2006 University Press Books

 

Selected for Public and Secondary School Libraries

   
 

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800-899 Literature and Rhetoric

800-819 American Literature

820-829 British Literature

       

890-899 Literature of Other Languages

       
   

800-819 American Literature

801

Johnson, Sarah Anne

The Art of the Author Interview

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

March 2005

University Press of New England

This book, based on Johnson's workshops for MFA programs on how to conduct an author interview, shows readers how to initiate, research, conduct, and publish interviews with authors and other creative people. Drawing on her own experience, Johnson not only covers the nuts and bolts of conducting the interviews, but she also offers an inspirational explanation of how the process can feed and enhance a writer's own work and career. Johnson's interviews with authors have been praised for her "thoughtful and knowledgeable questions" (The Bloomsbury Review) and provide "an opportunity to participate in intimate and often illuminating dialogue" (Library Journal).

LC 2004023688, ISBN 1-58465-397-3

AASL: G/HS

PLA: G


807.02

Kelner, Stephen P. Jr.

Motivate Your Writing!

264 pp., 6" x 9", $55.00 cloth, $19.95 paper, CIP included

March 2005

University Press of New England

Aspiring and professional writers struggle to stay motivated; in the face of distractions, obligations, and procrastination, the desire to write often fails to become the act of writing. Motivated writers, notes the author, are those who have learned to identify their fundamental emotional drives and who have established a writing routine that satisfies those drives. Kelner draws on the research and insights of motivational psychology to show writers how to harness the energy of these fundamental motivators.

LC 2004028661, ISBN 1-58465-453-8

AASL: O/HS

PLA: G


808.042

Berman, Jeffrey

Empathic Teaching: Education for Life

400 pp., 6" x 9", $80.00 cloth, $24.95 paper, CIP included

January 2005

University of Massachusetts Press

"Empathic Teaching appears to me to be an instant classic. The combination of Berman's knowledge of literature and psychological theory, coupled with his extraordinary appreciation of the culture and inner worlds of his students is positively remarkable. This book is far superior to many of the texts Berman himself cites in his extensive research. If his students are lucky to have him, we, his readers, in and out of the world of education, are as well. I am, simply put, in awe of this volume!"--Thomas J. Cottle, author of A Sense of Self: The Work of Affirmation

LC 200419703, ISBN 1-55849-467-7 (c.), ISBN 1-55849-468-5 (p.)

PLA: G


808.042

Skorczewski, Dawn

Teaching One Moment at a Time: Disruption and Repair in the Classroom

160 pp., 6" x 9", $24.95 cloth, CIP included

July 2005

University of Massachusetts Press

A revealing exploration of the issues involved in the pedagogy of writing. "Teaching One Moment at a Time explores the relational implications of teaching, including the teacher's countertransference, a phenomenon that is well known in psychotherapy but largely ignored in education. The book is the most sophisticated study of the ways in which writing teachers are centrally involved with their students...To the question, 'What do students want?' the answer must be, 'A teacher like Dawn Skorczewski.'"--Jeffrey Berman, author of Empathic Teaching: Education for Life

LC 200430734, ISBN N1-55849-495-2

AASL: G/P

PLA: G


808.1

Brown, Deborah, Annie Finch, and Maxine Kumin (Editors)

Lofty Dogmas: Poets on Poetics

456 pp., 6" x 9", appendix, index, $54.95 cloth, $24.95 paper, CIP included

September 2005

The University of Arkansas Press

Compiled by three noted poets, this is an eclectic, stimulating, and informed selection of poets' remarks on poetry spanning eras, ethnicities, and aesthetics. The 102 selections from nearly as many poets reach back to the Greeks and Romans, then draw on Chaucer, Shakespeare, Sidney, and Milton, on to Shelley, Keats, Coleridge, and Poe, then Hopkins, Yeats, Eliot, Rilke, and Pound, concluding with many of our contemporaries, including Hall, Clifton, Mackey, Kunitz, and Rukeyser.

LC 2005009286, ISBN 1-55728-791-0 (c.), ISBN 1-55728-792-9 (p.)

AASL: G/HS

PLA: G


808.1

Kooser, Ted

The Poetry Home Repair Manual: Practical Advice for Beginning Poets

166 pp., 5 1/2" x 8 1/2", index, $19.95 cloth, CIP included

February 2005

University of Nebraska Press

U.S. Poet Laureate Ted Kooser has been writing and publishing poetry for more than forty years. Here are his tools and insights, the instructions that poets-aspiring or practicing-can use to hone their craft. Using examples from his own literary oeuvre and from the work of successful contemporary poets, the author schools us in the critical relationship between poet and reader, which is fundamental to what Kooser believes is poetry's ultimate purpose: to reach other people and touch their hearts. "Poetry is a tough sell these days...But that only makes a smart and readable poetry guide all the more welcome, and needed."--Wall Street Journal.

LC 2004024700, ISBN 0-8032-2769-8

AASL: not reviewed

PLA: O


808.2

Smiley, Sam with Norman A. Bert

Playwriting: The Structure of Action Revised Edition

324 pp., 5 1/2" x 8 1/4", index, $19.95 paper, CIP included

September 2005

Yale University Press

This classic guide to dramatic writing has been revised and expanded for a new generation of playwrights and screenwriters. Practical and inspiring, the book focuses on such essential principles as plot, character, thought, diction, melody, and spectacle, and it includes new material on contemporary playwrights, copyright law, new writing approaches, and more.

LC 2005013230, ISBN 0-300-10724-2

AASL: G/HS

PLA: not reviewed


808.2'25

Froug, William

How I Escaped from Gilligan's Island and Other Misadventures of a Hollywood Writer-Producer

336 pp., 6" x 9", 16 b&w photos, $29.95 cloth, CIP included

October 2005

The University of Wisconsin Press/Popular Press

In his forty-year career William Froug would write and/or produce many of the television shows that America has grown up with. From the drama of Playhouse 90 and the mind-bending premises of The Twilight Zone to the escapist scenarios of Adventures in Paradise, Gilligan's Island, Bewitched, and Charlie's Angels, Froug played a role in shaping his trade. He crossed paths with some of the memorable personalities in the industry, including Jack Benny, Lucille Ball, Agnes Moorehead, Elizabeth Montgomery, Robert Blake, Rod Serling, Gene Roddenberry, Aaron Spelling, and Sherwood Schwartz.

LC 2005005442, ISBN 0-87972-873-6

AASL: G/HS

PLA: not reviewed


808.83'8

Westfahl, Gary (Editor)

Science Fiction Quotations: From the Inner Mind to the Outer Limits

488 pp., 6 1/8" x 9 1/4", $25.00 paper, CIP included

August 2005

Yale University Press

"Today there are a number of websites that offer personal collections of favorite quotations, but nothing approaching the scale of Gary Westfahl's Science Fiction Quotations... It's a hoot, and the sort of book that many SF readers will want to have in their libraries...as a carefully researched source for many of the field's familiar but often undocumented or misattributed statements... [Westfahl] does a terrific job of finding nuggets in obscure or forgotten corners of the genre...and of representing every period of SF history."--Gary K. Wolfe, Locus

LC 2005003195, ISBN 0-300-10800-1

AASL: O/HS

PLA: S


809

Auchincloss, Louis

Writers and Personality

125 pp., 6" x 9", $24.95 cloth, CIP included

June 2005

University of South Carolina Press

In concise ruminations on writers, Louis Auchincloss assesses the lives, temperaments, and interests of two dozen writers from his canon of personal favorites and explores how their personalities materialize in their fiction. "Writers and Personality is just the book for anyone looking for a quick stimulus to reading-or rereading-any of the writers considered in its pages. Among them are Flaubert, Hawthorne, Trollope and Proust; Sinclair Lewis, Willa Cather, Henry Adams and Anatole France...The essays in this volume are succinct, sharp, unpretentious and direct."--Wall Street Journal

