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  • The View from the Mastheadby Hester Blum

    The University of North Carolina Press 2012; US$ 27.99

    View from the Masthead: Maritime Imagination and Antebellum American Sea Narratives more...

  • American Metempsychosisby John Michael Corrigan

    Fordham University Press 2012; US$ 54.99

    The transmigration of souls is no fable. I would it were, but men and women are only half human. With these words, Ralph Waldo Emerson confronts a dilemma that illuminates the formation of American individualism: to evolve and become fully human requires a heightened engagement with history. Americans, Emerson argues, must realize history's chronology... more...

  • Letters from the Palazzo Barbaroby Henry James; Rosella Mamoli Zorzi; Leon Edel

    Pushkin Press 2012; US$ 10.19

    HENRY JAMES first came to Venice as a tourist and instantly fell in love with the city – particularly with the splendid Palazzo Barbaro, home of the expatriate American Curtis family. This selection of letters covers the period 1869-1907 and provides a unique record of the life and work of this great writer. Includes historical photographs and a foreword... more...

  • Slavery in American Children's Literature, 1790-2010by Paula T. Connolly

    University of Iowa Press 2013; US$ 42.50

    Long seen by writers as a vital political force of the nation, children?s literature has been an important means not only of mythologizing a certain racialized past but also, because of its intended audience, of promoting a specific racialized future. Stories about slavery for children have served as primers for racial socialization. This first... more...

  • Antebellum at Seaby Jason Berger

    University of Minnesota Press 2012; US$ 75.00

    In the antebellum years, the Western world?s symbolic realities were expanded and challenged as merchant, military, and scientific activity moved into Pacific and Arctic waters. In Antebellum at Sea , Jason Berger explores the roles that early nineteenth-century maritime narratives played in conceptualizing economic and social transitions in the... more...

  • Washington Irvingby Brian Jay Jones

    Arcade Publishing 2011; US$ 17.95

    Brian Jay Jones crafts a deft biography of the author of ?The Legend of Sleepy Hollow? and ?Rip van Winkle?: quintessential New Yorker, presidential confidant, diplomat, lawyer, and fascinating charmer. The first American writer to make his pen his primary means of support, Washington Irving rocketed to fame at the age of twenty-six. In 1809 he published... more...

  • Scribes of Gastronomyby Isaac Yue; Siufu Tang

    Hong Kong University Press, HKU 2013; US$ 50.00

    This volume of eight essays examines the scribes of gastronomy - an interesting but vital theme in imperial Chinese literature. From stanzas on food and wine in the Classics of Poetry to the articulation of refined dining in The Dream of the Red Chamber and Su Shi’s literary recipe for attaining culinary perfection, lavish textual representations... more...

  • On Provenceby Henry James

    Hesperus Press Ltd. 2014; US$ 7.28

    Meander through Provence in the company of Henry James experiencing the sights, culture and sounds of late nineteenth-century Southern France in this new book in Hesperus?s bestselling ‘On? series. In 1882, a year after the publication of his wildly successful The Portrait of a Lady, which dealt with the difficulties faced by American expatriate Daisy... more...

  • Language, Race, and Social Class in Howells's Americaby Elsa Nettels

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 35.00

    No other American novelist has written so fully about language -- grammar, diction, the place of colloquialism and dialect in literary English, the relation between speech and writing -- as William Dean Howells. The power of language to create social, political, and racial identity was of central concern to Americans in the nineteenth century, and... more...

  • The Pictorial Modeby Donald A. Ringe

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 35.00

    Focusing on style as a means of thematic expression, Donald A. Ringe in this study examines in detail the affinities that exist between the paintings of the Hudson River school and the works of William Cullen Bryant, Washington Irving, and James Fenimore Cooper. The emphasis on physical description of nature that characterizes the work of these writers,... more...