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SR Blog | 26 September


On this day in 1888 T. S. Eliot was born in St. Louis, Missouri. He was a longstanding contributor to the Sewanee Review, publishing his first piece in the magazine—an essay titled “What is Minor Poetry?”—in 1945. He continued to publish with the Sewanee Review until his death.


After his death in 1965, the Sewanee Review’s entire Winter 1966 number was devoted to him. This unique issue, which was guest edited by Allen Tate, includes essays and remembrances by Ezra Pound, C. Day Lewis, Conrad Aiken, and Cleanth Brooks. You can find a copy of the issue online at JSTOR


“One dies every day one’s own death, but one cannot imagine the death of a man who was [the maestro]. To see his maestro, Dante had to ‘lift his eyelids a little higher,’ and that was what I knew, after January fourth, I had been doing in the thirty-six years of an acquaintance that almost imperceptibly became friendship. I looked up to him.” —Allen Tate, from “Postscript by the Guest Editor” (SR Winter 1966)

"But when our reservations have all been made, we accept The Waste Land as one of the most moving and original poems of our time. It captures us.” —Conrad Aiken, from “An Anatomy of Melancholy” (SR Winter 1966)

"Am I to write ‘about’ the poet Thomas Stearns Eliot? or my friend ‘the Possum’? Let him rest in peace. I can only repeat, but with the urgency of 50 years: READ HIM." —Ezra Pound, from "For T. S. E." (SR Winter 1966)

SR Blog | 25 September


“So he ran into the Cave and turned and saw David Hogganbeck also running into the Cave and he cried, ‘Back, fool!’ But David Hogganbeck still ran into the Cave even as Ikkemotubbe pointed his pistol at the roof and fired.”

William Faulkner was born on this day in 1897. Above is an excerpt from his story “A Courtship,” which first appeared in the Autumn 1948 issue of the Sewanee Review. You can read the entire story on JSTOR

SR Blog | 24 September

"With so much of the novel’s plot achieved through motif and symbol … the fiction that Fitzgerald conceived of as a ‘rough’ novel eventually seems to have been written as though it were a long poem."

On this day in 1896 F. Scott Fitzgerald was born! The above quote is from J. T. Barbarese’s review “‘The Great Gatsby’ and the American Dream” (SR Fall 1992).

He set out at once,
scarcely aware of where he was heading,
trusting his feet.

—Knute Skinner, from “Some Time Ago” (SR Summer 2006)

SR BLOG | 19 September

We are excited to announce the recipients of prizes for the best work published in the Sewanee Review in 2014! Check out the awards and their recipients here


SR BLOG | 16 September

Photo: Helen Holladay, Cary Holladay’s grandmother, who was the inspiration for Nelle Fenton

"What was Mr. Core waiting for? Throughout the ’90s and early 2000s, as my work appeared in books, anthologies, and other literary journals, the stories I sent to the SR came back." —Cary Holladay, from "She’ll Ride the Horse Herself"

In the third installment to Spilt Ink, our online essay series, Cary Holladay talks about her journey to publication in the Sewanee Review… and the trip back into her family history that it took to get there.

Click here to read the full essay!