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In the midst of the Great Depression, Americans were nearly universally literate—and they were hungry for the written word. Magazines, novels, and newspapers littered the floors of parlors and tenements alike. With an eye to this market and as a response to devastating unemployment, Roosevelt’s Works Progress Administration created the Federal Writers’ Project. The Project’s mission was simple: jobs. But, as Wendy Griswold shows in the lively and persuasive American Guides, the Project had a profound—and unintended—cultural impact that went far beyond the writers’ paychecks. Griswold’s subject here is the Project’s American Guides, an impressively produced series that set out not only to direct travelers on which routes to take and what to see throughout the country, but also to celebrate the distinctive characteristics of each individual state. Griswold finds that the series unintentionally diversified American literary culture’s cast of characters—promoting women, minority, and rural writers—while it also institutionalized the innovative idea that American culture comes in state-shaped boxes. Griswold’s story alters our customary ideas about cultural change as a gradual process, revealing how diversity is often the result of politically strategic decisions and bureaucratic logic, as well as of the conflicts between snobbish metropolitan intellectuals and stubborn locals. American Guides reveals the significance of cultural federalism and the indelible impact that the Federal Writers’ Project continues to have on the American literary landscape.

Hardcover:

9780226357669 | Univ of Chicago Pr, July 7, 2016, cover price $105.00

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9780226357836 | Univ of Chicago Pr, July 7, 2016, cover price $35.00 | About this edition: In the midst of the Great Depression, Americans were nearly universally literate—and they were hungry for the written word.

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Product Description: NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER “Heartwarming.” — New York Times “Whether or not you’re a book lover, you’ll be moved.” — Entertainment Weekly “A readable, accessible addition to World War II literature [and] a book that will be enjoyed by lovers of books about books...read more

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9781410479754 | Large print edition (Thorndike Pr, June 17, 2015), cover price $31.99 | About this edition: When America entered World War II in 1941, we faced an enemy that had banned and burned over 100 million books and caused fearful citizens to hide or destroy many more.
9780544535022 | Houghton Mifflin, December 2, 2014, cover price $25.00 | About this edition: When America entered World War II in 1941, we faced an enemy that had banned and burned over 100 million books and caused fearful citizens to hide or destroy many more.
9780405089824, titled "Street Life in London" | Ayer Co Pub, June 1, 1968, cover price $23.95 | also contains Street Life in London | About this edition: Street Life in London (1877-78), by journalist Adolphe Smith and photographer John Thomson, aimed to reveal by the innovative use of photography and essays the conditions of a life of poverty in London.

Paperback:

9780544570405 | Reprint edition (Mariner Books, October 27, 2015), cover price $15.95 | About this edition: NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER “Heartwarming.

CD/Spoken Word:

9781481522137 | Mp3 una edition (Blackstone Audio Inc, December 2, 2014), cover price $29.95 | About this edition: [Read by Bernadette Dunne] When Books Went to War is an inspiring story of the power of the written word that will appeal to history buffs and book lovers alike.
9781481522144 | Unabridged edition (Blackstone Audio Inc, December 2, 2014), cover price $29.95

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Product Description: Based on extensive interviews, fan letters, and archival materials, Unbuttoning America explains how a real-life patricide in a small New England village circulated over time and became a bestselling novel, a film, and a television series...read more

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9780801453649, titled "Unbuttoning America: A Biography of "Peyton Place"" | Cornell Univ Pr, May 15, 2015, cover price $24.95 | About this edition: Published in 1956, Peyton Place became a bestseller and a literary phenomenon.
9780405100338, titled "Die Universitats-Selbstwerwaltung: Ihre Geschichte Und Gegenwartige Rechtsform" | Ayer Co Pub, June 1, 1977, cover price $25.95 | also contains Die Universitats-Selbstwerwaltung: Ihre Geschichte Und Gegenwartige Rechtsform

CD/Spoken Word:

9781481528306 | Unabridged edition (Blackstone Audio Inc, May 15, 2015), cover price $34.95 | About this edition: Based on extensive interviews, fan letters, and archival materials, Unbuttoning America explains how a real-life patricide in a small New England village circulated over time and became a bestselling novel, a film, and a television series.

