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Elahi, Babak. THE FABRIC OF AMERICAN LITERARY REALISM: Readymade Clothing, Social Mobility and Assimilation . NEW copy, trade paperback. (Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2009). Notes, bibliography, index, 338 pages.

~~~ This critical study traces the connections between the rising economic importance of the garment industry and the advent of a powerful movement towards literary realism in American fiction. Examining the works of Henry James, Theodor Dreiser, Abraham Cahan, Anzia Yezierska, and Willa Cather and the shifting of the American ideal from the "homespun" to the "ready made," it explains how that cultural and psychological change appeared in the new literature of the nation.

$39.95







Farrell, James T., STUDS LONIGAN, A TRILOGY: Young Lonigan; The Young Manhood of Studs Lonigan; Judgment Day NEW copy, Hardcover with dust jacket. (Library of America, 2004), 1024 pages.
~~~ An unparalleled example of American naturalism, Farrell's trilogy follows the hopes and dissipations of a would-be “tough guy” and archetypal adolescent through the turbulent years of World War I, the Roaring Twenties, and the Great Depression. The three novels offer a vivid sense of the textures of real life: the poolroom and the dance marathon, romance and marriage, gangsterism and ethnic rivalry, and the slang of the street corner.

$35.00









[Faulkner] Theresa M. Towner M. CAMBRIDGE INTRODUCTION TO WILLIAM FAULKNER. NEW copy, trade paperback. (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007), 145 pages.
~~~ Provides students and readers of Faulkner with a clear overview of the life and work of one of America's most prolific writers of fiction. His 19 novels, including The Sound and the Fury, As I Lay Dying, Go Down, Moses and Absalom, Absalom!, are discussed in detail, as are his major short stories and nonfiction.

$24.00


[Faulkner] Dean Faulkner Wells. EVERY DAY BY THE SUN: A Memoir of the Faulkners of Mississippi. NEW copy, hardcover with dust jacket. (Crown), 271 pages.
~~~ Recounts the story of the Faulkners of Mississippi, whose legacy includes pioneers, noble and ignoble war veterans, three never-convicted murderers, the builder of the first railroad in north Mississippi, the founding president of a bank, four pilots, and a Nobel Prize winner. Photos.

$25.00






Curnutt, Kirk. CAMBRIDGE INTRODUCTION TO F. SCOTT FITZGERALD. NEW copy, trade paperback. (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008), 112 pages.
~~~ Although Fitzgerald remains one of the most recognizable literary figures of the 20th century, his colorful life has often overshadowed his art. This introduction, which covers the full scope of his output, reminds readers why Fitzgerald deserves his preeminent place in literary history.

$27.00



Folks, Jeffrey J. HEARTLAND OF THE IMAGINATION: Conservative Values in American Literature from Poe to O’Connor to Haruf . NEW copy, trade paperback. (Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2012). Notes, bibliography, index, 212 pages.

~~~ Conservative strands in American literature are often overlooked in university courses. This book focuses on the works of conservative American writers and of others who have written of America from a conservative perspective. Beginning with the work of Edgar Allan Poe, the book explores the traditionalist temper in books by Vachel Lindsay, James Agee, Flannery O’Connor, V.S. Naipaul, and Kent Haruf. Drawing on the theories of Lewis P. Simpson, Leszek Kolakowski, Roger Scruton, and Gertrude Himmelfarb, among others, this text offers a fresh examination of a significant aspect of American literature.

$39.95









Frost, Robert, COLLECTED POEMS, PROSE AND PLAYS. NEW copy, Hardcover with dust jacket. (Library of America, 1995), 1039 pages.
~~~ The first authoritative and comprehensive collection of Frost's writings, bringing together all the major poetry, all of Frost's dramatic writing, and the most extensive gathering of his prose writings ever published. The core of this collection is the 1949 "Complete Poems," the last edition supervised by the poet himself - free of the unauthorized editorial changes introduced into subsequent editions.

$35.00



Cramer, Jeffrey S. ROBERT FROST AMONG HIS POEMS: A Literary Companion to the Poet’s Own Biographical Contexts and Associations . NEW copy, trade paperback. (Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2007 [1996]). chronology, appendix, bibliography, index, 304 pages.

