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Sept. 9, 2008

UI Press releases five new volumes of literary-historical studies

Five new volumes of literary-historical studies are now available from the University of Iowa Press: "Fuller in Her Own Time: A Biographical Chronicle," edited by Joel Myerson; "Writing the Lost Generation: Expatriate Autobiography and American Modernism" by Craig Monk; "Reforming the World: Social Activism and the Problem of Fiction in 19th-Century America" by Maria Carla Sanchez; "Radical Vernacular: Lorine Niedecker and the Poetics of Place" edited by Elizabeth Willis; and "James Merrill, Postmodern Magus: Myth and Poetics" by Evans Lansing Smith.

"Fuller in Her Own Time," drawn from recollections, interviews and memoirs by family, friends and associates of 19th-century American writer and feminist Margaret Fuller, is part of the UI Press "Writers in Their Own Time" series.

In "Writing the Lost Generation: Expatriate Autobiography and American Modernism," American writers who lived in Paris during the 1920s are studied by Monk, associate dean in the faculty of arts and sciences and associate professor of English at the University of Lethbridge in Canada.

Sanchez, a faculty member at the University of Michigan, considers 19th-century authors both well known and obscure in her study of the intricate relationship between social reform and literature.

A poetry teacher at Wesleyan University, Willis has included the works of 17 scholars in studying an important, but generally overlooked, American poet, Wisconsin's Lorine Niedecker, who died in 1970.

Smith, a member of the English faculty at Midwestern State University in Texas and the author of seven books, uses mythical themes to study the ingenious fusion of form and content that made Pulitzer Prize-winner James Merrill a unique voice in 20th-century poetry.

These books are available at bookstores or directly from the UI Press by phone at 1-800-621-2736 or online at Customers in the United Kingdom, Europe, the Middle East or Africa may order from the Eurospan Group online at

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STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Arts Center Relations, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 351, Iowa City, Iowa, 52242-2500

MEDIA CONTACTS: Allison Thomas, UI Press,; Winston Barclay, Arts Center Relations, 319-384-0073,