Tuesday, September 03, 2019

Deep Water: More Advance Praise


One final piece of pre-publication praise for Deep Water, from Professor Sarah Churchwell, author of a number of wonderful books, most recently Behold America: A History of America First and the American Dream:
“An exemplary work of American literary history, situating Mark Twain's writing about the river that so defined it within a wider understanding of how that river culture also shaped America. Comprehensively researched, sweeping in its scope, rich in its depths, Smith's book is an authoritative - likely definitive - primer for understanding what the deep waters of 'The Mississippi' meant to Twain, and still means to American culture.”
Available December 17!

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Friday, August 30, 2019

Deep Water: More Advance Praise



"Mark Twain knew a thing or two about the Mississippi River. So does Thomas Ruys Smith. In Deep Water, Smith intertwines the life and literature of Twain with the experiences and perspectives of many other people who lived, worked, and played along the Mississippi. Thanks to Smith, we now have a book that fully accounts for Twain’s complicated relationship with the Mississippi, a river that captured, and continues to capture, the American imagination."
—Michael Pasquier, editor of Gods of the Mississippi

"This is the story of a great American writer and a great American river, and the relationship between the two. Thomas Ruys Smith's elegantly written, deeply researched account brings us closer to Mark Twain by enriching our understanding of the river that flowed through his life and work. We see the Mississippi worlds that made Twain, and come away with immeasurably deeper insight into the worlds he made."
—Ben Tarnoff, author of The Bohemians: Mark Twain and the San Francisco Writers

"By embedding Twain's canonical work on the Mississippi River in the context of what numerous less celebrated others wrote on the same subject, Thomas Ruys Smith provides a valuable new perspective on Twain's vision, not just of the river, but of race, gender, imperialism, and national culture."
—Andrew Levy, author of Huck Finn's America: Mark Twain and the Era That Shaped His Masterpiece

Out December 17! Available for pre-order!

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Monday, August 26, 2019

History Today: Life on the Mississippi


I have a long article on the Mississippi in the September issue of History Today (Vol. 69, Issue 9). It was great to use some of the research for Deep Water in this way, and their production values are a delight, as you can see below! At least for now, it's available here

   

Friday, August 09, 2019

Deep Water: Advance Praise

Deep Water: The Mississippi River in the Age of Mark Twain
Some advance praise for Deep Water: The Mississippi River in the Age of Mark Twain (Louisiana State University Press, coming in December) from Professor Pete Messent:

"Thomas Ruys Smith’s book will be required reading for anyone interested in Mark Twain and / or Mississippi river culture of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Framing both Twain and the river in new and often unexpectedly rewarding ways, it ranges widely through biography, literature, history, geopolitics, music and other forms of popular culture, issues of national and transnational identity, and much, much, more besides. An outstanding contribution to its various fields."

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Friday, April 26, 2019

Comparative American Studies


Very excited to announce that I'm now co-editing the journal Comparative American Studies with my UEA colleague Rachael McLennan. Here's our joint statement (click to make it bigger):


Friday, April 12, 2019

Coming soon! Deep Water: The Mississippi River in the Age of Mark Twain


Coming late 2019: Deep Water: The Mississippi River in the Age of Mark Twain! More updates soon

Update: looks like it's already available for preorder!

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Current release date is December 17th 2019.