Founded in 1971, Resources for American Literary Study soon became a favored venue for archival scholarship and bibliographical analysis in American literature. Recent issues have featured unpublished letters from F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, Tennessee Williams, Bret Harte, Edith Wharton, Alice James, Willa Cather, and Nathanael West; analyses of manuscripts by Thoreau, Hemingway, Eugene O'Neill; checklists of letters by John Cheever; a ""Prospects"" section with expert recommendations for the future study of authors ranging from Poe to Malamud. Book reviews are a prominent feature - 24 in this volume. RALS became a clothbound annual with volume 27 and is published by AMS Press. Everything else that has made the journal a force in literary study for the past thirty years is in place.
Articles; M. Thomas Inge (Randolph-Macon College), ""Founding a Journal: Resources for American Literary Study""; Sarah B. Daugherty (Wichita State University), ""Prospects for the Study of William Dean Howells""; Patrick M. Erben (Emory University), ""Promoting Pennsylvania: Penn, Pastorius, and the Creation of a Transnational Community""; Constance J. Post (Iowa State University), ""Making the A-List: Reformation and Revolution in Crocker's Observations on the Real Rights of Women""; Glen McLeod (University of Connecticut, Waterbury), ""The James Family and the Boston Atheneum: A Bibliography; Gary F. Scharnhorst (University of New Mexico), ""Kate Field: A Primary Bibliography""; Charles Mignon (University of Nebraska), ""Willa Cather's Process of Composition""; David Sanders (St. John Fisher College), ""Fostering the Poet: An Unpublished Robert Frost Letter""; Hilary K. Justice (Illinois State University), ""Tragic Stasis: Love, War, and the Composition of Hemingway's 'Big, Two-Hearted River'