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Vol. 37, 2014

Writing with Scissors: American Scrapbooks from the Civil War to the Harlem Renaissance
WRITING WITH SCISSORS: AMERICAN SCRAPBOOKS FROM THE CIVIL WAR TO THE HARLEM RENAISSANCE. By Ellen Gruber Garvey. New York: Oxford UP, 2013. x + 304 pp. $29.95.After Theodore Dwight Weld and the Grimké sisters' American Slavery As It Is: Testimony of...
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My Dear Governess: The Letters of Edith Wharton to Anna Bahlmann
MY DEAR GOVERNESS: THE LETTERS OF EDITH WHARTON TO ANNA BAHLMANN. Ed. Irene Goldman-Price. New Haven: Yale UP, 2012. xiii + 336 pp. $30.The collected letters of Edith Wharton (1868-1937) to Anna Bahlmann (1849-1916) shed light on many dimensions of Wharton's...
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Sinclair Lewis Remembered
SINCLAIR LEWIS REMEMBERED. Ed. Gary Scharnhorst and Matthew Hofer. Tuscaloosa: U of Alabama P, 2012. xiv + 400 pp. $49.95.In Sinclair Lewis Remembered, editors Gary Scharnhorst and Matthew Hofer have compiled accounts of the famous Nobel Prize-winning...
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Selected Letters of Katherine Anne Porter: Chronicles of a Modern Woman
SELECTED LETTERS OF KATHERINE ANNE PORTER: CHRONICLES OF A MODERN WOMAN. Ed. Darlene Harbour Unrue. Jackson: UP of Mississippi, 2012. ix + 392 pp. $55.Along with Katherine Anne Porter Remembered (2010), a collection of remembrances also edited by Darlene...
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Literary Sisters: Dorothy West and Her Circle, a Biography of the Harlem Renaissance
LITERARY SISTERS: DOROTHY WEST AND HER CIRCLE, A BIOGRAPHY OF THE HARLEM RENAISSANCE. By Verner D. Mitchell and Cynthia Davis. New Brunswick: Rutgers UP, 2012. xiv + 200 pp. $72, cloth; $24.95, paperback.The subtitle of Literary Sisters: Dorothy West...
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Just One Catch: A Biography of Joseph Heller/yossarian Slept Here: When Joseph Heller Was Dad, the Apthorp Was Home, and Life Was a Catch-22
JUST ONE CATCH: A BIOGRAPHY OF JOSEPH HELLER. By Tracy Daugherty. New York: St. Martin's, 2011. 548 pp. $35.YOSSARIAN SLEPT HERE: WHEN JOSEPH HELLER WAS DAD, THE APTHORP WAS HOME, AND LIFE WAS A CATCH-22. By Erica Heller. New York: Simon, 2011. xvi +...
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Denise Levertov: A Poet's Life/a Poet's Revolution: The Life of Denise Levertov
DENISE LEVERTOV: A POET'S LIFE. By Dana Greene. Urbana: U of Illinois P, 2012. xiv + 307 pp. $35.A POET'S REVOLUTION: THE LIFE OF DENISE LEVERTOV. By Donna Krolik Hollenberg. Berkeley: U of California P, 2013. xiv + 515 pp. $44.95.The publication of...
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Getting the Joke in "Of Being Numerous": George Oppen as Heir to Walt Whitman's Public Poetics
In the summer of 1960, George Oppen (1908-84) remarked in a letter to his friend William Carlos Williams (1883-1963), "People who are afraid to talk won't produce much poetry. Tho Whitman has been no use to me" (Selected Letters 38-39). His comment recalls...
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"I Am Constructing a Legend": Ernest Hemingway in Guy Hickok's Brooklyn Daily Eagle Articles
One of the first friendships Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961) formed upon moving to Paris in 1921 was with Guy Hickok (1888-1951). A native of Mecca, Ohio, Hickok was Paris bureau chief for the Brooklyn Daily Eagle from 1918 to 1933. In 1935, he left the...
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Editors' Note
We are grateful for the excellent work of David Ramm, the AMS Press Editor-inChief who has lately stepped down for another career. He worked with us very capably and collegially on volumes 31 through 36; we will miss him. We are glad to welcome Albert...
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The Invention of Viking America
The Invention of Viking AmericaThis essay is an extended review of Annette Kolodny's In Search of First Contact: The Vikings of Vinland, the Peoples of the Dawnland, and the Anglo-American Anxiety of Discovery (Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2012)....
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English Letters and Indian Literacies: Reading, Writing, and New England Missionary Schools, 1750-1830
ENGLISH LETTERS AND INDIAN LITERACIES: READING, WRITING, AND NEW ENGLAND MISSIONARY SCHOOLS, 1750-1830. By Hilary E. Wyss. Philadelphia: U of Pennsylvania P, 2012. xii + 251 pp. $59.95.Hilary Wyss has emerged as a major force in the recovery of early...
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Marmee and Louisa: The Untold Story of Louisa May Alcott and Her Mother/my Heart Is Boundless: Writings of Abigail May Al-Cott, Louisa's Mother
MARMEE AND LOUISA: THE UNTOLD STORY OF LOUISA MAY ALCOTT AND HER MOTHER. By Eve LaPlante. New York: Free Press, 2012. ix + 368 pp. $26.MY HEART IS BOUNDLESS: WRITINGS OF ABIGAIL MAY ALCOTT, LOUISA'S MOTHER. By Abigail May Alcott. Ed. Eve LaPlante. New...
