Louise Erdrich One of the great Native American novelists, Erdrich is known for her strong attachment to the people and places of her native North Dakota, her carefully constructed plots, and her wonderfully complex characters. This volume discusses her life and several of her works: Love Medicine, The Antelope Wife, The Beet Queen, The Bingo Palace, and The Plague of Doves. September 2012 | Print ISBN: 978-1-4298-3723-1 | $105 William Faulkner When William Faulkner received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1949, he completed an emergence from comparative obscurity. Since then, Faulkner has achieved the status of a world author and, perhaps, more critical books and articles have been written about him in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries than about any other writer with the exception of William Shakespeare. May 2013 | Print ISBN: 978-1-4298-3828-3 | $105 F. Scott Fitzgerald This volume continues the work of rehabilitating Fitzgerald’s reputation and reexamining his work. Essays examine Fitzgerald’s enduring relevance, pointing out how the major themes persisting across his work– wealth, success, love, youth, and tragedy–are also enduring themes within the American consciousness. October 2010 | Print ISBN: 978-1-58765-693-4 | $105 Gustave Flaubert Considered a prolific pioneer of literary realism and one of the founders of modern fiction, French author Gustave Flaubert is known for his strong sense of style and obsession with le mot juste (the right word). This volume examines Flaubert’s quest for literary perfection, his extensive correspondence with such contemporaries as Ivan Turgenev and Guy de Maupassant, and his most famous work, Madame Bovary. November 2015 | Print ISBN: 978-1-61925-824-2 | $105 Horton Foote American playwright and screenwriter Horton Foote is most notably known for his 1962 adaptation of To Kill A Mockingbird, the screenplay for the 1983 film, Tender Mercies, and the Pulitzer Prize-winning 1995 play, The Young Man From Atlanta. This volume examines these works and more, such as the nine-play Orphans’ Home cycle, based on Foote’s own childhood. February 2016 | Print ISBN: 978-1-61925-840-2 | $105 Benjamin Franklin This collection brings together representative essays from a variety of critical perspectives, to give some sense of Franklin’s achievement but also to draw attention to some of the inconsistencies, contradictions, and even failings, that made him who he was. Essays examine Franklin from many points of view, to develop a composite portrait of the man and his works. October 2009 | Print ISBN: 978-1-58765-640-8 | $105 Robert Frost Essays bring together a wide range of approaches to Frost’s poetry. He was admired as homey and straightforward when modernist writing was often obscure; as a nature poet, an authentically American writer, when many modernists were cosmopolitan expatriates; and as an optimistic New England sage when his leading contemporaries produced dark, apocalyptic visions. October 2009 | Print ISBN: 978-1-58765-636-1 | $105 Neil Gaiman One of the most prolific and award-winning writers of prose spanning comics and graphic novels to feature- length films and television serials, Neil Gaiman is as popular with critics as he is with readers. The essays in this volume trace the work of the author from the little-known comic, The Sandman, through The Graveyard Book and look at his novels for adults and children. December 2016 | Print ISBN: 978-1-68217-260-5 | $105 BEST SELLER! BEST SELLER! CRITICAL INSIGHTS: AUTHORS Literature CRITICAL INSIGHTS Neil Gaiman CritiCal iNsiGhts Sommers Salem PreSS Two University Plaza, Suite 310 Hackensack NJ 07601 Phone: 201-968-0500 Fax: 201-968-0511 Joseph Michael Sommers is Associate Professor of English at Central Michigan University where he teaches courses in children’s and young adult literature as well as courses in modern and contemporary Anglophone literature, visual narratives, and popular culture. He publishes work on figures such as Judy Blume; Stan Lee; Robert Kirkman; and, not coincidentally, Neil Gaiman. Over the past several years, Sommers has written on the culture of childhood in nineteenth-century lady’s journalism; the maturation of Marvel Comics’ characters in the post-9/11 moment; Hellboy amongst the Melungeon people; dialogism in Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451; and, of course, Twilight. More recently, he has written on Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight, a revisionary examination of C. S. Lewis’ Narnia, posthumanism in The Walking Dead, and several book-length collections, such as Sexual Ideology in the Work of Alan Moore (With Todd Comer), Game on, Hollywood—Essays on the Intersection of Video Games and Cinema (with Gretchen Papazian) (both McFarland Press, 2012 and 2013 respectively), The American Comic Book (Salem/ Grey House Press, 2014), and the forthcoming Conversations with Neil Gaiman (University Press of Mississippi). Among the essays in this volume: “In the Shadow of Balder: Breaking the Cycle of Ragnarok in American Gods” by Kristin Bovaird-Abbo “Opening the Door, Crossing the Wall: (Re) Mediation and Women’s Roles in Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere and Stardust” by Julie Perino “Crafting Advocacy through Intimacy and Empathy: A Rhetorical Analysis of The Reading Agency Lecture” by Kristin McIlhagga “Guilty Pleasures: Neil Gaiman’s Books for Children for Adults” by Annette Wannamaker Neil Gaiman Edited by Joseph Michael Sommers All Critical Insights titles come with free online access (800) 221-1592 www.salempress.com GET ONLINE ACCESS WITH YOUR PRINT BUY! FREE Online Access FREE CRITICAL INSIGHTS: AUTHORS LITERATURE 28