Nov 12

New Book Reconciles the Creative Writer’s Focus on Art with the Critic’s Focus on Cultural Studies

“Reading The Hemingway Short Story is like attending a master class on literary craft; an expert scholar-critic reveals the subtle methods and moves that produce the distinctive, memorable effects that comprise Hemingway’s literary signature.”—J. Gerald Kennedy, coeditor of French Connections: Hemingway and Fitzgerald Abroad

In The Hemingway Short Story: A Study in Craft for Writers and Readers, Robert Paul Lamb delivers a dazzling analysis of the craft of this influential writer. Lamb scrutinizes a selection of Hemingway’s exemplary stories to illuminate the author’s methods of construction and to show how craft criticism complements and enhances cultural literary studies. The Hemingway Short Story, the highly anticipated sequel to Lamb’s critically acclaimed Art Matters: Hemingway, Craft, and the Creation of the Modern Short Story, reconciles the creative writer’s focus on art with the concerns of cultural critics, establishing the value that craft criticism holds for all readers.

Beautifully written in clear and engaging prose, Lamb’s study presents close readings of representative Hemingway stories such as “Soldier’s Home,” “A Canary for One,” “God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen,” and “Big Two-Hearted River.” Lamb’s examination of “Indian Camp,” for instance, explores not only its biographical contexts—showing how details, incidents, and characters developed in the writer’s mind and notebook as he transmuted life into art—but also its original, deleted opening and the final text of the story, uncovering otherwise unseen aspects of technique and new terrains of meaning. Lamb proves that a writer is not merely a site upon which cultural forces contend, but a professional in his or her craft who makes countless conscious decisions in creating a literary text.

Robert Paul Lamb received his doctorate in the History of American Civilization from Harvard University. He is author of Art Matters: Hemingway, Craft, and the Creation of the Modern Short Story and coeditor of A Companion to American Fiction, 1865–1914. He was named the 2008 Indiana Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation.

January 2013
256 pages, 6 x 9
Cloth $45.00

Apr 08

The News & Observer spotlights Yellow Shoe Fiction

The News & Observer (Raleigh, NC) recently ran a great feature on LSU Press and its Yellow Shoe Fiction series.  Click here to read the full article.

Jul 07

Pollack Wins Phoenix Award

Pollackharrietap The Eudora Welty Society has announced Harriet Pollack is the 2008 recipient of the Phoenix Award. This is an award given on occasion to an individual whose contributions to Welty Studies has been exceptional. Pollack is recognized by the Society as "a major shaping voice in all things Weltean" for two important edited collections of essays, including Eudora Welty and Politics: Did the Writer Crusade? co-edited by Suzanne Marrs. Pollack is also the co-editor of the upcoming book Emmett Till in Literary Memory and Imagination to be published by LSU Press in January 2008.

Mar 07

Oprah Book Club Author McCarthy Explored in New Book

This week, Oprah chose Cormac McCarthy’s The Road for her immensely popular book club. Check out CNN’s recent feature for the scoop. 080713175x_2

Gary M. Ciuba, professor of English at Kent State University, has recently published a groundbreaking study of McCarthy and several other celebrated southern authors titled Desire, Violence, and Divinity in Modern Southern Fiction: Katherine Anne Porter, Flannery O’Connor, Cormac McCarthy, Walker Percy. In his book, Ciuba explores the roots of violence in southern culture by analyzing protagonist Lester Ballard in McCarthy’s Child of God. Desire, Violence, and Divinity would make the perfect compendium piece for those readers interested in delving deeper into the raw emotions that permeate McCarthy’s fiction.

Nov 06

Hannon Wins Southern Literary Studies Prize

Hannonfaulkner Louisiana State University Press author Charles Hannon, Faulkner and the Discourses of Culture, has won the C. Hugh Holman Award, given by the Society for the Study of Southern Literature for the best book of literary scholarship or literary criticism in the field of Southern literature published during the calendar year.

A certificate and a small honorarium was officially presented at the SSSL’s session at the MLA convention in Philadelphia in December.

Professor Anthony Sczcesiul, chair of this year’s committee, commented that “Hannon’s deep historical knowledge thickens the context for our understanding of the author and his world, while his close textual analysis, with readings often hinging on Faulkner’s revisionary processes—opens up the texts in exciting and often surprising ways.”

The Holman award was established in 1985. LSU Press’s The History of Southern Literature won the inaugural award. With a total of six awards, LSU Press has published more Holman award winners than any other publisher.