Clements Center Noon Talks

Willard Spiegelman

"The Southwest Review": The First One Hundred Years of Literary Excellence

Wednesday, January 22, 2014 
The DeGolyer Library on the campus of Southern Methodist University
6404 Hyer Lane at McFarlin Blvd.
12 noon to 1 p.m


Willard Spiegelman, the Hughes Professor of English at SMU, has served as editor-in-chief of the Southwest Review since 1984, which will celebrate its centennial in 2015. It is this country's third oldest, continuously published literary quarterly. Contributors have included (in the old days) D. H. Lawrence, Edmund Gosse, Witter Bynner, and Mary Austin, and (in the recent past) Arthur Miller, Nadine Gordimer, Ursula LeGuin, Allan Gurganus, Allen Ginsberg, John Ashbery, Adrienne Rich, James Merrill, Tennessee Williams, Amy Clampitt, and Naguib Mahfouz. 

Professor Spiegelman is the author or editor of ten books including Wordsworth’s Heroes (University of California Press, 1985); The Didactic Muse: Scenes of Instruction in Contemporary American Poetry (Princeton, 1989); Majestic Indolence: English Romantic Poetry and the Work of Art (Oxford, 1995); How to Read and Understand Poetry (The Teaching Company, 1999); The Lives and Works of the English Romantic Poets (The Teaching Company, 2003); How Poets See the World: The Art of Description in Contemporary Poetry (OUP, 2005); 'Love, Amy': The Selected Letters of Amy Clampitt, ed. (Columbia, 2005); Imaginative Transcripts: Selected Literary Essays (Oxford, 2008); Seven Pleasures: Essays on Ordinary Happiness (FSG/Picador, 2009, 2010); In the Frame: Women's Ekphrastic Poetry from Marianne Moore to Susan Wheeler, co-ed. (University of Delaware Press, 2009), and is a frequent contributor to the "Leisure & Arts" pages of the Wall Street Journal.

Image credit: SMU 2013, Hillsman S. Jackson