~~~ Based on the arrangement of The Poetry of Robert Frost(1969), Part One of this work attempts to identify Frost’s intentions by placing each poem in the biographical, historical and geographical context of his life. It further examines conscious and unconscious points of association, annotates words and phrases, and provides, when possible, a date of composition along with the place of publication. Part Two consists of an annotated bibliography of poems published during Frost’s life but uncollected at the time of his death and those published posthumously or yet collected.

$35.00



Sholes, Owen D.V. STOPPING BY WOODS: Robert Frost as New England Naturalist. . NEW copy, trade paperback. (Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2018). Notes, bibliography, index, 190 pages.

~~~ Robert Frost was a practicing farmer, a skilled naturalist and one of America’s best-loved poets. His body of work provides a vivid and compelling narrative of New England’s changing environment—though it can be hard to discern when its parts are scattered through hundreds of different poems, voices and moods.
~~~ This book pieces together Frost’s environmental commentary, examining his poems thematically and in a logical order. In them, homesteads are carved out of the forest, families make their living from an obdurate land, property is abandoned when it fails to sell, and plants and animals reclaim deserted farms.
~~~ Frost bemoaned the loss of people from the land but also celebrated the flora and fauna that thrived in fallow fields and empty barns.

$39.95











Davidson, Donald, SOUTHERN WRITERS IN THE MODERN WORLD. VG/VG. (University of Georgia Press, 1958). First Edition. Lectures on the Agrarian poets (Ransom, Tate, Warren, Moore) delivered at Mercer University in November of 1957. Page-end notes. 76 pp.

$35.00



Heilman, Robert Bechtold, THE SOUTHERN CONNECTION. NF/NF. (Louisiana State University Press, 1991) 296 pages.

"The first section of this collection of seventeen essays about the South, written over four decades, describes the atmosphere in Baton Rouge and LSU shortly after {Huey} Long's death. . . . The book's second, longer section offers critical essays on southern writers and their works. Here Heilman dealswith the relation between the southern Agrarian movement and European culture, . . . Cleanth Brooks's critical essays in The Well-Wrought Urn {BRD 1947}, and the fiction of Robert Penn Warren, Eudora Welty, and Katherine Anne Porter." (Commentary) Bibliography Index.

$27.00


[Ransom] Quinlan, Kieran, JOHN CROWE RANSOM'S SECULAR FAITH. NEW copy, trade paperback. Still in shrinkwrap. (Louisiana State University Press, 1989), 152 pp.

$25.00



Sullivan, Walter, IN PRAISE OF BLOOD SPORTS AND OTHER ESSAYS. NF/NF. (Louisiana State University Press, 1990). First Edition, 123 pp.

Ten essays on Southern writers, British novelists, and the title essay which compares an older literature of hunting to more recent sports fiction. "Walter Sullivan is the most eloquent and persuasive--and elegiac--inheritor of the Nashville Fusitive group, and they should be justly proud of him. What there was of good in the Agrarians he brings forth with grace and conviction, and where the movement was lacking he does not hesitate to put his finger. Add to this the fact that as an interpretive critic he has few peers, and you have an exemplary--and perhaps permanent--book." [James Dickey].

Out of print.

$25.00



Tate, Allen (edited by Ashley Brown & Frances Neel Cheney), THE POETRY REVIEWS OF ALLEN TATE, 1924-1944. NEW, still in shrinkwrap. (Louisiana State University Press, 1983). 214 pp. Reviews on Aiken, Auden, Baudelaire, Berryman, Hart Crane, Randall Jarrell, Robert Lowell, Ezra Pound, Wallace Stevens, Charles Williams, e.e. cummings, R.P. Blackmur, Louise Bogan, John Peale Bishop and many others.

$37.50




Winchell, Mark Royden, Editor, THE VANDERBILT TRADITION: Essays in Honor of Thomas Daniel Young. F/F, new, unopened. (Louisiana State University Press, 1991). 1st Printing. Biographies of contributors, index, 262 pp.

Twenty-two essays by about the following writers: Louis Rubin, John Crowe Ransom, Robert Graves, Allen Tate, John Gould Fletcher, Randall Jarrel, Donald Davidson, Kieran Quinlan, James Dickey, Robert Penn Warren, Jesse Hill Ford, Roy Blount, Andrew Lytle, Faulkner, & Jesse Stuart, among others. Main topics addressed include: "Modernism and Beyond", "The Myths We've Lived", "Tradition and Traditionalism", and "Keepers of the Rite".

Originally in print at $42.50, now OUT OF PRINT.

$35.00





click to enlarge Garrett, George, IN THE BRIAR PATCH: A Book of Stories. VG/VG. First Edition. Dust jacket in mylar protector. (University of Texas, 1961). Woodcuts, 174 pp.

His second collection of stories. Garrett is both a highly praised writer in his own right, especially as the author of a number of highly literary historical novels of the Elizabethan era, and was also the longtime director of the Hollins College writing program, which produced a number of noteworthy writers, including Annie Dillard, Madison Smartt Bell, and others.

$25.00






Ferguson, Jeffrey B. SAGE OF SUGAR HILL: George S. Schuyler and the Harlem Renaissance. . NF/NF, hardcover with dust jacket. (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2005). 320 pages total.