LC 2004030832, ISBN 1-57003-580-6

AASL: G/MS-HS

PLA: G


810.9

Daley, Yvonne

Vermont Writers: A State of Mind

320 pp., 6" x 9", 20 halftones, $50.00 cloth, $24.95 paper, CIP included

July 2005

University Press of New England

Daley profiles twenty-one contemporary Vermont authors and includes examples of their writing: Julia Alvarez, Chris Bohjalian, David Budbill, Joseph Citro, Joan Connor, David Huddle, Jamaica Kincaid, Galway Kinnell, Sydney Lea, Jeffrey Lent, David Moats, Howard Frank Mosher, Grace Paley, Jay Parini, Verandah Porche, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Tom Smith, Abigail Stone, Phoebe Stone, Ruth Stone, and Ellen Bryant Voigt. The authors open their toolboxes to share their writing approaches and techniques providing entry into the treasure trove that is the work of a select group of Vermont writers who sustain a rich literary tradition that too many of us take for granted.

LC 2005011115, ISBN 1-58465-400-7 (c.), ISBN 1-58465-401-5 (p.)

AASL: G/HS

PLA: RS


810.9

Ebest, Ron

Private Histories: The Writing of Irish Americans, 1900-1935

330 pp., 6" x 9", bibliog., index, $58.00 cloth, $25.00 paper, CIP included

October 2005

University of Notre Dame Press

A complete literary history of the American Irish during the first part of the twentieth century. Ron Ebest offers a fresh perspective on familiar novelists, dramatists, and poets, introduces readers to a number of important writers who are often overlooked, and reveals rarely considered aspects of Irish-American social history. Ebest analyzes themes such as religion, marriage, family, social status, and education in the writings of well known authors such as F. Scott Fitzgerald and Eugene O'Neill. He also explores these issues in the works of lesser known authors such as the Vanity Fair satirist Anne O'Hagan, labor activist and novelist Jim Tully, muckraking journalist Clara Laughlin, and mystery writer John T. McIntyre.

LC 2005022323, ISBN 0-268-02771-4 (c.), ISBN 0-268-02772-2 (p.)

AASL: not reviewed

PLA: G


811

Oliver, Mary

New and Selected Poems, Volume Two

192 pp., 6" x 9", $24.95 cloth, CIP included

October 2005

Beacon Press

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 thirty-two new poems-an entire volume in itself-along with works chosen by Oliver from six of the books she has published since New and Selected Poems, Volume One.

ISBN 0-8070-6890-X

AASL: G/MS-HS

PLA: G


811.008

Barrett, Faith and Cristanne Miller (Editors)

Words for the Hour: A New Anthology of American Civil War Poetry

432 pp., 6" x 9", 11 illus., $80.00 cloth, $24.95 paper, CIP included

December 2005

University of Massachusetts Press

"An extremely interesting and well-conceived collection of Civil War poems...I particularly like the way it combines popular poetry of the day with canonical poetry, so that-for the first time-students and readers may experience a broad spectrum of Civil War poetry without artificial distinctions between 'high' and 'low.' "--Alice Fahs, author of The Imagined Civil War. "This is the anthology that those wanting to teach nineteenth-century poetry of the Civil War have been waiting for."--Paula Bernat Bennett, author of Poets in the Public Sphere

LC 200518477, ISBN 1-55849-510-X (c.), ISBN 1-55849-509-6 (p.)

AASL: O/HS

PLA: O


811.322

Hecker, William F. (Editor)

Private Perry and Mister Poe: The West Point Poems, 1831 Facsimile Edition

248 pp., 4 1/2" x 7 1/2", $19.95 cloth, CIP included

April 2005

Louisiana State University Press

Writing poetry and inspecting artillery bombs for the army do not seem like compatible endeavors, which is perhaps why many biographers and critics have overlooked Edgar Allan Poe's stint in the military, dismissing it as an odd aberration in his literary career. A professional artilleryman and a Poe scholar, William F. Hecker offers a lively, nuanced account of Poe's experience as an enlisted soldier and West Point cadet and relates it to his writing, especially his Poems (1831), presented here in facsimile for the first time since 1936.

LC 2004022419, ISBN 0-8071-3054-0

AASL: G/HS

PLA: G


811.52

Barnhisel, Gregory

James Laughlin, New Directions, and the Remaking of Ezra Pound

272 pp., 6" x 9", 14 illus., $34.95 cloth, CIP included

May 2005

University of Massachusetts Press

Barnhisel tells the story of the personal and professional relationship between one of the twentieth century's most controversial writers and his loyal and innovative American publisher-a relationship that eventually helped remake literary history and continues to shape our understanding of modernism itself. "No one else has offered so detailed an account of the inner history of New Directions...This book is a distinguished contribution to the small but rapidly growing number of studies of the interaction of publishers, authors, and the literary marketplace."--Barry Ahearn, editor of Pound/Cummings: The Correspondence of Ezra Pound and E. E. Cummings

LC 200426482, ISBN 1-55849-478-2

AASL: G/HS

PLA: S


811.52

Welty, Eudora Edited by Patti Carr Black

Early Escapades

150 pp., 8" x 8", 5 b&w photos, 30 illus., introduction, $30.00 cloth, CIP included

November 2005

University Press of Mississippi

Early Escapades explores the initial manifestations of Eudora Welty's comic and creative energy, from the poems of her adolescence to the promising parodies and caricatures she wrote and drew as a young adult. It offers a prelude to Welty's mature fiction where her sharp comic sensibilities focused on deeply rooted issues: the ambiguity of relationships, the complex struggles for power in families and communities, and the duality of people's perceptions. And, it shows how Welty's art, even in its nascent stages, embraced the world's marvels, chaos, and mystery with passionate sympathy.

LC 2005003967, ISBN 1-57806-774-X

AASL: not reviewed

PLA: O


811.54

Applewhite, James

Selected Poems

184 pp., 6" x 9", $64.95 cloth, $18.95 paper, CIP included

July 2005

Duke University Press

James Applewhite has produced nine extraordinary books of poetry. This volume is the first anthology of his remarkable oeuvre. It brings together chronologically arranged selections from all of his previous books, from the first, published in 1975, through the most recent, published in 2002. Applewhite's poetry is deeply rooted in the history and rhythms of rural North Carolina, where he was born and raised, and these poems mark stages in an artistic and personal journey he has undertaken over the past thirty years.

LC 2005005703, ISBN 0-8223-3601-4 (c.), ISBN 0-8223-3639-1 (p.)

AASL: G/HS

PLA: G


811.54

Crozier, Lorna Edited by Catherine Hunter

Before the First Word: The Poetry of Lorna Crozier

80 pp., 6" x 9", $14.95 paper, CIP included

September 2005

Wilfrid Laurier University Press

Lorna Crozier is one of Canada's most popular poets. Before the First Word is a collection of thirty-five of her best poems, selected and introduced by Catherine Hunter, and includes an afterword by Crozier herself. Representing her work from 1985 to 2002, the collection reveals the wide range of Crozier's voice in its most lyrical, contemplative, ironic, and witty moments. Hunter's introduction discusses the poet's major themes. Crozier's afterword is a lyrical meditation that provides a glimpse into the philosophy of a writer who is tantalized by "what predates speaking" and "all that can't be named".

