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  • Susan Goodman, H. Fletcher Brown Chair of Humanities

    H. Fletcher Brown Chair of Humanities

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    Susan Goodman has been a Guggenheim fellow and the recipient of grants from the NEH and Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Her seven authored books include Edith Wharton's Inner Circle, Civil Wars: American Novelists and Manners, and William Dean Howells: A Writer's Life, co-authored with Carl Dawson. Her most recent book is Republic of Words: The Atlantic Monthly and Its Writers, 1857-1925. Her current project, which follows James's itinerary in The American Scene (1907), explores narratives of American identity through a variety of settings to create a virtual dialogue among James, his contemporaries, and readers today.

 

 

<div class="ExternalClassEA9F046F17A34264B41CA7A64FB34F8B">Susan Goodman has been a Guggenheim fellow and the recipient of grants from the NEH and Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Her seven authored books include Edith Wharton's Inner Circle, Civil Wars: American Novelists and Manners, and William Dean Howells: A Writer's Life, co-authored with Carl Dawson. Her most recent book is Republic of Words: The Atlantic Monthly and Its Writers, 1857-1925. Her current project, which follows James's itinerary in The American Scene (1907), explores narratives of American identity through a variety of settings to create a virtual dialogue among James, his contemporaries, and readers today. </div>sgoodman@udel.eduGoodman, Susan<img alt="" src="/Images%20Bios/FAC_Goodman_Susan-02_180.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />H. Fletcher Brown Chair of HumanitiesRetiredM.A. Literature, University of New Hampshire; M.A. Counseling, University of New Hampshire; Ph.D. English, University of New Hampshire

 

 

Republic of Words: The Atlantic Monthly and its Writers, 1857-1925Goodman, SusanUniversity Press of New EnglandLebanon, New Hampshire2011http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/republic-of-words-susan-goodman/1103815320"Taking her cue from editors such as William Dean Howells, who 'knew that books lived as much on author's personalities as on their contents', Goodman's own book, with its Dickensian array of characters, stands out amid drier studies of the same milieu."-Times Literary Supplement In the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, the Atlantic Monthly became the conscience of the American public and the biggest platform of the nation's flourishing literature. A record of Atlantic Monthly authors reads like a Who's Who of American literature. The magazine's stable of contributors included Mark Twain, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Frederick Douglass, Louisa May Alcott, Sarah Orne Jewett, Kate Chopin, Henry Adams, Frank Norris, Jack London, Henry James, Owen Wister, Robert Frost, and many others. In Republic of Words, Susan Goodman brilliantly captures this emerging culture of arts, ideas, science, and literature of an America in its adolescence, as filtered through the intersecting lives and words of the best and brightest writers of the day. Through this lens, Goodman examines the life of the magazine from its emergence in 1857 through the 1920s. Endorsements: "An erudite, elegant and deeply fascinating look behind the scenes at the group of extraordinary writers who published in Atlantic Monthly. A wonderful-and brilliantly structured-book that will bring fresh insights to scholars and lay readers, alike."-Miranda Seymour, author of Ring of Conspirators: Henry James and His Literary Circle sgoodman

 

 

 

 

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