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Product Description: When America entered World War II in 1941, we faced an enemy that had banned and burned over 100 million books and caused fearful citizens to hide or destroy many more. Outraged librarians launched a campaign to send free books to American troops and gathered 20 million hardcover donations...read more

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9781481522120, titled "When Books Went to War: The Stories That Helped Us Win World War II: Library Edition" | Unabridged edition (Blackstone Audio Inc, December 2, 2014), cover price $55.00 | About this edition: When America entered World War II in 1941, we faced an enemy that had banned and burned over 100 million books and caused fearful citizens to hide or destroy many more.

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Product Description: In the 1920s and 1930s the Modern Library series brought out cheap editions of modernist works. Books by writers including H G Wells, Virginia Woolf and James Joyce, were published and marketed alongside detective fiction and other books that we would now class as ‘middlebrow’...read more

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9781848934931 | Pickering & Chatto Ltd, November 1, 2014, cover price $150.00 | About this edition: In the 1920s and 1930s the Modern Library series brought out cheap editions of modernist works.

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Product Description: A highly regarded scholar in the fields of American cultural history and print culture, Joan Shelley Rubin is best known for her writings on the values, assumptions, and anxieties that have shaped American life, as reflected in both high culture and the experiences of ordinary people...read more

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9781625340139 | Univ of Massachusetts Pr, July 31, 2013, cover price $80.00 | About this edition: A highly regarded scholar in the fields of American cultural history and print culture, Joan Shelley Rubin is best known for her writings on the values, assumptions, and anxieties that have shaped American life, as reflected in both high culture and the experiences of ordinary people.

Paperback:

9781625340146 | Univ of Massachusetts Pr, July 31, 2013, cover price $22.95 | About this edition: A highly regarded scholar in the fields of American cultural history and print culture, Joan Shelley Rubin is best known for her writings on the values, assumptions, and anxieties that have shaped American life, as reflected in both "high" culture and the experiences of ordinary people.

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Product Description: For well over one hundred years, libraries open to the public have played a crucial part in fostering in Americans the skills and habits of reading and writing, by routinely providing access to standard forms of print: informational genres such as newspapers, pamphlets, textbooks, and other reference books, and literary genres including poetry, plays, and novels...read more
By Louise S. Robbins (editor)

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9780299293246 | Univ of Wisconsin Pr, September 13, 2013, cover price $39.95 | About this edition: For well over one hundred years, libraries open to the public have played a crucial part in fostering in Americans the skills and habits of reading and writing, by routinely providing access to standard forms of print: informational genres such as newspapers, pamphlets, textbooks, and other reference books, and literary genres including poetry, plays, and novels.

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Product Description: DISCOVER THE SECRETS OF WHAT MAKES A MEGA-BESTSELLER IN THIS ENTERTAINING, REVELATORY GUIDE  What do Michael Corleone, Jack Ryan, and Scout Finch have in common? Creative writing professor and thriller writer James W. Hall knows...read more

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9780812970951 | Random House Inc, April 10, 2012, cover price $16.00 | About this edition: DISCOVER THE SECRETS OF WHAT MAKES A MEGA-BESTSELLER IN THIS ENTERTAINING, REVELATORY GUIDE  What do Michael Corleone, Jack Ryan, and Scout Finch have in common?

A person who reads a book for self-improvement rather than aesthetic pleasure is OC reading up.OCOa"Reading Up"ais Amy Blair's engaging study of popular literary critics who promoted reading generally and specific books as vehicles for acquiring cultural competence and economic mobility. Combining methodologies from the history of the book and the history of reading, to mass-cultural studies, reader-response criticism, reception studies, and formalist literary analysis, Blair shows how such critics influenced the choices of striving readers and popularized some elite writers.Framed by an analysis of Hamilton Wright Mabie's role promoting the concept of OC reading upOCO during his ten-year stint as the cultivator of literary taste for the highly populara"Ladies' Home Journal," a"Reading Up"areveals how readers flocked to literary works that they would be expected to dislike. Blair shows that while readers could be led to certain books by a trusted adviser, they frequently followed their own path in interpreting them in unexpected ways.

