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Writing America by Shelley Fisher Fishkin
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“A vibrant and thoughtful guide through American literary history.”
Chicago Tribune

“A must for book-loving travelers of the armchair and more intrepid kinds.”
Library Journal

“Published on the eve of the 50th anniversary of the Historic Preservation Act, [Writing America] traces the footsteps of William Faulkner, Allen Ginsberg, Zora Neale Hurston, Herman Melville, Harriet Beecher Stowe and many others. With more than 60 illustrations, it's a fascinating trek.”
San Jose Mercury News

“There is no one better suited to illuminate the connections between America’s great authors and the places in which they built their writing and their lives than Shelley Fisher Fishkin; give yourself a thoughtful treat and keep this book by your bedside to dip in and out of as the mood strikes.”
Harper's Bazaar

“Big, handsome, well-illustrated ... A book to own and read over and over again.”
Booklist

Shelley Fisher Fishkin talks literature, place, and what it means to be American with Josh Logue for Inside Higher Ed

“A splendid travel guide for readers.”
Yale Alumni Magazine

“Using the National Register of Historic Places as her guide, the author sparks interesting questions regarding how writers influence, and are influenced by, place … Fishkin's book offers a diverse look at our nation's literary landscape and history.”
Publishers Weekly

“Filled to the brim with literary treasures; it is a fine traveling companion for those with a little time to wander - and to wonder about America's literary past.”
—Book Chase

“The depth of Fishkin's knowledge and the dynamism of her enthusiasm elevate this 'reader's companion' from superb resource to lustrous and delectable.”
Booklist Journal

“Perfect for the armchair traveler or the reader who enjoys hitting the road, Shelley Fisher Fishkin's Writing America is a meticulously researched, beautifully written survey of the nation's most beloved literary sites ... A vivid mosaic of the cultures, voices and geographies that inform America's literary inheritance ... It's the ultimate trip advisor for lovers of literature and history.”
BookPage

“Compared to the lavishly costumed usual suspects appearing just in time for holiday buyers, [Writing America] can be seen as a tribute to the taste and intelligence of both the giver and the receiver ... Look inside Writing America and you find a scholar who, according to Erica Jong, 'writes like an angel' about the 'diversity and humor of the American spirit,' including not only familiar figures like Whitman and Twain, but Jewish, Mexican and Asian American writers, and luminaries of the Harlem Renaissance.”
Princeton Magazine

“An impressive body of exceptional and detailed scholarship. Highly recommended.”
Midwest Book Review

Writing America is a triumph of scholarship and passion, a profound exploration of the many worlds which comprise our national canon . . . a book that redraws the literary map of the United States.”
—Junot Díaz, author of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

Writing America is designed for those who love not only literature, but also history and landscape, and the conversation they have with one another. I could not stop reading.”
—Philip Deloria, author of Playing Indian

“This book cuts straight to the soul of America in all its shades and colors. I don't think anyone has ever put together a book that's quite so extraordinary. I certainly have never read one.”
—Hal Holbrook, Actor, Mark Twain Tonight!, Author, Harold

“Just when you thought you knew American literature, along comes Shelley Fisher Fishkin to show you what you've missed . . . and to make you think about it. She ushers us into both familiar and unusual spaces with prose as accessible as it is learned, observations that are clear and sometimes quirky, and quotations that prove the synergy between literature and place. She takes American literature out of the library and relocates it in the public square, revealing its essence as the most eloquent tour guide imaginable.”
—David Bradley, author of South Street and The Chaneysville Incident

Writing America presents us with an exquisitely rendered geography, in word and image alike, of the nation's diverse literary heritage.”
—Eric J. Sundquist, Andrew W. Mellon Professor of the Humanities, Johns Hopkins University

“Smartly introduced, lavishly illustrated, and beautifully designed, Writing America treats the reader to sites associated with American authors and puts houses, landmarks, memorials, and museums into a vivid relationship with texts.”
—Werner Sollors, coeditor with Greil Marcus of A New Literary History of America

“This absorbing and wondrous book is a glorious cornucopia of America's literary memory. Writing America is necessary, delicious, and nourishing food for the American artist, reader and writer.”
—Min Jin Lee, author of Free Food for Millionaires

“What a fine, informative, and welcomed book by Professor Fishkin. In brief, a first class piece of work that has been long in coming. It not only deserves a warm welcome, it is also to be treasured by professionals as well as by beginners.”
—Rolando Hinojosa, novelist and essayist

“Shelley Fisher Fishkin is the best guide you could have through American Literature and the places that inspired it. She writes like an angel. She appreciates the diversity and humor of the American spirit. Read her!”
—Erica Jong, poet and author

 
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