Richard Ellmann Lectures in Modern Literature

2017 Richard Ellmann Lecturer - Colm Tóibín

Award-winning Irish writer Colm Tóibín will deliver the next series of the Richard Ellmann Lectures in Modern Literature November 12 - 14, 2017. Tóibín, who serves as Silverman Professor of the Humanities at Columbia University will speat at Emory on the theme of "Wilde, Yeats & Joyce: Three Writers and Their Fathers." More information.

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.

The Richard Ellmann Lecturers

1988  Seamus Heaney
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
2013  Paul Simon
2017  Colm Tóibín