2005 University Press Books

 

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800-899 Literature and Rhetoric

800-819 American Literature

830-889 French, Italian, Germanic, and Latin Literature

 

820-829 British Literature

 

890-899 Literature of Other Languages

 

 

   

800-819 American Literature

808.02

Gunnars, Kristjana

Stranger at the Door: Writers and the Act of Writing

138 pp., 6" x 9", $24.95 paper, CIP included

December 2004

Wilfrid Laurier University Press

"A pleasure to read...This book should be of interest to general readers and to students and scholars interested in literary theory. It is very beautifully, simply, accessibly written, and addresses many of the theoretical issues that have preoccupied Canadian writers over the past two decades...One of its strengths is its firm location in Canadian letters, but with a profoundly internationalist, particularly European, informing perspective...It also pioneers several new areas: [including] the link between spirituality and writing."--Di Brandt, award-winning poet and author of Now You Care

ISBN 0-88920-455-1

AASL: G/HS, P

PLA: S


808.3

Turco, Lewis

The Book of Dialogue: How to Write Effective Conversation in Fiction, Screenplays, Drama, and Poetry

208 pp., 5 1/2" x 8", $14.95 paper, CIP included

February 2004

University Press of New England

This book is about dialogue for writers: how to get characters talking in a way that vividly reveals who they are, what they are doing, and what's coming next in your story. This revised and expanded edition focuses on the art and craft of writing effective dialogue in fiction, cinema, television, drama, radio, and poetry. Turco's unique technique teaches by showing, and covers how to: write believable conversational dialogue; break up dialogue at strategic places; balance dialogue and other story elements; dramatize conflict through dialogue; use dialogue as groundwork for upcoming events in the story.

LC 2003023754, ISBN 1-58465-361-2

AASL: G/HS, P

PLA: G, S


808.81

Moramarco, Fred and Al Zolynas

The Poetry of Men's Lives: An International Anthology

448 pp., 6 1/8" x 9 1/4", poet's index, title index, $59.95 cloth, $24.95 paper, CIP included

December 2004

University of Georgia Press

This anthology collects close to three hundred poems, in English or English translation, by more than 250 poets. Nearly one hundred countries are represented, from Asia, the Middle East, Europe, Africa, South America, Central America and the Caribbean, North America, and Oceania (including Australia and New Zealand). Poems are organized in topical sections: Boyhood and Youth; Families; Identities: Cultural, Personal, Male; Men and Women; Myth, Archetypes, and Spirituality; Politics, War, and Revolution; Sex and Sexuality; Poets and Poetry, Artists and Art; Brothers, Friends, Mentors, and Rivals; Work, Sports, and Games; Aging, Illness, and Death.

LC 2004007884, ISBN 0-8203-2351-9 (c.), ISBN 0-8203-2649-6 (p.)

AASL: G/HS

PLA: G


809.933

Dobrin, Sidney I. and Kenneth Kidd

Wild Things: Children's Culture and Ecocriticism

320 pp., 6" x 9", 3 illus., $24.95 paper, CIP included

May 2004

Wayne State University Press

"Children's literature is never innocent, for at serious play are ideologies, discourses, and politics vying to shape the future. This inaugural collection of ecocritical essays on children's literature and media fruitfully enlarges the purview of ecocriticism and, in places, challenges its very norms."--Cheryll Glotfelty, co-editor of The Ecocriticism Reader

LC 2003028060, ISBN 0-8143-3028-2

AASL: S/HS, P

PLA: S


809.933

Groover, Kristina K. (Editor)

Things of the Spirit: Women Writers Constructing Spirituality

368 pp., 6" x 9", bibliog., index, $70.00 cloth, $25.00 paper, CIP included

November 2004

University of Notre Dame Press

In essays on topics ranging from Teresa of Avila's sixteenth-century mysticism to the politicized spirituality of postmodern women writers, the contributors to Things of the Spirit chronicle the development of women's spiritual writing as a context for defining, challenging, and changing women's experiences in the world. They explore the nature of the sacred and women's relationship to the sacred in the writings of women poets, diarists, autobiographers, and fiction writers.

LC 2004011324, ISBN 0-268-02961-X (c.), ISBN 0-268-02962-8 (p.)

AASL: S/P

PLA: S


809.933

Hirsch, Marianne and Irene Kacandes (Editors)

Teaching the Representation of the Holocaust

512 pp., 6" x 9", name index, $40.00 cloth, $22.00 paper, CIP included

December 2004

Modern Language Association

The thirty-eight contributors to this volume come from various disciplines (history, literary criticism, psychology, film studies) and address a wide range of issues pertinent to the teaching of a subject that many teachers and students feel is an essential part of a liberal arts education. "This is an excellent and important book. It will be helpful to many teachers in the field of literary and cultural studies who would like to teach a course on the Holocaust."--Liliane Weissberg, University of Pennsylvania

LC 2004019450, ISBN 0-87352-348-2 (c.), ISBN 0-87352-349-0 (p.)

AASL: S/HS, P

PLA: S


810.986

Ervin, Hazel

The Handbook of African American Literature

256 pp., 6" x 9", 3 appendixes, bibliog., $45.00 cloth, CIP included

June 2004

University Press of Florida

The handbook features an A to Z compilation of 415 literary terms, ages, movements, periods, and cultural sources, all cross-referenced. Definitions provide substantive discussion and cite specific examples from writers and critics from the 1700s to the present. In addition to discussions of the Harlem Renaissance and the Black Arts Movement, the book describes the Chicago Renaissance (1930s to 1950s), the New Renaissance (1950s), and the new black aesthetics (1980s). "Ervin...fills a void in literary scholarship. Both scholars and students will find it an indispensable resource."--Annie Perkins, Norfolk State University

LC 2004049332, ISBN 0-8130-2750-0

AASL: O, HS, P

PLA: G


811.3

Calhoun, Charles C.

