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 Recent issues have featured unpublished letters from F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, Tennessee Williams, Bret Harte, Edith Wharton, Alice James, Willa Cather, and Nathanael West; analyses of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 also prominent feature in every 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.
Editors' Note; Kevin J. Hayes, ""Remembering Leo: A Tribute to J. A. Leo Lemay (1935-2008)""; Prospects 16; Robert DeMott with Brian Railsback, Prospects for the Study of John Steinbeck; Articles; Carol Deboer-Langworthy, ""'Not a Bourgeois Project': Neith Boyce's The Story of an American Family""; Jessie Bray, ""'Not a pure idealist': Ralph Waldo Emerson, Edward Waldo Emerson, and the Civil War""; Michael Anesko and N. Christine Brookes, ""Ancestral Footsteps: Montegut on Monte Beni""; George Monteiro, ""Herman Melville: Fugitive References (1845-1922)""; Keith Newlin, ""Unwitting Provocateur: Mary Wilkins Freeman and the American Academy of Arts and Letters""; Pamela R. Matthews, ""Reimagining The Sheltered Life: Catherine Turney Adapts Ellen Glasgow""; David Roessel and Nicholas Moschovakis, ""'Jungle, or Walter Finds the Pearl': A Previously Unpublished One-Act Play by Tennessee Williams""; Gretchen Comba, ""William Maxwell: A Checklist of the Primary Sources""; Olivia Carr Edenfield, ""Into the Melody: An Interview with Andre Dubus"".