ISBN 0-88920-489-6

AASL: not reviewed

PLA: G


811.54

Engels, John

Recounting the Seasons: Poems, 1958-2005

592 pp., 6 1/8" x 9 1/4", bibliog., index, $55.00 cloth, CIP included

October 2005

University of Notre Dame Press

This book gathers together the work of noted American poet John Engels. Engels's writing is distinguished by its astonishing range-long, short, easy, difficult, philosophical, casual, despairing, joyful, silly, bawdy, heartbreaking, angry, affectionate, uplifting, abrasive, sexy, chaste, polite, and bad-mannered. Arranged chronologically, this book contains nearly all of the poems that Engels has published, and features a section of new and previously unpublished poems. "John Engels is one of the handful of essential poets of his generation. What is distinctive about Engels's poetry is that it has not only sustained its power and craft over the many years of his efforts but also enhanced it."--Sydney Lea

LC 2005025263, ISBN 0-268-02770-6

AASL: O/HS

PLA: O


811.54

Fincke, Gary

Standing Around the Heart: Poems

104 pp., 5 1/2" x 8 1/2", $16.00 paper, CIP included

February 2005

The University of Arkansas Press

Gary Fincke's new collection is a poetry grounded in memorable places and characters. He wants readers to remember the voices they hear in the poems, the work the characters do, the families they have, the things they believe in and strive to live up to. There is also a sense of the larger world layered into nearly every poem-history, politics, science, culture. Here too are poems about the mysteries of adolescence, capturing moments of youthful dreaming and wishing. Told in a confiding tone, these are very accessible and inviting poems about the way we redeem ourselves daily.

LC 2004017985, ISBN 1-55728-786-4

AASL: not reviewed

PLA: G


811.54

Rudman, Mark

Sundays on the Phone (Wesleyan Poetry Series)

156 pp., 5 1/2" x 9", 3 photos, $22.95 cloth, CIP included

October 2005

Wesleyan University Press

In this moving lyric memoir, Rudman explores his close but often fractious relationship with his mother, and presents a companion volume to his award-winning book, Rider, about his relationship with his rabbi stepfather. Sundays on the Phone centers on the poet's weekly Sunday morning phone calls from his mother, and builds on the verse narrative that defines Rudman's unique role in 21st century poetry. Rudman revisits his childhood and his memories of adjusting to his mother's second marriage, and slowly comes to terms with his mother's death. This is a compassionate, compelling portrait.

LC 2005010563, ISBN 0-8195-6785-X

AASL: not reviewed

PLA: S


811.54

Spiegelman, Willard (Editor)

Love, Amy: The Selected Letters of Amy Clampitt

560 pp., 6" x 9", 9 photos, index, $39.50 cloth, CIP included

August 2005

Columbia University Press

This extraordinary collection of letters sheds light on one of the most important postwar American poets and on a creative woman's life from the 1950s onward. Amy Clampitt was an American original, a literary woman from a Quaker family in rural Iowa who came to New York after college and lived in Manhattan for almost forty years before she found success (or before it found her) at the age of 63 with the publication of The Kingfisher. Her letters from 1950 until her death in 1994 are a testimony to her fiercely independent spirit and her quest for various kinds of truth-religious, spiritual, political, and artistic.

LC 2004065669, ISBN 0-231-13286-7

AASL: G/HS

PLA: G


811.542

Galvin, Brendan

Habitat: New and Selected Poems, 1965-2005

264 pp., 6" x 9", $49.95 cloth, $26.95 paper, CIP included

April 2005

Louisiana State University Press

A master craftsman who seamlessly combines vision and contemplation, Brendan Galvin is considered among the most powerful naturalist poets today. Habitat, Galvin's fourteenth poetry book, combines eighteen new works with lyric pieces from the past forty years-including two book-length narratives, Wampanoag Traveler and Saints in Their Ox-Hide Boat. Galvin intimately, quietly, humorously conveys his landscapes, people, and weather. By elevating the commonplace to the crucial, he takes his readers very far from the familiar. Finalist for the 2005 National Book Award in Poetry.

LC 2004022441, ISBN 0-8071-3046-X (c.), ISBN 0-8071-3047-8 (p.)

AASL: G/HS

PLA: G


811.6

Boutelle, Annie

Becoming Bone: Poems on the Life of Celia Thaxter (1836-1894)

94 pp., 5 1/2" x 8 1/2", $16.00 paper, CIP included

July 2005

The University of Arkansas Press

Annie Boutelle probes the layered life of one of nineteenth-century America's most popular poets, who is now almost forgotten. The Celia Thaxter who speaks these poems disturbs the placid myth created around her public persona, and focuses on the fierce mysteries and ironies that frame her. Boutelle carefully reveals Thaxter's childhood on the Isles of Shoals off the New Hampshire coast; the trap of a Victorian marriage; the struggle to invent herself as writer and painter; her celebrated circle of friends; and the hard-won serenity of her last decade. These poems move us into an elemental world where "nothing is left but water, air, and the uncertain space between."

LC 2005000614, ISBN 1-55728-797-X

AASL: O/MS-HS

PLA: G


811.6

Luna, Sheryl

Pity the Drowned Horses

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

March 2005

University of Notre Dame Press

"Sheryl Luna's book Pity the Drowned Horses bears witness not only to the poverty and wonder of the borderlands, to their dynamic and often tragic clash of cultural rivers, but also to an intense, tender, and unflinching sensibility refusing the easy distance of mere reportage. Rarely do we encounter a poet with such associative speed, such free access to her unconscious resources, who simultaneously reaches out with such heartbreaking clarity and sweep of vision. Here we see the moral imagination made both vulnerable and bold by its transfigurative investments, its impassioned music, its raw energy and recovering grace. A dazzling debut."--Bruce Bond

LC 2005001220, ISBN 0-268-03373-0 (c.), ISBN 0-268-03374-9 (p.)

AASL: not reviewed

PLA: S


812

Immel, Mary Blair

Captured! A Boy Trapped in the Civil War

153 pp., 5 1/4" x 7 3/4", illus., photos, $15.95 cloth, $6.95 paper, CIP included

September 2005

Indiana Historical Society Press

Fourteen-year-old Johnny Ables, pressed into service in the Confederate army, is forced to participate in a major Civil War battle and ends up in an Indiana prison camp. Based on a true story of a real boy.

LC 2005047491, ISBN 0-87195-184-3 (c.), ISBN 0-87195-188-6 (p.)

AASL: O/MS-HS

PLA: RS


813

London, Jack

Lost Face

248 pp., 5" x 7 3/8", 6 b&w illus., $16.50 paper, CIP included

August 2005

University of Pennsylvania Press

Now in paperback for the first time, this collection appears as it was originally published, including the specially commissioned artwork illustrating each story. At his peak, about the time this collection was first published in 1910, Jack London was the highest-paid and perhaps the most popular living American writer. Lost Face consists of seven short works, including the title story and his finest and best-known short story, To Build a Fire.

LC 2005053832, ISBN 0-8122-1935-X

AASL: G/HS

PLA: not reviewed


813.087

Harris-Fain, Darren

Understanding Contemporary American Science Fiction: The Age of Maturity, 1970-2000

208 pp., 5" x 7", index, $34.95 cloth, CIP included

June 2005

University of South Carolina Press

A volume in the Understanding Contemporary American Literature series, Understanding Contemporary American Science Fiction explores major trends and developments during three decades that witnessed science fiction's most dramatic progression from subliterary escapist entertainment to a sophisticated literature of ideas. Darren Harris-Fain suggests that to understand American science fiction fully, it is essential to realize that the variety of the current field results from the preceding decades of writings. He also contends that the latter decades of the twentieth century witnessed dramatic improvement in the quality of science fiction writing, even as the field fragmented into a variety of subgenres.

