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Current Maughan Library exhibition

Current Maughan Library exhibition

Our current exhibition in the Weston Room at the Maughan Library, is:

Eternal graffiti: British and American avant-garde poetry.

Cover of the Savoy magazine, 1896Running from 2 September to 14 December 2019, the exhibition charts the development of innovative and experimental poetry throughout the course of the 20th century in the United States and Great Britain.

From the first stirrings of modernism in the work of TS Eliot and Ezra Pound to the proliferation of poetic styles and practices at the century’s end, the exhibition showcases the depth and range of material held in our special collections and archives.

Highlights include correspondence from Allen Ginsberg and Lawrence Ferlinghetti, first editions of works by Ezra Pound, TS Eliot, and H.D., signed copies by William S Burroughs and Michael McClure, and rare publications by Gary Snyder and Amiri Baraka.

Cover of The yellow book, 1895

Subjects and movements represented include the Beats, the Black Arts movement, small presses and periodicals, the British Poetry Revival of the 1970s and concrete poetry.

 Admission and access

Access to the exhibition is free. On arrival at the Maughan Library, please follow the signs to the Weston Room.

Please note that visitors who are not registered members of the Maughan Library are required to complete an exhibition ticket on arrival at the Library. Please bring some form of ID such as a passport, driving licence or library card, to show on entrance.

The exhibition ticket and a guide is available to print below.

Exhibition ticket (Word, 204 kb)

Exhibition ticket (pdf, 239 kb)

Exhibition guide (pdf, 307 kb)

Exhibition closure dates:

Please note that the exhibition is closed on Sundays and on Bank holidays

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