Sweetwater Fiction: Reintroductions

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The tale of an American writer's journey through his own imaginative world and through the world of facts, with many of his experiences and impressions among other writers--told in many notes--in four books--and an Epilogue
Sherwood Anderson
A memoir of Midwestern life and culture from the author of Winesburg, Ohio
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Lake-Country Sketches
Constance Fenimore Woolson
A unique but little-known woman writer offers a powerful voice from the nineteenth-century Great Lakes frontier
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Memoirs as Fiction
Allan Seager
Shimmering style and elegance—with a dark side—from a first-rate but often-overlooked American writer
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The American mind will be brought to maturity along the chain of the great lakes, the banks of the Mississippi, the Missouri, and their tributaries in the far northwest. There on the rolling plains will be formed a republic of letters which, not governed like that on our seaboard by the great literary powers of Europe, shall be free indeed.—John Milton Mackey

Whether as a result of geography, or our supposed Midwestern modesty, or perhaps an assumption that the Midwest is too mundane to lend itself to fiction, despite Mr. Mackey's 1854 prediction, the Midwest hasn't quite had the success of the East, the South, or the West in defining and celebrating its literary legacy. Until now.

The University of Michigan Press, with the help of Charles Baxter and Keith Taylor, both Midwestern writers and Midwest enthusiasts, are rediscovering—and Reintroducing—some of the lost classics of Midwestern literature. Our goal is to return to print books written about life in the Midwest, particularly in the Great Lakes region—books that continue to be worthy of critical attention, and that will help preserve the literary and artistic tradition of our region.

Sweetwater Fiction: Reintroductions

The American mind will be brought to maturity along the chain of the great lakes, the banks of the Mississippi, the Missouri, and their tributaries in the far northwest. There on the rolling plains will be formed a republic of letters which, not governed like that on our seaboard by the great literary powers of Europe, shall be free indeed.—John Milton Mackey

Whether as a result of geography, or our supposed Midwestern modesty, or perhaps an assumption that the Midwest is too mundane to lend itself to fiction, despite Mr. Mackey's 1854 prediction, the Midwest hasn't quite had the success of the East, the South, or the West in defining and celebrating its literary legacy. Until now.

The University of Michigan Press, with the help of Charles Baxter and Keith Taylor, both Midwestern writers and Midwest enthusiasts, are rediscovering—and Reintroducing—some of the lost classics of Midwestern literature. Our goal is to return to print books written about life in the Midwest, particularly in the Great Lakes region—books that continue to be worthy of critical attention, and that will help preserve the literary and artistic tradition of our region.


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Charles Baxter, writer and poet, is Adjunct Professor of English Language and Literature at the University of Michigan. He has been the recipient of an Award in Literature from The American Academy of Arts and Letters, as well as grants from the Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Fund and the Guggenheim Foundation. His works include the novels Shadow Play, First Light, and the story collections Believers, Through the Safety Net, and Harmony of the World. Along with Peter Turchi, he co-edited the volume Bringing the Devil to His Knees: The Craft of Fiction and the Writing Life (University of Michigan Press 2001). His latest novel, The Feast of Love, was nominated for the National Book Award. Keith Taylor brings to the series extensive experience as a writer, educator, and book seller. He has written six books and chapbooks of short stories and poetry. The Huron River: Voices from the Watershed, which he co-edited, was published by The University of Michigan Press and was a finalist for The Great Lakes Book Award for General Nonfiction. Along with Charity Nebbe, he co-hosted the Michigan Radio program "Storylines Midwest," a series devoted to the literary works of regional authors. Keith Taylor is currently Lecturer and Coordinator of the Undergraduate Subconcentration in Creative Writing in the Department of English, University of Michigan.

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Charles Baxter, writer and poet, is Adjunct Professor of English Language and Literature at the University of Michigan. He has been the recipient of an Award in Literature from The American Academy of Arts and Letters, as well as grants from the Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Fund and the Guggenheim Foundation. His works include the novels Shadow Play, First Light, and the story collections Believers, Through the Safety Net, and Harmony of the World. Along with Peter Turchi, he co-edited the volume Bringing the Devil to His Knees: The Craft of Fiction and the Writing Life (University of Michigan Press 2001). His latest novel, The Feast of Love, was nominated for the National Book Award. Keith Taylor brings to the series extensive experience as a writer, educator, and book seller. He has written six books and chapbooks of short stories and poetry. The Huron River: Voices from the Watershed, which he co-edited, was published by The University of Michigan Press and was a finalist for The Great Lakes Book Award for General Nonfiction. Along with Charity Nebbe, he co-hosted the Michigan Radio program "Storylines Midwest," a series devoted to the literary works of regional authors. Keith Taylor is currently Lecturer and Coordinator of the Undergraduate Subconcentration in Creative Writing in the Department of English, University of Michigan.


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