Jean,” includes third party)

08-Nov-1954             (Winifred Hicks, City of Grand Rapids, Michigan)

07-Dec-1954             (Milton E. Saul, The Caliban Press)

*Typed letter to a third party, “Mildred”, asking her to recall the name of a woman who destroyed some letters written by Emily Dickinson while moving into an “old house in New England.” Jean’s handwritten note to Leyda is on the bottom in pencil.

12-Oct-1954

3: Folder 36

Incoming 1955, correspondence with Jay Leyda: (2 items)

24-Jan-1955             (Sophia Ehrlich)

02-Mar-1955             (Lola Gruenthal)

3: Folder 37

Outgoing, undated, drafts by Jay Leyda: (3 items, 5 letters)

undated                     (to “Harl,” Harl  Cook)

undated                     (to “Mrs. Carson”)

undated photocopy (to “Prof. Tinker,” possibly Chauncey Brewster Tinker;  “Willard,” likely Willard L. Thorp; and “Mr. Williams,” possibly Stanley T. Williams).

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Greg Lennes Melville's short story, "The Lightning-Rod Man" (1854) still has lessons for us today. The lightning-rod salesman says that to buy his lighting rods, you will be safe. He is the salesman of our fears. He peddled his wares during storms with dire descriptions of ruin and death. He threatens and tries to bully the main character, who is angered. The ending is the main character "seized it (lightning-rod); I snapped it; I dashed it; I trod it; and dragging the dark lightning-king out of my door, flung his elbowed, copper sceptre after him. But spite of my treatment, and spite of my dissuasive talk of him to my neighbors, the Lightning-rod man still dwells in the land; still travels in storm-time, and drives a brave trade with the fears of man." Here is a video of a reading of the tale by Stacy Carson. It was produced by Sharad Patel and Lily Cox­‐Richard (2015):
"The Lightning-­Rod Man" by Herman Melville, 1854 vimeo.com "The Lightning-­Rod Man" by Herman Melville, 1854 Read by Stacy Carson Produced by Sharad Patel and Lily Cox­‐Richard
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Greg Lennes
Diane Samuels: The Whale and Other Texts Diane Samuels: The Whale and Other Texts Diane Samuels: The Whale and Other Texts
Feb 7 - March 15, 2018
RECEPTION: Thursday, March 8, 6:00 - 9:00 pm; Artist Talk 7:30 pm

Exhibition at UMass Dartmouth University Art Gallery in Downtown New Bedford, “Diane Samuels: The Whale and Other Texts” is centered around the 8’ wide by 47’ long artwork Moby-Dick, or The Whale. This mesmerizing large scale piece appears to be floating on the gallery floor and spilling off the wall, reflecting on the ocean nearby, the location for the Melville’s famous novel.
Pittsburgh based Diane Samuels who often uses text as a element in her visual vocabulary this time creates waves with her meticulous hand-transcriptions created using all of the 701 pages in the novel. Remnants of archival paper and drawings have been recycled and painted over and, in places, drawn and collaged using images that pertain to the specific text. Each page of the book (also exhibited at the gallery) is hand-written as a horizontal row of the drawing, starting with “Call me Ishmael” at the top of the artwork.

Samuels chose Moby-Dick, or The Whale because of Melville’s descriptions of confrontations with “the other” and his archiving and cataloguing of information about whales and the world. In Chapter Three, Ishmael and Queequeg share a room and a bed at the Spouter-Inn. Ishmael describes his terror in meeting Queequeg. Despite cultural, racial, and language differences, the chapter ends with Ishmael’s statement, “I turned in, and never slept better in my life.”

Accompanying this installation is the compressed sound of the artist reading out loud and hand-transcribing each page, creating a layered “audio block”; a dense sound comprised of words and pages, along with the ambient sounds of the artist’s studio. The audio block is the length of the longest page of the book.

