For the past couple of years, my days have been all about the book, all the time (at least all the time I wasn’t teaching, serving on committees, and so on).
It wasn’t just about the writing, which took a long time, but about the rewriting and revising, cutting, reshaping, fitting parts together in different configurations, trying out the ideas at conferences, and so on before you even turn it in to the publisher. Then there’s more fact-checking, copy-editing, permissions, reading proofs, and so on.
Now that Bitter Tastes is out, though, I’m working on updating the American lit site again in the spare corners of the day. A few of the bibliographies have been updated already and put into the new MLA 8th edition style, and a few pages have been cleaned up. I say “cleaned up” instead of updated, because although dead links have been removed, there are amazing resources still to add.
Remember those little “Under Construction” signs that people used to have on web sites, like the Dunder Mifflin one Jim joked about in The Office, the one that showed “Coming in Christmas 2002” in 2007? I like the Stevens Point picture above better, but you get the idea.
Updates to the American Authors Frederick Douglass page at http://public.wsu.edu/~campbelld/amlit/douglass.htm and bibliography at http://public.wsu.edu/~campbelld/amlit/dougbib.html (in new MLA format).
Recently added: link to the University of Rochester’s Frederick Douglass Project.
I recently reorganized the Awards pages and added to the Wharton Society site at http://www.edithwhartonsociety.org
The awards CFP has just come out, so do take a look.
EWS Awards and Recipients
Recent Tables of Contents for the Edith Wharton Review
I’m updating the links on the Mary Austin page since they are out of date.
A lot of links at the site are out of date because they lead to the University of Virginia’s etext library, a great resource in the early days of the web, since these were reliably transcribed editions.
Now, however, these UVa resources have been locked down behind a subscription wall and are no longer available.
I’ll substitute Google Books links when possible, since these have the benefit of showing the page images.
I’ll be updating the American lit site over the next few months, including the bibliographies. Since what I generally want to find is what’s new on an author, the Harriet Beecher Stowe bibliography is arranged by the newest material first. http://public.wsu.edu/~campbelld/amlit/stowebib1.htm
It seems to me that since the combination of web and wordprocessing software provides multiple ways of changing and ordering texts, this would be a more efficient solution than putting the little “New” tag in as I have done in the past.
This is an experiment; the older bibliographies will be updated in the conventional way.
Let me know in the comments or by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have any thoughts/preferences.
If your research involves the work of Frank Norris, you’ve doubtless worked with Joseph R. McElrath and Douglas K. Burgess’s indispensable The Apprenticeship Writings of Frank Norris. It’s a superb volume, and it’s available free at Google Books.
The only thing lacking was an alphabetical list of essays. I made one several years ago and have posted it in .pdf form (typos and all) to the Frank Norris page at the Howells Society site and the American Authors site.