The Letters of Sylvia Beach
(New York: Columbia University Press, 2010)
Founder of the Left Bank bookstore Shakespeare and Company and the first publisher of James Joyce's Ulysses, Sylvia Beach had a legendary gift for nurturing literary talent. In this first collection of her letters, readers witness Beach's day-to-day dealings as bookseller and publisher to expatriate Paris. Friends and clients included Ernest Hemingway, Gertrude Stein, Ezra Pound, Janet Flanner, William Carlos Williams, F. Scott Fitzgerald, James Joyce, and Richard Wright.
In preparing this book, Walsh consulted the Maurice Saillet collection of Sylvia Beach that is part of the Carlton Lake collection of French manuscripts at the Ransom Center. Walsh is an assistant professor of literature at Claremont McKenna College.
M. M. Silver
Our Exodus: Leon Uris and the Americanization of Israel's Founding Story
(Detroit, MI: Wayne State University Press, 2010)
Despite the dramatic circumstances of its founding, Israel did not inspire sustained, impassioned public discussion among Jews and non-Jews in the United States until Leon Uris's popular novel Exodus was released in 1958. Author M. M. Silver's extensive archival research clarifies the relevance of Uris's own biography in the creation of Exodus.
In preparing this book, Silver consulted the Leon Uris papers at the Center. Silver heads the general studies department at the Max Stern College of Emek Yezreel.
Radclyffe Hall: A Life in the Writing
(Philadelphia: The University of Pennsylvania Press, 2011)
The Well of Loneliness is probably the most famous lesbian novel ever written and certainly the most widely read. The book's author, Radclyffe Hall, was already well known as a writer, but the fame and notoriety of The Well of Loneliness has all but eclipsed a literary output of some half-dozen other novels and several volumes of poetry. In Radclyffe Hall: A Life in the Writing, Richard Dellamora offers the first full look at the entire range of Hall's published and unpublished works.
In preparing this book, Dellamora consulted the Radclyffe Hall collection at the Center. Dellamora is a visiting professor in the department of English at the University of California, Los Angeles and professor emeritus of English and cultural studies at Trent University in Canada.
Perdurabo: The Life of Aleister Crowley: The Definitive Biography of the Founder of Modern Magick
(Berkeley, CA: North Atlantic Books, 2010)
Perdurabo traces Aleister Crowley's remarkable journey from his birth as the only son of a wealthy lay preacher to his death in a boarding house as one of the most notorious men of his day. Richard Kaczynski draws from his extensive academic and personal expertise with the subject matter to present Crowley's story.
In preparing this book, Kaczynski consulted the Aleister Crowley collection. Kaczynski is the author of The Weiser Concise Guide to Aleister Crowley, editor/annotator of a forthcoming edition of Crowley's Sword of Song, and co-editor with Hymenaeus Beta of The Revival of Magick and Other Essays.