Longfellow: A Rediscovered Life

317 pp., 6" x 9", 5 illus., $27.50 cloth, $17.50 paper, CIP included

June 2004

Beacon Press

Calhoun's Longfellow emerges as one of America's first powerful cultural makers: a poet and teacher who helped define Victorian culture; a major conduit for European culture coming into America; a catalyst for the Colonial Revival movement in architecture and interior design; and a critic of both Puritanism and the American obsession with material success. Longfellow is also a portrait of a man in advance of his time in championing multiculturalism: He popularized Native American folklore; revived the Evangeline story; wrote powerful poems against slavery; and introduced Americans to the languages and literatures of other lands.

LC 2003025980, ISBN 0-8070-7026-2 (c.), ISBN 0-8070-7039-4 (p.)

AASL: O, HS, P

PLA: G


811.4

Mandel, Norma H.

Beyond the Garden Gate: The Life of Celia Laighton Thaxter

192 pp., 6" x 9", 16 b&w illus., $24.95 cloth, CIP included

May 2004

University Press of New England

Celia Laighton Thaxter was an author, painter, gardener, and one of the most popular New England poets of the late nineteenth century. Thaxter is often thought to have lived a circumscribed existence, but as Norma Mandel demonstrates in this new biography, Thaxter was active in Boston's vibrant cultural life and moved in a literary circle that included figures like Hawthorne, Emerson, and Longfellow. Drawing on previously unexamined letters and family papers as well as Thaxter's own writings, Mandel reveals new details about the author's life while placing her in a broader literary and cultural context.

LC 2004007937, ISBN 1-58465-297-7

PLA: S


811.50

Anderson, T. J.

Notes to Make the Sound Come Right: Four Innovators of Jazz Poetry

217 pp., 6" x 9", $19.95 paper, CIP included

September 2004

The University of Arkansas Press

In this book T. J. Anderson III, son of the famous composer, Thomas Anderson Jr., asserts that jazz became in the twentieth century not only a way of revising old musical forms, but also a way of examining the African American social and cultural experience. He traces the growing history of jazz poetry and examines the work of four innovative and critically acclaimed African American poets whose work is informed by a jazz aesthetic: Stephen Jonas (1925?-1970); Bob Kaufman (1925-1986); Jayne Cortez (1936- ); and Nathaniel Mackey (1947- ). Each fashioned a significant and vibrant body of work that employs several of the key elements of jazz.

LC 2004001819, ISBN 1-55728-769-4

AASL: not reviewed

PLA: S


811.54

Gwin, Minrose

Wishing for Snow: A Memoir

232 pp., 5 1/2" x 8", $24.95 cloth, CIP included

March 2004

Louisiana State University Press

"Astonishingly honest, tender, and brave, Gwin's luminous memoir of her mother's troubled life should be required reading for anyone struggling to forgive a difficult parent. With lyrical intelligence and clarity, Gwin distinguishes her mother as a vulnerable, sensitive and gifted human being apart from a daughter's crushed expectations."--Marianne Gingher, author of A Girl's Life: Horses, Boys, Weddings, and Luck. "Gwin writes with a poet's lyricism, a historian's scrupulousness, a maverick's ingenuity, and a daughter's immense love. A wholly original and transcendent memoir."--Sandra Scofield, author of Occasions of Sin: A Memoir

LC 2003018757, ISBN 0-8071-2928-3

PLA: G


811.54

Meissner, Bill

American Compass

88 pp., 5 1/2" x 9", $25.00 cloth, $15.00 paper, CIP included

October 2004

University of Notre Dame Press

American Compass is a personal comment on growing up in America as well as a political comment on the state of American culture, with its heroes and everyday people, its hopes and failures, its winners and losers. "Bill Meissner is unapologetically in love with America's favorite pastime-dreaming. He writes with surprising generosity about the American psyche broken and made wise by all the old Chevies, baseball games, and heroes who perish young, by all the things that feed and fail and yet endure. Most of all, he understands the gestures of love, of enduring the small wounds of living."--Jonis Agee, novelist and poet

LC 2004017585, ISBN 0-268-03481-8 (c.), ISBN 0-268-03482-6 (p.)

AASL: G/JHS-HS, P

PLA: S


811.54

Oliver, Mary

Why I Wake Early: New Poems

71 pp., 9" x 6 1/2", $22.00 cloth, $14.00 paper

April 2004

Beacon Press

The long-awaited new volume of poetry by Mary Oliver, winner of the National Book Award and The Pulitzer Prize. Mary Oliver has been writing poetry for nearly five decades, and in that time she has become America's foremost poetic voice on our experience of the physical world. This collection presents forty-seven new poems, all written within the last two years, and each exhibiting the power and grace which have become the hallmarks of Oliver's work.

LC 2004100205, ISBN 0-8070-6876-4 (c.), ISBN 0-8070-6879-9 (p.)

AASL: G/HS

PLA: G


811.54

Valentine, Jean

Door in the Mountain: New and Collected Poems, 1965-2003

384 pp., 6" x 9", index, $29.95 cloth, CIP included

November 2004

Wesleyan University Press

Spare and intensely felt, Valentine's poems present experience as only imperfectly graspable. Her poetry is as recognizable as the slant truth of a dream. She is a brave, unshirking poet who speaks with fire on the great subjects-love, death, and the soul. Her images-strange, canny visions of the unknown self-clang with the authenticity of real experience. This is an urgent art that wants to heal what it touches, a poetry that wants to tell, intimately, the whole life. Winner of the 2004 National Book Award for poetry.

LC 2004016019, ISBN 0-8195-6712-4

AASL: O, HS

PLA: G


811.54-dc22

Barnstone, Willis

We Jews and Blacks: Memoir with Poems

248 pp., 6 1/8" x 9 1/4", 20 b&w photos, $29.95 cloth, CIP included

May 2004

Indiana University Press

A fresh and significant contribution to American letters that wrestles with problems of identity, difference, and the human condition. Includes a dialogue with Yusef Komunyakaa and a small selection of Komunyakaa's Jewish Bible poems, as well as a number of poems by Barnstone that crystallize the writer's thinking about the events he recounts.

