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Release: April 2, 2002
UI American studies department plans homecoming for emeritus professor
Albert E. Stone, University of Iowa emeritus professor of American studies,
is returning to campus this month to speak about, "American Studies as
a Way of Life," on Tuesday, April 9 at 4 p.m. in room 704 Jefferson Building.
Stone, who served as chairman of the American studies program from 1977-1983
and 1985-1986, will share his thoughts on the past, present and future of
the discipline based on his distinguished tenure as an American studies scholar.
Speaking about his career, Stone said: "As your garden-variety teacher-scholar,
I have been drawn to writing books on four different aspects of American culture
and literature. My interests in Mark Twain, childhood, slavery and slave revolts,
and the nuclear age in literature are ongoing, and even in retirement I continue
to review books, edit them, and lecture on these topics."
Stone, who retired in1991, is the author or editor of more than a half dozen
books, including most recently, "Literary Aftershocks: American Writers,
Readers, and the Bomb," Twayne (Boston), 1994. His other books include:
"The Innocent Eye: Childhood in Mark Twain's Imagination," Yale
University Press, 1961; "St. John de Crevecoeur, Letters from an American
Farmer," New American Library, 1963, and the revised edition "Letters
from an American Farmer [and] Sketches of Eighteenth-Century America,"
Penguin, 1981; "Twentieth-Century Interpretations of 'The Ambassadors,'"
Prentice-Hall, 1969; "The American Autobiography: A Collection of Critical
Essays," Prentice-Hall, 1981; "Autobiographical Occasions and Original
Acts: Versions of American Identity from Henry Adams to Nate Shaw," University
of Pennsylvania Press, 1982; and "The Return of Nat Turner," University
of Georgia Press, 1992. He is also editor of "Singular Lives: The Iowa
Series in North American Autobiography," nineteen volumes, 1988-present,
and has contributed to the "Oxford Companion to African American Literature."
Stone is returning to Iowa City from his home in Arrowsic, Maine.