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Reprint, Winter 1985

ISSUE:  Winter 1985

The writings of Thomas Jefferson, including his autobiography, Notes on the State of Virginia, and various public addresses and private papers and letters, have been assembled into one volume for the Library of America’s series of America’s foremost authors under the editorship of Jefferson scholar Merrill D. Peterson [$30.00]. Having achieved the bestseller list with her novel “. . .And Ladies of the Club,” Harper & Row has reissued an earlier nonfiction work by Helen Hooven Santmyer entitled Ohio Town, a portrait of Xenia, the town where Miss Santmyer has spent her long life [$14.95]. The early days of baseball are the subject of Lawrence S. Hitter’s The Glory of Their Times, which Morrow has republished in a new and enlarged edition [$15.95]. Pantheon is offering a paperback edition of Gabriel Kolko’s Main Currents in Modern American History, in which the historian scans the key decisions and developments in economics, politics, and foreign policy since 1876 [$10.95]. Two new Scribner’s paperback reprints are W.A. Swanberg’s First Blood: The Story of Fort Sumter, which Time magazine hailed as “the most readable, most cohesive account of Sumter” [$12.95], and Douglas C. Jones’ fictional account of The Court-Martial of George Armstrong Custer, described by the Washington Post as “good courtroom cliff-hanging” [$8.95]. Kentucky has new editions of three works dealing with the experiences of American soldiers in World War II, all cloth editions. The respective volumes are Frank F. Mathias’s G.I. Jive: An Army Bandsman in World War II, William R. Dunn’s Fighter Pilot: The First American Ace of World War II, and Philip Ardery’s Bomber Pilot: A Memoir of World War II [$18.00 each]. Illinois is offering a paperback edition of Norm Cohen’s Long Steel Rail: The Railroad in American Folksong, a volume in the series Music in American Life [$17.50]. Margaret W. Rossiter’s Women Scientists in America: Struggles and Strategies to 1940 is available as a Johns Hopkins Paperback [$10.95]. Nebraska has come out with a new edition of LeRoy R. Hafen and Francis Marion Young’s Fort Laramie and the Pageant of the West, 1834—1890 [$24.95 cloth, $8.95 paper ].Speaking for Ourselves: Women of the South, a collection of interviews and first-person accounts by 40 Southern women, edited by Maxine Alexander is a recent Pantheon paperback [$10.95]. A new Fireside Book is Pearl Byrd Foster’s Classic American Cooking, with recipes ranging from acorn squash baked with pineapple to zucchini nut bread [$9.95].


Richard Norton Smith’s Thomas E. Dewey and His Times is a definitive account of the three-term New York governor, twice unsuccessful candidate for president, and the politician many people consider most responsible for the making of the modern Republican Party, and it is available as a Touchstone Book [$11.95]. Other recent Touchstone biographies include Norman Polmar and Thomas B. Allen’s Rickover: Controversy and Genius, an examination of the life and career of Admiral Hyman G. Rickover [$12.95] and Dan Kurzman’s Ben-Gurion: Prophet of Fire, a definitive account of Israel’s first prime minister [$10.95]. Touchstone is also offering a reprint of Andrew Hodges’ Alan Turing: The Enigma, the story of a British scientist who played a leading role in breaking the German secret code in World War II and later in the development of the modern computer [$10.95]. A recent Colophon Book is Brian Urquhart’s Hammarskjöld, a biography of the United Nations’ most famous secretary-general [$14.95]. Wisconsin has republished Helene Moglen’s Charlotte Bronte//querry? : The Self Conceived, a biography fusing the making of literature with the formation of personality [$27.50 cloth, $9.95 paper]. When Andre Maurois’ Proust: Portrait of a Genius was first published in 1950, the New York Times Book Review said of it: “This single study tells us all we need to know of Proust and his masterpiece.” Carroll & Graf is offering a paperback edition of this life of the French novelist [$10.95]. Atheneum now has a paperback edition of Richard Ollard’s biography of England’s most famous diarist, Pepys [$6.95]. Another Atheneum paperback is Jonathan Yardley’s Ring: A Biography of Ring Lardner, the sports writer, storyteller, and humorist who died at 48 in 1933 [$13.95]. Phyllis C. Robinson’s Willa: The Life of Willa Cather, described as “an enthusiastic, appreciative chronicle of one of America’s greatest women writers” by the Washington Post, is a recent addition to Holt, Rinehart & Winston’s Owl Book paperback series [$8.95]. Nick Salvatore’s Eugene V. Debs: Citizen and Socialist won the 1983 Bancroft Prize in American history and is now available as an Illinois paperback [$9.95].


Published in October 1929, The Sound and the Fury was William Faulkner’s fourth novel and has been for many years the one most in demand as well as the novel called by the author himself “the one that I love the most.” Random House now has a new, corrected edition, the first such since the book’s original publication [$17.95 cloth]. Three new Modern Library editions, all in cloth, are Elizabeth Bowen’s The Death of the Heart [$8.95], George Eliot’s Middlemarch [$10.95], and Marguerite Yourcenar’s Memoirs of Hadrian [$10,95]. In conjunction with the recent movie version of the famous novel, Harper & Row has issued a new edition of Malcolm Lowry’s Under the Volcano with an introduction by Stephen Spender [$15.95 cloth]. As the latest addition to its Neglected Books of the Twentieth Century, Ecco Press has reprinted Cormac McCarthy’s Child of God and Outer Dark, both novels set in the rural South [$7.50 each]. Ecco Press is also offering two new volumes in its series The Tales of Chekhov, the respective works being The Lady with the Dog and Other Stories (Volume 3) and The Party and Other Stories (Volume 4), both translated by Constance Garnett [$8.50 each, paper]. Another edition of Chekhov is available from Collier Books, it being Chekhov: The Early Stories, 1883—1888, translated by Patrick Miles and Harvey Pitcher [$5.95 paper]. Carroll & Graf has republished Clancy Sigal’s classic chronicle of American dissent, Going Away, a novel set in 1956 that extends back into the 30’s and foreshadows the 60’s [$9.95]. Doubleday has new editions of two novels by the acclaimed French writer, Michel Tournier, these being, respectively, Gemini and The Four Wise Men [$14.95 each, cloth]. He Knew What He Wanted is ranked among Anthony Trollope’s two or three masterpieces, and a new edition combining two volumes bound as one has been published by Dover with 64 illustrations by Marcus Stone [$10.95 paper]. Harper & Row is offering reprints of Frederick Buechner’s two-part novel about Leo Bebb, a fraudulent clergyman, the volumes being Lion Country and Open Heart [$3.95 each, paper]. Vintage Books has reprinted three novels by British comic novelist Tom Sharpe, the novels being The Great Pursuit, Blott on the Landscape, and The Wilt Alternative [$3.95 each]. Another recent Vintage Book is Ernest J. Gaines’ A Gathering of Old Men, which the Village Voice called “the best-written novel on Southern race relations in over a decade” [$3.95].


As part of its handsome Bollingen Series of publications, Princeton has reprinted the revised Oxford translation of The Complete Works of Aristotle, edited by Jonathan Barnes in a two-volume set [$75.00 cloth].


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