Hardcover:

9781439906675 | Temple Univ Pr, November 18, 2011, cover price $79.50 | About this edition: A person who reads a book for self-improvement rather than aesthetic pleasure is OC reading up.

Paperback:

9781439906682 | Temple Univ Pr, November 18, 2011, cover price $29.95

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Product Description: When mother and daughter Vivi and Siddalee Walker get into a savage fight over a New York Times article that refers to Vivi as a “tap-dancing child abuser,” the fallout is felt from Louisiana to New York to Seattle. A successful theater director, Siddalee panics and postpones her upcoming wedding—so Vivi’s intrepid gang of lifelong girlfriends, the Ya-Yas, sashay in and conspire to bring everyone back together...read more

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9780060193454, titled "Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood: A Novel" | Harpercollins, October 1, 1998, cover price $22.00 | About this edition: “A big, blowzy romp through the rainbow eccentricities of three generations of crazy bayou debutantes.
9781568956213, titled "Divine Secrets of the Ya-ya Sisterhood: A Novel" | Large print edition (Wheeler Pub Inc, September 1, 1998), cover price $27.95 | About this edition: At thirty-nine, SiddaLee Walker has escaped her Louisiana hometown to become a theatrical director, but as she gathers old letters, photos, journals, and souvenirs from the Ya-Ya Sisterhood to assist in writing a play about women's friendships, she yearns to revisit her childhood
9780060173289, titled "Divine Secrets of the Ya-ya Sisterhood: A Novel" | Harpercollins, May 1, 1996, cover price $24.00 | About this edition: At thirty-nine, SiddaLee Walker has escaped her Louisiana hometown to become a theatrical director, but as she gathers old letters, photos, journals, and souvenirs from the Ya-Ya Sisterhood to assist in writing a play about women's friendships, she yearns to revisit her childhood

Paperback:

9780062040350, titled "Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood: A Novel" | Reprint edition (Perennial, May 3, 2011), cover price $16.99 | About this edition: When mother and daughter Vivi and Siddalee Walker get into a savage fight over a New York Times article that refers to Vivi as a “tap-dancing child abuser,” the fallout is felt from Louisiana to New York to Seattle.
9780060759957, titled "Divine Secrets of the Ya-ya Sisterhood: A Novel" | Perennial, December 1, 2004, cover price $13.99 | About this edition: SiddaLee has escaped her Louisiana hometown to become a theatrical director, but as she gathers mementos from the Ya-Ya Sisterhood to assist in writing a play about women's friendships, she yearns to revisit her childhood.
9780060502256 | Harpercollins, June 1, 2003, cover price $7.99 | About this edition: SiddaLee has escaped her Louisiana hometown to become a theatrical director, but as she gathers mementos from the Ya-Ya Sisterhood to assist in writing a play about women's friendships, she yearns to revisit her childhood.
9781568951997, titled "Divine Secrets of the Ya-ya Sisterhood: A Novel" | Large print edition (Wheeler Pub Inc, October 1, 2002), cover price $12.95 | About this edition: SiddaLee has escaped her Louisiana hometown to become a theatrical director, but as she gathers mementos from the Ya-Ya Sisterhood to assist in writing a play about women's friendships, she yearns to revisit her childhood.
9780061015076, titled "Divine Secrets of the Ya-ya Sisterhood: A Novel" | Int edition (Harpercollins, August 1, 2000), cover price $7.99 | also contains Comic Book Culture: Fanboys and True Believers

Miscellaneous:

9780061743368, titled "Divine Secrets of the Ya-ya Sisterhood: A Novel" | Harpercollins, March 17, 2009, cover price $9.99

CD/Spoken Word:

9780694521685, titled "Divine Secrets of the Ya-ya Sisterhood: A Novel" | Harperaudio, March 1, 1999, cover price $22.00 | About this edition: At thirty-nine, SiddaLee Walker has escaped her Louisiana hometown to become a theatrical director, but as she gathers old letters, photos, journals, and souvenirs from the Ya-Ya Sisterhood to assist in writing a play about women's friendships, she yearns to revisit her childhood.

