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Reprint, Autumn 1993

ISSUE:  Autumn 1993

Longtime New Yorker writer Joseph Mitchell immortalized the people and places of the great city in four memorable books—McSorley’s Wonderful Saloon, Old Mr. Flood, The Bottom of the Harbor, and Joe Gould’s Secret— all of which were combined into one under the title, Up in the Old Hotel, a 1992 national best seller which is again available as a Vintage Book [$14.00]. Vintage has also republished Richard Ben Cramer’s What It Takes, which takes more than 1, 000 pages to recount the 1988 presidential campaign in what Time acclaimed as “#1 Book of the Year” [$15.00]. A third Vintage reprint is Joan Didion’s After Henry, a collection of essays ranging from Washington to Los Angeles [$12.00]. When Stephen W. Sears’ Landscape Turned Red: The Battle of Antietam was published in 1983, Newsweek called it “a first-rate work of history, a book so authoritative and graceful that it seems unlikely to need a replacement in the future.” It is again available as a Ticknor & Fields paperback [$12.95]. Another bloody conflict is chronicled in John Toland’s In Mortal Combat: Korea, 1950—1953 recently republished as a Quill paperback [$13.00]. Three Yale reprints are respectively Howard Waitzkin’s The Politics of Medical Encounters: How Patients and Doctors Deal With Social Problems [$35.00 cloth, $17.00 paper]; Richard L. Zweigenhaft & G. William Domhoff’s Blacks in the White Establishment: A Study of Race and Class in America [$29.50 cloth, $11 paper], and Michael Rosenfeld’s Affirmative Action & Justice [$18.00 paper, $35.00 cloth]. Transaction Books has a paper edition of Walter Lippmann’s The Phantom Public, with a new introduction by Wilfred M. McClay [$21.95]. Transaction has also republished American Anxieties, a collective portrait of the 1930’s edited by Lewis Filler and including essays by John Dewey, John Steinbeck, and Erskine Caldwell [$19.95 paper]. Houghton Mifflin is offering a paper edition of John Kenneth Galbraith’s The Culture of Contentment which The Wall Street Journal lauded as “a bravura performance” [$9. 95]. St. Martin’s has a paper edition of Duane Schultz’ Over the Earth I Come: The Great Sioux Uprising of 1862, a 1992 New York Times Notable Book of the Year [$12.95]. Two Johns Hopkins’ paperbacks are concerned with Native Americans, the first being Patricia M. Malone’s The Skulking Way of War: Technology and Tactics among the New England Indians [$13.95], and the second Gregory Evans Dowd’s A Spirited Resistance: The North American Indian Struggle for Unity, 1745-1815 [$14.95]. Bison Books has a paper edition of Rowena Reed’s Combined Operations in the Civil War with an introduction by John D. Milligan [$17.95]. South Carolina has published a second edition of Walter J. Fraser, Jr. ‘s Patriots, Pistols and Petticoats; “Poor Sinful CharlesTown” during the American Revolution, an account of the lively—at times bawdy— atmosphere in Charleston during the Revolutionary War era [$14.95 paper].


Jean Lacouture’s two volume biography of Charles DeGaulle has received widespread acclaim, with the London Times describing the two volumes as “Heroic stuff. . . .the scale of events and personalities, the tragic ironies of history, are irresistibly compelling.” The New York Times Book Review acclaimed the biography as simply “magnificent.” Norton has now published the two volumes in paper, volume one being DeGaulle the Rebel 1890— 1944, and volume two DeGaulle the Ruler 1945—1970 [$15.95 each]. Collier Books is offering a one-volume abridgment by Richard Harwell of Douglas Southall Freeman’s Pulitzer Prize-winning seven-volume biography Washington, with a new introduction by Michael Kammen and an afterword by Dumas Malone [$21.00]. Nebraska’s Bison Book Series has reprinted A. B. Guthrie Jr. ‘s The Blue Hen’s Chick, an autobiography with an afterword by David L. Petersen [$35.00 cloth, $11.95 paper]. Bison Books also has a paper edition of Charles L. Dufour’s Nine Men In Gray, an account of some of Robert E. Lee’s most valuable officers [$14.95]. Two recent Yale paperbacks are Ved Mehta’s Mahatma Gandhi & His Apostles [$15.95], and Ken Rattenbury’s Duke Ellington, Jazz Composer [$18.00]. Columbia has issued a paper edition of Lorrie Goldensohn’s Elizabeth Bishop: The Biography of a Poetry [$15.95]. Quill Books has reprinted Carolly Erickson’s Bloody Mary: The Life of Mary Tudor, a work The Chicago Tribune called “historical biography that reads like the liveliest fiction” [$15.00 paper]. Ticknor & Fields has reissued Donald Hall’s Their Ancient Glittering Eyes: Remembering Poets and More Poets including such poets as T. S. Eliot, Robert Frost, and Ezra Pound [$11.95 paper]. Vintage Books has a new edition of William Kittredge’s Hole in the Sky, a memoir about growing up in the West [$11.00]. Another Vintage reprint is Deborah Digges’ Fugitive Spring: Coming of Age in the ’50s and ’60s which The Boston Globe described as “a bittersweet cameo of postwar America” [$11.00]. University Press of America has issued a paper edition of Randall W. Bland’s Private Pressure on Public Law: The Legal Career of Justice Thurgood Marshall: 1934—1991 [$21.50], A Pantheon paperback is Alan Lomax’s Mister Jelly Roll: The Fortunes of Jelly Roll Morton, New Orleans Creole and “Inventor of Jazz” [$19.50].


