Collected Poems

Collected Poems by Marianne Moore also won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry.

Collected Poems by Marianne Moore also won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry.

Reunion and Reaction

Originally published in 1951, this classic work by one of America’s foremost experts on Southern history presents an important new interpretation of the Compromise, forcing historians to revise previous attitudes towards the Reconstruction period, the history of the Republican party, and the realignment of forces that fought the Civil War.

Between the era of America’s landmark antebellum compromises and that of the Compromise of 1877, a war had intervened, destroying the integrity of the Southern system but failing to determine the New South’s relation to the Union. While it did not restore the old order in the South, or restore the South to parity with the Union, it did lay down the political foundations for reunion, bring Reconstruction to an end, and shape the future of four million freedmen.

Originally published in 1951, this classic work by one of America’s foremost experts on Southern history presents an important new interpretation of the Compromise, forcing historians to revise previous attitudes towards the Reconstruction period, the history of the Republican party, and the realignment of forces that fought the Civil War. Because much of the negotiating occurred in secrecy, historians have known less about this Compromise than others before it. [Oxford University Press]

The Autobiography of William Carlos Williams

The Autobiography is an unpretentious book; it reads much as Williams talked—spontaneously and often with a special kind of salty humor. But it is a very human story, glowing with warmth and sensitivity.

The Autobiography is an unpretentious book; it reads much as Williams talked—spontaneously and often with a special kind of salty humor. But it is a very human story, glowing with warmth and sensitivity. It brings us close to a rare man and lets us share his affectionate concern for the people to whom he ministered, body and soul, through a long rich life as physician and writer.

William Carlos Williams’s medical practice and his literary career formed an undivided life. For forty years he was a busy doctor in the town of Rutherford, New Jersey, and yet he was able to write more than thirty books. One of the finest chapters in the Autobiography tells how each of his two roles stimulated and supported the other. [New Directions]

Charles Evans Hughes

Pulitzer Prize-winning Biography (1952) of Supreme Court Chief Justice Charles Evans Hughes.

Pulitzer Prize-winning Biography (1952) of Supreme Court Chief Justice Charles Evans Hughes.

The Conduct of Life

Discusses the ultimated ethical and religious issues the confront modern man and offers a new orientation, directed to the renewal of life and the reintegration of modern civilization.

Discusses the ultimated ethical and religious issues the confront modern man and offers a new orientation, directed to the renewal of life and the reintegration of modern civilization.

The Far Side of Paradise

The Far Side of Paradise was the first biography of F. Scott Fitzgerald.

The Far Side of Paradise was the first biography of F. Scott Fitzgerald.

White Collar

White Collar by C. Wright Mills is considered a standard on the subject of the new middle class in twentieth-century America. This landmark volume demonstrates how the conditions and styles of middle-class life–originating from elements of both the newer lower and upper classes–represent modern society as a whole.

White Collar by C. Wright Mills is considered a standard on the subject of the new middle class in twentieth-century America. This landmark volume demonstrates how the conditions and styles of middle-class life–originating from elements of both the newer lower and upper classes–represent modern society as a whole.

By examining white-collar life, Mills aimed to learn something about what was becoming more typically “American” than the once-famous Western frontier character. He painted a picture instead of a society that had evolved into a business-based milieu, viewing America instead as a great salesroom, an enormous file, and a new universe of management. [Oxford University Press]