Cassette/Spoken Word:

9780060094812, titled "Divine Secrets of the Ya-ya Sisterhood: A Novel" | Unabridged edition (Harperaudio, June 1, 2002), cover price $39.95 | About this edition: At thirty-nine, SiddaLee Walker has escaped her Louisiana hometown to become a theatrical director, but as she gathers old letters, photos, journals, and souvenirs from the Ya-Ya Sisterhood to assist in writing a play about women's friendships, she yearns to revisit her childhood.
9780736686563, titled "Divine Secrets of the Ya-ya Sisterhood: A Novel" | Unabridged edition (Books on Tape, April 1, 2002), cover price $80.00 | About this edition: As a daughter struggles to analyse her mother, she comes face to face with the tangled beauty of imperfect love, and the fact that forgiveness, more than understanding, is often what the heart longs for.

Reinforced:

9780606296335, titled "Divine Secrets of the Ya-ya Sisterhood: A Novel" | Demco Media, March 30, 2006, cover price $16.76 | About this edition: SiddaLee has escaped her Louisiana hometown to become a theatrical director, but as she gathers mementos from the Ya-Ya Sisterhood to assist in writing a play about women's friendships, she yearns to revisit her childhood.

Prebinding:

9781417660957, titled "Divine Secrets of the Ya-ya Sisterhood: A Novel" | Turtleback Books, December 1, 2004, cover price $25.70 | About this edition: FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY.
9780613114806, titled "Divine Secrets of the Ya-ya Sisterhood: A Novel" | Turtleback Books, October 1, 1999, cover price $22.75 | About this edition: As a daughter struggles to analyse her mother, she comes face to face with the tangled beauty of imperfect love, and the fact that forgiveness, more than understanding, is often what the heart longs for.

Reading lists of some of the author's favorite books accompany her thoughts on the role of books and reading in her life

Paperback:

9780345422781 | Ballantine Books, August 1, 1998, cover price $10.00 | About this edition: Reading lists of some of the author's favorite books accompany her thoughts on the role of books and reading in her life

Miscellaneous:

9780307763525 | Ballantine Books, January 12, 2011, cover price $10.00

Reinforced:

9780606311786 | Demco Media, August 30, 2004, cover price $19.20 | About this edition: Reading lists of some of the author's favorite books accompany her thoughts on the role of books and reading in her life

Prebinding:

9781417648207 | Turtleback Books, August 1, 1998, cover price $20.90 | About this edition: Reading lists of some of the author's favorite books accompany her thoughts on the role of books and reading in her life

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Product Description: This examination and celebration of the literature and thought of the 1950s throws the enduring works of a golden era into high relief. An unconventional tour of a crucial period in 20th-century culture, the present book avoids sweeping surveys and gets to the heart of major achievement...read more

Hardcover:

9780826416261 | Continuum Intl Pub Group, October 30, 2004, cover price $29.95 | About this edition: This examination and celebration of the literature and thought of the 1950s throws the enduring works of a golden era into high relief.

Paperback:

9780826417664 | Bloomsbury USA Academic, August 30, 2005, cover price $25.95 | About this edition: This examination and celebration of the literature and thought of the 1950s throws the enduring works of a golden era into high relief.

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Product Description: A dynamic account of the history, practice, and theory of poetry as performance.Distant Reading considers poetry as performance, offers new insights into its popularity, and proposes a new history of its origins. It also explores related issues concerning the reception of poetry, the impact of the computer on how we read poetry, the persistence of the letter "I" in poems by avant-garde poets, the strangeness of the line-break as a demand on the reader's attention, and the idea of the reader as consumer...read more

Hardcover:

9780817314422 | Univ of Alabama Pr, March 13, 2005, cover price $59.95 | About this edition: A dynamic account of the history, practice, and theory of poetry as performance.

