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Listings are as accurate as possible, based upon information available as the catalog went to press. All new title information is approximate. Actual prices for new titles are set at the time of publication.General Henry Lockwood of Delaware Shipmate of Melville, Co-builder of the Naval Academy, Civil War Commander
by Colonel Lloyd J. Matthews
This book is the story of the fascinating and accomplished life of a 19th-century Delaware favorite son, Brig. Gen. Henry Lockwood, who sailed aboard the U.S. Navy man-of-war United States with novelist Herman Melville and figures importantly in Melville's novel White-Jacket; who participated in Commodore Thomas ap Catesby Jones’s seizure of Monterey from Mexico; who was a progenitor and co-builder of the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis; who pacified the slavery-bound Delmarva peninsula during the Civil War; who distinguished himself as a brigade commander at Gettysburg; and who later commanded Maryland Heights at Harper's Ferry, the Middle Department/8th Corps, and a division at Cold Harbor. All these accomplishments occurred in the face of a stuttering tendency that afflicted him throughout his life. The book also notices important family members such as son Lieut. James Lockwood, who died of starvation during the Greely polar expedition after having reached the furthest point north of any human; brother Navy Surgeon John Lockwood, whose polemical essays in conjunction with Melville's didactic message in White-Jacket were major factors in the outlawing of punitive flogging in the Navy; and son-in-law Adm. Charles Sigsbee, who was in command of the Maine when it blew up in Havana Harbor, thus adding to the cries for war against Spain. Three pivotal events in Lockwood's military career have unjustly detracted from his historical reputation: the failure of the Naval Academy to memorialize him for his seminal role its building; the lack of historical notice of his pacification and reconciliation of Delmarva without a shot being fired; and his relief from division command at Cold Harbor by an unhinged corps commander. For the historical record, Lockwood finally receives vindication in this book.
April 2014 ISBN: 978-1611494877 $120.00 Inspiration in the Age of Enlightenment
by Sarah Eron
Inspiration in the Age of Enlightenment reconsiders theories of apostrophe and poetic authority to argue that the Augustan age created a new form of inspiration, one that not only changed the relationship of literary production to authority in the modern period but that also crucially contributes to defining the movement of secularization in literature from the Renaissance to Romanticism. Usually considered the conservative counterparts to the Romantic project of secularizing religious enthusiasm, the Augustans are seen only in terms of negation: they remain a mere extension of seventeenth-century fury against enthusiastic discourse. This book disrupts and re-historicizes that literary lineage. By examining the formal mechanisms of invocation in Augustan literature, and by exploring a wider range of writers that extends beyond Swift and his vehement critique of enthusiasm, Eron charts a positive reform of enthusiasm as a species of the secular, which conforms to, instead of resisting, Enlightenment principles of the aesthetic; these call for a type of affect that promotes free reason and envisions the author’s use of language as a process of discovery. Seeking to redefine what we mean by secularization in the early stages of the modern period, this book argues that secularization’s link to enthusiasm, or inspiration, often associated with Romanticism, is an early eighteenth-century development. In using the term “secular” to characterize modern invocation, Eron considers Augustan inspiration not merely as a gesture towards the non-divine or non-metaphysical, but as a literary-rhetorical device that separates this world from the next insofar as it adopts the didactic, dialogic principles of an eighteenth-century public sphere. If Romantic enthusiasm has been described through the rhetoric of transport, or “unworlding,” then Augustan invocation appears more akin to a process of “worlding” in its central aims to appeal to the social other as a function of the eighteenth-century belief in a literary public sphere. This book makes a much-needed argument for the presence of a type of invocation in the Augustan age that aligns with early Enlightenment principles of the aesthetic and reveals definitions of genius and inspiration (hitherto unnoted in the eighteenth-century critical discourse) as formal agents of didacticism.
March 2014 ISBN: 978-1611495003 $85.00 The Letters of Ruth Pitter: Silent Music
by Don W. King
Although Ruth Pitter (1897-1992) is not well known, her credentials as a poet are extensive, and in England from the mid 1930’s to the mid 1970’s she maintained a modest yet loyal readership. In total she produced eighteen volumes of new and collected verse. Her A Trophy of Arms (1936) won the Hawthornden Prize for Poetry in 1937, and in 1954 she was awarded the William E. Heinemann Award for The Ermine (1953). Most notably, perhaps, she became the first woman to receive the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry in 1955. Furthermore, from 1946 to 1972 she was often a guest on BBC radio and television programs, In 1974 The Royal Society of Literature elected her to its highest honor, a Companion of Literature, and in 1979 she received her last national award when she was appointed a Commander of the British Empire. Pitter was a voluminous letter writer. Her friends and correspondents read like a "Who’s Who" of twentieth-century British literary luminaries, including AE (George Russell), A. R. Orage, Hiliare Belloc, Walter de la Mare, Julian Huxley, John Masefield, Phillip and Ottoline Morrell, George Orwell, Dylan Thomas, T. S. Eliot, C. S. Lewis, James Stephens, Dorothy L. Sayers, Siegfried Sassoon, Virginia Sackville-West, Dorothy Wellesley, Lord David Cecil, John Betjeman, Evelyn Waugh, John Wain, Kathleen Raine, and May Sarton. Stylistically Pitter’s letters are marked by crisp prose, precise imagery, and elegant simplicity reflecting a well-read and vigorous mind—lithe, curious, penetrating, analytical, and perceptive. Of more her more than one thousand letters covering the years 1908-1988, I publish here a generous selection. I believe these selected letters go a long way toward illustrating Pitter’s desire to reach a public interested in her as both a poet and personal commentator. These letters offer an understanding of "the silent music, the dance in stillness, the hints and echoes and messages of which everything is full" reflected in her life and poetry. In total they provide an essential introduction to the work of this neglected twentieth-century poet.
January 2013 ISBN: 978-1611494518 $120.00
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