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Bread Loaf Writers' Conference and School of English

Middlebury's Bread Loaf Mountain campus, nestled amid the Green Mountain National Forest in Ripton, Vermont, is home to two venerable programs: Bread Loaf Writers' Conference and the Bread Loaf School of English. Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference is the oldest writers' conference in America, convening yearly in mid-August. Bread Loaf School of English has offered a rich array of graduate courses in literature, the teaching of writing, creative writing, and theater arts to students from across the U...



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Writers' Conference faculty member George Stephens with Avis DeVoto in front of the Little Theatre on Bread Loaf campus, August 1935.
Topics: Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, Stephens, George, Faculty & students
Source: Middlebury College Special Collections & Archives: a10pfmcnb07-1935-01np
Robert Frost and Anne Sexton at the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, 1959. Individuals in the photograph include, from left to right, Elizabeth Baker, Irene Orgel, Robert Frost, Anne Sexton, and George Lea. 
Topics: Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, American poets, Poets, Photographs, Middlebury College, Ripton...
Writers' Conference Director Theodore Morrison, Kay Morrison and Robert Frost outside on Bread Loaf campus, Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, August 1955.
Topics: Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, Morrison, Theodore, Faculty & students
Source: Middlebury College Special Collections & Archives: a10pfmcnb07-1955-08np
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by Frost, Robert, 1874-1963
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Incomplete recording of lecture at the Bread Loaf School of English by Robert Frost in which the poet discusses the importance of "pure poetry." Frost says that "a poem will bear only so much of teaching." This is a digitized version of the original recording in Special Collections and Archives at Middlebury College, Middlebury, Vt.
Topics: Bread Loaf School of English, Poetry, Lectures
Robert Frost outside on Bread Loaf campus, August 1945.
Topics: Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, Frost, Robert, Faculty & students
Source: Middlebury College Special Collections & Archives: a10pfmcnb07-1945-03n
Audio recording of Toni Morrison delivering a reading of her work at the Bread Loaf Writers Conference, Middlebury College, August 19, 1977.
Topics: Audio recordings, Readings, Lectures, African American writers, Black writers, Women writers,...
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People on the front porch of the Bread Loaf Inn
Topics: College buildings, Ripton (Vt.), Bread Loaf Campus (Ripton, Vt.)
Source: a12pf.breadloaf.inn.10
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Topics: Middlebury College, Bread Loaf Writers Conference, Writers, Readings, Sexton, Anne
Writers' Conference staff members on the porch of the Little Theatre on Bread Loaf campus, August 1938. Individuals pictured include, seated in chairs (left to right): Bernard DeVoto, Robert Frost, Herschel Brickell and Theodore Morrison; seated on step: Kay Morrison (left) and Helen Everitt (right).
Topics: Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, Little Theatre, Faculty & students
Source: Middlebury College Special Collections & Archives: a10pfmcnb07-1938-05np
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Digitized from VHS original, held by Middlebury College Special Collections.
Topics: Middlebury College, Bread Loaf Writers Conference, Events, Writing, Literature, Readings, BLWC, VHS
Source: f8vf19960816
Writers' Conference faculty member John Ciardi on Bread Loaf campus, August 1955.
Topics: Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, Ciardi, John, Faculty & students
Source: Middlebury College Special Collections & Archives: a10pfmcnb07-1955-14np
Writers' Conference fellows and scholars osed outside on Bread Loaf campus, August 1963. Individuals pictured include, back row (left to right): Arno Karlen, Richard Underwood, Paris Leary, William Wetmore, Fleming Blitch, Charles Rose and Alan Levy; front row: Barbara Overmyer, Nancy Sullivan and Joan Didion.
Topics: Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, Karlen, Arno, Faculty & students
Source: Middlebury College Special Collections & Archives: a10pfmcnb07-1963-03n
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Digitized from audio cassette.
Topics: Middlebury College, Bread Loaf Writers Conference, Events, Writing, Literature, Readings
Source: f8vf19960815
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Digitized from VHS original, held by Middlebury College Special Collections.
Topics: Middlebury College, Bread Loaf Writers Conference, Events, Writing, Literature, Lectures, BLWC, VHS
Source: f8vf19990819
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Digitized from VHS original, held by Middlebury College Special Collections.
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School of English staff pose on the porch of the Little Theatre on Bread Loaf campus, summer 1954. Individuals pictured include (left to right), back row: Erie Volkert, Arthur Jensen, Director Reginald Cook, Warren Beck and Louis Zahner; front row: Arthur Mizener, Elizabeth Drew, Hewette Joyce and George Anderson.
