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Dictionary of Midwestern Literature, Volume 1

The Dictionary of Midwestern Literature, Volume One, surveys the lives and writings of nearly 400 Midwestern authors and identifies some of the most important criticism of their writings. The Dictionary is based on the belief that the literature of any region simultaneously captures the experience and influences the worldview of its people, reflecting as well as shaping the evolving sense of individual and collective identity, meaning, and values. Volume One presents individual lives and literary orientations and offers a broad survey of the Midwestern experience as expressed by its many diverse peoples over time.Philip A. Greasley’s introduction fills in background information and describes the philosophy, focus, methodology, content, and layout of entries, as well as criteria for their inclusion. An extended lead-essay, “The Origins and Development of the Literature of the Midwest,” by David D. Anderson, provides a historical, cultural, and literary context in which the lives and writings of individual authors can be considered.This volume is the first of an ambitious three-volume series sponsored by the Society for the Study of Midwestern Literature and created by its members. Volume Two will provide similar coverage of non-author entries, such as sites, centers, movements, influences, themes, and genres. Volume Three will be a literary history of the Midwest. One goal of the series is to build understanding of the nature, importance, and influence of Midwestern writers and literature. Another is to provide information on writers from the early years of the Midwestern experience, as well as those now emerging, who are typically absent from existing reference works.

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The Encyclopedia of Louisville

With more than 1,800 entries, The Encyclopedia of Louisville is the ultimate reference for Kentucky’s largest city. For more than 125 years, the world’s attention has turned to Louisville for the annual running of the Kentucky Derby on the first Saturday in May. Louisville Slugger bats still reign supreme in major league baseball. The city was also the birthplace of the famed Hot Brown and Benedictine spread, and the cheeseburger made its debut at Kaelin’s Restaurant on Newburg Road in 1934. The “Happy Birthday” had its origins in the Louisville kindergarten class of sisters Mildred Jane Hill and Patty Smith Hill. Named for King Louis XVI of France in appreciation for his assistance during the Revolutionary War, Louisville was founded by George Rogers Clark in 1778. The city has been home to a number of men and women who changed the face of American history. President Zachary Taylor was reared in surrounding Jefferson County, and two U.S. Supreme Court Justices were from the city proper. Second Lt. F. Scott Fitzgerald, stationed at Camp Zachary Taylor during World War I, frequented the bar in the famous Seelbach Hotel, immortalized in The Great Gatsby. Muhammad Ali was born in Louisville and won six Golden Gloves tournaments in Kentucky.

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The Witch and Warlock MEGAPACK ®: 25 Tales of Magic-Users

Witches and warlocks have been part of the fantasy field since its beginning. After all, you need someone to actually use magic if you’re going to have it in your story. And magic-users can appear in any setting, from ancient Rome to the modern world, from imaginary kingdoms to the old Salem colony. Here are 25 tales spanning time and space, with only one things in common (aside from great storytelling): witches and warlocks! Included are:

WITCHES, by Janet Fox
THE TRAP, by Henry S. Whitehead and H.P. Lovecraft
ELOMA’S SECOND CAREER, by Lorie Calkins
SALEM’S CHILDREN, by Mary Leader
THE INN OF THE TWO WITCHES: A FIND, by Joseph Conrad
THE WITCH OF FAITH LANE, by Skadi meic Beorh
YOU SHALL HAVE THIS DELICACY, by Mark McLaughlin
THE CRIMES OF LADY FOWLIS, by Eliza Lynn Linton
THE HORNED WOMEN, by Lady Wilde
THE VOICE IN THE NIGHT, by William J. Wintle
AD GEHENNAM TECUM, by Robert Reginald
LOIS THE WITCH, by Elizabeth Gaskell
THE SIX SKILLS OF MADAME LUMIERE, by Marissa Lingen
THE HOLLOW OF THE THREE HILLS, by Nathaniel Hawthorne
SMALL MAGIC, by Janet Fox
OLD DEB AND OTHER OLD COLONY WITCHES, by William Root Bliss
THE LEGEND OF THE PIPE, by Launcelot
THE JUSTICE-BEARER, by Cynthia Ward
DEMONS ARE A GHOUL’S BEST FRIEND, by M.E. Brines
THE SORCERER EVORAGDOU, by Darrell Schweitzer
SCREAMING IN SILENCE, by C.J. Henderson & Bruce Gehweiler
THE UNBELIEVER, by Janet Fox
THE ROBBERY, by Cynthia Ward
KEEPING UP APPEARANCES, by Lawrence Watt-Evans
BRIGHT STREETS OF AIR, by Nina Kiriki Hoffman

And don’t forget to search this ebook store for “Wildside Press Megapack” to see the 260+ entries in the MEGAPACK® series, covering science fiction, fantasy, horror, mysteries, westerns, author collections…and much, much more!

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The Oxford Companion to American Literature

For more than half a century, James D. Hart’s The Oxford Companion to American Literature has been an unparalleled guide to America’s literary culture, providing one of the finest resources to this country’s rich history of great writers. Now this acclaimed work has been completely revised and updated to reflect current developments in the world of American letters.For the sixth edition, editors James D. Hart and Phillip Leininger have updated the Companion in light of what has happened in American literature since 1982. To this end, they have revised the entries on such established authors as Saul Bellow, Norman Mailer, and Joyce Carol Oates, and they have added more than 180 new entries on novelists (T. Coraghessan Boyle, Tim O’Brien, Louise Erdrich, Don De Lillo), poets (Rita Dove, Weldon Kees), playwrights (Wendy Wasserstein, August Wilson), popular writers (Stephen King, Louis L’Amour), historians (James M. McPherson, David Herbert Donald, William Manchester), naturalists (Aldo Leopold, Edward Abbey), and literary critics (Camille Paglia, Richard Ellmann). In addition, the Companion boasts more women’s, African-American, and ethnic voices, with new entries on such luminaries as Charlotte Perkins Gilman, M.F.K. Fisher, William Least Heat-Moon, Ursula Le Guin, and Oscar Hijuelos, among many others.These additions represent only some of the revisions for the new edition. Of course, the basic qualities of the Companion that readers have grown to know and love over the years are as superb as ever. With over 5,000 total entries, The Oxford Companion to American Literature reflects a dynamic balance between past and contemporary literature, surveying virtually every aspect of our national literature, from the Pulitzer Prize to pulp fiction, and from Walt Whitman to William F. Buckley, Jr. There are over 2,000 biographical profiles of important American authors (with information regarding their styles, subjects, and major works) and influential foreign writers as well as other figures who have been important in the nation’s social and cultural history. There are more than 1,100 full summaries of important American novels, stories, essays, poems (with verse form noted), plays, biographies and autobiographies, tracts, narratives, and histories. The new edition provides historical background and astute commentary on literary schools and movements, literary awards, magazines, newspapers, and a wide variety of other matters directly related to writing in America. Finally, the book is thoroughly cross-referenced and features an extensive and fully updated index of literary and social history.Ranging from Captain John Smith to John Updike, and from Anne Bradstreet to Anne Rice, the sixth edition of The Oxford Companion to American Literature is up to date, accurate, and comprehensive, a delight for both the casual browser and the serious student.

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Better to Have Loved

Judith Merril was a pioneer of twentieth-century science fiction, a prolific author, and editor. She was also a passionate social and political activist. In fact, her life was a constant adventure within the alternative and experimental worlds of science fiction, left politics, and Canadian literature. Better to Have Loved is illustrated with original art works, covers from classic science fiction magazines, period illustrations, and striking photography.