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Writing beyond Prophecy: Emerson, Hawthorne, and Melville after the American Renaissance
WRITING BEYOND PROPHECY: EMERSON, HAWTHORNE, AND MELVILLE AFTER THE AMERICAN RENAISSANCE. By Martin Kevorkian. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State UP, 2013. xviii + 259 pp. $45.Martin Kevorkian's book considers the religious life of three key figures of the...
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Hawthorne's Habitations: A Literary Life
HAWTHORNE'S HABITATIONS: A LITERARY LIFE. By Robert Milder. Oxford, UK: Oxford UP, 2013. xiv + 295 pp. $39.95.In many respects the Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-64) whom we encounter in Robert Milder's Hawthorne's Habitations would not have seemed unfamiliar...
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Poe and the Remapping of Antebellum Print Culture
POE AND THE REMAPPING OF ANTEBELLUM PRINT CULTURE. Ed. J. Gerald Kennedy and Jerome McGann. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State UP, 2012. vii + 271 pp. $45.Since the impact of F. O. Matthiessen's American Renaissance (1941) on the academic study of American...
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Women Writers of the American West, 1833-1927
WOMEN WRITERS OF THE AMERICAN WEST, 1833-1927. By Nina Baym. Urbana: U of Illinois P, 2011. 371 pp. $32, paperback; $40, cloth.Nina Baym's Women Writers of the American West, 1833-1927 expands some common notions of literature created by women about...
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Becoming John Updike: Critical Reception, 1958-2010
BECOMING JOHN UPDIKE: CRITICAL RECEPTION, 1958-2010. By Laurence W. Mazzeno. Rochester, NY: Camden House, 2013. $85.In an interview, "At Home with John Updike," that aired on WGBH TV on July 28, 1978, John Updike (1932-2009) suggested an analogy between...
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American Night: The Literary Left in the Era of the Cold War
AMERICAN NIGHT: THE LITERARY LEFT IN THE ERA OF THE COLD WAR. By Alan M. Wald. Chapel Hill: U of North Carolina Press, 2012. viii + 412 pp. $45.In his autobiography, A Long View from the Left: Memoirs of an American Revolutionary (Boston: Houghton, 1973),...
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Pimping Fictions: African American Crime Literature and the Untold Story of Black Pulp Publishing
PIMPING FICTIONS: AFRICAN AMERICAN CRIME LITERATURE AND THE UNTOLD STORY OF BLACK PULP PUBLISHING. By Justin Gifford. Philadelphia: Temple UP, 2013. 216 pp. $74.50, cloth; $24.95, paperback; $24.95, e-book.In his wildly popular single-cum-political-anthem,...
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Larry Brown: A Writer's Life
LARRY BROWN: A WRITER'S LIFE. By Jean W. Cash. Jackson: UP of Mississippi, 2011. xxii + 302 pp. $35.Jean W. Cash's biography is a much-needed and welcome addition to the small but growing collection of serious considerations of the work and life of Larry...
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Prospects for the Study of Robert Frost
Robert Frost's (1874-1963) life and work continue to provide a rich area of study, even as the academic culture vigorously redefines the field of "American literature" within which Frost has been canonically lodged for years and even as he gets resifted...
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Six Early James Fenimore Cooper Letters
James Franklin Beard's monument of postwar American literary scholarship, The Letters and Journals of James Fenimore Cooper (1960-68), made available some twelve hundred documents from James Fenimore Cooper (1789-1851) dating mostly from between 1820...
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The Herald of Glory and Adopted Citizen's Journal of August 13, 1834: Early Advocacy for the Abolition of Slavery in an Urban Northeast Comic Newspaper
A lively and short-lived combatant in the anti-Jackson movement in Boston was the previously unknown comic paper Herald of Glory and Adopted Citizen's Journal. Its most interesting claim on our attention at present, however, is its antislavery position...
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A Forgotten Writer: Alice Beal Parsons and "Cross Purposes"
During a 1920 court trial in Rockford, Illinois, one of America's most famous lawyers came to the defense of a wealthy housewife who was indicted for "conspiring for the overthrow of the government by force and violence" ("Rockford"). Clarence Darrow...
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The New Emerson Canon
The New Emerson CanonThis review-essay salutes the completion of the final volume (Uncollected Prose Writings) in the fifty-year project of editing Ralph Waldo Emerson's Collected Works while also reflecting on editorial principles that result in omissions...
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Reading Margaret Fuller
Reading Margaret FullerA comparative review of John Matteson's The Lives of Margaret Fuller: A Biography (2012) and Megan Marshall's Margaret Fuller: A New American Life (2013), this review essay addresses the problems that these excellent new biographies,...
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Too Much of a Good Thing Is Wonderful: At Long Last, Cather's Letters
Too Much of a Good Thing Is Wonderful: At Long Last, Cather's LettersThis review essay explores the profound scholarly significance of the publication of The Selected Letters of Willa Cather, a nearly 700-page collection scrupulously edited by Andrew...
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"Such a Great Light": Letters to Louisa and Abba Alcott from the Holley School for Freed People and the Story of Winnie Beale's Emancipation
Historical Introduction1One night in Lottsburgh2 on Virginia's Northern Neck-maybe it was April, probably in 1876-Sam Blackwell (ca. 1815-?) sat with his fellow nightschool students in the classroom of the Holley School as his teacher, Caroline Putnam...
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