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.
Serials in the Katherine Anne Porter Collection contain many of the first appearances in print of her works
Works of British and World Literature
Special Collections and University Archives at the University of Maryland houses many works of British and World literature. The Rare Books Collection contains works published before 1900. The Special Collections book collections contains works published after 1900, including modern reprints and special editions. Some areas of note are early modern European works of literature, early 20th century German literature, and 20th century British literature.
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.