Other artworks also surprise visitors with their intricate hand-transcription in microscript. The Arabian Nights traces the stories told by Scheherazade over 10,000 fragments of papers painted in shades of indigo and crimson and edged in gold. The piece is a literal and figurative “magic carpet” whose central panel is bathed in the blood of the book’s unfortunate heroines and cloaked in the mysterious glow of night.
Salman Rushdie’s “Midnight’s Children,” also visually reflects the content of the book, creating a unique composition made from 1001 pieces of paper made in India and joined to form a map of India on August 15, 1947, its date of independence. The “midnight’s children” of the book’s title are the 1001 children born in the first hour of Indian independence.

The exhibition is open through March 15, 2018, with the reception on Thursday, March 8, 6:00 - 9:00 pm. The artist talk, as well as audio recording will begin at 7:30 pm.
The Whale and Other Text was curated by Viera Levitt, UMass Dartmouth Gallery Director, born in Slovakia, where she had assisted Diane in her 1998 sound based site-specific installation for the Synagogue - Centre for Contemporary Art in Trnava.

Thanks to Kris Nuzzi and the Pavel Zoubok Gallery for their wonderful collaboration on this exhibition.

Bio:
Diane Samuels is a visual artist, with studio and public art practices based in Pittsburgh. In both she uses other peoples’ words and handwriting as her literal and figurative raw material. She builds works that accrete from community engagements, layer by layer: layers made of words from interviews and informal conversations with people on the street, in cafes, in their homes; layers made of places from castings, drawings, photographs, audio, maps; and layers made from archival documents, narratives of events, histories, memoirs, folk tales, and literature. She has made drawings by writing out the texts of entire novels in micro-handwriting, converted a two-story glass pedestrian bridge into an anthology of phrases about looking at the world closely, and created artist’s books from sessions transcribing storytellers.
Diane's permanent site-specific artworks include Luminous Manuscript (Center for Jewish History New York) and Lines of Sight (Brown University). Luminous Manuscript was awarded an IFRAA/Faith & Form Award for Religious Art and Architecture in 2005 and is included in Judith Dupré’s 2007 (Random House) book, Monuments: America’s History in Art and Memory.
Her exhibitions include the Andy Warhol Museum, the Carnegie Museum of Art, the Mattress Factory Museum, the Leo Baeck Institute, the Center for Book Arts, the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, the Contemporary Arts Center of Cincinnati, the Municipal Museum of Art (Gyor, Hungary), the Synagogue Center (Trnava, Slovakia), the Bernheimer Realschule (Buttenhausen, Germany), and the Czech Museum of Fine Arts.
Diane's work is in public and private collections including the Carnegie Museum of Art, Bank of New York Mellon, Reed College, Municipal Museum of Art (Gyor, Hungary), the Ruth and Marvin Sackner Archive of Concrete and Visual Poetry.
Samuels holds both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in fine arts from Carnegie Mellon University, a diploma from the Institute in Arts Administration at Harvard University and has received honorary doctorates from Seton Hill University and Chatham University. She is also co-founder of City of Asylum Pittsburgh, which provides sanctuary to writers in exile. Samuels is a former board member of the Carnegie Museum of Art and the National Catholic Center for Holocaust Education, and is a Distinguished Daughter of Pennsylvania. In 2013 she was recipient of a Rockefeller Bellagio Residency in Italy and an American Academy in Jerusalem Fellowship.
Diane Samuels works with the Pavel Zoubok Gallery in New York City.

Image: Moby Dick, Or The Whale, Herman Melville, 2015
Ink on handmade paper, 96 x 564 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Pavel Zoubok Gallery. Photo by Thomas Little

