As the 22nd volume in its series “The Mark Twain Papers and Works of Mark Twain,” California has published a new critical edition of Twain’s early masterpiece about the American West—Roughing It—a “ personal narrative” of the six years Twain spent in “variegated vagabondizing” through the American West, from his overland stage trip to Nevada in 1861, to his years as a miner and reporter during the “flush times” of the early 1860’s, to his exploration of the Sandwich Islands in 1866.Roughing It presents a memorable portrait of frontier life and character with a galaxy of individuals stronger and sometimes stranger than fiction [$65.00 cloth]. California is also offering a new edition of Caroline F.Ware’s Greenwich Village, 1920—1930 with a foreword by Deborah Dash Moore, a work which Malcolm Cowley called “A valuable and extremely careful study, . . .the book is full of interesting material, much of it new and some of it pretty close to being sensational.” Ms. Ware’s account of Greenwich Village in the roaring 20’s was originally published in 1963 [$16.00 paper]. Yale has a paper edition of Larry Baron and Murray A.Straus’ Four Theories of Rape in American Society: A State-Level Analysis in which the authors examine why some women are in much greater danger of being raped in some American states than in others [$14.00 paper]. North Carolina has reprinted Walter A.Jackson’s Gunnar Myrdal and America’s Conscience: Social Engineering and Racial Liberalism, 1938—1987, an examination of how the Swedish scholar came to shape a consensus on one of America’s most explosive issues, namely race. The reprint is a part of the Fred W. Morrison Series in Southern Studies [$18.95 paper]. As a part of its Studies in Cultural History Series, Harvard has a new edition of Paul Boyer’s When Time Shall Be No More: Prophecy Belief in Modern American Culture, a winner of the 1993 Banta Award of the Wisconsin Library Association in which Boyer examines the ways prophecy belief shapes contemporary American thought and culture [$14.95 paper]. Harvard has also issued a paper edition of W.H.Bunting’s Portrait of a Port: Boston, 1852—1914 of which the Chicago Tribune observed, “Following Bunting’s text is rather like being taken on a tour by a venerable harbor pilot. Crisp and competent, he directs your attention to features which must be instantly obvious to him but would be overlooked by the novice” [$19.95 paper]. Originally published in 1947, John Hope Franklin and Alfred A. Moss, Jr.’s From Slavery to Freedom has maintained its preeminence as the most authoritative history of African Americans. A 7th edition, thoroughly revised to include expanded coverage of Africa, additional material on the situation of African Americans in the United States, and two new 4-page color inserts, was recently published by Knopf [$45.00 cloth]. Alan T. Nolan’s The Iron Brigade: A Military History is an account of the most famous unit in the Union Army, the only all-Western brigade in the Eastern armies of the Union made up of troops from Indiana, Wisconsin, and Michigan. Organized near Washington in October, 1861, the Iron Brigade served with distinction in the army of the Potomac during America’s bloodiest war. A new edition of Nolan’s history is available from Indiana [$18.95 paper]. First serialized in the New Yorker and then published as a book in 1965, Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood has been called by the New York Review of Books “ the best documentary account of an American crime ever written.” A new edition of this American masterpiece is available as a Vintage Book [$12.00], Collier Books has republished John F.Marszalek’s Assault at West Point: The Court-Martial of Johnson Whittaker, an account of a former slave who became the third black to enter West Point and who was court-martialed in the 1880’s [$15.50].
Originally published in 1992, Fred Caplan’sHenry James: The Imagination of Genius: A Biography was given this accolade by the Chicago Tribune: “ The power and the tact with which Kaplan records this twilight intensity should make this fine new biography the definitive statement on James’s life for the next generation.” A new paper edition has been published as a Quill book [$14.50]. Yale is offering a paper edition of Barbara Levick’s Claudius, a reassessment of the Emperor Claudius and his reign, examining Claudius’ political objectives and activities within the political, social, and economic development of Rome [$15.00]. Yale also has a new edition of The Family in Italy: From Antiquity to the Present edited by David I.Kertzer and Richard P.Sailer, a work in which an international group of scholars offers historical and anthropological perspectives on the Western family [$45.00 cloth, $16.00 paper]. Massachusetts has republished Dr. E. James Lieberman’s Acts of Will: The Life and Work of Otto Rank, the first complete biography of one of Freud’s early associates who came to be reviled by the psychoanalytic establishment that formerly revered him [$17.95 paper]. A recent Vintage Book is Townsend Hoopes and Douglas Brinkley’s Driven Patriot: The Life and Times of James Forrestal which the Watt Street Journal called “a grand epic biography” [$17.00].
As a sequel to their award-winning series, A History of Private Life, French scholars George Duby and Michelle Perrot have begun a five-volume series informed by the work of 75 historians on the history of women. The inaugural volume edited by Pauline Schmitt Pantel and entitled A History of Women: From Ancient Goddesses to Christian Saints brings women from the margins of ancient history into more than 20 centuries of Greek and Roman history. A paper edition of this history was recently published by Harvard [$15.95]. Another recent Harvard paperback is Henry Rousso’s The Vichy Syndrome: History and Memory in France Since 1944, an account of France’s struggle with the memory of the Vichy experience [$15.95]. Yale has issued a new edition of Robert Jan van Pelt and Carroll William Westfall’s Architectural Principles in the Age of Historicism, a book which explores the relationship between architectural history and the current practice of architecture with Westfall championing the Classical tradition and van Pelt the Judeo-Christian perspective [$40.00 cloth, $18.00 paper]. Vintage Books has reprinted Yale historian Paul Kennedy’s national bestseller Preparing for the Twenty-First Century in which Kennedy examines the problems and prospects for humankind in the first century of the next millenneum [$14.00].
Alfred D. Chandler, Jr. ‘s Scale and Scope: The Dynamics of Industrial Capitalism was winner of the Leo Melamed Prize of the University of Chicago’s Graduate School of Business as well as the Association of American Publishers 1990 award for the best book in Business and Management and was Chandler’s first major work since his Pulitzer prize-winning The Visible Hand. Harvard is now offering a paper edition of Scale and Scope [$16.95]. Harvard has also republished a paper edition of Anthony Grafton’s Defenders of the Text: The Traditions of Scholarship in an Age of Science, 1450—1800, a full-scale presentation of the world of scholarship from the Renaissance to the modern period [$16.95]. New England is offering a paper edition of David Huddle’s The Writing Habit, a discussion of the whys and wherefores, the pains and pleasures of creative writing [$12.95].