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Norris, Frank, NOVELS AND ESSAYS: Vandover & the Brute; McTeague; The Octopus; Essays. NEW copy, Hardcover with dust jacket. (Library of America, 1986), 1232 pages.
~~~ Three novels and the collected literary essays of America's most promising naturalist writer. Norris's grim and vivid studies of decadent urban society and crude rural life in northern California combine his interests in the emerging sciences of psychology and economics with a taste for exciting action and disturbing drama. Contains Vandover and the Brute, McTeague, and The Octopus, along with essays addressing literary theory, American fiction, and the social responsibilities of the artist.

$40.00











[O'Connor] Marion Montgomery. HILLBILLY THOMIST: Flannery OíConnor, St. Thomas and the Limits of Art . NEW copy, trade paperback. (Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2006). 7x10, in two volumes. Appendices, notes, bibliography, index, 706 pages.

~~~ Eudora Welty and Walker Percy were friends but very different writers, even though both were from the Deep South and intensely interested in the relation of place to their fiction. This work explores in each the concept of home and the importance of home to the homo viator ("man on his way"), and anti-idealism and anti-romanticism.
~~~ The differences between Welty and Percy and in their fiction were revealed in the habits of their lives. Welty spent her life in Jackson, Mississippi, and was very much a member of the community. Percy was a wanderer who finally settled in Covington, Louisiana, because it was, as he called it, a "noplace." The author also asserts that Percy somewhat envied Welty and her stability in Jackson, and that for him, place was such a nagging concern that it became a personal problem to him as homo viator.

$95.00








Omanson, BJ. STARK COUNTY POEMS New copy, trade paperback. (Monongahela Books, 2020). Second (enlarged) Edition. Map, line drawings, photographs, 225 pages.

Consisting of over fifty poems, from short lyrics in a variety of forms to lengthy blank verse and free verse narratives, Stark County Poems portrays the history of a small rural county in central Illinois, along the upper Spoon River valley.
~~~~~~~ Chronologically arranged, and incorporating letters, newspaper articles, obituaries, family stories, early county histories and diaries, the poems cover a century of the county's history, from the 1830s through the 1930s.
~~~~~~~ BJ Omanson was raised in the Spoon River valley of Stark County, Illinois, where both sides of his family have lived and farmed since the mid-19th century. ~~ He has published poetry, literary criticism, regional and military history. His most recent book is Before the Clangor of the Gun: the First World War Poetry of John Allan Wyeth.


(excerpt from "An Armed Assault," an item in the Stark County News, July 1910).


. . . Later that day, in the hot afternoon,
when the sheriff rode out to serve the warrant,
Remington was off cutting oats somewere,
so the sheriff just rested a while on the swing,
grateful for even a moment's reprieve,
and listened to the birds and windmill creaking
and pausing and creaking again as the breezes
rose and fell. After half an hour,
Remington rattled in on his binder,
pulled up in front of the house and began
to unhitch the horse. "Was it worth it, Andy?"
the sheriff inquired, suppressing a grin---
"going to jail for the sake of a chicken? . . .



$15.00



Omanson, BJ. THE OLD HOTEL AT THE END OF NIGHT New copy, staple-bound booklet. (Monongahela Books, 2020). First Edition. A single narrative poem in blank verse. 9 pages.

~~~A man is driving through the middle of the night in the middle of nowhere, in what used to be the Old Republic, the old America, and he breaksdown and begins walking--- through a night that never ends in a nation that is not quite gone.

~~~ "... a true American artifact, and a rare example of allegorical vision." ---David Mason, former Poet Laureate of Colorado

$5.00











[O'Neill] Thierry Dubost. STRUGGLE, DEFEAT OR REBIRTH: Eugene OíNeillís Vision of Humanity . NEW copy, trade paperback. (Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2005 [1997]). 6x9. Translated by Rosalind Dilys and Christine McGarry. References, bibliography, index, 293 pages.

~~~ To Eugene OíNeill, the links between man and his surroundings were of prime importance. His characters struggled with existential problems, and how they related to them reveals much about OíNeillís own humanity. For the most part, the characters defeat their problems and in doing so are "reborn" in some manner.
~~~ This work examines the 49 plays that OíNeill completed, focusing on his attempt to find an inner truth in his characters. Part One explores the family, showing how a person is trapped by heredity, space, time and communal hierarchy. Part Two deals with the individual and society, showing how societal conventions confined the characters. In Part Three, personal freedom is the centerpiece, showing how the characters develop a specific approach to life that leads to a coherent vision of the charactersí relationships with the world around them.

$39.95





[O'Neill] Eileen J. Herrmann & Robert M. Dowling (eds). EUGENE O'NEILL AND HIS EARLY CONTEMPORARIES: Bohemians, Radicals, Progressives and the Avant Garde . NEW copy, trade paperback. (Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2011). 6x9. 30 photos, appendix, notes, bibliography, index, 324 pages.

~~~ Eugene OíNeill was one of the great American playwrights of the twentieth century. Spanning the years 1910-1930, the 14 essays in this volume address the milieu he knew best--his friends in bohemian Greenwich Village, Provincetown, on waterfronts around the globe, and in the other beloved communities that comprised his early circle. At a time when OíNeillís creative powers were in their infancy, these influences formed the backdrop of his creative development and, consequently, demand more intensive study than they have received to date. This collection also highlights the larger modernist period and its impact on the First World War, the Little Theater Movement, the Abbey Players of Dublin, philosophical anarchism, and other contemporary upheavals that permeate his drama. Interspersed with rare period photos and illustrations, this volume contextualizes OíNeillís plays in the tumult of his historical and cultural moment, offering scholars a fresh approach to his life and art.

