The Richard Ellmann Lectures in Modern Literature
2013 Richard Ellmann Lecturer - Paul Simon
Songwriter Paul Simon delivered the Richard Ellmann Lectures in Modern Literature from September 22 - 24, 2013. The sereis included four public events, including lectures, conversations and a music performance. More information about the 2013 Lectures.
About the Lectures
The Richard Ellmann Lectures in Modern Literature, now among the most prominent in North America, were established in honor of Richard Ellmann (1918-1987), who served Emory University as the first Robert W. Woodruff Professor from 1980 to 1987. For more than forty years, his writing set the highest standards of critical inquiry and humanistic scholarship. The biographer of James Joyce and Oscar Wilde, Ellmann enjoyed eminent domain among the interpreters of W. B. Yeats, Samuel Beckett, Henry James, T. S. Eliot, Wallace Stevens, and other modern authors. His public lectures were unparalleled in their appeal to a worldwide audience of readers, for Ellmann always spoke in a language that invited the reader to share his or her personal engagement with serious literature.
1990 Denis Donoghue
1992 Anthony Burgess (resigned; deceased)
1994 Helen Vendler
1996 Henry Louis Gates Jr.
1999 A. S. Byatt
2001 David Lodge
2004 Salman Rushdie
2006 Mario Vargas Llosa
2008 Umberto Eco
2010 Margaret Atwood