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Reprint, Autumn 1992

ISSUE:  Autumn 1992

Bernard Bailyn’s The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution, first published in 1967, has become one of America’s historical classics. It was the recipient of both the Pulitzer Prize and the Bancroft Prize. Harvard recently published a 25th anniversary edition with a new essay, “Fulfillment,” as a postscript [$12.95 paper]. Since its appearance in July 1936, Gone with the Wind has become both a literary and cinematic phenomenon, and Gone with the Wind as Book and Film, edited by the late Richard Harwell, gathers into one collection the most significant writings on the book, the film, and the author, Margaret Mitchell. South Carolina has come out with a paper edition of the collection [$12.95], Yale has reprinted Sitting in Judgment: The Sentencing of White-Collar Criminals by Stanton Wheeler, Kenneth Mann, and Austin Sarat [$30. 00 cloth; $13. 00 paper]. Ralph McGill’s The South and the Southerner, a wide-ranging blend of autobiography and history, appeared at the height of the Civil Rights Movement in 1963 when McGill was leading the quest for a New South as editor, and later publisher, of The Atlanta Constitution. Now, almost three decades later, Georgia has published a new edition of McGill’s work with a foreword by his former Constitution colleague, Eugene Patterson [$14.95 paper]. Civil Rights and black America were also the subjects of Nicholas Lemann’s national best seller The Promised Land: The Great Black Migration and How It Changed America, which was published last year. A paper edition is now available as a Vintage Book [$13. 00]. Vintage has also reissued P. J. O’Rourke’s number one national best seller, Parliament of Whores, billed as an attempt by a lone humorist to “Explain the Entire U. S. Government.” [$12. 00], Vintage has also reprinted an earlier O’Rourke book, Holidays in Hell, an account of his adventures overseas [$12. 00], A fourth Vintage reprint is Dinesh D’Souza’s Illiberal Education: The Politics of Race and Sex on Campus [$12. 00]. Bison Books is offering a new edition of Wallace Stegner’s The Gathering of Zion: The Story of the Mormon Trail, originally published in 1967, [$12.95] as well as a reprint of Michael C. C. Adams’ Fighting for Defeat: Union Military Failure in the East, 1861—1865 [$9.95 paper].


As the founder of Irish Republican Nationalism, Theobald Wolfe Tone (1763—1798) is still hailed as the first prophet of an independent Ireland. Marianne Elliott’s Wolfe Tone: Prophet of Irish Independence, originally published by Yale in 1989, was the first major biography of Tone and used a wealth of new material to examine his personal life and public actions. The book was winner of the Sunday Independent/Irish Life Award for Biography. A paper edition of this work is now available [$20. 00, also in cloth $40. 00]. Called “a brave peacock” by Theodore Roosevelt, General Nelson A. Miles served in the U. S. military for 42 years, fighting in almost every important battle of the Army of the Potomac and after the Civil War taking part in fighting in the conflicts against the Sioux, Cheyennes, Apaches, and Nez Perces. Miles published his memoirs in two volumes in 1897 with illustrations by the great Western artist, Frederic Remington. Bison Books has come out with a new edition of the Personal Recollections if Observations of General Nelson A. Miles [Volume 1 $11.95 paper; Volume 2 also $11.95; set $23. 90], Bison has also reprinted The Travels of jedediah Smith: A Documentary Outline, Including His Journal, Smith being the mountain man who was the first American citizen to travel overland to California to turn eastward and cross the Great Basin, and later to proceed by land from southern California to northern Oregon [$9.95 paper]. To the Scaffold: The Life of Marie Antoinette by prolific biographer Carolly Erickson recounted the tragic history of the last Queen of France. A paper edition of her biography is now available as a Quill Book [$14. 00]. Penguin Books has reprinted Graham Greene’s Reflections, a collection of travel writing, essays, and reviews by the noted British writer [$10. 00]. Pantheon Books is offering a paper edition of Wendell Berry’s Harlan Hubbard: Life and Work, a biography of the Kentucky writer and painter [$16. 00]. Norton has issued a paper edition of The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge, Rainer Maria Rilke’s major prose work and one of the earliest publications to introduce him to American readers [$8.95]. Pittsburgh has a new edition of The Andrew Carnegie Reader edited by Joseph Frazier Wall, a collection of Carnegie’s various articles in major magazines of his time [$44.95 cloth; $19.95 paper]. Transaction Publishers has reprinted Paul Roazen’s Helene Deutsch: A Psychoanalysts’s Life with a new introduction by the author [$19.95 paper]. Paul Tsongas’ battle against lymphoma was described by the former Massachusetts senator in an autobiographical account he titled Heading Home. With a new preface by the author, Heading Home is now available as a Vintage Book [$10. 00]. Vintage has also reprinted Jeffrey Meyers’ D. H. Lawrence: A Biography [$14. 00]. Other Vintage Books include Andrei Sakharov’s Memoirs, written over 12 years and completed in spite of repeated confiscations by the KGB [$16. 00]; Sakharov’s Moscow and Beyond, 1986—1989 [$11. 00]; Sanford D. Horwitt’s Let Them Call Me Rebel: Saul Alinsky, His Life and Legacy [$15. 00]; and Signe Hammer’s By Her Own Hand: Memoirs of a Suicide’s Daughter [$10. 00].


