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Spring 2009 Newsletter

Recently Published Books Based on Research at the Ransom Center

There is a long history of celebrated works that result from research conducted in the Ransom Center's collections. Some recent publications follow.

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Leaves of Grass: The Sesquicentennial Essays, edited by Ed Folsom, Susan Belasco, and Kenneth M. Price

(Lincoln: Nebraska University Press, 2007)

This volume of essays draws its inspiration from the proceedings of "Leaves of Grass: The 150th Anniversary Conference," held at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2005. More than 150 scholars, musicians, poets, and enthusiasts gathered to celebrate the publication of Leaves of Grass, and the resulting essays invite readers to re-examine Whitman's familiar text in the light of the innovative approaches discussed at the conference.

In preparing this volume, Ed Folsom consulted the Ransom Center's Walt Whitman papers. Folsom is the Carver Professor of English at the University of Iowa.

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Tennessee Williams Notebooks, edited by Margaret Bradham Thornton

(New Haven: Yale University Press, 2006)

This remarkable edition of Tennessee Williams's never-before-published Notebooks, meticulously edited and annotated by Margaret Bradham Thornton, presents the author's own record of his extraordinary life. The Notebooks follow Williams from his undergraduate days to the height of his literary accomplishment and contain his most private thoughts and reflections on his writing and personal experiences.

In preparing this edition, Bradham Thornton consulted the Tennessee Williams papers. Bradham Thornton is a writer and independent scholar.

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T. H. White's Troubled Heart: Women in The Once and Future King, by Kurth Sprague

(Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 2007)

Kurth Sprague's comprehensive study explores the editing process by which T. H. White shaped The Once and Future King and attempted to expunge echoes of his own troubled relationship with his mother from early drafts of the book. Based on a unique knowledge of White's drafts, letters, life, and journals, Sprague traces the development of White's female characters and the book's development into a sophisticated political fantasy.

In preparing this critical study, Sprague consulted the T. H. White papers. Sprague was a novelist, poet, and professor at The University of Texas at Austin.

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The Man Who Created Sherlock Holmes: The Life and Times of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, by Andrew Lycett

(New York: Free Press, 2007)

Andrew Lycett, author of a critically acclaimed biography of Dylan Thomas, draws on correspondence, diaries, and original manuscripts to explore the central mystery of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's life: how the scientifically minded creator of a proverbially rational detective also became fanatically devoted to the obsessive research of supernatural phenomena. The Man Who Created Sherlock Holmes examines Conan Doyle's many contradictions and creates a compelling and sympathetic biographical portrait.

In preparing this book, Lycett consulted the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle papers. Lycett is a writer of biographies and a former foreign news correspondent.

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Edith Wharton and the Conversations of Literary Modernism, by Jennifer Haytock

(New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2008)

In Edith Wharton and the Conversations of Literary Modernism, Jennifer Haytock examines Edith Wharton's place in the modernist canon and adopts a thematic approach that places Wharton in conversation with other modernist literatures. Though Wharton did not identify herself as a modernist, Haytock argues that Wharton's works do engage with the cultural issues that defined modernism, noting Wharton's employment of an impressionistic writing style in The Reef and her treatment of feelings of alienation, isolation, and failed communication in Twilight Sleep.

In preparing this study, Haytock consulted the Edith Wharton letters to Morton Fullerton. Haytock is Associate Professor of English at SUNY College, Brockport.

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