LC 2005003207, ISBN 1-57003-585-7

AASL: G/HS

PLA: not reviewed


813.4

Gilman, Charlotte Perkins Introduction by Charlotte J. Rich

What Diantha Did

200 pp., 5 1/2" x 8 1/2", $54.95 cloth, $16.95 paper, CIP included

May 2005

Duke University Press

First published serially in Gilman's magazine The Forerunner in 1909-10, What Diantha Did tells the story of Diantha Bell, a young woman who leaves her home and her fiancé to start a housecleaning business. A resourceful heroine, Diantha quickly expands her business into an enterprise that includes a maid service, cooked food delivery service, restaurant, and hotel. By assigning a cash value to women's "invisible" work, providing a means for the well-being and moral uplift of working girls, and releasing middle- and leisure-class women from the burden of conventional domestic chores, Diantha proves to her family and community the benefits of professionalized housekeeping.

LC 2004027800, ISBN 0-8223-3507-7 (c.), ISBN 0-8223-3519-0 (p.)

AASL: S/HS

PLA: G


813.4

Goodman, Susan and Carl Dawson

William Dean Howells: A Writer's Life

545 pp., 6" x 9", 47 b&w photos, bibliog., references, index, $34.95 cloth, CIP included

May 2005

University of California Press

"The first full-force scholarly biography in decades...Respectful and even reverent, [it] is easily the best that Howells has received."--The New Yorker. "A compelling portrait of a literary titan."--Booklist. "A more complex and comprehensive portrait of the man and what he accomplished than any we have had to date...in bringing us to this understanding of Howells's life and work, they have explained not simply why Howells was important but why he still is."--American Scholar. "Vivid, judicious, sympathetic to its subject and sensitive to the historical context, their biography provides a compelling introduction."--London Review of Books

LC 2004026562, ISBN 0-520-23896-6

AASL: S/HS

PLA: O, G


813.509

Bell, Bernard W.

The Contemporary African American Novel: Its Folk Roots and Modern Literary Branches

488 pp., 6" x 9", $80.00 cloth, $24.95 paper, CIP included

January 2005

University of Massachusetts Press

An essential guide for students and teachers of African American literature. Winner of a 2005 American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation. "Bell's fundamental and profound approach to analyzing and chronicling the history of the African American novel is evident here as it was in (his) earlier work. He succeeds brilliantly in presenting 'a sociohistorical, sociocultural, and sociopsychological critical history of the contemporary African American novel as a socially symbolic act of cultural politics and narrative discourse.'"--Choice

LC 200413508, ISBN 1-55849-472-3 (c.), ISBN 1-55849-473-1 (p.)

AASL: G/HS

PLA: O


813.52

Burroughs, Edgar Rice and Herbert T. Weston

Brother Men: The Correspondence of Edgar Rice Burroughs and Herbert T. Weston

328 pp., 6" x 9", 17 illus., notes, index, $74.95 cloth, $21.95 paper, CIP included

March 2005

Duke University Press

Brother Men is the first published collection of private letters of Edgar Rice Burroughs, the phenomenally successful author of adventure, fantasy, and science fiction tales, including the Tarzan series. The correspondence presented here is Burroughs's decades-long exchange with Herbert T. Weston, the maternal great-grandfather of this volume's editor, Matt Cohen. The trove of correspondence Cohen discovered unexpectedly includes hundreds of items spanning from 1903 to 1945. Since Weston kept carbon copies of his own letters, the material documents a lifelong friendship that had begun in the 1890s, when the two men met in military school.

LC 2004022943, ISBN 0-8223-3529-8 (c.), ISBN 0-8223-3541-7 (p.)

AASL: not reviewed

PLA: G


813.52

Loving, Jerome

The Last Titan: A Life of Theodore Dreiser

528 pp., 6" x 9", 47 b&w photos, bibliog., references, index, $34.95 cloth, CIP included

March 2005

University of California Press

"The best critical biography of this important writer published to date."--Choice (named an Outstanding Academic Title). "Loving skillfully narrates the irregular journey of 'The Father of American Realism'...Avoiding the pitfalls of dry literary biography, Loving interweaves to a rare degree Dreiser's life, ideas and creative struggles in a style not only readable but graceful."--Martin Northway, St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "Richly detailed...a readable and lively biography that will undoubtedly revive interest in this major pioneering force in American letters...This study belongs in every library that claims an interest in modern American literature."--Library Journal

LC 2004016270, ISBN 0-520-23481-2

AASL: G, S/HS

PLA: G


813.52

Unrue, Darlene Harbour

Katherine Anne Porter: The Life of an Artist

381 pp., 6" x 9", 25 b&w photos, introduction, bibliog., index, $30.00 cloth, CIP included

September 2005

University Press of Mississippi

"Darlene Harbour Unrue has done an impeccable job of researching the elusive Porter. She makes sense of a woman who used her charm and beauty as cover for her most private terrors. Evenhanded and ever respectful, the biographer tells the truth about the writer's sometimes stormy relationships with family, friends, lovers, and husbands, with editors, publishers, and other writers, showing how frustrating and how rewarding being with Porter could be. This new biography does justice to Katherine Anne Porter's dual existence as truth teller and fabulist, and to her remarkable body of work."--Laura Furman, author of Drinking with the Cook and Ordinary Paradise

LC 2005001791, ISBN 1-57806-777-4

AASL: S/HS

PLA: G


813.522

Patterson, Tiffany Ruby

Zora Neale Hurston and a History of Southern Life

229 pp., 5 1/2" x 8 1/4", 12 b&w illus., 3 figures, 3 maps, $64.50 cloth, $22.95 paper, CIP included

June 2005

Temple University Press

"In this smart, well-written study of the brilliant, free-spirited writer of Harlem Renaissance renown, Zora Neale Hurston, historian Tiffany Patterson deepens our understanding of the, often unexplored, interior lives and culture of residents of early 20th century southern black communities. This is a gem of a book! Tiffany Patterson adroitly captures and illuminates the fascinating complexity of Hurston and the places she represented, inhabited, and imagined."--Darlene Clark Hine, Editor, Black Women in America 3 Volumes, Revised and Expanded Edition

LC 2004058855, ISBN 1-59213-289-8 (c.), ISBN 1-59213-290-1 (p.)

AASL: G/HS

PLA: RS


813.54

Brown, Frank London

Trumbull Park

436 pp., 5 3/8" x 8", $19.95 paper, CIP included

January 2005

University Press of New England

Brown's powerful debut novel, originally published in 1959, fictionalizes the real-life ordeals of the first black families to integrate Chicago's Trumbull Park public housing project in the 1950s. Protagonist Buggy Martin tells the first-person story of moving with his wife, Helen, and two children from a rotting tenement on the South Side to the new development, where the family is besieged by angry whites. "How, in the end, determination and decency seem about to triumph, is the theme of this story, unfolded in terms of characters terribly alive and real."--Langston Hughes, New York Herald Tribune Book Review

LC 2005928415, ISBN 1-55553-628-X

AASL: G/HS

PLA: G


813.54

Byrd, Rudolph P.

Charles Johnson's Novels: Writing the American Palimpsest

232 pp., 6 1/8" x 9 1/4", index, $50.00 cloth, $21.95 paper, CIP included

September 2005

Indiana University Press

In this book, Rudolph Byrd examines Johnson's four novels-Faith and the Good Thing, Oxherding Tale, Middle Passage (National Book Award Winner), and Dreamer-under the rubric of philosophical black fiction, as art that interrogates experience. Byrd contends that Johnson suspends, shelves, and brackets all presuppositions regarding African American life. This bracketing accomplished, the African American experience becomes a pure field of appearances within two poles: consciousness and the people or phenomena to which it is related.