Topics: Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, Group photos, Faculty & students
Source: Middlebury College Special Collections & Archives: a10pfmcnb08-1955-01np
Student at the Bread Loaf School of English, 1949
Topics: Bread Loaf School of English, Bread Loaf Campus, Ripton, Vt., Photographs, Middlebury College
Source: A10 PF MCNB Photos
Writers' Conference Director Theodore Morrison with Kay Morrison outside on Bread Loaf campus, August 1949.
Topics: Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, Morrison, Theodore, Faculty & students
Source: Middlebury College Special Collections & Archives: a10pfmcnb07-1949-07np
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Digitized from VHS original, held by Middlebury College Special Collections.
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Robert Frost (left) and Middlebury College President Paul Dwight Moody in front of the Little Theatre on Bread Loaf campus during Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, August 1941.
Topics: Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, Frost, Robert, Faculty & students
Source: Middlebury College Special Collections & Archives: a10pfmcnb07-1941-05np
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Digest containing all issues of The Crumb daily newsletter from the 1932 Bread Loaf Writers' Conference.
Topics: Middlebury College, Bread Loaf School of English, College newspapers, College newspapers, The...
Faculty member teaching classroom of students at Bread Loaf School of English, 1940.
Topics: Bread Loaf School of English, Bread Loaf Campus, Ripton, Vt., Bread Loaf School of English faculty,...
Source: A10 PF MCNB Photos
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Writers' Conference fellows, August 1941. Individuals pictured include, standing (left to right): Theodore Roethke, L. Sprague DeCamp, Robert Richard, Cedric Whitman and Charles Edward Eaton; seated (left right right): Constance Robertson, Director Theodore Morrison, Vivian Parsons and Mari Tomasi.
Topics: Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, Roethke, Theodore, Faculty & students
Source: Middlebury College Special Collections & Archives: a10pfmcnb07-1941-24np
Topics: Middlebury College, Bread Loaf School of English, College archives, Records, Administrative...
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Digitized from VHS original, held by Middlebury College Special Collections.
Topics: Middlebury College, Bread Loaf Writers Conference, Events, Writing, Literature, Readings, BLWC, VHS
Source: f8vf19980816
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Topics: Middlebury College, Bread Loaf Writers Conference, Writers, Lectures, Pack, Robert
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Source: f8vf19960800-01
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Digitized from VHS original, held by Middlebury College Special Collections.
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Source: f8vf19970814
Writers' Conference faculty member Bernard DeVoto at the podium in the Little Theatre on Bread Loaf campus, 1948.
Topics: Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, DeVoto, Bernard, Faculty & students
Source: Middlebury College Special Collections & Archives: a10pfmcnb07-1948-05n
Writers' Conference Fellow Josephine Johnson in front of the Little Theater on Bread Loaf campus, August 1934.
Topics: Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, Johnson, Josephine, Faculty & students
Source: Middlebury College Special Collections & Archives: a10pfmcnb07-1934-01p
Writers' Conference faculty member Louis Untermeyer, August 1941
Topics: Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, Untermeyer, Louis, Faculty & students
Source: Middlebury College Special Collections & Archives: a10pfmcnb07-1941-11p
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Head on view of Tamarack Photograph by Frank Gohlke
Topics: Ripton (Vt.), Bread Loaf Campus (Ripton, Vt.), Ripton (Vt.)
Source: a12.pf.breadloaf.tamarack.07
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Topics: Middlebury College, Bread Loaf Writers Conference, Writers, Lectures, Pack, Robert
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by Frost, Robert, 1874-1963
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Incomplete recording of lecture at the Bread Loaf School of English by Robert Frost in which the poet discusses understanding his and others' poems. Frost says, "there's a good deal of sway in my poetry." This is a digitized version of the original recording in Special Collections and Archives at Middlebury College, Middlebury, Vt.
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Topics: Bread Loaf School of English, Poetry, Lectures
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Digitized from VHS original, held by Middlebury College Special Collections.
Topics: Middlebury College, Bread Loaf Writers Conference, Events, Writing, Literature, Readings, BLWC, VHS
Source: f8vf19980818
Writers' Conference faculty member Fletcher Pratt sitting outside on Bread Loaf campus, August 1943.
Topics: Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, Pratt, Fletcher, Faculty & students
Source: Middlebury College Special Collections & Archives: a10pfmcnb07-1943-05n
Faculty members at the Bread Loaf School of English, 1946. 1946 faculty members include Louis Zahner, William Dighton, Elizabeth Drew, Hewette E. Joyce, Randall Stewart, Erie T. Vokert, and Donald Davidson.
