University of Hartford, Wesleyan on Top 25 List: Most Literary Colleges in America

The University of Hartford and Wesleyan University in Middletown have been named as among The 25 Most Literary Colleges in America, by the website Flavorwire. The list focuses on “which universities are the most literary friendly — which ones have the best teachers, the most famous alumni, and have the best environments for their more bookish students.”  Hartford and Wesleyan are the only Connecticut higher education institutions to make the list.

In describing the University of Hartford, the website noted that “While its neighbors in New York and Massachusetts might carry more name recognition, this school was originally founded by a group of the city’s upper class citizens during the Gilded Age, including Olivia Langdon Clemens (Mark Twain’s wife) and Harriet Beecher Stowe.”

Wesleyan University and the University of Hartford - both listed among the top ten on Flavorwire’s “Most Literary Colleges” list – are surrounded on the list by  bookschools including  Princeton, Harvard, Columbia, the University of Chicago, and many other prestigious institutions.

The website goes on to say that the University of Hartford “has a strong English department,” and it notes that the University “has given the Edward Lewis Wallant Award out to authors like Nicole Krauss and Dara Horn.” The Wallant Award, presented each year by the University’s Greenberg Center for Judaic Studies, is one of the oldest and most prestigious Jewish literary awards in the top-25United States.

In describing Wesleyan, the website noted that it is “One of the Little Ivies that is really big on books, V. S. Naipaul and T. S. Eliot both taught at this school that overlooks the Connecticut River, and with a list of writers like Daniel Handler (Lemony Snicket), Ayelet Waldman, Steve Almond, and many others, Wesleyan is without a doubt a writer’s college. “

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The top 25 most literary colleges in America,  from Flavorwire:

  1. Princeton University
  2. University of Iowa
  3. Brooklyn College
  4. Pomona College
  5. University of Hartford
  6. Wesleyan University
  7.  Sarah Lawrence College
  8. Oberlin College
  9. Williams College
  10. Vanderbilt University
  11.  Smith College
  12.  University of Mississippi
  13.  New York University
  14.  Colorado College
  15. University of Chicago
  16. Hamilton College
  17. Harvard
  18.  University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana
  19. Sewanee:  The University of the South
  20.  Emerson College
  21. University of Texas at Austin
  22. Columbia University
  23.  Vassar College
  24.  Bennington College
  25. The New School