James A. Grimshaw, Jr., brings together for the first time more than 350 letters exchanged by two scholars who altered the way literature is taught in this country. The selected letters focus on the development of their five major textbooks - the rationale for selections, the details involved in obtaining permissions and preparing indexes, and the demands of meeting deadlines. More important, these letters reveal their attitudes toward literature, teaching, and scholarship. Providing insight into two of the most influential literary minds of this century, these letters show two men who were deeply involved in research and writing, and who were committed to a life of travel, conversation, and learning.
About the EditorJames A. Grimshaw, Jr., is a Regents Professor of the Texas A&M University System in Commerce. He is the editor or author of numerous books, including Robert Penn Warren/Cleanth Brooks: Friends of Their Youth and Robert Penn Warren: A Descriptive Bibliography, 1922-1979.