LC 2003022616, ISBN 0-253-34419-0

PLA: RS


811.542

Cecil, Richard

Twenty-First Century Blues

96 pp., 6" x 9", $27.50 cloth, $13.95 paper

September 2004

Southern Illinois University Press/Crab Orchard Review

Death, fame, art, and religion become comic subjects in the fourth collection of poetry from Richard Cecil. Whether elegizing his predecessors, predicting his own end, channeling Dickinson's "corpse-eye-view of stony death," or imagining Yeats living in Indiana and dealing with English department politics, Cecil tempers his morbidity with a straightforward, tender brand of humor and a refreshing honesty about the shelf life of contemporary poetry. Deadpan and dark, yet pulsing with the spirit of life, these poems speak of historic France, Italy, and Switzerland, where religious persecutions, and other, less personal, failures overshadow the disappointments and shortcomings of the poet's modern life in the Midwest.

LC 2004002474, ISBN 0-8093-2596-9 (c.), ISBN 0-8093-2597-7 (p.)

PLA: S


811.542

Roripaugh, Lee Ann

Year of the Snake

80 pp., 6" x 9", $13.95 paper

March 2004

Southern Illinois University Press/Crab Orchard Review

In her second collection of poems, Lee Ann Roripaugh probes themes of mixed-race female identities, evoking the molting processes of snakes and insects who shed their skins and shells as an ongoing metaphor for transformation of self. Intertwining contemporary renditions of traditional Japanese myths and fairy tales with poems that explore the landscape of childhood and early adolescence, she blurs the boundaries between myth and memory, between real and imagined selves. This collection explores cultural, psychological, and physical liminalities and exposes the diasporic arc cast by first-generation Asian American mothers and their second-generation daughters, revealing a desire for metamorphosis of self through time, geography, culture, and myth.

LC 2003016977, ISBN 0-8093-2569-1

AASL: S/P

PLA: S


811.608

Chang, Victoria (Editor)

Asian American Poetry: The Next Generation

232 pp., 6" x 9", title index, $45.00 cloth, $20.00 paper, CIP included

May 2004

University of Illinois Press

"This lively and diverse anthology gives me great hope for the future of American poetry as something rich, innovative, and historically conscious, something marvelous and unexpected, perpetually new."--Edward Hirsch, author of Wild Gratitude, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award.

LC 2003019685, ISBN 0-252-02905-4 (c.), ISBN 0-252-07174-3 (p.)

PLA: S


811.622

Fleury, Amy

Beautiful Trouble

64 pp., 6" x 9", $13.95 paper

September 2004

Southern Illinois University Press/Crab Orchard Review

In her first collection of poems, Kansas native Amy Fleury captures images of dragging clotheslines, baked lawns, and sweet potato babies, inserting them with an earnest dignity into her stories of Midwestern life. Beautiful Trouble explores the subtleties of landscape, place, families, girlhood, womanhood, and everyday existence on the prairie. Fleury writes of the Midwest with authenticity, speaks of romance with delicate allure, and recalls the heartbreak of childhood without self-pity. In meditations on resilience and life's contradictions, Fleury engages her characters fully and paints their souls and sensations evenly in language both rare and beautiful.

LC 2004003980, ISBN 0-8093-2598-5

AASL: G/HS, P

PLA: S


811.622

Mehigan, Joshua

The Optimist: Poems

72 pp., 5 1/2" x 8 1/2", notes, $24.95 cloth, $12.95 paper, CIP included

December 2004

Ohio University Press

This first book heralds a talented young poet, Joshua Mehigan, whose ability with language and material has been widely recognized by peers and critics alike. The poems in The Optimist are marked by an amazing facility with the metrical line. Most of Mehigan's poems unapologetically employ regular meter and rhyme, stretching the fabric of living language--its natural emphases, speech rhythms, and syntax--over a framework of regular meter to produce a compelling sonic counterpoint. Mehigan is the winner of Ohio University Press's 2004 Hollis Summers Poetry Prize.

LC 2004017143, ISBN 0-8214-1611-1 (c.), ISBN 0-8214-1612-X (p.)

AASL: G/P

PLA: S


811.622

Pineda, Jon

Birthmark

80 pp., 6" x 9", $13.95 paper

March 2004

Southern Illinois University Press/Crab Orchard Review

Birthmark, loss takes the shape of a scar, memory the shape of a childhood, and identity the shape of a birthmark on a lover's thigh. Like water taking the form of its container, Pineda's poems swell to fill the lines of his experiences. Against the backdrop of tidewater Virginia's crabs and cicadas, Pineda invokes his mestizo-the Tagalog word for being half Filipino-childhood, weaving laments for a tenuous paternal relationship and the loss of a sibling. Channeling these fragmented memories into a new discovery of self, Birthmark reclaims an identity, delicate yet unrelenting, with plaintive tones marked equally by pain, reflection, and redemption.

LC 2003017075, ISBN 0-8093-2570-5

PLA: S


813.008

Strecker, Trey (Editor)

Dead Balls and Double Curves: An Anthology of Early Baseball Fiction

368 pp., 5 1/2" x 8 1/2", $60.00 cloth, $19.95 paper

March 2004

Southern Illinois University Press

Strecker's collection begins with an informal village match in an excerpt from James Fenimore Cooper's Home as Found (1838), published the year prior to Abner Doubleday's alleged invention of the game, and concludes with the arrival of the superstar slugger that signaled the end of the dead-ball era in Heywood Broun's The Sun Field (1923). The sampling of fiction from the eighty-five-year interim loads the bases with the humor, realism, and athletic gallantry of the sport's earliest years. These stories also explore cultural and class conflicts, racial strife, town rivalries, labor disputes, gambling scandals, and the personalities that decorated a simple game's evolution into a national pastime.

LC 2003018728, ISBN 0-8093-2561-6 (c.), ISBN 0-8093-2562-4 (p.)