Paperback:

9780817351519 | Univ of Alabama Pr, March 13, 2005, cover price $29.95 | About this edition: A dynamic account of the history, practice, and theory of poetry as performance.

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Product Description: Focusing on the advertising policies of five publishing houses in the 1920s and 1930s, Catherine Turner here examines the process by which highbrow works of fiction were packaged, promoted, and sold to a mainstream American readership.

Hardcover:

9781558493766 | Univ of Massachusetts Pr, June 1, 2003, cover price $39.95 | About this edition: Focusing on the advertising policies of five publishing houses in the 1920s and 1930s, Catherine Turner here examines the process by which highbrow works of fiction were packaged, promoted, and sold to a mainstream American readership.

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Product Description: The Trash Phenomenon looks at how writers of the late twentieth century not only have integrated the events, artifacts, and theories of popular culture into their works but also have used those works as windows into popular culture's role in the process of nation building...read more (view table of contents, read Amazon.com's description)

Hardcover:

9780820324845 | Univ of Georgia Pr, May 1, 2003, cover price $69.95 | About this edition: The Trash Phenomenon looks at how writers of the late twentieth century not only have integrated the events, artifacts, and theories of popular culture into their works but also have used those works as windows into popular culture's role in the process of nation building.

Paperback:

9780820325217 | Univ of Georgia Pr, May 1, 2003, cover price $29.95

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Using the annual hardcover best seller lists from 'The Bookman' and then 'Publishers Weekly,' examines twentieth-century American social, cultural, and historical trends through the lens of popular literature. (view table of contents)

Hardcover:

9780760725597 | Silver Lining Books, October 1, 2001, cover price $20.00 | About this edition: Using the annual hardcover best seller lists from 'The Bookman' and then 'Publishers Weekly,' examines twentieth-century American social, cultural, and historical trends through the lens of popular literature.

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Product Description: Elements of popular culture, such as literature and films, are major industries. If scholars are to fully understand how popular culture evolves and functions, techniques for dealing with the impact of business need to be factored into the analysis...read more (view table of contents, read Amazon.com's description)

Hardcover:

9780879728113 | Popular Pr of Bowling Green State, June 1, 2000, cover price $49.95 | About this edition: Elements of popular culture, such as literature and films, are major industries.

Paperback:

9780879728120 | Popular Pr of Bowling Green State, June 1, 2000, cover price $16.95 | About this edition: Elements of popular culture, such as literature and films, are major industries.

What are super-devoted fans of comic books really like? What draws them together and energizes their zeal? What do the denizens of this pop-culture world have in common?This book provides good answers as it scrutinizes the fans whose profiles can be traced at their conventions, in pages of fanzines, on websites, in chat-rooms, on electronic bulletin boards, and before the racks in comic-book stores. They are a singular breed, and an absorbing interest in comic books (sometimes life-consuming) unites them.Studies have shows that the clustering, die-hard disciples of Star Trek have produced a unique culture. The same can be said of American enthusiasts of comic books. These aficionados range from the stereotypical "fanboy" who revels in the minute details of mainstream superhero titles like X-Men to the more discriminating (and downright snobbish) reader of idiosyncratic alternative comics like Eightball. Literate comics like Watchman, Radioactive Man, and Peepshow demand a knowledgeable audience and reward members of the culture for their expertise while tending to alienate those outside. This book shows how the degree of "comics literacy" determines a fan's place in the culture and how the most sophisticated share the nuanced history of the format.Although their interaction is filled with conflicts, all groups share an intense love for the medium. But whether one is a Fanboy or a True Believer, the preferred hangout is the specialty store. Here, as they talk shop, the culture proliferates. They debate among themselves, spread news about the industry, arrange trades, discuss collectibles, and attach themselves to their particular mainstream.With history, interviews, and textual analysis Comic Book Culture: Fanboys and True Believers examines the varied reading communities absorbed by the veneration of the comics and demonstrates how each functions in the ever-broadening culture.