~~~ This book is the first to focus a bright light on the life and early career of George S. Schuyler, one of the most important intellectuals of the Harlem Renaissance. A popular journalist in black America, Schuyler wielded a sharp, double-edged wit to attack the foibles of both blacks and whites throughout the 1920s. Jeffrey B. Ferguson presents a new understanding of Schuyler as public intellectual while also offering insights into the relations between race and satire during a formative period of African-American cultural history. Ferguson discusses Schuyler’s controversial career and reputation and examines the paradoxical ideas at the center of his message. The author also addresses Schuyler’s drift toward the political right in his later years and how this has affected his legacy.
~~~ Currently in print at $65.

$50.00



Zafar, Rafia (ed), HARLEM RENAISSANCE NOVELS: The Library of America Collection. . NEW copy, hardcovers with dust jackets, in a slipcase. (Library of America, 2011). 1600 pages total.

~~~ This two-volume set includes Cane by Jean Toomer, Home to Harlem by Claude McKay, Quicksand by Nella Larsen, Plum Bun by Jessie Redmon Fauset, The Blacker the Berry by Wallace Thurman, Not Without Laughter by Langston Hughes, Black No More by George Schuyler, The Conjure-Man Dies by Rudolph Fisher, and Black Thunder by Arna Bontemps.

$70.00









Hemingway, Ernest (Sandra Spanier, editor). THE LETTERS OF ERNEST HEMINGWAY, Volume 1, 1907-1922. NEW copy, hardcover with dust jacket. (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011), 516 pages.

$40.00


Cohassey, John. HEMINGWAY AND POUND: A Most Unlikely Friendship . NEW copy, trade paperback, 6x9. (Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2014). Notes, bibliography, index.

~~~ Unique individuals of fiery temperament, Ernest Hemingway and Ezra Pound made an odd pair on the streets of 1920s Paris. If the elder cane-carrying Pound appeared the out-of-date poet, Hemingway was the epitome of his generation’s Flaming Youth. Meeting on the high ground of art, these two literary giants formed a friendship that survived until Hemingway’s death. During their short time together in Paris, Pound edited Hemingway’s early work.
~~~ Over decades Hemingway considered Pound a major poet and read the Cantos as they appeared in little magazines and published volumes. Eventually living in countries half a world apart, Hemingway and Pound maintained a lively and sometimes contentious correspondence. When Pound was incarcerated in America for his World War II broadcasts over Radio Rome, Hemingway played a vital role in freeing his old poet friend--the man who edited his early work, the "good game guy" whose wit and brilliance he never forgot. This story of a friendship lays bare the triumphs and tragedies of two giants of modern literature.