$45.00





[O'Neill] Egil Tornqvist. EUGENE O'NEILL: A Playwright's Theatre . NEW copy, trade paperback. (Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2004). 6x9. Appendices, notes, bibliography, index, 268 pages.

~~~ Eugene OíNeill wrote his plays for a theatre in which the playwright would take a central position. He presented himself as a controlling personality both in the texts--in the form of ample stage directions--and in performances based on these texts. His plays address several audiences--reader, spectator, and production team--and scripts were often different from the published versions. This study examines OíNeillís multiple roles as a writer for many audiences.
~~~ After a description of OíNeillís working conditions and the multiple audiences of the plays, this study examines the various formal aspects of the plays: titles, settings in time and place, names and addresses, language, and connections and allusions to other works. An examination of the plays follows, with particular emphasis on Bound East for Cardiff, Long Dayís Journey Into Night, and A Touch of the Poet.

$39.95














[Welty, Percy] Marion Montgomery. EUDORA WELTY AND WALKER PERCY: The Concept of Home in Their Lives and Literature . NEW copy, trade paperback. (Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2004). 6x9. Notes, index, 220 pages.

~~~ Eudora Welty and Walker Percy were friends but very different writers, even though both were from the Deep South and intensely interested in the relation of place to their fiction. This work explores in each the concept of home and the importance of home to the homo viator ("man on his way"), and anti-idealism and anti-romanticism.
~~~ The differences between Welty and Percy and in their fiction were revealed in the habits of their lives. Welty spent her life in Jackson, Mississippi, and was very much a member of the community. Percy was a wanderer who finally settled in Covington, Louisiana, because it was, as he called it, a "noplace." The author also asserts that Percy somewhat envied Welty and her stability in Jackson, and that for him, place was such a nagging concern that it became a personal problem to him as homo viator.

$39.95















[Robinson] Robert L. Gate. AN EDWIN ARLINGTON ROBINSON ENCYCLOPEDIA . NEW copy, trade paperback. (Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2012 [2006]). 7x10. Appendix, chronology, bibliography, index, 279 pages.

~~~ Edwin Arlington Robinson (1869-1935) was hailed by many in his day as Americaís foremost poet, outranking T.S. Eliot, Robert Frost, and Ezra Pound. Perhaps best known for his sonnets, he startles readers into attention and response through obscurity and ambiguity and demanding syntax. Many of Robinsonís works continue to be published today, introducing him to new generations of readers.
~~~ This comprehensive encyclopedia provides information on Robinsonís poems--he published more than 200--and also his less well-known prose works, along with entries on his family, friends, and professional associates.
~~~ Entries on his writings give the year published, a summary, background information, and critical commentary illuminating enigmatic passages

$55.00












Sandburg, Carl, THE PEOPLE, YES. VG, PAPERBACK. (Harvest Books, 1990). 300 pages.
~~~ A long poem that makes brilliant use of the legends and myths, the tall tales and sayings of America. "If America has a folksinger today he is Carl Sandburg, a singer who comes out of the prairie soil... who can hand back to the people a creation that has scraps of their own insight, humor, and imagination" (Padraic Colum).
~~~ Currently in print at $17.

$15.00








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[Sinclair] Ruth Clifford Engs (ed). UNSEEN UPTON SINCLAIR: Nine Unpublished Stories, Essays and Other Works . NEW copy, trade paperback. (Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2019). 6x9. 3 photos, notes, bibliography, index, 187 pages.

~~~ Best known for his muckraking expose of the squalor and brutality that pervaded the livestock industry in his book The Jungle, Upton Sinclairís political activism was not limited to issues of workersí rights or workplace safety. These nine short works, never before published, reveal an author who also wrestled with questions concerning womenís independence and the state of the health care industry in America. Always controversial, Sinclair ranges here from the comic to the deadly serious, while investigating issues that include artificial insemination and dietary measures. A substantial biographical introduction gives new insights into Sinclairís concerns.

$35.00










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Steinbeck, John, THE GRAPES OF WRATH. NEW copy, trade paperback. Penguin Books (Penguin Great Books of the 20th Century), 455 pages.

~~~ "One of the greatest and most socially significant novels of the twentieth century, Steinbeck's controversial masterpiece indelibly captured America during the Great Depression through the story of one Oklahoma farm family, the Joads. Intensely human yet majestic in its scale and moral vision, tragic but ultimately stirring in its insistence on human dignity, The Grapes of Wrath (1939) is not only a landmark American novel, but it is as well an extraordinary moment in the history of our nation's conscience."

$15.00



Steinbeck, John, THE GRAPES OF WRATH. NEW copy, TRADE PAPERBACK. Penguin Books (Steinbeck Centennial Edition), 455 pages.
~~~ "John Steinbeck's Pulitzer Prize-winning epic of the Great Depression follows the western movement of one family and a nation in search of work and human dignity."

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[Welty, Percy] Marion Montgomery. EUDORA WELTY AND WALKER PERCY: The Concept of Home in Their Lives and Literature . NEW copy, trade paperback. (Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2004). 6x9. Notes, index, 220 pages.

~~~ Eudora Welty and Walker Percy were friends but very different writers, even though both were from the Deep South and intensely interested in the relation of place to their fiction. This work explores in each the concept of home and the importance of home to the homo viator ("man on his way"), and anti-idealism and anti-romanticism.
~~~ The differences between Welty and Percy and in their fiction were revealed in the habits of their lives. Welty spent her life in Jackson, Mississippi, and was very much a member of the community. Percy was a wanderer who finally settled in Covington, Louisiana, because it was, as he called it, a "noplace." The author also asserts that Percy somewhat envied Welty and her stability in Jackson, and that for him, place was such a nagging concern that it became a personal problem to him as homo viator.

$39.95



















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