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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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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...
Source: F8 photo file
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: A10 photo file (MCNB)
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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
Writers' Conference faculty member Fletcher Pratt sitting outside on Bread Loaf campus, August 1943.
Topics: Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, Pratt, Fletcher, Faculty & students
Source: A10 photo file (MCNB)
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: A10 photo file (MCNB)
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by Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, Middlebury College
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Topics: Middlebury College, Bread Loaf Writers Conference, Writers, Lectures, Bradley, David
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Writers' Conference staff posed outside on Bread Loaf campus, August 1951. Individuals pictures include, back row (left to right): Assistant Director Richard Brown, Lincoln Barnett, Rachel MacKenzie, Josephine Saxton, [Richard Scowcroft] and William Sloane; middle row: Inga Pratt, Fletcher Pratt, Director Theodore Morrison, Wallace Stegner and Mary Stegner; front row: Mark Saxton, May Sarton, Kary Morrison, John Ciardi, Judtih Ciardi and Julie Sloane.
Topics: Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, Brown, Richard, Faculty & students
Source: A10 photo file (MCNB)
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by Borg, Erik
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1977 photograph of Toni Morrison at the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference.
Topics: Photographs, Morrison, Toni, Bread Loaf Writers' Conference of Middlebury College, Bread Loaf
Source: C139 (Borg)
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Topics: Middlebury College, Bread Loaf Writers Conference, Writers, Lectures, Justice, Donald
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: A10 photo file (MCNB)
Robert Frost outside on Bread Loaf campus, August 1945.
Topics: Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, Frost, Robert, Faculty & students
Source: A10 photo file (MCNB)
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Interview with Toni Morrison conducted by Bob Buckeye
Topics: Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, Middlebury College, Morrison, Toni, Interviews, African American...
Source: f8af19770824-01
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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by Frost, Robert, 1874-1963
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Reading of "Mending Wall" 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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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 photo file
Robert Frost meets with a student at the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference in a cottage on Bread Loaf campus, August 1940.
Topics: Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, Frost, Robert, Faculty & students
Source: A10 photo file (MCNB)
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Digitized from audio cassette.
Topics: Middlebury College, Bread Loaf Writers Conference, Events, Writing, Literature, Interviews
Topics: Middlebury College, Bread Loaf School of English, Newsletters, College newspapers, The Crumb,...
Source: F7
Writers' Conference faculty member Louis Untermeyer (right) with fellow Carson McCullers (left), Bread Loaf campus, late 1930s.
Topics: Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, Untermeyer, Louis, Faculty & students
Source: A10 photo file (MCNB)
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Digitized from audio cassette.
Topics: Middlebury College, Bread Loaf Writers Conference, Events, Writing, Literature, Readings
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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: A10 photo file (MCNB)
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View of Bread Loaf pasture; horses On back: Bread Loaf Writer's Conference
Topics: College buildings, Ripton (Vt.), Bread Loaf Campus (Ripton, Vt.)
Source: A12 photo file
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1976 photograph of Toni Morrison at the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference.
Topics: Photographs, Morrison, Toni, Bread Loaf Writers' Conference of Middlebury College, Bread Loaf
Source: C139 (Borg)
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View of Bread Loaf pasture On back: Bread Loaf Writers Conference 1970; Photograph by Frank W. Gohlke
Topics: College buildings, Bread Loaf Campus (Ripton, Vt.), Ripton (Vt.)
Source: A12 photo file
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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: A10 photo file (MCNB)
Writers' Conference Director John Ciardi outside on Bread Loaf campus, August 1958.
Topics: Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, Ciardi, John, Faculty & students
Source: A10 photo file (MCNB)
Writers' Conference faculty member John Ciardi, Director Theodore Morrison, Robert Frost and Kay Morrison outside on Bread Loaf campus, Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, August 1955.
Topics: Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, Ciardi, John, Faculty & students
Source: A10 photo file (MCNB)
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Middlebury College students on a winter outing at Bread Loaf, with snowshoes.
