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.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

America Changed Through Music - More Advance Praise

I'm thrilled to say that our collection Harry Smith's Anthology of American Folk Music: America Changed Through Music has garnered some more praise - this time from Rob Young, author, amongst many other things, of the magnificent Electric Eden. Here's what he had to say:
The Anthology of American Folk Music is a talismanic casket of musical treasures, containing the key to decoding the tangled patterns of Harry Smith’s interests in multiple art forms. This valuable essay collection offers invigorating and learned perspectives on the Anthology and its connections with folklore, magic, and hidden histories of America. It’s a celebration of Smith’s maverick verve and shamanic energy, reinstating him as a wonder-working polymath whose occult activities rippled out widely into 20th century culture.
- Rob Young, author of Electric Eden and Editor-at-Large of The Wire magazine