$40.00





[Inge] Jackson Bryer & Mary C. Hartig (eds). WILLIAM INGE: Essays on the Plays and the Man . NEW copy, trade paperback. (Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2014). Photographs, index.
~~~ William Inge’s popular plays of the 1950s received Tony nominations (Bus Stop,1956, and Dark at the Top of the Stairs, 1958) and won a Pulitzer Prize (Picnic, 1953). As a screenwriter, he won an Academy Award (Splendor in the Grass, 1961). Yet Inge’s career ended in perceived failure, depression and finally suicide. These previously unpublished essays take a fresh look at some of his most popular work, as well as his less well-known later plays. Inge’s work was often ahead of its time, and foreshadowed the influence of popular media and advertising, the sexual revolution and the women’s movement. The essays give context for Inge’s work within 20th-century American drama, and attest to his exceptional talent. Included are reminiscences which reveal the playwright’s charm and generosity, and shed light on how a brilliant, troubled man eventually took his own life.

$45.00












Lewis, Sinclair, ARROWSMITH; ELMER GANTRY; and DODSWORTH. NEW copy, Hardcover with dust jacket. (Library of America, 2002), 1346 pages.

$40.00

Lewis, Sinclair, (edited by Sally E. Parry). THE MINNESOTA STORIES OF SINCLAIR LEWIS. NEW copy, trade paperback. (Minnesota Historical Society Press, 2005), 352 pages.

$40.00








London, Jack, NOVELS AND STORIES: The Call of the Wild; White Fang; The Sea-Wolf; Klondike Stories. NEW copy, Hardcover with dust jacket. (Library of America, 1982), 1021 pages.
~~~ Includes London's best-known novels together with selections from his Klondike tales and previously uncollected short stories. Set in California, Mexico, Alaska, and the South Seas, these works capture the romance and violence of adventure with vigorous narratives and an intuitive feeling for animal life.

$35.00








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Masters, Edgar Lee, ALONG THE ILLINOIS. VG/Poor. Significant portion of jacket missing along the top. (Prairie City, IL: The Press of James A. Decker, 1942). 85 pages.
~~~ Poems, chiefly about central Illinois to Chicago. Scarce title, especially in dust jacket. Protected in brodart.

$55.00



Masters, Edgar Lee, SPOON RIVER ANTHOLOGY: An Annotated Edition.VG/VG. Edited and with an Introduction by John E. Hallwas. (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1992). Map, "Introduction" with notes (79 pages), photographs (15 pages), Contents (alphabetical list of characters, the "Anthology" (245 pages), "The Spooniad" (26 pages), "Notes to the Poems" (73 pages). 436 pages total.

". . . Of course, Masters suffers by comparison to such literary giants (as Eliot & Pound), for even in the Anthology his poetry is sometimes shallow and imprecise. Unlike most modern poets, he wrote very rapidly and seldom revised, so his poems commonly have a rough-hewn, unfinished quality. Also, he was a poor critic of his own work and never knew where he was writing badly. His language is frequently very effective, but it is also often prosaic or stilted. And he failed to see some of the deeper implications of Spoon River Anthology, as the two additional, inappropriate conclusions, "The Spooniad" and the "Eqilogue," reveal. But his achievement is far greater than three generations of readers have recognized. He not only helped to initiate twentieth-century poetry, he created the most original poetic book since Leaves of Grass, forged his experience into a complex mythic image of cultural decline, struggled to resolve his inner discord and restore the American democratic ideal, and conveyed more effectively than any other American poet that the meaning of the past resides in the self." ~~ John Hallwas.

$45.00



Masters, Edgar Lee, THE SANGAMON. VG/VG-. Some edge and corner wear on jacket. (NY: Rinehart & Company, 1942). Third Printing. "Rivers of America" series. Illustrated endpages. Map, illustrated by Lynd Ward. Index, 258 pages.

~~~"Despite its place in the Rivers of America Series, [The Sangamon] is not a history of life along that famous river of the Lincoln. It is an autobiographical essay, with poetic inclusions, that expresses Master's roots in . . . the mythic Old Republic. It conveys the basis for his sense of authority as a writer. . . .
~~~ The Sangamon is a version of the American pastoral, an evocation of the New World Eden that embodies the essence of the nations democratic ideal. It is a social utopia set on American soil. . . .
~~~ In The Stubborn Structure (1970), Northrup Frye describes the origin ofpastoral myth in terms that clearly relate to Master's early experience in Menard County, although he is thinking in general terms: 'At the heart of all social mythology lies what may be called . . . a pastoral myth, the vision of a social ideal. The pastoral myth in its most common form is associated with childhood, or with some earlier social condition---pioneer life, the small town, the habitant rooted to his land---that can be identified with childhood. The nostalgia for a world of peace and protection, with a spontaneous response to the nature around it [is typical].'
~~~ Pastoral myth has flourished in America and appeared repeatedly in our literature, in the writings of Crevecoeur, Bryant, Melville, Whitman, Twain, and many other authors. Masters's reflection of it stands out primarily because of his very clear embodiment of the democratic social ideal." ---John Hallwas.

$45.00




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