AASL: G/HS

PLA: G


813.01

Gable, Craig

Ebony Rising: Short Fiction of the Greater Harlem Renaissance Era

592 pp., 6 1/8" x 9 1/4", $60.00 cloth, $24.95 paper, CIP included

June 2004

Indiana University Press

The first comprehensive collection of short fiction from the greater Harlem Renaissance era (1912-1940), a time marked by writing of extraordinary breadth and depth by some of the most famous writers in African American literary history. The editor has chosen 52 short story gems by the men and women of this important movement in American literature.

LC 2003015585, ISBN 0-253-34398-4 (c.), ISBN 0-253-21675-3 (p.)

AASL: G/HS, P

PLA: G


813.01

Kaldas, Pauline and Khaled Mattawa (Editors)

Dinarzad's Children: An Anthology of Contemporary Arab American Fiction

336 pp., 6" x 9", notes, bibliog., $24.95 paper, CIP included

November 2004

The University of Arkansas Press

This collection offers up a mix of new and previously published works, creating a literary road map to Arab American literature today. The nineteen authors represented are of Lebanese, Palestinian, Syrian, Egyptian, and Libyan descent, some with established reputations, others new young writers. They tell tales about Muslims and Christians, recent immigrants and fully assimilated Americans, teenagers and grandmothers, guerillas and peaceniks, professors, housewives, grocers, bookies, those who long for their homeland, and those who refuse to speak Arabic. By turns sassy or lyrical, biting or humorous, always moving, these stories are good reading and an important contribution to the body of American ethnic literature.

LC 2004019344, ISBN 1-55728-781-3

AASL: not reviewed

PLA: G


813.3

Grey, Robin

Melville and Milton: An Edition and Analysis of Melville's Annotations on Milton

210 pp., 6" x 9", bibliog., index, $58.00 cloth, CIP included

May 2004

Duquesne University Press

Nearly two decades ago, Melville's marked and annotated copy of Milton's poetry first came to light. This new book brings together both Melville and Milton scholars in the same text, and also reproduces annotations from Melville's edition of Milton. This makes available the important artistic connections between these two great authors.

LC 2003022996, ISBN 0-8207-0352-4

AASL: S/HS, P

PLA: S


813.408

Diffley, Kathleen (Editor)

To Live and Die: Collected Stories of the Civil War, 1861-1876

448 pp., 6" x 9", 41 illus., essay, glossary, bibliog., index, $22.95 paper, CIP included

June 2004

Duke University Press

Even before the first cannonballs were fired at Fort Sumter, American writers were trying to make creative sense of the War Between the States. The thirty-one stories in To Live and Die were culled from hundreds that circulated in popular magazines between the beginning of the war in 1861 and the celebration of the American centennial in 1876. Arranged to echo the sequence of the developing drama of the Civil War and Reconstruction, these short stories constitute an "inadvertent novel," a collective narrative about a domestic crisis that was still unfolding.

LC 2001054485, ISBN 0-8223-3439-9

AASL: S/HS, P

PLA: RG


813.52

Croft, Robert W.

A Zora Neale Hurston Companion

272 pp., 6" x 9", appendix, bibliog., index, $34.95 paper

June 2004

University Press of Florida

"Croft has done a skillful job chronicling and organizing the life and works of an extraordinary writer"--Choice. "Entries for themes and motifs such as death, love, and trains offer brief explanations of the theme's overall meaning in Hurston's work as well as the use of the theme in individual works. Remaining entries treat individuals both real (such as anthropologist Franz Boas, who encouraged her folklore research, and convicted murderer Ruby McCollum, about whom she wrote several articles) and fictional."--Booklist

LC 2004049335, ISBN 0-8130-2793-4

PLA: RG


813.52

Greenwald, Marilyn S.

The Secret of the Hardy Boys: Leslie McFarlane and the Stratemeyer Syndicate

xiv + 310 pp., 6" x 9", photos, index, $32.95 cloth, CIP included

July 2004

Ohio University Press

The author of the Hardy Boys mysteries was, as millions of readers know, Franklin W. Dixon. He was the creation of Edward Stratemeyer, the savvy founder of a children's book empire that also published the Tom Swift, Bobbsey Twins, and Nancy Drew series. The Secret of the Hardy Boys recounts how a newspaper reporter with dreams of becoming a serious novelist first brought to life Joe and Frank Hardy, who became two of the most famous characters in children's literature.

LC 2004008033, ISBN 0-8214-1547-6

AASL: G/HS, P

PLA: G


813.52

Hurst, Fannie Edited by Daniel Itzkovitz

Imitation of Life

352 pp., 5 1/2" x 8", 6 b&w photos, 1 line drawing, notes, $19.95 paper, CIP included

November 2004

Duke University Press

A bestseller in 1933, and subsequently adapted into two beloved and controversial films, Imitation of Life has played a vital role in ongoing conversations about race, femininity, and the American Dream. Daniel Itzkovitz's introduction situates the novel in its literary, biographical, and cultural contexts, addressing such topics as the debates over the novel and films, the role of Hurst's one-time secretary and great friend Zora Neale Hurston in the novel's development, and the response to the novel by Hurst's friend Langston Hughes, whose one-act satire, Limitations of Life, played to a raucous Harlem crowd in the late 1930s.

LC 2004013142, ISBN 0-8223-3324-4

AASL: G/P

PLA: S


813.54

Cooney, Ellen

Gun Ball Hill

272 pp., 5 1/2" x 8 1/2", $25.95 cloth, CIP included

August 2004

University Press of New England/Hardscrabble Books

In 1774, the friends and relatives of the Mowlan family of Tibbetston, Maine are shattered by an event rooted in personal animosity but takes its occasion from the growing unrest in the American colonies. For some, it is the wake-up call announcing the inevitability of war; for others, it is a spur to long-delayed action. With searing emotional honesty, Ellen Cooney explores the fear and doubt of ordinary people at the approach of war.

