The essays in American Bypaths cover a diverse range of interests in American literature. Subjects include Nathaniel Hawthorne, Jesse Stuart, Saul Bellow, and Thornton Wilder, as well as Sinclair Lewis, Twain's Innocents Abroad , Faulkner's The Sound and the Fury , and three Southwestern regional writers.
Robert G. Collmer received his B.A. and M.A. at Baylor University in Waco, TX and his Ph.D. at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA. The late Jack W. Herring was the director of the Armstrong Browning Library at Baylor University.
Foreword Hawthorne and Johnson at Uttoxeter, O. M. Brack Jr. Texans in New Mexican Fiction, James M. Day Adams, Dobie, and Webb on the use of Regional Material, Wilson M. Hudson Jesse Stuart and the Other Writers, Frank H. Leavell Saul Bellow: On Looking for a Way Through the Cracks, J. F. LeMaster Love Is More Than the Evening Star: A Semantic Analysis of Elmer Gantry and The Man Who Knew Coolidge, Gary Howard Mayer Luster's Ordered Role in The Sound and the Fury, Andy J. Moore The Innocents Abroad: A Roughhewn Monument, Robert Regan Thornton Wilder: Neglected Novelist?, Craig Turner Contributors