Hardcover:

9781578062003 | Univ Pr of Mississippi, December 1, 1999, cover price $50.00 | About this edition: What are super-devoted fans of comic books really like?

Paperback:

9780061015076, titled "Divine Secrets of the Ya-ya Sisterhood: A Novel" | Int edition (Harpercollins, August 1, 2000), cover price $7.99 | also contains The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood: A Novel
9781578062010 | Univ Pr of Mississippi, February 1, 2000, cover price $25.00 | About this edition: What are super-devoted fans of comic books really like?

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Product Description: Deftly melding ethnography, cultural history, literary criticism, and autobiographical reflection, A Feeling for Books is at once an engaging study of the Book-of-the-Month Club's influential role as a cultural institution and a profoundly personal meditation about the experience of reading...read more

Hardcover:

9780807823576, titled "Feeling for Books: The Book-Of-The-Month Club, Literary Taste, and Middle-Class Desire" | Univ of North Carolina Pr, August 1, 1997, cover price $39.95 | About this edition: Traces the history of the Book-of-the-Month Club and reconstructs the standards, ethos, tastes, and passions that drove club officials

Paperback:

9780807848302 | Univ of North Carolina Pr, August 1, 1999, cover price $31.95 | About this edition: Deftly melding ethnography, cultural history, literary criticism, and autobiographical reflection, A Feeling for Books is at once an engaging study of the Book-of-the-Month Club's influential role as a cultural institution and a profoundly personal meditation about the experience of reading.

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Product Description: Fishing by Obstinate Isles explores the relations of recent British and American poetries, challenging American views of a British poetry dominated by antimodernism while discussing the role of rhetorics of national identity on both sides of the Atlantic in the persistence of these views...read more

Hardcover:

9780810116221 | Northwestern Univ Pr, December 9, 1998, cover price $89.95 | About this edition: Fishing by Obstinate Isles explores the relations of recent British and American poetries, challenging American views of a British poetry dominated by antimodernism while discussing the role of rhetorics of national identity on both sides of the Atlantic in the persistence of these views.

Paperback:

9780810116238 | Northwestern Univ Pr, December 9, 1998, cover price $29.95 | About this edition: Fishing by Obstinate Isles explores the relations of recent British and American poetries, challenging American views of a British poetry dominated by antimodernism while discussing the role of rhetorics of national identity on both sides of the Atlantic in the persistence of these views.

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'Significant book for history of Latin American literature in English-language translation. Focusing on Waldo Frank's contributions, Rostagno chronicles changing North American attitudes toward Latin American literature. Other chapters deal with Blanche and Alfred Knopf, the serial El Corno Emplumado, the impact(s) of the Cuban Revolution, and the Center for Inter-American Relations. The take of any 'promotion,' however, is far more complicated than Rostagno indicates'--Handbook of Latin American Studies, v. 58.http://www.loc.gov/hlas/ (view table of contents)

Hardcover:

9780313298691 | Praeger Pub Text, March 30, 1997, cover price $64.00 | About this edition: 'Significant book for history of Latin American literature in English-language translation.

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Product Description: Book by Link, Mardi

Hardcover:

9780964940116 | Rhodes & Easton, January 1, 1997, cover price $21.95 | About this edition: Book by Link, Mardi

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Product Description: In this narrative account of the life and work of Charles Olson, Ralph Maud focuses on what the poet read as a basis for understanding the work he produced.To an extraordinary degree, Olson’s reading and life were coextensive, according to Maud, who notes that Olson saw his written output over his lifetime as a total cosmology...read more

Hardcover:

9780809319954 | Southern Illinois Univ Pr, February 1, 1996, cover price $47.00 | About this edition: In this narrative account of the life and work of Charles Olson, Ralph Maud focuses on what the poet read as a basis for understanding the work he produced.

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