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Greg Lennes Melvillean Philosophy (Humor): "There are unknown worlds of knowledge in brutes; and whenever you mark a horse, or a dog, with a peculiarly mild, calm, deep-seated eye, be sure he is an Aristotle or a Kant, tranquilly speculating upon the mysteries in man. No philosophers so thoroughly comprehend us as dogs and horses." Redburn. His First Voyage - Chapter XL. :) 2018-02-16T21:00:37+0000
Robert Sandberg MLA Conference - 2019 - Chicago: The Melville Society's "Call for Papers" is now available on the Melville Society website
The Melville Society - Call for Papers: MLA 2019 - Reading The Confidence-Man Today & Melville’s Quarrel with Modernity melvillesociety.org A society dedicated to the study and appreciation of the nineteenth-century American author Herman Melville
2018-02-17T16:49:58+0000
Greg Lennes "Moby Dick Deckle Edges Spotlight Tour "(March 16th) - Frank Stella Artwork - discussion led by Robert K. Wallace at Pizzuti Collection in Columbus, Ohio:
Moby Dick Deckle Edges Spotlight Tour pizzuticollection.org Join us on March 16 for a spotlight tour with Professor Robert K. Wallace. Robert will discuss the Moby Dick Deckle Edges prints in the context of other works by Stella on view in the Lines/Edges: Frank Stella On Paper exhibition.
2018-02-17T15:43:39+0000
Eileen Valentino Flaxman When I joined The Melville Society FB page last August, you were just breaking a thousand followers. And now you're about to break 2,000. Congratulations! Here is my latest contribution from my project to write a poem for every chapter in Moby-Dick. (Lines from the text are in quotations.) Chapter 59 - Squid. -- Plenty of action and violence takes place in this novel. But there are also days of calm . . . floating on a glassy sea without swells or even the promise of a leviathan and with no chatter from a listless crew . . . A 'profound hush' surrounds the Pequod as it drifts in the middle of nowhere, with 'a stillness almost preternatural spread over the sea'. At such a time, what goes on inside a sailor's mind? Thoughts of home? Other ways to earn a living? Ennui? As a man looks out over endless nothingness, do thoughts churn busily inside his skull . . . or is Ismael an Anomaly?
2018-02-16T18:27:58+0000
Meredith Farmer We're happy to announce the second CFP for our MLA panels at MLA 2019! CFP: MELVILLE'S QUARREL WITH MODERNITY In anticipation of an energized year in Melville studies (when on the 200th anniversary of his birth we consider Melville’s significance in the present moment) contributors to this panel will reflect on a vital but largely unexplored feature of Melville’s thinking: his quarrel with modernity. Melville is not recognized for the clarity of his philosophical arguments. At best, his philosophizing is dismissed as ingenious but muddled. But perhaps Melville’s philosophical arguments have been hard to grasp because they have been miscategorized; they have been taken to embody the ethos of the distinctively modern world (that is, after the defining work of Descartes and Locke) when in fact what they offer is nothing less than a wide-ranging rejection of modernity’s dominant assumptions. On this panel, accordingly, we will use Melville’s writing to turn a harsh light on some of the beliefs that characterize modern Western thought. Melville’s writing has meant many things to many people, but as yet it has not been seen as a way to unite or bring into conversation the growing number of theorists resisting the modernity narrative—theorists making an effort to knock down the edifice of dualism, think carefully about where the nature-culture binary has come from (and what we might imagine in its place), cast doubt on the view that the body is inessential to mind, and in other ways question the account of the world offered by the moderns. Please send 300-500 words and a vita to K.L. Evans at mail@klevans.org by March 19.
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Chad Beck Moby-Dick is discussed at 39:00. Also relevant (and leading directly into M-D) is a discussion about Job (31:23).
Russell Brand & Jordan Peterson - Kindness VS Power | Under The Skin #46 youtube.com Recently making the headlines after a combative interview about the gender pay gap with Channel 4’s Cathy Newman, my guest today is Jordan Peterson, who disc...
2018-02-16T01:00:29+0000
Greg Lennes Melvillean Humor for Valentine's Day - Melville's First Draft of Moby-Dick: Comic strip by Mikey Heller (2014) :) 2018-02-14T17:59:34+0000
Greg Lennes Moby-Dick stars on Antiques Roadshow on PBS TV (2/12/18) video - Appraisal of Moby-Dick edition illustrated by Rockwell Kent and published by Lakeside Press 1930.
