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  • Whitman among the Bohemiansby Joanna Levin; Edward Whitley

    University of Iowa Press 2014; US$ 47.50

    For several years just before and just after his 1860 edition of  Leaves of Grass  appeared, Walt Whitman regularly frequented Pfaff?s beer cellar in downtown Manhattan. The basement bar was the very center of mid-nineteenth-century American bohemian activity and was heavily patronized by writers, artists, musicians, actors, intellectuals, and radicals... more...

  • An Infuriating Americanby Hal Crowther

    University of Iowa Press 2014; US$ 16.00

    As American journalism shape-shifts into multimedia pandemonium and seems to diminish rapidly in influence and integrity, the controversial career of H. L. Mencken, the most powerful individual journalist of the twentieth century, is a critical text for anyone concerned with the balance of power between the free press, the government, and the corporate... more...

  • The Myth of Emptiness and the New American Literature of Placeby Wendy Harding

    University of Iowa Press 2014; US$ 47.50

    From the moment the first English-speaking explorers and settlers arrived on the North American continent, many have described its various locations and environments as empty. Indeed, much of American national history and culture is bound up with the idea that parts of the landscape are empty and thus open for colonization, settlement, economic improvement,... more...

  • The Mediating Nationby Nathaniel Cadle

    The University of North Carolina Press 2014; US$ 25.99

    Mediating Nation: Late American Realism, Globalization, and the Progressive State more...

  • The Practice of Misuseby Raymond Malewitz

    Stanford University Press 2014; US$ 55.00

    In the age of Ikea Hackers and salvagepunks, this book charts the emergence of "rugged consumers" who creatively misuse, reuse, and repurpose the objects within their environments to suit their idiosyncratic needs and desires. Figures of both literary and material culture whose behavior evokes an American can-do ethic, rugged consumers mediate between... more...

  • A Momentary Gloryby Harvey Shapiro; Norman Finkelstein

    Wesleyan University Press 2014; US$ 19.99

    The passionate testament of a brilliant poet in the face of age, illness, and mortality more...

  • Mark Twain on Common Senseby Mark Twain; Stephen Brennan

    Skyhorse Publishing 2014; US$ 9.95

    Revered as one of America?s greatest humorists and author of the “Great American Novel? ( The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn ), the words of Samuel Langhorne Clemens—more commonly known as Mark Twain—resonate as strongly today as they did when he wrote them more than a century ago. A close friend of Nikola Tesla and heralded by William Faulkner as... more...

  • F. Scott Fitzgerald at Workby Horst H. Kruse

    University of Alabama Press 2014; US$ 39.95

    F. Scott Fitzgerald?s The Great Gatsby occupies a preeminent place in American letters. Scholars have argued that Jay Gatsby is, in fact, the embodiment of American culture and social aspiration. Though The Great Gatsby has been studied in detail since its publication, both readers and scholars have continued to speculate about Fitzgerald?s sources... more...

  • The Magic Kingdomby Dan Hind

    John Hunt Publishing 2014; US$ 9.99

    What would you need if you wanted to live in a democracy? What would living in a democracy be like? more...

  • American Fiction Since 1940by Tony Hilfer

    Taylor and Francis 2014; US$ 70.95

    In this remarkable book, Tony Hilfer provides a major survey of the wealth of post-war American fiction. He analyses the major modes and genres of writing, from realist to postmodernist metafiction and black humour, the fiction of social protest, women's writing, and the traditions of African-American, Southern and Jewish-American fiction. Key writers... more...