LC 2004025492, ISBN 0-253-34564-2 (c.), ISBN 0-253-21791-1 (p.)

AASL: S/HS

PLA: G


813.54

Cofer, Judith Ortiz

The Meaning of Consuelo: A Novel

208 pp., 5 3/8" x 8", $13.00 paper, CIP included

May 2005

Beacon Press

La nina seria, the serious child. That's how Consuelo's mother has cast her pensive, book-loving daughter, while Consuelo's younger sister, Mili, is seen as vivacious-a ray of tropical sunshine. Two daughters: one dark, one light; one to offer comfort and consolation, the other to charm and delight. But something is not right in this Puerto Rican family. Coming of age when American influence threatens to dilute the island's traditional Spanish customs as well as to harm, perhaps irreparably, its fragile ecology, Consuelo watches her family and culture being torn asunder-much like the island itself.

LC 2004055402, ISBN 0-8070-8387-9

AASL: O/MS-HS

PLA: not reviewed


813.54

Delany, Samuel R.

About Writing: Seven Essays, Four Letters, and Five Interviews

368 pp., 6" x 9", 4 figures, $65.00 cloth, $24.95 paper

January 2005

Wesleyan University Press

Award-winning novelist Samuel R. Delany has written a book for creative writers. Taking up specifics (When do flashbacks work, and when should you avoid them? How do you make characters both vivid and sympathetic?) and generalities (How are novels structured? How do writers establish serious literary reputations today?), Delany also examines the condition of the contemporary creative writer and how it differs from that of the writer in the years of Hemingway, Fitzgerald, and the high Modernists. Like a private writing tutorial, About Writing treats each topic with clarity and insight. An indispensable companion for serious writers everywhere.

LC 2005050758, ISBN 0-8195-6715-9 (c.), ISBN 0-8195-6716-7 (p.)

AASL: G/HS, P

PLA: G


813.54

Falco, Edward

In the Park of Culture

102 pp., 5 1/2" x 9", $27.50 cloth, $15.00 paper, CIP included

March 2005

University of Notre Dame Press

"I was riveted-held fast, entertained, changed, surprised-by Edward Falco's intensely marvelous In the Park of Culture. 'Short fiction' hardly expresses the variety of writing here or the power of these brief histories, allegories, biographies, memoirs, and autobiographical vignettes. Forget genre or label: everything here is transformed by the dramatic tension of narrative. I can think of no one who has explored the short form with such brilliant results, no one who has tried the boundaries more successfully or given so much pleasure to the reader...Edward Falco has established himself as the preeminent writer of very short fiction, the very best we have."--Alice Fulton, author of Cascade Experiment

LC 2005001137, ISBN 0-268-02875-3 (c.), ISBN 0-268-02876-1 (p.)

AASL: S/HS

PLA: not reviewed


813.54

Gilchrist, Ellen

The Writing Life

211 pp., 5 1/2" x 8 1/2", $28.00 cloth, CIP included

March 2005

University Press of Mississippi

"It is, simply, a beautiful book. Beautiful in its lucid, limpid eloquence; in the remarkable wisdom about human nature it displays; and in its delicious cocktail of sarcastic humor, disarming candor, and face-slapping intelligence... From heart-stopping and warming memories of her friend and fellow Mississippi writer Eudora Welty to such practical writerly concerns as, 'I believe young writers should be careful about what they read,' this gathering of her thoughts speaks to anyone for whom the written word is one of life's primary joys."--Brad Hooper, Booklist (starred review)

LC 2004022120, ISBN 1-57806-739-1

AASL: G/HS

PLA: O


813.54

Hebert, Ernest

Spoonwood

320 pp., 5 1/2" x 8 1/2", reading guide, $24.95 cloth, CIP included

August 2005

University Press of New England

"Ernie Hebert's novels don't just capture New England, they've become a part of it...and his latest is a spectacular addition to an already impressive canon. With surprising narrators and a fond nod to the power of a good story, Spoonwood chronicles how the birth of a son can lead to the rebirth of a father; and how the raw material of an ordinary man might be carved down, over time, to reveal an extraordinary heart. Don't miss this one."--Jodi Picoult, author of My Sister's Keeper and Vanishing Acts

LC 2005011998, ISBN 1-58465-490-2

AASL: G/HS

PLA: G


813.54

Hobbs, Valerie

Call it a Gift (A Novel)

232 pp., 5 1/2" x 7", $18.00 paper, CIP included

March 2005

University of Nevada Press

Seventy-seven year old Jeronimo Smith is having a particularly bad day, and needs the poems of William Butler Yeats to get through it. But the book has just been checked out of the Santa Barbara Public Library. When he accosts Emily, the eight-two year old widow who has the book, he meets the woman who will become the love of his life. They're an unlikely pair-Jeronimo a retired janitor, Emily cultured and wealthy-and both are coping with troublesome adult children and the indignities of aging. Call It a Gift dazzles with profoundly human characters and beautiful settings, reminding us that romance and adventure are not merely for the young.

LC 2004017238, ISBN 0-87417-612-3

PLA: G


813.54

Myung-Ok Lee, Marie

Somebody's Daughter: A Novel

288 pp., 5 1/2" x 8 1/2", $23.95 cloth, $14.00 paper

April 2005

Beacon Press

Somebody's Daughter is the story of nineteen-year-old Sarah Thorson, who was adopted as a baby by a Lutheran couple in the Midwest. After dropping out of college, she decides to study in Korea and becomes more and more intrigued by her Korean heritage, eventually embarking on a crusade to find her birth mother. Paralleling Sarah's story is that of Kyung-sook, who was forced by difficult circumstances to let her baby be swept away from her immediately after birth, but who has always longed for her lost child.

LC 2004025757, ISBN 0-8070-8388-7 (c.), ISBN 0-8070-8389-5 (p.)

AASL: O/HS

PLA: not reviewed


813.54

Pelletier, Cathie

Running the Bulls (A Novel)

320 pp., 5 1/2" x 8 1/2", reading guide, $24.95 cloth, CIP included

August 2005

University Press of New England

One year and six days into an unsatisfactory retirement, Howard Woods is awakened by his wife in the early hours of the morning to hear the news of a decades-old betrayal. He does not take it well. Howard upends his well-ordered life and, to the dismay of his family, announces his intention of traveling to Spain to join the annual running of the bulls in Pamplona. "Nobody walks the knife-edge of hilarity and heartbreak more confidently than Cathie Pelletier. In Running the Bulls she's at her skillful, sure-footed best."--Richard Russo, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Empire Falls

LC 2005011117, ISBN 1-58465-487-2

PLA: G


813.54

Petry, Elisabeth (Editor)

Can Anything Beat White? A Black Family's Letters

190 pp., 6" x 9", introduction, $35.00 cloth, CIP included

October 2005

University Press of Mississippi

"The contemporary reader has much to learn from the James family [novelist Ann Petry's ancestors] history. The story demonstrates the participation of ordinary people in major historical events. It suggests that each life story has light to bear upon our understanding of larger issues and occurrences. Hopefully, this book will encourage more families-especially families of color-to preserve their own documents and correspondences, for these are the things of which history is made."--Farah Jasmine Griffin (from the introduction)

LC 2005005444, ISBN 1-57806-785-5

AASL: O/HS

PLA: G


813.542

Cologne-Brookes, Gavin

Dark Eyes on America: The Novels of Joyce Carol Oates

296 pp., 6" x 9", $46.95 cloth, CIP included

February 2005

Louisiana State University Press

Joyce Carol Oates's unhesitating and prodigious exploration of genre, topic, and style has made her an inevitable but elusive subject for critics and scholars. In this comprehensive and accessible study, Gavin Cologne-Brookes traces in Oates's novels evidence of an evolving consciousness that ultimately forgoes abstract introspection and the philosophical pursuit of certainty in favor of a more practical approach to art as a tool for understanding personal and social problems and possibilities.

