The Modern Literary Collections began as a result of several large book donations by Lafayette College alumnus Joseph E. Nechasek ’62 with a concentration on first editions by American authors William Faulkner and Robert Stone. The collection expanded to include works by international authors W. G. Sebald, J. M. G. Le Clezio and J. M. Coetzee, the writings of African American women including Toni Morrison, Natasha Trethaway and Lynn Nottage, and nearly 100 works of contemporary immigration literature. Special Collections has added to the collections with 20th century works of fiction transferred from the general Rare Books Collection and additional purchases.