Resources for American Literary Study

Edited by
Jackson R. Bryer and
Richard Kopley
Associate Editor: Gib Prettyman
Book Review Editor: MaryEllen Higgins

ISSN 0048-7384
Set ISBN-10: 0-404-64625-5
Set ISBN-13: 978-0-404-64625-7

Founded in 1971, Resources for American Literary Study soon became a favored venue for archival scholarship and bibliographical analysis in American literature. Recent issues have featured unpublished letters from F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, Tennessee Williams, Bret Harte, Edith Wharton, Alice James, Willa Cather, and Nathanael West; analyses of manuscripts by Thoreau, Hemingway, Eugene O’Neill; checklists of letters by John Cheever; a “Prospects” section with expert recommendations for the future study of authors ranging from Poe to Malamud. Book reviews are also prominent feature in every volume. RALS became a clothbound annual with volume 27 and is published by AMS Press. Everything else that has made the journal a force in literary study for the past thirty years is in place.

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Volume 34

May 2011
ISBN-10: 0-404-64634-4
ISBN-13: 978-0-404-64634-9
Cloth $187.50


Editors’ Note

Prospects 18
Patrick K. Dooley, “Prospects for the Study of Stephen Crane”

Jennifer Harris, “Aprons and Pearls: Images of Phillis Wheatley”
Alexander Hammond, “Poe, Scott’s Fiction, and the Holt Source Collection: The Example of Ivanhoe and ‘The Fall of the House of Usher’”
Donna Campbell, “W. D. Howells’s Unpublished Letters to J. Harvey Greene”
Irene C. Goldman-Price, “Young Edith Jones: Sources and Texts of Early Poems by Edith Wharton”
David Roessel, “New Information on Hemingway’s ‘3 Very Fine Weeks’ in Constantinople in 1922”
Park Bucker, “‘To Weave the Whole Thing Together’: Thomas Wolfe’s Revisions of From Death to Morning
Nicholas Moschovakis and David Roessel, “The Magic Tower: An Unpublished One-Act Play by Tennessee Williams”

James A. Jaap, “Breaking Fresh Ground: New Releases from the Willa Cather Edition”
Natalie Gerber, “Art as ‘An Everyday Affair’: William Carlos Williams’s Correspondence with His Brother”
Tony Trigilio, “Reconsidering Allen Ginsberg at the End of an Epistolary Era”

Greil Marcus and Werner Sollors, eds., A New Literary History of America, reviewed by Hilary K. Justice; Sheila L. Skemp, First Lady of Letters: Judith Sargent Murray and the Struggle for Female Independence, reviewed by Lisa M. Logan; Karen Lentz Madison, R. D. Madison, and Lance C. Schachterle, eds., Ned Myers; or, A Life before the Mast, The Writings of James Fenimore Cooper, by James Fenimore Cooper, reviewed by Jason Berger; Anne E. Boyd, ed., Wielding the Pen: Writings on Authorship by American Women of the Nineteenth Century, reviewed by Melissa J. Homestead; Ronald A. Bosco, Glen M. Johnson and Joel Myerson, eds., Letters and Social Aims, The Collected Works of Ralph Waldo Emerson, vol. 8, by Ralph Waldo Emerson, reviewed by Wesley T. Mott; Peter West, The Arbiters of Reality: Hawthorne, Melville, and the Rise of Mass Information Culture, reviewed by Sarah Wadsworth; Katherine Wolff, Culture Club: The Curious History of the Boston Athenaeum, reviewed by Joel Myerson; Nancy Craig Simmons and Ron Thomas, eds., Journal. Volume 7: 1853–1854, by Henry D. Thoreau, reviewed by Kristen Case; Ted Genoways, Walt Whitman and the Civil War: America’s Poet during the Lost Years of 1860–1862, reviewed by Gregory Eiselein; James E. Caron, Mark Twain: Unsanctified Newspaper Reporter, reviewed by Michael J. Kiskis; Carolyn L. Karcher, ed., Bricks Without Straw: A Novel, by Albion Tourgée, reviewed by Peter Schmidt; Pierre A. Walker and Greg W. Zacharias, eds., The Complete Letters of Henry James, 1872–1876. Vol. 1, reviewed by Leland S. Person; Denise D. Knight and Jennifer S. Tuttle, eds., The Selected Letters of Charlotte Perkins Gilman , reviewed by Lisa Long; Susan Goodman and Carl Dawson, Mary Austin and the American West, reviewed by Beverly A. Hume; Thomas P. Riggio, ed., Letters to Women. New Letters, Volume II, by Theodore Dreiser, reviewed by Clare Eby; Scott Donaldson, Fitzgerald and Hemingway: Works and Days, reviewed by James M. Hutchisson; David M. Earle, All Man! Hemingway, 1950s Men’s Magazines, and the Masculine Persona , reviewed by Thomas Strychacz; Arlyn Bruccoli and Matthew J. Bruccoli, eds., The Four Lost Men: The Previously Unpublished Long Version, by Thomas Wolfe, reviewed by Shawn Holliday; Christopher Bigsby, Arthur Miller 1915–1962, reviewed by Katherine Egerton; James L. W. West III, ed., Letters to My Father, by William Styron, reviewed by Jean W. Cash; Carol Sklenicka, Raymond Carver: A Writer’s Life, reviewed by Robert Miltner