LC 2004011736, ISBN 0-8071-2985-2

AASL: S/HS

PLA: G


813.542

Willard, Nancy

Sister Water (Landscapes of Childhood Series)

260 pp., 5 1/2" x 8", $17.95 paper, CIP included

August 2005

Wayne State University Press

Combining sorrow and grief with considerable light-hearted wit and eccentric characters, Sister Water is a novel that will reach old and young readers alike. Through her lyrical prose, author Nancy Willard draws on the rich style of magical realism to create a narrative flow that is at once powerful and seductive. Important to the Landscapes of Childhood series, this novel raises significant questions about the state of childhood and how that state affects adult sensibilities.

LC 2005007242, ISBN 0-8143-3244-7

AASL: G/HS

PLA: G


813.6

Dinin, Aaron

The Krzyzewskiville Tales

296 pp., 5 1/2" x 7", glossary, $21.95 cloth, CIP included

September 2005

Duke University Press

Recent Duke University graduate Aaron Dinin has produced an entertaining, imaginative look at Krzyzewskiville, the tent city named after Duke University's head basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski (Sha-shef-ski). A unique Duke tradition, Krzyzewskiville is used to determine which students are admitted into key games. Taking Geoffrey Chaucer's Canterbury Tales as his model, Dinin has created characters who narrate their semi-fictionalized tales-by turns reverent, bawdy, and humorous-to enlighten readers about this cherished institution.

LC 2005009914, ISBN 0-8223-3633-2

AASL: R/HS

PLA: RS


813.6

Fender, J. E.

On the Spur of Speed

352 pp., 5 1/2" x 8 1/2", $26.95 cloth, CIP included

April 2005

University Press of New England

In this fourth volume of the Frost saga, Fender masterfully weaves together the two narratives of Geoffrey Frost and his younger brother Joseph to provide new perspectives on the American Revolution. We discover Joseph's adventures in New York and Vermont as he joins Benedict Arnold in one of the most important battles of the Revolution; and in alternating chapters, Fender recalls the details of Geoffrey Frost's formative experiences aboard the slave ship The Bride of Derry, revealing the origins of the "great navigator, ingenious military commander, and fierce armed combatant" (Booklist) known to fans of the series.

LC 2005000540, ISBN 1-58465-475-9

PLA: G


813.622

Corrigan, John R.

Bad Lie (A Jack Austin Mystery)

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

October 2005

University Press of New England

PGA Tour pro Jack Austin promised former caddy and surrogate son Nash Henley he would help him find his biological father. But before Nash and his father are ever reunited, Owen Henley is murdered. Now Nash wants to know who his real father was and why he was killed. And Jack intends to keep his promise. "Corrigan does a wonderful job of portraying the realities of the daily life of professional golfers without slowing down the suspenseful and gripping plot...You don't have to be a golf fan to enjoy this excellent hard-boiled whodunit."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)

LC 2005016374, ISBN 1-58465-454-6

AASL: G/HS

PLA: G


818.309

Bosco, Ronald A. (Editor)

Nature's Panorama: Thoreau on the Seasons

96 pp., 6" x 9", $40.00 cloth, $14.95 paper, CIP included

November 2005

University of Massachusetts Press

Selections of Thoreau's writings on particular themes, presented in attractive paperback editions with original engravings by Barry Moser. Sponsored by the Thoreau Society, the brief, handsomely presented, books in this series offer the thoughts of a great writer on a variety of topics, some that we readily associate with him, some that may be surprising. Each volume includes selections from his familiar published works as well as from less well-known lectures, letters, and journal entries.

LC 20055404, ISBN 1-55849-497-9 (c.), ISBN 1-55849-496-0 (p.)

AASL: O/MS-HS

PLA: G


818.309

Grant, Steve (Editor)

Daily Observations: Thoreau on the Days of the Year

96 pp., 6" x 9", $40.00 cloth, $14.95 paper, CIP included

November 2005

University of Massachusetts Press

Selections of Thoreau's writings on particular themes, presented in attractive paperback editions with original engravings by Barry Moser. Sponsored by the Thoreau Society, the brief, handsomely presented, books in this series offer the thoughts of a great writer on a variety of topics, some that we readily associate with him, some that may be surprising. Each volume includes selections from his familiar published works as well as from less well-known lectures, letters, and journal entries.

LC 20055406, ISBN 1-55849-501-0 (c.), ISBN 1-55849-500-2 (p.)

AASL: O/MS-HS

PLA: G


818.309

Hutchisson, James M.

Poe

290 pp., 6 1/8" x 9 1/4", 1 b&w photo, chronology, bibliog., index, $30.00 cloth, CIP included

April 2005

University Press of Mississippi

"In this splendid critical biography, critic Hutchisson demonstrates just how deeply indebted American letters remains to Edgar Allan Poe's craft and style....Though the contours of Poe's life are familiar, Hutchisson provides a fresh reading of his literary contributions that will not soon be surpassed. Highly recommended."--Henry L. Carrigan Jr., Library Journal (starred review)

LC 2004020123, ISBN 1-57806-721-9

AASL: S/HS

PLA: G


818.309

Mott, Wesley T. (Editor)

Bonds of Affection: Thoreau on Dogs and Cats

96 pp., 6" x 9", $40.00 cloth, $14.95 paper, CIP included

November 2005

University of Massachusetts Press

Selections of Thoreau's writings on particular themes, presented in attractive paperback editions with original engravings by Barry Moser. Sponsored by the Thoreau Society, the brief, handsomely presented, books in this series offer the thoughts of a great writer on a variety of topics, some that we readily associate with him, some that may be surprising. Each volume includes selections from his familiar published works as well as from less well-known lectures, letters, and journal entries.

LC 20055405, ISBN 1-55849-499-5 (c.), ISBN 1-55849-498-7 (p.)

AASL: G/MS-HS

PLA: G


818.54

Hasselstrom, Linda M.

Between Grass and Sky: Where I Live and Work

232 pp., 6 1/8" x 9", $24.95 cloth, $18.95 paper, CIP included

August 2005

University of Nevada Press

A collection of personal essays from one of the most widely published American environmental writers addresses concerns about the effects of ranching on the environment. "Direct, earthy, funny, impassioned and provocative, this book offers a concrete and detailed field guide to rural life on the High Plains."--SueEllen Campbell. "From all its cascading pages a book can become a single place, a landscape in which one inhabits a handheld, shelveable niche, a fragment of the author's world. In Linda Hasselstrom's collection of essays, Between Grass and Sky, a book becomes a landscape as well as a gathering, a place that joins across time and space."--The Bloomsbury Review

LC 2002004786, ISBN 0-87417-522-4 (c.), ISBN 0-87417-627-1 (p.)

AASL: RG/HS

PLA: RS

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820-829 British Literature

820.9'32

Lindheim, Nancy

The Virgilian Pastoral Tradition: From the Renaissance to the Modern Era

360 pp., 6 1/2" x 9 1/2", index, $60.00 cloth, CIP included

October 2005

Duquesne University Press

This study contributes to a dialogue about the scope and meaning of pastoral, arguing for a more socially and aesthetically complex awareness of its significance. Dealing mainly with Renaissance works by Spenser, Milton and Shakespeare, the study grounds itself in Virgil and concludes with pastoral's transmuted afterlife in Wordsworth and Samuel Beckett.