Appraisal: 1930 Rockwell Kent-Illustrated "Moby Dick" Set | Antiques Roadshow | PBS pbs.org Appraisal: 1930 Rockwell Kent-Illustrated "Moby Dick" Set in New Orleans, LA.
2018-02-13T14:27:18+0000
Greg Lennes The final volume of the Northwestern-Newberry THE WRITINGS OF HERMAN MELVILLE--LAST OF 15 VOLUMES in hardback - a major literary accomplishment. 2018-02-14T14:20:22+0000
Greg Lennes REMINDER: March 1st deadline for registration for the two-week program called “Teaching Melville” that will take place this summer in New Bedford. The Whaling Museum will host the event which will take place from June 17th through the 30th. Go to website for details.
Teaching Melville teachingmelville.org An Institute for School Teachers on Herman Melville’s "Moby-Dick" and the World of Whaling in the Digital Age
2018-02-14T17:31:38+0000
Karen Lentz Madison Melvilleans!
2018-02-14T13:26:46+0000
Robert Sandberg A Call for Book Proposals: From Richard King of the University Press of New England http://www.upne.com/series/SEA.html The University Press of New England and the Williams College-Mystic Seaport Maritime Studies Program seek book proposals for our “Seafaring America” series. We are looking for works in three categories: 1. Suggestions for timely reissues of forgotten, out-of-print American works of literary and cultural distinction, with new introductions that frame the work for a modern audience. 2. Proposals for anthologies and/or selected editions of writers’ work. 3. Proposals for books of original scholarship or of general interest, according to the series mission below. We have particular interest in underrepresented voices and “blue” environmental studies. _______________________ “Seafaring America” is a series of original and classic works of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and drama exploring the history of America’s engagement with our oceans and coastlines. Spanning diverse eras, populations, and geographical settings, the series strives to introduce, revive, and aggregate a wide range of exemplary and/or seminal stories about our American maritime heritage. This includes the accounts of First Peoples, explorers, voluntary and forced immigrants, women in maritime communities, fishermen, whalers, captains, common sailors, members of the navy and coast guard, marine biologists and oceanographers, and the crews of vessels ranging from lifeboats, riverboats, and tugboats to recreational yachts. “Seafaring America” introduces new stories of maritime interest and reprints books that have fallen out of circulation and deserve reappraisal. The series also publishes selections from well-known works that warrant reconsideration because of the lessons they offer about our relationship with our watery planet.
UPNE | Seafaring America upne.com Series Editor: Richard J. King, Williams College-Mystic SeaportSeafaring America is a series of original and classic works of nonfiction, fiction, poetry, and drama exploring the history of America’s engagement with our oceans and coastlines. Spanning diverse eras, perspectives, and geographical s...
2018-02-14T01:00:15+0000
Greg Lennes To the wealthy Melvillean: Auction for a first edition of Moby-Dick ending March 7th. 2018-02-13T19:36:41+0000

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Melville Society Archive
Walter E. Bezanson Fellowship
 
 
The Melville Society, under the auspices of the Melville Society Cultural Project in New Bedford, offers an annual fellowship to help a scholar undertake research on Herman Melville at the Society’s Archive in the Research Library of the Whaling Museum in New Bedford, Massachusetts.

 

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New York Public Library
Short-term Research Fellowships

 

Graduate students or other affiliated academics whose work would benefit from visiting the Manuscripts and Archives Division to view collections such as the Gansevoort-Lansing collection, and Duyckinck family papers are encouraged to apply.

 

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From Our Photo Collections

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Woodlawn Cemetary

WoodlawnWoodlawn Cemetary - final resting place of Herman, his wife, Elizabeth, and other family members. Click here to view photos of the gravesites.

125th Anniversary Celebration

125th Woodlawn

A celebration of Melville's life at Woodlawn Cemetary on the 125th anniversary of his passing.

Lansingburgh Historical Society

Melville House

Melville lived for nine years in this Lansingburgh house. It was here that he wrote Typee and Omoo

Berkshire Historical Society

ArrowheadMelville's Arrowhead home and farm in Pittsfield, MA where he wrote Moby-Dick and lived for most of the 1850s.