Ursula K. Le Guin’s The Language of the Night: Essays on Fantasy and Science Fiction, her first collection of essays and speeches, addresses some of the issues and challenges that confront the science fiction writer and reader. Harper Collins has published a new edition of The Language of the Night revised by the author [$20. 00 cloth]. In The History in Literature: On Value, Genre, Institutions, Stanford scholar Herbert Lindenberger examines the turn to history that has recently become a dominant issue in literary studies. A paper edition of Linderberger’s examination has been published by Columbia [$18.50]. Harvard has reprinted Forrest G. Robinson’s In Bad Faith: The Dynamics of Deception in Mark Twain’s America [$14.95 paper]. Johns Hopkins has a paperback edition of Steven Gould Axelrod’s Sylvia Plath: The Wound and the Cure of Words, an inner narrative of the poet’s life and works [$12.95]. A recent Oxford paperback is Chris Wallace-Crabbe’s Falling into Language, a collection of essays on language, poetry, autobiography, memory, and dreams [$21.95]. Cambridge has republished C. L. Innes’ Chinua Achebe, a study of Africa’s best known and most widely read author [$44.95 cloth; $15.95 paper].


Although her best known novel is The Mandarins, Simone de Beauvoir’s strangest work of fiction was All Men Are Mortal, originally published in 1946. A new edition of All Men Are Mortal was recently published in paperback by Norton (S9.95). Texas has come out with a paperback edition of The Collected Stories of Jean Stafford, a collection of 30 stories which won the 1970 Pulitzer Prize for fiction [$15.95], Texas has also reprinted a paper edition of Jean Stafford’s novel The Mountain Lion, a story of coming of age in pre-World War II California and Colorado [$15.95]. A new edition of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic The Great Gatsby authorized by his estate is being offered by Collier Books. It is a definitive textually accurate edition [$9. 00 paper]. An addition to the Cambridge Edition of the Works of D. H. Lawrence is a collection three novelettes Lawrence wrote between November 1920 and December 1921, namely The Fox, The Captain’s Doll, and The Ladybird. The new edition is edited by Dieter Mehl [$89.95 cloth]. Patricia Browning Griffith’s novel The World Around Midnight is an account of a dutiful daughter’s return to a place “where Texas still is.” The novel received the ALA Notable Book of the Year Award and is again available as a Washington Square Press imprint published by Pocket Books [$8. 00]. Touchstone Books has reprinted Australian author, Thomas Keneally’s Schindler’s List, an acclaimed international best seller about the Holocaust [$12. 00]. Mao Dun is one of China’s leading 20th-century vernacular writers, and a major novel by this Chinese author has become available in English for the first time, thanks to California. The novel is Rainbow, translated by Madeleine Zelin [$38. 00 cloth; $13. 00 paperback]. Curbstone Press has a paper edition of Luisa Valenzuela’s The Censors, a bilingual selection of stories by one of Latin America’s best known and widely translated women authors [$12.95]. Vintage Books has reprinted four of the most famous novels of Thomas Mann, namely, The Magic Mountain [$14. 00], Buddenbrooks [$14. 00], Doctor Faustus [$13. 00], and Confessions of Felix Krull, Confidence Man (The Early Years) [$11. 00]. Vintage is also offering reprints of two of D. H. Lawrence’s novels, The Virgin and the Gipsy [$10. 00] and The Plumed Serpent [$12. 00], In its Contemporary Series, Vintage has reprints of Raymond Carver’s Will You Please Be Quiet, Please?, a collection of stories [$10. 00], and a selection of Raymond Carver’s uncollected writings entitled No Heroics, Please [$10. 00].’


Ashley Montagu’s The Natural Superiority of Women was first published in 1952 and has since become a classic challenge to male chauvinism. The author of more than 50 books, Montagu has now put together a new and revised edition of Natural Superiority which has been published by Collier Books [$9.95 paper]. Chicago has reprinted Forbidden History: The State, Society, and the Regulation of Sexuality in Modern Europe, a collection of 15 essays spanning European history from the 15th century to the present and edited by John C. Fout [$39.95 cloth; $17.95 paper]. As a part of its edition of The Collected Works of C. G. Jung, Princeton has republished Psychology of the Unconscious: A Study of the Transformations and Symbolisms of the Libido which it bills as “the book that started the Jungian Age [$29.95 cloth]. Vintage Books has reprinted Vaclav Havel’s Open Letters: Selected Writings 1965—1990, a collection by the playwright who became the leader of a non-Communist Czechoslovakia [$12. 00]. Another Vintage reprint is John M. Hull’s Touching the Rock: An Experience of Blindness described by a man who went blind after years of struggling with failing vision [$10. 00]. Vintage has also reissued Henry Petroski’s To Engineer is Human: The Role of Failure in Successful Design with a new afterword by the author [$11. 00].


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