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."

Available for pre-order!

Amazon UK

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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!

Amazon UK

Amazon US

Current release date is December 17th 2019.


Friday, January 11, 2019

The Forum: Mark Twain


Back in July I was delighted to be part of an episode of The Forum on BBC World Service dedicated to Mark Twain. You can listen to it here

Friday, April 27, 2018

Now in paperback: Harry Smith's Anthology of American Folk Music: American Changed Through Music


Complete with a spiffy new cover, Harry Smith's Anthology of American Folk Music: America Changed Through Music is soon to be released in paperback! June 12th, apparently.

Available from Amazon UK here, Amazon US here.

Wednesday, February 07, 2018

Center for Mark Twain Studies: Quarry Farm Fellowship


With enormous thanks to the Center for Mark Twain Studies at Elmira College, I'm thrilled to be one of the Quarry Farm Fellows this year. This means that for two weeks in the summer of 2018, along with my family, I'm going to be living and working at Quarry Farm, Mark Twain's summer retreat and the place where he wrote many of his most important books (Adventures of Huckleberry Finn chief among them). While there, I'll be spending my time on my next book, provisionally entitled: Deep Water: The Mississippi River in the Age of Mark Twain. Here's my blurb for the Quarry Farm website:


 A full list of the 2018 Fellows is available here - a tremendous list of projects!

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Readex Report: Ralph Keeler


In my continuing effort to keep the memory of Ralph Keeler alive, I've just published a short account of his career and disappearance in the Readex Report (Vol 12, Issue 1): "The Lost Prince of American Bohemians: The Strange Life and Mysterious Death of Ralph Keeler, Literary Vagabond." You can check it out here.