LC 2004007938, ISBN 1-58465-356-6

AASL: G/HS, P

PLA: G


813.54

Crowder, Ashby Bland

Wakeful Anguish: A Literary Biography of William Humphrey

403 pp., 6" x 9", 12 halftones, introduction, bibliog., index, $44.95 cloth, CIP included

February 2004

Louisiana State University Press

Among the first books about the author of Home from the Hills and The Ordways. "A truly substantial 'literary biography' of this Texas-born writer....Crowder's examination of Humphrey's writings, considered in concert with his life and supported by extensive archival research, makes this the most detailed and authoritative study available....An exceptional study."--Choice. "Crowder's beautifully textured biography of Humphrey serves to reveal both a quirkily moving life and the important body of work that came out of it."--Clement Hawes, author of Mania and Literary Style

LC 2003018755, ISBN 0-8071-2887-2

AASL: S/P

PLA: RS


813.54

Dvorak, Marta

Thanks for Listening: Stories and Short Fictions by Ernest Buckler

328 pp., 6" x 9", $24.95 paper, CIP included

July 2004

Wilfrid Laurier University Press

"This collection, meticulously selected, edited, and introduced by Marta Dvorak, performs an invaluable service for readers who have known Buckler best as the author of The Mountain and the Valley. In fact, Buckler's stories and shorter pieces-stylistically, as psychological studies, and in their artfully shaped forms-anticipate not only his best-known novel, but also, as Dvorak shows, the short fiction of other, better-known contemporary Canadian writers. This edition is a signal contribution to our understanding of Buckler's real place in Canadian writing"--Neil Besner, University of Winnipeg

ISBN 0-88920-438-1

AASL: G/HS

PLA: G


813.54

Flynn, Robert

Slouching Toward Zion and More Lies

208 pp., 5 3/4" x 8 3/4", $24.95 cloth, CIP included

October 2004

The University of North Texas Press

Robert Flynn has gathered twenty-three stories that have hope, faith, and love as their common denominator. They are funny, political, and more than a bit prophetic. Highlights include a retelling of select Biblical stories and parables supplying heretofore expurgated details with an exquisitely agonizing truth; two stories of how one grapples with, avoids, questions, and finally resigns to love; and a corporate retelling of the Savior's story. "Flynn's prose cuts like St. Michael's sword slicing through the smug heart of a believer too comfortable in his faith. He is to southern Baptists what Flannery O'Connor is to southern Catholics."--Jill A. Essbaum, author of Heaven

LC 2004011380, ISBN 1-57441-183-7

PLA: RS


813.54

Petrakis, Harry Mark

The Orchards of Ithaca

280 pp., 5 1/2" x 8 1/2", $25.00 cloth

August 2004

Southern Illinois University Press

Orestes Panos, the owner of an upscale Greek restaurant on Halsted Street in Chicago, has just turned 50, a personal milestone rendered all the more significant by the impending turn of the millennium. He is moved to take stock and reflects on his 23-year marriage, their son's inner turmoil, their teenage daughter's passion for shopping, the viciousness of his live-in mother-in-law, and his waning enthusiasm. As always, master storyteller Petrakis is keenly attuned to the intermingling of the mundane and the momentous, and fascinated by the different forms heroism takes. Candid and penetrating in its psychology and spiritual inquiry, The Orchards of Ithaca, is vital and moving.

LC 2003025642, ISBN 0-8093-2578-0

PLA: G


813.54

Vivante, Arturo

Solitude and Other Stories

224 pp., 5 1/2" x 8 1/2", $35.00 cloth, $16.50 paper, CIP included

April 2004

University of Notre Dame Press

Solitude and Other Stories represents Arturo Vivante's quest to use writing to uncover hidden truths. These twenty-four short stories-set in Italy, New England, and Canada-explore various themes, including, as the title story says, solitude. Vivante begins the narrative with a self-oblivious solitude that will become loneliness. Day after day, night after night, Vivante's narrator becomes aware of his isolation, and he decides to seek the company of others. Companionship, therefore, becomes another theme developed in these stories.

LC 2004000743, ISBN 0-268-04365-5 (c.), ISBN 0-268-04366-3 (p.)

AASL: G/HS

PLA: S


813.54

Williams, Jim (Editor)

Passing the Three Gates: Interviews with Charles Johnson

336 pp., 5 1/2" x 9", $40.00 cloth, $22.50 paper, CIP included

December 2004

University of Washington Press

From his magical first novel, Faith and the Good Thing, to his swashbuckling indictment of the slave trade in the National Book Award-winning Middle Passage, Charles Johnson has continually surprised, instructed, and entertained his readers. This book gathers the most significant of Johnson's many interviews, giving an invaluable account of his development from the late 1970s to the present. "As entertaining as they are insightful, these interviews give us a greater understanding of Charles Johnson's oeuvre and mark him as that rare lion of American Letters: an original."--Angus Wilson

LC 2004054987, ISBN 0-295-98438-4 (c.), ISBN 0-295-98439-2 (p.)

AASL: S/P

PLA: G


813.542

Wetherell, W. D.

A Century of November: A Novel

176 pp., 5 1/4" x 8 1/4", $24.00 cloth, CIP included

October 2004

The University of Michigan Press

Charles Marden, an apple grower and judge sets off from his Vancouver Island home on an impulsive journey to Belgium, where his son, an Allied soldier in WWI, has just died in battle. Marden's single-minded mission: finding the exact spot where his son was killed. Upon arriving in England, he learns that his son left behind a pregnant girlfriend, and soon his search widens to include her as well. Nearing the front lines, Marden seems to descend into the fires of hell as he navigates the mine-strewn killing fields of the trenches. Winner of the 2004 Michigan Literary Fiction Award for Novel

LC 2004007659, ISBN 0-472-11431-X

AASL: not reviewed

PLA: G


813.6

Chan, Jeffery Paul

Eat Everything Before You Die: A Chinaman in the Counter Culture

304 pp., 6" x 9", $22.00 cloth, CIP included

October 2004

University of Washington Press

"Chan concocts a veritable banquet of images as he follows Christopher Columbus Wong on a stream-of-consciousness odyssey through life...Chris suffers from serious identity issues. He is Chinese, but he cannot speak his language, and although orphaned, he belongs to a close-knit self-made family that includes the pedophile director of a settlement house; a so-called Chinese uncle, perhaps his father...a gay adoptive brother who becomes a television chef; both of his ex-wives; and a violence-prone Vietnamese rock star...this anguished and angry search for self will appeal to fans of literary fiction."--Library Journal

LC 2004012534, ISBN 0-295-98436-8

PLA: G


813.6

Corrigan, John R.

