(Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2009)
Through classics such as Death of a Salesman, All My Sons, and The Crucible, Arthur Miller captivated post-war America and built a body of work that serves as a main pillar of twentieth-century American drama. In 1956, his refusal to name names before the House Un-American Activities Committee and his marriage to the actress Marilyn Monroe captivated the public. Extensive insight gathered from Miller's papers illuminate these events in this new biography.
In preparing this book, Bigsby consulted the Arthur Miller collection. Bigsby is Professor of American Studies and the Director of the Arthur Miller Centre at the University of East Anglia.
R. Barton Palmer and William Robert Bray
Hollywood's Tennessee: The Williams Films and Postwar America
(Austin: The University of Texas Press, 2009)
Tennessee Williams has had more plays adapted for the screen than any other American dramatist. This book draws on archival research to flesh out Williams's arduous screenwriting process during the heyday of the Production Code Administration (PCA). Using evidence from diverse materials such as billboard art, press books, and other production material, the authors show that Williams used innovative efforts to bend the code when adapting plays such as A Streetcar Named Desire, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, and Suddenly, Last Summer for the screen.
In preparing this book, Palmer and Bray consulted the Tennessee Williams collection. Palmer is the Calhoun Lemon Professor of Literature at Clemson University in South Carolina, and Bray is a professor of English at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro and is the founding editor of The Tennessee Williams Annual Review.
A Great Unrecorded History: A New Life of E. M. Forster
(New York: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2010)
With the posthumous publication of his long-suppressed novel Maurice in 1970, E. M. Forster came out as a homosexual. Though that revelation barely made a ripple in his literary reputation, Moffat argues that Forster's homosexuality was the central facet of his life. He preserved an archive of his private life, a history of the gay experience he believed would find its audience in a happier time.
In preparing this book, Moffat consulted the E. M. Forster collection and the J. R. Ackerley collection. She is an associate professor of English at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.
Bill Morgan and David Stanford
Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg: The Letters
(New York: Viking, 2010)
Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg are the most celebrated members of the Beat Generation, linked together not only by their shared artistic sensibility but also by a deep and abiding friendship, one that colored their lives and greatly affected their writing. Editors Bill Morgan and David Stanford shed new light on this influential relationship in this exhilarating exchange of letters between Kerouac and Ginsberg, two thirds of which have never been published before.
In preparing this book, Morgan and Stanford consulted the Ginsberg papers. Morgan is the author and editor of more than a dozen books about the Beat writers, including the biography, I Celebrate Myself: The Somewhat Private Life of Allen Ginsberg. Stanford is an independent editor who worked on various Kerouac projects, including Some of the Dharma, during his decade at Viking.