Topics: Student activities, Bread Loaf Campus (Ripton, Vt.), Snowshoeing
Source: S6
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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: A12 photo file
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Bread Loaf Inn front porch at night
Topics: College buildings, Ripton (Vt.), Bread Loaf Campus (Ripton, Vt.)
Source: A12 photo file
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Adirondack chairs on the East Lawn, looking north
Topics: College buildings, Ripton (Vt.), Bread Loaf Campus
Source: A12 photo file
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Charred beams leftover from the fire (Davison Library)
Topics: College buildings, Fires, Bread Loaf Campus (Ripton, Vt.)
Source: A12 photo file
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Topics: Middlebury College, Bread Loaf School of English, Course catalogs, Curricula, American literature,...
Source: F8
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Digitized from audio cassette.
Topics: Middlebury College, Bread Loaf Writers Conference, Events, Writing, Literature, Interviews
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Topics: Middlebury College, Bread Loaf School of English, Posters, Pamphlets, Writing programs
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Faculty member with students at the Bread Loaf School of English, 1949
Topics: Bread Loaf School of English, Bread Loaf Campus, Ripton, Vt., Bread Loaf School of English faculty,...
Source: A10 photo file (MCNB)
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West end of the main Bread Loaf Inn Reproduction has been retouched to remove perceived imperfections.
Topics: College buildings, Ripton (Vt.), Bread Loaf Campus (Ripton, Vt.)
Source: A12 photo file
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Topics: Middlebury College, Bread Loaf Writers Conference, Writers, Presentations, Prose, Francine
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Topics: Middlebury College, Bread Loaf Writers Conference, Writers, Presentations, Brown, Jericho
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by Frost, Robert, 1874-1963
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Reading of "The Tuft of Flowers" 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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Topics: Middlebury College, Bread Loaf Writers Conference, Events, Writing, Literature, Lectures
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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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Topics: Middlebury College, Bread Loaf School of English, Curricula, Middlebury College Bulletin
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Digest containing all issues of The Crumb daily newsletter from the 1931 Bread Loaf Writers' Conference.
Topics: Middlebury College, Bread Loaf School of English, College newspapers, The Crumb, Ripton (Vt.)
Source: F8
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Digest containing all issues of The Crumb daily newsletter from the 1999 Bread Loaf Writers' Conference.
Topics: Middlebury College, Bread Loaf School of English, College newspapers, The Crumb, Ripton (Vt.)
Source: F8
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Digitized from audio cassette.
Topics: Middlebury College, Bread Loaf Writers Conference, Events, Writing, Literature, Speakers
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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: f8vf20020822
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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 photo file (MCNB)
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Topics: Middlebury College, Bread Loaf School of English, Course catalogs, Curricula, American literature,...
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Topics: Middlebury College, Bread Loaf Writers Conference, Events, Writing, Literature, Lectures
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Source: F7
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Topics: Middlebury College, Bread Loaf School of English, Curricula, Middlebury College Bulletin
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by Frost, Robert, 1874-1963
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Reading of "The Death of the Hired Man" 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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Tea Cabin ""near the Inn"" Description from back of photograph
Topics: College buildings, Bread Loaf Campus (Ripton, Vt.), Ripton (Vt.)
Source: A12 photo file
Writers' Conference faculty member Walter Pritchard Eaton on Bread Loaf campus, August 1937.
Topics: Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, Pritchard Eaton, Walter, Faculty & students
Source: A10 photo file (MCNB)
Writers' Conference participants posed outside on Bread Loaf campus, August 1949. Individuals pictured include, back row (left to right): Richard Spong and Robert Mende; middle row: Major Andrew Geer, Era Bell Thompson, Arnold Lott, Firman Houghton and Sylvia Shirley; front row: Lucy Herndon Crockett and Caroline Ivy.
Topics: Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, Spong, Richard, Faculty & students
Source: A10 photo file (MCNB)
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Topics: Middlebury College, Bread Loaf Writers Conference, Writers, Readings, Maxwell, William
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Topics: Middlebury College, Bread Loaf Writers Conference, Writers, Presentations, Hoagland, Tony
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