Center Cut

256 pp., 5 1/2" x 8 1/2", $24.95 cloth, CIP included

October 2004

University Press of New England/Hardscrabble Books

Corrigan once again captures life-and death-on the PGA Tour in his new mystery featuring Jack Austin, native of Maine and professional golfer. After narrowly missing his first tournament win at the conclusion of Snap Hook, Jack has begun a new season in the worst slump of his career. Since he now has a family to support, the slump couldn't come at a worse time. But as Jack battles back to his usual level of play, his friend Grant Ashley faces a more serious problem-his wife is missing.

LC 2004009402, ISBN 1-58465-405-8

AASL: G/HS

PLA: S


813.6

Corrigan, John R.

Snap Hook

256 pp., 5 1/2" x 8 1/2", $24.95 cloth, CIP included

March 2004

University Press of New England/Hardscrabble Books

"Corrigan's second Jack Austin mystery (after Cut Shot) features deft prose, clean plotting, and enjoyable subject matter and will appeal to golf fans. It also marks the debut of the Hardscrabble Crime imprint, the University Press of New England's first foray into mystery fiction."--Library Journal. "Corrigan commands a wealth of technical detail to make Jack's every round vivid and exciting...Highly recommended for golfers, golf widows and widowers, and everybody who's ever wondered what the fuss is about."--Kirkus

LC 2003027193, ISBN 1-58465-332-9

AASL: G/HS

PLA: G


813.6

Deane, Pamala-Suzette

My Story Being This: Details of the Life of Mary Williams Magahee, Lady of Colour

288 pp., 5 1/2" x 8 1/2", $25.95 cloth, CIP included

September 2004

University Press of New England/Hardscrabble Books

Mary Williams Magahee, an unmarried, early middle-aged African American woman, is fully engaged in the social and economic life of her thriving free black community in Colonial Rhode Island in the 1770s. She also keeps a journal. Mary's public roles include tutor, gardener, trader, housekeeper, practicing naturopath, caretaker, and popular confidante. In her journal along with her own alternately gripping and workaday life story, Mary records her personal road to freedom, the tragic slave narrative that is her father's biography, and the diverse personal histories of a number of her African American neighbors and acquaintances.

LC 2004013629, ISBN 1-58465-310-8

AASL: G/P

PLA: RG


813.6

Fender, J. E.

Our Lives, Our Fortunes

368 pp., 5 1/2" x 8 1/2", $24.95 cloth, CIP included

May 2004

University Press of New England/Hardscrabble Books

In this latest installment of The Frost Saga, Geoffrey Frost, returns to Portsmouth, NH in November 1776. There he learns that George Washington has been dislodged from New York, and the British are pursuing the Continental Army across New Jersey. Knowing the army needs the supplies he has captured from British supply ships, Frost resolves to transport them to Washington. With the British controlling the Atlantic Coast, Frost successfully organizes and completes a dangerous overland mission enabling Washington to lead a daring night-time crossing of the Delaware River to attack the British at Trenton.

LC 2003024055, ISBN 1-58465-375-2

AASL: G/HS

PLA: G


818.303

Thoreau, Henry D. Edited by Jeffrey S. Cramer

Walden: A Fully Annotated Edition

352 pp., 7 3/8" x 9 1/4", 6 illus., $30.00 cloth, CIP included

August 2004

Yale University Press

The ultimate gift edition of Walden, this volume is the most authoritative and richly annotated version of Thoreau's American classic ever published. New readers as well as those well familiar with the text will find themselves immersed in Thoreau's unique and fascinating world, guided by notes that illuminate the bibliographical, historical, and geographical contexts of his life.

LC 2004009596, ISBN 0-300-10466-9

AASL: O/HS, P

PLA: G


818.409

Lystra, Karen

Dangerous Intimacy: The Untold Story of Mark Twain's Final Years

xxi + 342 pp., 6" x 9", 21 photos, bibliog., references, index, $27.50 cloth, CIP included

April 2004

University of California Press

"This gripping examination of Twain's later life recounts a family drama so fantastic it reads like the subplot of a daytime soap....For all its intrigue and melodrama, this is a remarkably powerful and moving study."--Library Journal. "The story that Lystra weaves has all of the twists and scheming of nineteenth-century melodrama, but this is no theater spectacle-it is a true story and all the more heart-wrenching and horrifying for its veracity....a touching and intimate portrait of [Twain's] final years."--Foreword

LC 2003018999, ISBN 0-520-23323-9

AASL: G/HS, P

PLA: G


818.409

Twain, Mark

Mark Twain's Helpful Hints for Good Living: A Handbook for the Whole Damned Human Race

207 pp., 6" x 8", 36 b&w photos, bibliog., references, $19.95 cloth, CIP included

October 2004

University of California Press

"Few collections could be wiser, funnier, or more, well, sane than Mark Twain's Helpful Hints for Good Living....Twain may have been dead for nearly a century, but the careful sting of his eminently quotable prose will continue to live."--O: the Oprah Magazine. "This wonderful book illustrates precisely why we can never have enough Twain. His humor is timeless, his wisdom about all things without equal."--Ken Burns. "A real discovery as well as a delight....It's the best, most reliable collection of Mark Twain as social observer, moralist, and comic genius."--Bruce Michelson, author of Mark Twain on the Loose and Literary Wit

LC 2003024224, ISBN 0-520-24245-9

AASL: G/P

PLA: G

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820-829 British Literature

821.008

Cahill, Christopher

Gather Round Me: The Best of Irish Popular Poetry

160 pp., 5 1/2" x 8 1/2", $15.00 cloth, $12.00 paper, CIP included

February 2004

Beacon Press

The Irish people have long shared poetry with each other, whether in the street, in the home, or in the pub. At times bawdy or tragic, these popular poems are nonetheless quintessentially Irish; the love of language and the Irish landscape pervade them. Now, Christopher Cahill has put together a collection of the best of these Irish poems, found in newspapers, heard in pubs, or scribbled down in diaries. Drawing on work published and shared from the eighteenth to twentieth centuries, the book includes the voices of both anonymous balladeers and renowned poets such as W. B. Yeats and Brendan Behan

LC 2003021507, ISBN 0-8070-6870-5 (c.), ISBN 0-8070-6873-X (p.)