Volume 33

March 2010
ISBN-10: 0-404-64633-6
ISBN-13: 978-0-404-64633-2
Cloth $187.50

Editors’ Note
Prospects 17
Kevin J. Hayes, Prospects for the Study of Benjamin Franklin

George Monteiro, “Herman Melville: Fugitive References (1845–1922)”
Gary Scharnhorst, “Julian Hawthorne’s Contributions to the Pasadena Star-News, 1923–35”
David Roessel, “Three Early Stories by Mike Gold in the New York Call
Jeffrey Gray, “Postcards and Sunsets: Elizabeth Bishop’s Revisions and the Problem of Excess”
Bryant Mangum, “Altering the Dresses: The Two Versions of Irwin Shaw’s ‘The Girls in Their Summer Dresses’”
Michael Hemmingson, “Raymond Carver’s Rare, Limited, and Special Editions and Broadsides: A Critical Checklist”
Olivia Carr Edenfield, “Into the Melody: A Conversation with Andre Dubus”
Gary Scharnhorst, “The ‘Lorio’ Letters to the St. Louis Daily Reveille: On Mark Twain, Minstrelsy, Mesmerism, and McDowell’s Cave”

David Hall, Ways of Writing: The Practice and Politics of Text-Making in Seventeenth-Century New England, reviewed by Jim Egan; Nancy Rubin Stuart, The Muse of the Revolution: The Secret Pen of Mercy Otis Warren and the Founding of a Nation, reviewed by Jeffrey H. Richards; Marion Rust, Prodigal Daughters: Susanna Rowson’s Early American Women, reviewed by Anne Baker; Gilbert H. Muller, William Cullen Bryant: Author of America, reviewed by Carl Ostrowski; Shoji Goto, The Philosophy of Emerson and Thoreau: Orientals Meet Occidentals, reviewed by Randall Conrad; Megan Marshall, The Peabody Sisters: Three Women Who Ignited American Romanticism, reviewed by Julie E. Hall and Katherine Rodier; John Ward Ostrom, Burton K. Pollin, and Jeffrey A. Savoye, eds, The Collected Letters of Edgar Allan Poe, 3rd ed., 2 vols, reviewed by Richard Fusco; Abigail Mellen and Allaire Brisbane Stallsmith, eds., The European Travel Diaries of Albert Brisbane 1830–1832: Discovering Fourierism for America, reviewed by Michael Mattek; Joel Myerson, ed., Fuller in Her Own Time: A Biographical Chronicle of Her Life, Drawn from Recollections, Interviews, and Memoirs by Family, Friends, and Associates, reviewed by Judith Strong Albert; Brenda Wineapple, White Heat: The Friendship of Emily Dickinson and Thomas Wentworth Higginson, reviewed by Faith Barrett; Daniel Shealy, ed., Little Women Abroad: The Alcott Sisters’ Letters from Europe, 1870–1871, reviewed by Anne K. Phillips; Gary Scharnhorst, Kate Field: The Many Lives of a Nineteenth-Century American Journalist , reviewed by Denise D. Knight; Keith Newlin, Hamlin Garland: A Life, reviewed by Jeffrey Swenson; Shawn St. Jean, ed., “The Yellow Wall-Paper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman: A Dual-Text Critical Edition, reviewed by Jennifer S. Tuttle; David Porter, On the Divide: The Many Lives of Willa Cather, reviewed by J. Gabriel Scala Brenda Wineapple, Sister Brother: Gertrude and Leo Stein , reviewed by Timothy W. Galow; Jeanne Campbell Reesman, Jack London’s Racial Lives: A Critical Biography, reviewed by Jonah Raskin; Cynthia Davis and Verner D. Mitchell, eds., Western Echoes of the Harlem Renaissance: The Life and Writings of Anita Scott Coleman, reviewed by Laurie Champion; Reuel K. Wilson, To the Life of the Silver Harbor: Edmund Wilson and Mary McCarthy on Cape Cod, reviewed by James A. Jaap; Mark P. Ott, A Sea of Change: Ernest Hemingway and the Gulf Stream, a Contextual Biography, reviewed by Kirk Curnutt; Matthew J. Bruccoli and Aldo P. Magi, eds., Thomas Wolfe, the Magical Campus: University of North Carolina Writings 1917–1920, reviewed by Shawn Holliday; Rick Wartzman, Obscene in the Extreme: The Burning and Banning of John Steinbeck’s “The Grapes of Wrath,” reviewed by Luchen Li Hugh Davis, The Making of James Agee, reviewed by Jeffrey Folks; Margaret Bradham Thornton, ed., Notebooks: Tennessee Williams, reviewed by Allean Hale; Blake Bailey, Cheever: A Life , reviewed by Robert Morace; Arnold Rampersad, Ralph Ellison: A Biography, reviewed by Bernard W. Bell; David Stephen Calonne, ed., Portions from a Wine-Stained Notebook: Uncollected Stories and Essays, 1944–1990, by Charles Bukowski, with an introduction by David Stephen Calonne, reviewed by Gerald Locklin; Brad Gooch, Flannery: A Life of Flannery O’Connor, reviewed by John Sykes


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