LC 2005013220, ISBN 0-8207-0372-9

PLA: S


822.3'3

Shakespeare, William Fully annotated with an introduction by Burton Raffel and an essay by Harold Bloom

Macbeth (The Annotated Shakespeare Series)

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

February 2005

Yale University Press

Perhaps no other Shakespearean drama so engulfs its readers in the ruinous journey of surrender to evil as does Macbeth. A timeless tragedy about the nature of ambition, conscience, and the human heart, the play holds a profound grip on the Western imagination.

LC 2004024959, ISBN 0-300-10654-8

AASL: O/HS, P

PLA: G


822.3'3

Shakespeare, William Fully annotated with an introduction by Burton Raffel and an essay by Harold Bloom

Othello (The Annotated Shakespeare Series)

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

September 2005

Yale University Press

One of the most powerful dramas ever written for the stage, Othello is a story of revenge, illusion, passion, mistrust, jealousy, and murder. If in Iago Shakespeare created the most compelling villain in Western literature, in Othello and Desdemona he gave us our most tragic and unforgettable lovers.

LC 2005007313, ISBN 0-300-10807-9

AASL: O/HS, P

PLA: G


822.3'3

Shakespeare, William Fully annotated with an introduction by Burton Raffel and an essay by Harold Bloom

The Taming of the Shrew (The Annotated Shakespeare Series)

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

September 2005

Yale University Press

In this bawdy comedy, rapid-fire verbal battles between the shrewish Katarina and the canny Petruchio have delighted generations of audiences. Contemporary readers will especially enjoy this new edition of The Taming of the Shrew with comprehensive annotations that make the play completely accessible.

LC 2005007313, ISBN 0-300-10982-2

AASL: O/HS, P

PLA: G


822.332

Butler, Colin

The Practical Shakespeare: The Plays in Practice and on the Page

205 pp., 6 1/8" x 9 1/4", index, $39.95 cloth, $19.95 paper, CIP included

July 2005

Ohio University Press

A comprehensive, jargon-free treatment of Shakespeare's plays, The Practical Shakespeare illuminates for a general audience how and why the plays work so well. Noting in detail the practical and physical limitations the Bard faced, Colin Butler demonstrates how Shakespeare incorporated those limitations and turned them to his advantage: his management of entrances and exits; his characterization techniques; his handling of scenes off-stage; and his use of prologues and choruses. "A resource for high school teachers and their advanced students, for undergraduate faculty and their students...and for the occasional theatergoer. The Practical Shakespeare is highly readable, informative, and thought-provoking."--Ronald Salomone

LC 2004030580, ISBN 0-8214-1621-9 (c.), ISBN 0-8214-1622-7 (p.)

AASL: O/HS, P

PLA: S


822.822

Nahshon, Edna

From the Ghetto to the Melting Pot: Israel Zangwill's Jewish Plays

576 pp., 6" x 9", 16 illus., $34.95 paper, CIP included

December 2005

Wayne State University Press

In his historic play The Melting Pot, Israel Zangwill (1864-1926) introduced into our discourse a potent metaphor that for nearly a hundred years has served as a key definition of the United States. After more than a century, theater historian Edna Nahshon has discovered the original manuscript of this milestone text, as well as that of another unpublished Zangwill play, The King of Schnorrers, and the original version of The Melting Pot. Nahshon brings these three works together in print for the first time in From the Ghetto to the Melting Pot.

LC 2005015539, ISBN 0-8143-2955-1

PLA: RS


822.912

Gibbs, A. M.

Bernard Shaw: A Life

576 pp., 6" x 9", 69 b&w photos, notes, index, $39.95 cloth

December 2005

University Press of Florida

Bernard Shaw fashioned public images of himself that belied the nature and depth of his emotional experiences and the complexity of his intellectual outlook. In this absorbing biography, noted Shavian authority Gibbs debunks many of the elements that form the foundation of Shaw's self-created legend. Drawing on previously unpublished materials, including never-before-seen photographs and sketches by Shaw, Gibbs offers a fresh perspective on the human being behind the masks. "Brings us closer to this great man by shedding new light on some of the self-created myths concerning his life...Lively and informative"--Library Journal

LC 2005045673, ISBN 0-8130-2859-0

AASL: not reviewed

PLA: G


822.912

Murray, Christopher

Seán O'Casey: Writer at Work--A Biography

608 pp., 6" x 9", b&w photos, index, $44.95 cloth, CIP included

January 2005

McGill-Queen's University Press

Seán O'Casey was the quintessential Dublin playwright. In critical works that include his Dublin Trilogy-The Shadow of a Gunman, Juno and the Paycock, and The Plough and the Stars-he portrayed the traumatic birth of a nation and delved into the Irish national character. Christopher Murray's Seán O'Casey: Writer at Work takes a fresh look at the last of the great writers of the Irish literary revival.

C20049041134, ISBN 0-7735-2889-X

AASL: S/HS

PLA: S


823.009

Showalter, Elaine

Faculty Towers: The Academic Novel and Its Discontents (Personal Takes Series)

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

January 2005

University of Pennsylvania Press

In Faculty Towers, Showalter takes a personal look at the ways novels about the academy have charted changes in the university and society since 1950. With her readings of C. P. Snow's idealized world of Cambridge dons or of the antics of David Lodge's Morris Zapp, of the sleuthing Kate Fansler in Amanda Cross's mysteries or of the recent spate of novels in which narratives of sexual harassment seem to serve as fables of power, anger, and desire, Showalter holds a mirror up to the world she has inhabited over the course of a distinguished and often controversial career.

LC 2004054977, ISBN 0-8122-3850-8

AASL: S/P

PLA: not reviewed


823.914

Lenz, Millicent and Carole Scott (Editors)

His Dark Materials Illuminated: Critical Essays on Philip Pullman's Trilogy

256 pp., 6" x 9", $25.95 paper, CIP included

September 2005

Wayne State University Press

British author Philip Pullman's celebrated "His Dark Materials" trilogy for young readers—Northern Lights/Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife, and The Amber Spyglass—has reached a broad spectrum of readers. In 2001, The Amber Spyglass became the first book to be awarded the Whitbread Book Award in both the adult and children's categories. Pullman's trilogy is distinguished not only for its narrative and poetic power but also for its awareness of literary tradition. His Dark Materials Illuminated is the first book to place Pullman's trilogy in critical perspective. The fourteen diverse essays offer literary and historical analysis as well as approaches from such disciplines as theology, storytelling, and linguistics.

LC 2004029438, ISBN 0-8143-3207-2

AASL: O/HS, P

PLA: S

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830-899 Literature of Other Languages

833.914

Weiss, Peter

The Aesthetics of Resistance, Volume 1

376 pp., 6" x 9", glossary, $79.95 cloth, $22.95 paper, CIP included

June 2005

Duke University Press

The publication of this masterly translation makes one of the towering works of twentieth-century German literature available to English-speaking readers for the first time. The three-volume novel The Aesthetics of Resistance is the crowning achievement of Peter Weiss, best known for his play Marat/Sade. The first volume, presented here, was initially published in Germany in 1975; the third and final volume appeared in 1981, just six months before Weiss's death. Spanning the period from the late 1930s to World War II, this historical novel dramatizes anti-fascist resistance and the rise and fall of proletarian political parties in Europe.

LC 2004028462, ISBN 0-8223-3534-4 (c.), ISBN 0-8223-3546-8 (p.)