AASL: O/HS

PLA: not reviewed


821.309

Bennett, Lyn

Women Writing of Divinest Things: Rhetoric and the Poetry of Pembroke, Wroth and Lanyer

285 pp., 6" x 9", index, $60.00 cloth, CIP included

November 2004

Duquesne University Press

Until now, there has been no full-length study of the role rhetoric played in poetry by women of early modern England. Bennett shows how rhetoric enabled these poets to articulate what the sixteenth century rhetorician Henry Peacham called "divine and human things."

LC 2004018922, ISBN 0-8207-0359-1

PLA: G


821.8

Swinburne, Algernon Charles

Major Poems and Selected Prose

416 pp., 6 1/8" x 9 1/4", $24.95 paper, CIP included

December 2004

Yale University Press

"This is a book whose absence in some form or other I have bemoaned for decades. The selection here is admirable, profoundly sophisticated: the proportions of verse and prose, inclusion of uncollected writings, and the certainty of scholarly and critical authority in the annotations--all these seem absolutely unexceptionable."--John Hollander

LC 2004043062, ISBN 0-300-10499-5

AASL: G/HS

PLA: RG


822.3'3

Shakespeare, William Edited by Burton Raffel

Romeo and Juliet (The Annotated Shakespeare)

256 pp., 5" x 7 3/4", $6.95 paper, CIP included

August 2004

Yale University Press

In the latest addition to The Annotated Shakespeare series, Burton Raffel offers readers generous help with Elizabethan English and annotates throughout, providing the tools we need to comprehend the play and explore its many possible interpretations. "Burton Raffel is surely one of the profession's top linguists and scholars, and the application here of his vast knowledge of linguistics to Romeo and Juliet provides any reader (whether specialist or not) with the best glimpse available of the great range of Shakespeare's stunning use of the English language."--Tita French Baumlin, Southwest Missouri State University

LC 2004002597, ISBN 0-300-10453-7

AASL: O/HS

PLA: G

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830-889 French, Italian, Germanic, and Latin Literature

841.918

Caws, Mary Ann

The Yale Anthology of Twentieth-Century French Poetry

646 pp., 6 1/2" x 9 1/2", index, $39.95 cloth, CIP included

August 2004

Yale University Press

The first comprehensive bilingual representation of French poetic achievement in the twentieth century. Mary Ann Caws has selected the work of more than 100 poets, an international roundup that includes numerous Francophone poets and many more female poets than have appeared in previous anthologies. English translations accompany each poem. "A monumental work that will serve as a point of reference for contemporary French studies for years to come."--Tom Conley, Harvard University

LC 2004040695, ISBN 0-300-10010-8

AASL: G/P

PLA: G


843.4

De Choisy, L'Heritier, and Perrault Translated by Steven Rendall

The Story of the Marquise-Marquis de Banneville

66 pp., 6" x 9", $6.95 paper, CIP included

October 2004

Modern Language Association

This is an English translation of a lighthearted gender-bending tale written in the late seventeenth-century in France. The beautiful Marquise de Banneville meets a handsome marquis, and they fall in love. But the young woman is actually a young man (brought up as a girl and completely in the dark about her--or his--true sex), while the marquis is actually a young woman who likes to cross-dress. Will they live happily ever after?

LC 2004054675, ISBN 0-87352-932-4

PLA: S


843.912

Rachilde Edited by Liz Constable Translated by Melanie Hawthorne

Monsieur Venus: A Materialist Novel

211 pp., 6" x 9", $9.95 paper, CIP included

November 2004

Modern Language Association

This English translation from the scandalously decadent 19th-century French novel by Rachilde is an inversion of the Pygmalion story. When the rich and well-connected Raoule de Venerande becomes enamored of Jacques Silvert, a poor young man who makes artificial flowers for a living, she turns him into her mistress and eventually into her wife. Raoule's suitor, a cigar-smoking former hussar officer, becomes an accomplice in the complications that ensue.

LC 2004019303, ISBN 0-87352-930-8

PLA: G


861.5

Darío, Rubén

Songs of Life and Hope/Cantos de Vida y Esperanza

272 pp., 6" x 9", glossary, bibliog., $74.95 cloth, $21.95 paper, CIP included

January 2004

Duke University Press

The poetry of Rubén Dar’o (1867-1916) has been revered by writers including Federico Garc’a Lorca, Pablo Neruda, and Octavio Paz. A leading figure in the movement known as modernismo, Dar’o created the modern Spanish lyric and permanently altered the course of Spanish poetry. Yet while his output has inspired a great deal of critical analysis and a scattering of translations, there has been, until now, no complete English translation of any of his books of poetry. This bilingual edition of Dar’o's 1905 masterpiece, Cantos de vida y esperanza, fills a crucial gap in Hispanic and world literature studies.

LC 2003017793, ISBN 0-8223-3282-5 (c.), ISBN 0-8223-3271-X (p.)