The Poetry of Michelangelo: An Annotated Translation by James M. Saslow is the only available bilingual edition of the more than 300 sonnets, madrigals, and other poems produced by Michelangelo over his long career. The poems reveal the artist’s innermost feelings about such universal themes as love, death, and redemption. Yale has published a paper edition of Saslow’s translation of the great Italian’s work [$20.00 paper]. Yale also has a paper edition of Oliver MacDonagh’s Jane Austen: Real and Imagined Worlds in which a distinguished historian shows how Jane Austen’s novels illuminate early 19th century English history [$12.00]. A third recent Yale paperback is Melissa Walker’s Down From the Mountaintop: Black Women’s Novels in the Wake of the Civil Rights Movement, 1966—1989 [$12.00]. Also available in paper from Yale is Misia Landau’s Narratives of Human Evolution, an analysis of various theories of evolution by Darwin, Keith, and Elliot Smith as well as more recent accounts [$13.00]. Oxford is offering a second edition of Joy Hooton and Harry Heseltine’s Annals of Australian Literature, including such genres as history, biography, correspondence, and travel writing as well as poetry, fiction, and drama [$52.00 cloth]. In its “Australian Writers” series Oxford is offering paper editions of Kevin Hart’s A. D. Hope, Lyn McCredden’s James McAuley, and Peter Steele’s Peter Porter [$15.95 each]. Another recent Oxford paperback reprint is The Oxford India Anthology of Twelve Modern Indian Poets edited by Arvind Krishna Mehrotra [$10.95]. Johns Hopkins has republished Wolfgang Iser’s The Fictive and the Imaginary: Charting Literary Anthropology [$55.00 cloth, $15.95 paper]. Penn State has a paper edition of David Carrier’s Principles of Art History Writing [$16.95]. A Graywolf Discovery reprint is Edwin Muir’s The Estate of Poetry with a new introduction by John Haines and a foreword by Archibald MacLeish [$11.00 paper]. Vintage Books has republished Robin Lane Fox’s The Unauthorized Version: Truth and Fiction in the Bible, a book described as “erudite and stimulating” by The New York Times [$15.00]. Harvard has a paper edition of Malcolm Bowie’s Lacan, a study of the French intellectual’s work [$12.00]. Called “a real-life thriller” by The Los Angeles Times, John Costello’s Ten Days to Destiny is the story of the dramatic flight of Rudolf Hess, Hitler’s infamous deputy, to England in May 1941 with a peace initiative, and it includes first-time publication of KGB files. A paper edition is now available as a Quill Book [$13.00], Vintage has reprinted Steven S. Hall’s Mapping the Next Millennium: How Computer-Driven Cartography is Revolutionizing the Face of Science [$16.00]. Also available from Vintage is Lois W. Banner’s In Full Flower: Aging Women, Power, and Sexuality, a work The New fork Times Book Review praised as “highly literate and richly researched” [$13.00]. Another recent Vintage Book is Czech leader Vaclav Havel’s Summer Meditations [$11.00]. Johns Hopkins has a paper edition of Thomas L. Pangle’s The Ennobling of Democracy: The Challenge of the Postmodern Age, a searching critique of postmodernism and its implications for political life and thought [$13.95]. Another Johns Hopkins’ reprint is a revised edition of Dr. Francis Mondimore’s Depression: The Mood Disease, which Science Books & News called “clearly written, comprehensive, and compassionate” [$22.95 cloth]. Transaction Books has republished Thomas Molnar’s God and the Knowledge of Reality with a new introduction by the author [$19.95 paper], Yale paperbacks include W. M. Ormrod’s The Reign of Edward III: Crown 4? Political Society in England 1327—1377 [$17.00], Otto F. Kernberg’s Severe Personality Disorders: Psychotherapeutic Strategies [$18.00], Edward Friedman, Paul G. Pickowicz, and Mark Selden’s Chinese Village, Socialist State [$17.00], Four Neotropical Rainforests, essays by environmental experts edited by Alwyn H. Gentry [$32.50].


As a part of its Hera Series, SOHO Books is reprinting historical novels by women historians. Among the first are Ceclia Holland’s Grate Maria, a novel set in medieval times [$12.00 paper], and Pauline Gedge’s Child of the Morning, a story about the female Pharaoh, Hatshepsut [$12.00], Vintage Books is offering new editions of two works by James Joyce, the first being the story collection Dubliners [$10.00], and the second Joyce’s innovative fiction autobiography, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man [$9. 00], Vintage also has reprints of two of Isak Dinesen’s short story collections, one being Winter’s Tales [$12.00], and the other Anecdotes of Destiny and Ehrengard including the short story “Babette’s Feast” [$12.00]. Other Vintage reprints include these: Thomas Bernhard’s The Loser [$10.00], Beth Nugent’s City of Boys: Stories [$11.00], and Barry Gifford’s Landscape with Traveler: The Pillow Book of Francis Reeves [$10.00]. Bison Books has republished Sinclair Lewis’s Free Air, a novel which appeared in 1919, a year before Main Street made the author world famous [$11.95 paper], Kodansha International has launched a new paperback series called “Japan’s Modern Writers.” Among the first writers whose works it is publishing are Yasunari Kawabata’s The Lake (Japan’s only winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature) [$8. 00], Takeshi Kaiko’s Into a Black Sun: Vietnam 1964—65 [$8. 00], Masuji Ibuse’s Waves: Two Short Novels [$8. 00], Morio Kita’s Ghosts [$8. 00], Harumi Setouchi’s The End of Summer: Stories [$8. 00], and Yasushi Inoue’s Tun-Hauang [$8. 00].


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