AASL: not reviewed

PLA: S


839.134

Rosenfarb, Chava

The Tree of Life: A Trilogy of Life in the Lodz Ghetto Book Two: From the Depths I Call You, 1940-1942

408 pp., 6" x 9", map, glossary, $21.95 paper, CIP included

October 2005

The University of Wisconsin Press/Terrace Books

The second volume of the trilogy The Tree of Life portrays the principal characters' encounter with the reality of the ghetto. Chava Rosenfarb, herself a survivor of the Lodz Ghetto, Auschwitz, and Bergen-Belsen, draws on her own history to create realistic characters who struggle daily to retain a sense of humanity and dignity despite the physical and psychological effects of ghetto life. "A work that rises to the heights of the great creations of world literature and towers powerfully over the Jewish literature of the Holocaust."--Jury decision for the Manger Prize for Yiddish Literature

LC 2004053592, ISBN 0-299-20924-5

AASL: S/HS


839.8'13

Andersen, Hans Christian Translated by Diana Crone Frank and Jeffrey Frank

The Stories of Hans Christian Andersen: A New Translation from the Danish

304 pp., 6" x 9", 67 illus., bibliog., $19.95 paper, CIP included

September 2005

Duke University Press

This collection takes Hans Christian Andersen out of the nursery and places him squarely in the literary pantheon. While Andersen's tales continue to seize the imagination, English-language readers have until now had to content themselves with inaccurate retellings and inadequate translations. Diana Crone Frank, a Danish novelist and linguist, and Jeffrey Frank, a novelist and editor at The New Yorker, offer a much-needed modern translation. In this collection are twenty-two tales that best represent Andersen's literary legacy, including The Little Mermaid, The Ugly Duckling, Thumbelisa, and The Emperor's New Clothes, as well as largely unfamiliar stories like By the Outermost Sea.

LC 2005013537, ISBN 0-8223-3693-6

AASL: O/HS, P

PLA: G


843.5

Voltaire Translated by Burton Raffel

Candide: or Optimism

132 pp., 5 1/2" x 8 1/4", $22.00 cloth, CIP included

January 2005

Yale University Press

In this new translation of Voltaire's best-known work, distinguished translator Burton Raffel captures the irreverent spirit of Candide and renders the novel in clear, vivacious English. Stylistically superior to all predecessors, Raffel's version now stands as the translation of choice for twenty-first-century readers. "[A] fine new translation."--Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker

LC 2004022916, ISBN 0-300-10655-6

AASL: G/HS

PLA: G


843.8

Verne, Jules Translated by Stanford L. Luce Edited by Arthur B. Evans

The Begum's Millions (Early Classics of Science Fiction)

288 pp., 5 1/2" x 8 1/2", 44 illus., bibliog., $29.95 cloth, CIP included

November 2005

Wesleyan University Press

The first modern and corrected English translation of Verne's first cautionary tale about the dangers of science. Two European scientists unexpectedly inherit an Indian rajah's fortune, and each builds an experimental city of his dreams in the wilds of the American Northwest. Both prescient and cautionary, The Begum's Millions is a masterpiece of scientific and political speculation and constitutes one of the earliest technological utopia/dystopias in Western literature. This Wesleyan edition features notes, appendices, and a critical introduction as well as all the illustrations from the original French edition.

LC 2005046203, ISBN 0-8195-6796-5

AASL: O, S/HS

PLA: G


860.922

Gies, David T.

The Cambridge History of Spanish Literature

898 pp., 9 1/2" x 6 1/2", $160.00 cloth, CIP included

January 2005

Cambridge University Press

This comprehensive history of Spanish literature brings together experts from the US, the UK, and Spain to survey the range of Spanish literature from the early Middle Ages to the present day. The "classics" of the canon of eleven centuries of Spanish literature are fully covered, but attention is also paid to lesser known writers and works. This invaluable book contains an introduction, more than fifty substantial chapters, a chronology of history, literature and art, and a comprehensive index.

LC 2004045601, ISBN 0-521-80618-6

AASL: not reviewed

PLA: S


873.01

Virgil Translated by Janet Lembke

Virgil's Georgics

144 pp., 5 7/8" x 9 1/4", $23.00 cloth, CIP included

March 2005

Yale University Press

This masterful new verse translation of Virgil's Georgics speaks as powerfully to our times as it did to the ancient poet's. Janet Lembke presents this unsurpassed nature poem in an American idiom that is both elegant and sensitive to the meaning and rhythm of Virgil's original paean to the earth. "A major new translation."--Rosanna Warren

LC 2004024962, ISBN 0-300-10792-7

AASL: G/HS

PLA: G


891.8'53

Gombrowicz, Witold Translated by Danuta Borchardt

Cosmos

189 pp., 5" x 7 3/4", $25.00 cloth, CIP included

September 2005

Yale University Press

A dark, quasi-detective novel, Cosmos follows the classic noir motif to explore the arbitrariness of language, the joke of human freedom, and man's attempt to bring order out of chaos in his psychological life. "This 1965 novel-one of four the Nobel-nominated Gombrowicz wrote before his death in 1969-will hold special appeal for fans of Camus' The Stranger. In this deft new translation, Cosmos, appearing in the U.S. for the first time, reveals itself as a challenging but important work."--Booklist (starred review)

LC 2005013418, ISBN 0-300-10848-6

AASL: G/HS

PLA: S


892.7

Jabra, Jabra Ibrahim Translated by Issa J. Boullata

Princesses' Street: Baghdad Memories

180 pp., 6" x 9", $45.00 cloth, $19.95 paper, CIP included

October 2005

The University of Arkansas Press

This book continues the personal story of Jabra Ibrahim Jabra (1920-1994) that began with The First Well: A Bethlehem Boyhood. Jabra was one of the Middle East's leading novelist, poet, critic, painter, and translator (he was the first to translate The Sound and the Fury into Arabic), and is the writer who is given credit for modernizing the Arabic novel. This book not only helps us understand Jabra as a writer and human being but also his times in post-World War II Baghdad when Iraq was enjoying an unprecedented period of creativity in literature and the arts. This is the last book that Jabra published during his lifetime.

LC 2005021969, ISBN 1-55728-801-1 (c.), ISBN 1-55728-802-X (p.)

AASL: not reviewed

PLA: G


895.1'34

Bangqing, Han

The Sing-song Girls of Shanghai (Weatherhead Books on Asia Series)

592 pp., 6" x 9", 2 illus., $29.50 cloth, CIP included

October 2005

Columbia University Press

Desire, virtue, courtesans (also known as sing-song girls), and the denizens of Shanghai's pleasure quarters are just some of the elements that constitute Han Bangqing's extraordinary novel of late imperial China. Han's richly textured, panoramic view of late-nineteenth-century Shanghai follows a range of characters from beautiful sing-song girls to lower-class prostitutes and from men in positions of social authority to criminals and ambitious young men recently arrived from the country. Considered one of the greatest works of Chinese fiction, The Sing-song Girls of Shanghai is now available for the first time in English. First published in 1892, and made into a film by Hou Hsiao-hsien in 1998.

LC 2005043234, ISBN 0-231-12268-3

AASL: not reviewed

PLA: G


899.92

Olaziregi, Mari Jose

An Anthology of Basque Short Stories

222 pp., 5 1/2" x 8 1/2", $24.95 cloth, $19.95 paper, CIP included

January 2005

Center for Basque Studies (Distributed by University of Nevada Press)

This compilation of short stories from fourteen contemporary Basque writers provides an excellent introduction to modern Basque literature. Includes stories by Bernardo Atxaga, Lourdes Oñederra, and Iban Zaldua, among others.

LC 2004014872, ISBN 1-877802-41-7 (c.), ISBN 1-877802-40-9 (p.)

AASL: G/HS

PLA: G


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