BOOKS RECEIVED: Patrick J. Murphy, “Medieval Studies and the Ghost Stories of M. R. James” (Penn State UP, 2017)
Buy from University Press Books Montague Rhodes James authored some of the most highly regarded ghost stories of all timeclassics such as Oh, Whistle, and Ill Come to You, My Lad that have been adapted many times over for radio… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED:  Barbara McManus, “The Drunken Duchess of Vassar: Grace Harriet Macurdy, Pioneering Feminist Classical Scholar” (Ohio State UP, 2017)
In this biography, Barbara McManus recovers the intriguing life story of Grace Harriet Macurdy (18661946), Professor of Greek at Vassar College and the first woman classicist to focus her scholarship on the lives of ancient Greco-Roman women. Fondly known as… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Heather McPherson, “Art and Celebrity in the Age of Reynolds and Siddons” (Penn State UP, 2017)
In this volume, Heather McPherson examines the connections among portraiture, theater, the visual arts, and fame to shed light on the emergence of modern celebrity culture in eighteenth-century England. Popular actors in Georgian London, such as David Garrick, Sarah Siddons,… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Andrea Walkden, “Private Lives Made Public: The Invention of Biography in Early Modern England” (Duquesne UP, 2016)
Following the trial and execution of Charles I in 1649, the later seventeenth century witnessed an explosion of print culture in England, including an unprecedented boom in biographical writing. Andrea Walkden offers a case study examination of this fascinating trend,… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Claude-Francois de Lezay-Marnesia, “Letters Written from the Banks of the Ohio” (Penn State UP, 2017)
Buy from University Press Books First published in French in 1792, Letters Written from the Banks of the Ohio tells the fascinating story of French aristocrat Claude-Franois de Lezay-Marnsia and the utopia he attempted to create in what is now… Read More
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