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M. Thomas Inge papers, 1978-1982, 1988-1989 4.6 Linear Feet — 5 items

The M. Thomas Inge Papers (1978-1982, 1988-1989) consist of the corrected manuscripts of five works of which Inge was the editor: Handbook of American Popular Culture (HAPC; 3 vols., 1978-1981), Bartleby the Inscrutable (1979), Concise Histories of American Popular Culture (1981), Handbook of American Popular Literature (1988), and the second edition of HAPC (3 vols., 1989). The Inge papers demonstrate not only the development of M. Thomas Inge's scholarly and editorial acumen, but also the growth of the study of American popular literature and culture.

For Bartleby the Inscrutable, M. Thomas Inge was able to recruit contributions from several important scholars and critics of American literature, including Lewis Leary, Lewis Mumford, Egbert S. Oliver, Alfred Kazin, Richard Chase, Leo Marx, and Hershel Parker.

A member of the American Studies Association, the Modern Language Association, and the Popular Culture Association, M. Thomas Inge edited collections of essays on Faulkner's Light in August, frontier humorists, and Ellen Glasgow before becoming the general editor of Greenwood Press's Research Guides in Popular Culture series in 1977. Inge solicited essays from a number of American cultural studies specialists for the original 1978-1981 HAPC, a project that subsequently led not only to two spinoff projects--the 1981 Concise Histories volume and the 1988 Handbook of American Popular Literature--but also to the 1989 second edition of HAPC. Selected essays in the first edition of HAPC were revised (and abridged) for the Concise Histories volume and further revised either for the Handbook of Popular Literature or for the second edition of HAPC. Thus, by looking in particular at these four items in the Book Manuscripts Series and observing the various additions and deletions, it is possible to trace how several critics--among them James J. Best, Richard Etulain, Katherine Fishburn, Donald A. McQuade, Richard N. Masteller, Nancy Pogel, Janice Radway, Anne E. Rowe, Richard Guy Wilson, and Inge himself--evolved in their views of their areas of specialty.

Collections in the Duke University. David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library related to the M. Thomas Inge papers include the Lewis Gaston Leary papers, the Lewis Mumford papers, and the Egbert S. Oliver papers.