Literary first appearances are the first appearances in print of an author's work in a periodical. An author will often publish portions of a work serially in a magazine prior to being published in full book form.
A poem, story, or article may appear in a magazine before it is published in book form, A story may first appear in print in a periodical and later be expanded or adapted and published in book form, or a chapter or excerpt of a work may be first published in a periodical before the publication of the entire work.
Browse the collections below to discover literary first appearances available in Special Collections and University Archives at the University of Maryland.
The First Appearances Collection consists of over 1,300 periodicals containing the "first appearance," or first public dissemination, of many noteworthy 20th century literary works. Spanning 1915 to 1977, the First Appearances Collection contains pieces such as "The Old Man and the Sea" by Ernest Hemingway and "Ulysses" by James Joyce.
Special Collections and University Archives at the University of Maryland houses many works by American authors and poets. Some notable authors represented in our collections include Ernest Hemingway, Katherine Anne Porter, Djuna Barnes, John Updike, Robert Frost, Edgar Allan Poe, Odgen Nash, James M. Cain, and many more. Authors and poets from Maryland are a notable strength of the collections.
Use the University of Maryland classic catalog to search for titles in the rare book collection by date of publication, author, or keyword. Select Advanced Search and select Marylandia and Rare Books to search the rare book collection in Special Collections and University Archives.