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William J. Maxwell
F.B. Eyes: How J. Edgar Hoover's Ghostreaders Framed African American Literature
Few institutions seem more opposed than African American literature and J. Edgar Hoover’s white-bread Federal Bureau of Investigation. But behind the scenes the FBI’s hostility to black...
New Negro, Old Left
Howard "Stretch" Johnson, a charismatic Harlemite who graduated from Cotton Club dancer to Communist Party youth leader, once claimed that in late 1930s New York "75% of black cultural...
The English Cult of Literature: Devoted Readers, 1774-1880
What constitutes reading? This is the question William McKelvy asks in The English Cult of Literature. Is it a theory of interpretation or a physical activity, a process determined by...
Buster Keaton: Tempest In A Flat Hat
This “appreciative biography that rolls as smoothly as a film reel” (Cleveland Plain Dealer) celebrates one of cinema’s greatest clowns, painting a detailed portrait of the man behind the...
The Backwash Squeeze and Other Improbable Feats
At one time the game was even bigger than baseball. Today bridge is played by more than twenty-five million people in the United States alone, with Bill Gates, a sitting Supreme Court...
Before Gertrude Stein became the twentieth century’s preeminent experimental writer, she spent a decade conducting research in both the leading psychological laboratory and the leading...
Exiled Royalties: Melville and the Life We Imagine
is a literary/biographical study of the course of Melville's career from his experience in Polynesia through his retirement from the New York Custom House and his...
Hawthorne's Habitations: A Literary Life
The first literary/biographical study of Hawthorne's full career in almost forty years, Hawthorne's Habitations presents a self-divided man and writer strongly attracted to reality for its...
Reimagining Thoreau synthesizes the interests of the intellectual and psychological biographer and the literary critic in a reconsideration of Thoreau's literary career. The aims of the...