Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Who Should Be in the American Writers Museum?

Plans for the American Writers Museum
The American Writers Museum plans open in March 2017 in Chicago, a block north of Millennium Park on Michigan Avenue. According to the website its mission is "to engage the public in celebrating American writers and exploring their influence on our history, our identity, our culture, and our daily lives.

"The American Writers Museum will:
  • Educate the public about American writers – past and present
  • Engage visitors to the Museum in exploring the many exciting worlds created by the spoken and written word
  • Enrich and deepen appreciation for good writing in all its forms
  • Inspire visitors to discover, or rediscover, a love of reading and writing
"Through innovative and dynamic state-of-the-art exhibitions, as well as compelling programming, the American Writers Museum will educate, enrich, provoke, and inspire the public."

It sounds great, and I was wondering who all will be included. Considering that the Library of America has already published almost 300 volumes of the works of American writers, including several anthologies assembling several authors, I wonder who will be included, and who may be overlooked. Clarence Budington Kelland? Erskine Caldwell? Robert Riskin? Edna St. Vincent Millay?

Who do you think should be included in the American Writers Museum? And why?

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