AASL: G/JHS-HS

PLA: G


861.62

Urrutia, Matilde Translated by Alexandria Giardino

My Life with Pablo Neruda

279 pp., 6" x 9", 14 illus., $27.95 cloth, CIP included

October 2004

Stanford University Press

Matilde Urrutia was poet Pablo Neruda's lover, muse, wife, and widow. The Nobel-laureate Chilean wrote The Captain's Verses and One Hundred Love Sonnets--two of the most celebrated volumes of love lyrics in modern Spanish letters--for her. My Life with Pablo Neruda reveals Urrutia's side of their famed romance. But the book is not simply a love story told by a muse. It is also a document of her life as the persecuted widow of a national hero. Her voice lifts out of the sorrow and violence of the military dictatorship that precipitated her beloved's death in 1973, to reaffirm the power of Neruda's own passionate voice.

LC 2004008535, ISBN 0-804-75009-2

AASL: G/P

PLA: O


863.642

Liscano, Carlos Translated by Elizabeth Hampsten

Truck of Fools

120 pp., 5 1/2" x 8 1/4", $24.95 cloth, CIP included

October 2004

Vanderbilt University Press

A political dissident who was jailed and tortured by Uruguay's military regime, Carlos Liscano movingly recounts those experiences. His narrative, a mosaic of brief, powerful vignettes, offers unique insight into the physical and psychological plight of the prisoner, as well as into the mindset of his tormentors. Liscano survived these horrors to become a gifted writer and Uruguay's most well known novelist. "...While describing horrors, Liscano's account is also uplifting, a paean to human resiliency and dignity."--Naomi Roht-Arriaza, author of Impunity and Human Rights Violations in International Law and Practice

LC 2004017368, ISBN 0-8265-1456-1

AASL: G/P

PLA: O


869.09

Suárez-Araúz, Nicomedes

Literary Amazonia: Modern Writing by Amazonian Authors

216 pp., 6" x 9", 4 b&w illus., $39.95 cloth, CIP included

May 2004

University Press of Florida

"This could be one of the most important collections of literature in translation to appear this year. Its diverse poetic and prose offerings prompt the reader to reconsider stereotypical definitions of the Amazon, an area comprising parts of Brazil and several Spanish American nations and often imagined by North Americans as exotic, untamed. [The author] provides a lucid introduction that rights some basic assumptions about the region and explains some of the thematic content of the literature. This book introduces numerous unknown talents and is a must for any institution..."--Choice

LC 2003070508, ISBN 0-8130-2728-4

AASL: RS/HS, P

PLA: RS


882.01

Bagg, Robert (Translator)

The Oedipus Plays of Sophocles: Oedipus the King, Oedipus at Kolonos, Antigone

240 pp., 7" x 10", $80.00 cloth, $19.95 paper, CIP included

August 2004

The University of Massachusetts Press

"Robert Bagg's new renditions of the Oedipus plays are closer to the Greek, in their rhetorical power, precision of image, rhythm, pace, and tone, than any other versions I know....Through his clear and bold translations, the radiant strength of the original shines through. They have the power of a distinctive personal voice, but a voice that never gets in the way of the ancient script by calling attention to itself."--Richard P. Martin, Stanford University

LC 2004005674, ISBN 1-55849-453-7 (c.), ISBN 1-55849-454-5 (p.)

AASL: O/JHS-HS

PLA: G

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890-899 Literature of Other Languages

891.71'4

Akhmatova, Anna

The Word that Causes Death's Defeat: Poems of Memory

326 pp., 6 1/4" x 9 1/2", index, $30.00 cloth, CIP included

September 2004

Yale University Press

Translated, with an introductory biography, critical essays, and commentary, by Nancy K. Anderson. This book presents superb new translations of three of the most important poems of Anna Akhmatova, one of twentieth-century Russia's greatest poets. "The importance of Akhmatova's works in the Russian poetic tradition can scarcely be exaggerated. They also hold a place of honor in the history of artistic engagement of moral responsibility."--Olga P. Hasty, Princeton University

LC 2004006295, ISBN 0-300-10377-8

AASL: G/P

PLA: RS


892.436

Be'er, Haim Translated by Hillel Halkin

Feathers

272 pp., 6" x 9", $26.00 cloth, CIP included

April 2004

University Press of New England

When first published in 1979, Haim Be'er's Feathers was a critical and commercial success, ushering in a period of great productivity and expansiveness in modern Hebrew literature. Now considered a classic in Israeli fiction the book is finally available to English readers worldwide. In this, his first novel, Be'er portrays the world of a deeply religious community in Jerusalem during the author's childhood and adolescence in the 1950s and 1960s. "Always magical, occasionally bizarre, and often funny, this is a precious snapshot of an era. Recommended for all libraries."--Library Journal

LC 2003026808, ISBN 1-58465-371-X

AASL: S/JHS-HS

PLA: S


895.1'3

Chen Ruoxi Edited by Howard Goldblatt, with a new introduction by Perry Link Translated by Nancy Ing and Howard Goldblatt

The Execution of Mayor Yin and Other Stories from the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution

272 pp., 5 1/2" x 8 1/4", $49.95 cloth, $19.95 paper, CIP included

February 2004

Indiana University Press

A classic of modern world literature, this collection of stories provides a vivid eyewitness view of everyday life in China during the Cultural Revolution. For this edition, the text has been thoroughly revised and updated to Pinyin romanization. A new introduction reflects on the book's significance in the post-Tianamen era.

LC 2004000689, ISBN 0-253-34416-6 (c.), ISBN 0-253-21690-7 (p.)

AASL: G/HS

PLA: RS


895.6

Brandon, James R. and Samuel L. Leiter

Masterpieces of Kabuki: Eighteen Plays On Stage

368 pp., 7" x 10", illus., $25.00 paper, CIP included

May 2004

University of Hawaii Press

Masterpieces of Kabuki contains eighteen outstanding dramas taken from the landmark four-volume series Kabuki Plays On Stage. Together they cover the entire spectrum of kabuki drama from 1697 to 1905, the period during which kabuki's dramaturgy flourished prior to the onset of Western dramatic influence.

LC 2001027912, ISBN 0-8248-2788-0

PLA: S


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