Topics: Bread Loaf School of English, Bread Loaf Campus, Ripton, Vt., Bread Loaf School of English faculty,...
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Bread Loaf School of English, 1930.
Topics: Bread Loaf School of English, Bread Loaf Campus, Ripton, Vt., Photographs, Middlebury College
Source: A10 PF MCNB Photos
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Bridge over brook near Bread Loaf College Description from back of photograph
Topics: College buildings, Ripton (Vt.), Bread Loaf Campus (Ripton, Vt.)
Source: a12pf.breadloaf.region.06
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Bread Loaf School of English, 1930.
Topics: Bread Loaf School of English, Bread Loaf Campus, Ripton, Vt., Photographs, Middlebury College
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by Frost, Robert, 1874-1963
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Complete recording of lecture at the Bread Loaf School of English by Robert Frost in which the poet illustrates the use of parables in his own poetry and comments on the work of Emily Dickinson, T. S. Eliot, John Keats, Walter Savage Landor, Gerard Manley Hopkins, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Percy Shelley, and John Masefield. This is a digitized version of the original recording in Special Collections and Archives at Middlebury College, Middlebury, Vt.
Topics: Bread Loaf School of English, Poetry, Lectures
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Digitized from VHS original, held by Middlebury College Special Collections.
Topics: Middlebury College, Bread Loaf Writers Conference, Events, Writing, Literature, Readings, BLWC, VHS
Source: f8vf19970814
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Reading of "Birches" by Robert Frost at the Bread Loaf School of English. This is a digitized version of the original recording in Special Collections and Archives at Middlebury College, Middlebury, Vt.
Topics: Bread Loaf School of English, Poetry
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Adirondack chairs on the East Lawn, looking north
Topics: College buildings, Ripton (Vt.), Bread Loaf Campus
Source: a12pf.breadloaf.eastlawn.03
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Discussion near the woodshed at Bread Loaf. On back: ""Mary and Joe's Pasture""
Topics: College buildings, Bread Loaf Campus (Ripton, Vt.), Ripton (Vt.)
Source: a12.pf.breadloaf.woodshed.04
Writers' Conference Director Theodore Morrison with Kay Morrison and pianist Rowland Sturges outside on Bread Loaf campus, August 1952.
Topics: Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, Morrison, Theodore, Faculty & students
Source: Middlebury College Special Collections & Archives: a10pfmcnb07-1952-01n
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Topics: Middlebury College, Bread Loaf School of English, Curricula, Middlebury College Bulletin
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Topics: Middlebury College, Bread Loaf Writers Conference, Writers, Readings, Bates, Stanley
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Topics: Middlebury College, Bread Loaf Writers Conference, Writers, Lectures, Bryant, Ellen
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Bread Loaf pasture; Cornwall Cottage, Bridgman Cottage, Treman Cottage Description from back of photograph
Topics: College buildings, Ripton (Vt.), Bread Loaf Campus (Ripton, Vt.)
Source: a12pf.breadloaf.pasture.11
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Digitized from VHS original, held by Middlebury College Special Collections.
Topics: Middlebury College, Bread Loaf Writers Conference, Events, Writing, Literature, Lectures, BLWC, VHS
Source: f8vf19990821
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Digitized from VHS original, held by Middlebury College Special Collections.
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Source: f8vf19970823
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Digitized from VHS original, held by Middlebury College Special Collections.
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Source: f8vf19990818
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Digitized from VHS original, held by Middlebury College Special Collections.
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Topics: Middlebury College, Bread Loaf School of English, Curricula, Middlebury College Bulletin
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Topics: Middlebury College, Bread Loaf Writers Conference, Writers, Readings, Jarman, Mark
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Topics: Middlebury College, Bread Loaf Writers Conference, Writers, Lectures, Lamott, Anne
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Topics: Middlebury College, Bread Loaf Writers Conference, Brochures, Brochures, Writing programs, Pamphlets
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Topics: Middlebury College, Bread Loaf School of English, Course catalogs, Curricula, American literature,...
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Digitized from VHS original, held by Middlebury College Special Collections.
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Digitized from VHS original, held by Middlebury College Special Collections.
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Topics: Middlebury College, Bread Loaf Writers Conference, Writers, Readings, Mallon, Tom
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Maple Cottage
Topics: College buildings, Ripton (Vt.), Bread Loaf Campus (Ripton, Vt.)
Source: a12pf.breadloaf.maple.05