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The Achievement of Wendell Berry

by Fritz Oehlschlaeger

Arguably one of the most important American writers working today, Wendell Berry is the author of more than fifty books, including novels and collections of poems, short stories, and essays. A prominent spokesman...


Wendell Berry and Religion: Heaven's Earthly Life

by Joel Shuman

Farmer, poet, essayist, and environmental writer Wendell Berry is acclaimed for his ideas regarding the values inherent in an agricultural society. Place, community, good work, and simple pleasures are but a...


A Political Companion to Walker Percy

by Peter Augustine Lawler & Brian A. Smith

In 1962, Walker Percy (1916--1990) made a dramatic entrance onto the American literary scene when he won the National Book Award for fiction with his first novel, The Moviegoer. A physician, philosopher, and...


A Political Companion to Saul Bellow

by Gloria L. Cronin & Lee Trepanier

Saul Bellow is one of the twentieth century's most influential, respected, and honored writers. His novels The Adventures of Augie March, Herzog, and Mr. Sammler's Planet won the National Book Award, and Humboldt's...


The Wolfpen Notebooks: A Record of Appalachian Life

by James Still

After keeping school for six years at the forks of Troublesome Creek in the Kentucky hills, James Still moved to a century-old log house between the waters of Wolfpen Creek and Dead Mare Branch, on Little Carr...


A Political Companion to John Steinbeck

by Cyrus Ernesto Zirakzadeh & Simon Stow

Though he was a recipient of both the Pulitzer Prize and the Nobel Prize for Literature, American novelist John Steinbeck (1902--1968) has frequently been censored. Even in the twenty-first century, nearly ninety...


Unchained Voices: An Anthology of Black Authors in the English-Speaking World of the Eighteenth Century

by Vincent Carretta

Vincent Carretta has assembled the most comprehensive anthology ever published of writings by eighteenth-century people of African descent, capturing the surprisingly diverse experiences of blacks on both sides...


The Philosophy of Sherlock Holmes

by Philip Tallon & David Baggett

Arguably the most famous and recognized detective in history, Sherlock Holmes is considered by many to be the first pop icon of the modern age. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's fictional detective has stood as a unique...


The Reluctant Film Art of Woody Allen

by Peter J. Bailey

For three decades, no American filmmaker has been as prolific -- or as paradoxical -- as Woody Allen. From Play It Again, Sam (1972) through Celebrity (1998) and Sweet and Lowdown (1999), Allen has produced...


Jane Austen in Hollywood

by Linda Troost & Sayre Greenfield

In 1995 and 1996 six film or television adaptations of Jane Austen's novels were produced -- an unprecedented number. More amazing, all were critical and/or box office successes. What accounts for this explosion...


A Political Companion to Ralph Waldo Emerson

by Alan M. Levine & Daniel S. Malachuk

From before the Civil War until his death in 1882, Ralph Waldo Emerson was renowned -- and renounced -- as one of the United States' most prominent abolitionists and as a leading visionary of the nation's liberal...


The Achievement of Wendell Berry: The Hard History of Love

by Fritz Oehlschlaeger

Arguably one of the most important American writers working today, Wendell Berry is the author of more than fifty books, including novels and collections of poems, short stories, and essays. A prominent spokesman...


Dear Appalachia: Readers, Identity, and Popular Fiction Since 1878

by Emily Satterwhite

Much criticism has been directed at negative stereotypes of Appalachia perpetuated by movies, television shows, and news media. Books, on the other hand, often draw enthusiastic praise for their celebration...


A Political Companion to Walt Whitman

by John E. Seery

The works of Walt Whitman have been described as masculine, feminine, postcolonial, homoerotic, urban, organic, unique, and democratic, yet arguments about the extent to which Whitman could or should be considered...


Wendell Berry and Religion: Heaven's Earthly Life

by Joel James Shuman, L. Roger Owens & Norman Wirzba

Farmer, poet, essayist, and environmental writer Wendell Berry is acclaimed for his ideas regarding the values inherent in an agricultural society. Place, community, good work, and simple pleasures are but a...


A Political Companion to Henry David Thoreau

by Jack Turner

The writings of Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) have captivated scholars, activists, and ecologists for more than a century. Less attention has been paid, however, to the author's political philosophy and its...


Narnia and the Fields of Arbol: The Environmental Vision of C. S. Lewis

by Matthew T. Dickerson & David O'Hara

Scholars have discussed the work of C. S. Lewis (1898--1963) for decades, but they have focused on Lewis's Christian and pagan allusions and have largely ignored his other important themes. Narnia and the Fields...


Tolkien's Art: A Mythology for England

by Jane Chance

" J.R.R. Tolkien's zeal for medieval literary, religious, and cultural ideas deeply influenced his entire life and provided the seeds for his own fiction. In Tolkien's Art, Chance discusses not only such classics...


Lord of the Rings: The Mythology of Power

by Jane Chance

" With New Line Cinema's production of The Lord of the Rings film trilogy, the popularity of the works of J.R.R. Tolkien is unparalleled. Tolkien's books continue to be bestsellers decades after their original...


Stages of Evil: Occultism in Western Theater and Drama

by Robert Lima

"The evil that men do" has been chronicled for thousands of years on the European stage, and perhaps nowhere else is human fear of our own evil more detailed than in its personifications in theater. In Stages...