Books

 

Monographs

Letters to the Grandchildren
by Skip Eisiminger

"While writing these essays, both of my parents died. When I read that Cicero had left his son a series of brief personal 'letters,' I was disappointed that my parents had not done something similar. That's when I decided to learn from the 'sin' of their omission and salt away some of my essays in a book.

"Arthur Schopenhauer said that given our 'three score and ten' allotment, a wise division would be forty years devoted to the 'text' and thirty to the 'commentary.' My division thus far has been rather less balanced—sixty-five for the text and six for the commentary, but at least I've managed to get a few things in print before shuffling off to Buffalo dragging my mortal coil. To switch the metaphor, I've spent the last six years unpeeling a very large onion. In the process, I've cut my fingers numerous times and occasionally brought tears to my eyes, but once sautéed with a little butter, the result, I think, is a palatable dish. Guten Appetit!"

—Skip Eisiminger

Fighting Like Cats and Dogs
by Kyle King

In the 1970s and '80s, there was no more closely contested or nationally significant rivalry in college football than the yearly series between the Clemson Tigers and the Georgia Bulldogs. The annual gridiron affray rose to new heights beginning in 1977, the year that marked the start of a decade of hard-fought battles between perennial national championship contenders from the Classic City and Fort Hill.

Through detailed game-by-game accounts and period photographs, Fighting Like Cats and Dogs faithfully chronicles the most storied chapters in the long-running rivalry between Clemson and Georgia. You will finish the book feeling as though you were in the stands for every game in the greatest period of this classic college football rivalry!

Off the Boards: The Evolution of Architectural Practice
by Richard Reep Sr., AIA

Architects are known for drawing blueprints with T-squares and triangles on drawing boards. They no longer do: building designs today are produced on computers. Architectural projects, called work on the boards, moved off the boards.

Using both words and pictures, Off the Boards tells the story of the transition. The author experienced its entire span, observing how the changes affected design, the profession, and the entire practice of architecture.

The High Seminary, vol. 2:
A History of the Clemson University, 1964-2000
by Jerome V. Reel

"Jerry Reel's first volume was a masterful history of the Clemson Agricultural College of South Carolina. It ended as the 'college era' ended. This book begins when the modern era began, with the name change to Clemson University effective on July 1, 1964. Once again, Dr. Reel has documented the facts and shared the fascinating, personal stories that make history come alive during the decades of Clemson's climb into the top ranks of American public universities."

—James Barker, President, Clemson University

The High Seminary, vol. 1:
A History of the Clemson Agricultural College of South Carolina, 1889-1964
by Jerome V. Reel

*Now in paperback!*

"Jerry Reel has done a tremendous service to Clemson University and all alumni with this carefully researched history of the first 75 years of our existence as an institution. His book is destined to become the standard reference for understanding Clemson's founding and early years up to July 1, 1964. With the name change that year, Clemson's modern history began as we grew from a small college into a major research university. I can't wait for volume 2."

—James Barker, President, Clemson University

W. B. Yeats's A Vision: Explications and Contexts
edited by Neil Mann, Matthew Gibson, and Claire Nally

W. B. Yeats's "A Vision": Explications and Contexts is the first volume of essays devoted to A Vision and the associated system developed by W. B. Yeats and his wife, George. A Vision is all-encompassing in its stated aims and scope, and it invites a wide range of approaches—as demonstrated in the essays collected here, written by the foremost scholars in the field. Throughout, the different contributors take a variety of stances with regard to texts and the automatic script.

South Carolina Loyalists in the American Revolution
by Robert Stansbury Lambert

An interest in the Georgia loyalists, which I developed during a brief residence in that state, exposed me to the fact that, except for Robert W. Barnwell,"Loyalism in South Carolina, 1765–1785" (Ph.D. dissertation, Duke University, 1941), South Carolina's loyalists in the Revolution had not been studied in any comprehensive way. Although Barnwell's study showed a fi rm grasp of the principal groups and individuals in the province and state who dissented from the decision to seek independence, it had not been expanded to a monograph; meanwhile, much material, particularly from British sources, had become more readily accessible, and it seemed worthwhile to undertake such a study.

—Robert Stansbury Lambert

Virginia Woolf's Mrs. Dalloway: Invisible Presences
by Molly Hoff

In this companion book to Mrs. Dalloway, Molly Hoff illuminates much that is hidden in Virginia Woolf's celebrated and often misunderstood novel. Mrs. Dalloway is brimming with references, both overt and subtle, to other works of literature, historical events, and goings-on in Woolf's own life. Virginia Woolf's Mrs. Dalloway: Invisible Presences serves, as Hoff states in her preface, "as a kind of reference manual for commentary on individual passages that may be of interest."

It is hoped it will lead to a deep understanding of Mrs. Dalloway and Woolf's method in general.

Thomas Green Clemson
ed. Alma Bennett

Thomas Green Clemson (1807–1888) was no ordinary man. He was, in fact, as unique as he was highly educated, skilled, pragmatic, visionary, and complex. To introduce us to this man, fifteen scholars and specialists of history, science, agriculture, engineering, music, art, diplomacy, law, and communications come together to address Clemson’s multifaceted life, the century and issues that helped shape him, and his ongoing influence today. The biography includes color plates of works from Clemson’s art collection. In addition to many other illustrations, which include his own paintings and musical compositions, the book features historic maps, documents, and genealogy charts of the Clemsons and Calhouns dating from the 1600s to the 1970s.

Robert Penn Warren: Genius Loves Company
ed. Mark Royden Winchell

At least since the dawn of the Romantic era, it has been assumed that the poet lives a lonely life, isolated in his garret. Nevertheless, writers are not always hermits and misanthropes. As human beings, they crave the company of other human beings; as artists they need the stimulation of other artists.…Even a selective account [such as this] of Warren's most important literary associations during such a long and active life could fill a good size book.

—Mark Royden Winchell

The Problem in the Middle:
Liminal Space and the Court Masque
by Gregory A. Wilson

Ben Jonson and Inigo Jones enjoyed one of the most successful theatrical collaborations of Renaissance England with their spectacular court masques. But their relationship soured over a dispute as to what was most important in the masque: the poetry of the former or the set and costume design of the latter. This book attempts to resolve the debate using a theoretical term developed by Victor Turner: liminality, a condition or status between two conditions or statuses. Dr. Gregory Wilson argues that the masque is in a perpetual state of liminality, existing in the margin between performance and an observing audience. The masque is more than historically interesting; it negotiates the space between possibility and reality. This book searches for that intervening ground and the resolution of the "problem in the middle."

Legacy of a Southern Lady:
Anna Calhoun Clemson, 1817-1875
by Ann Ratliff Russell

Anna Calhoun Clemson was John C. Calhoun's favorite child. After reading Ann Russell's biography based on Anna's letters, one finds it easy to understand why. The product of a famous family and an exceptional woman, Anna was also, as Russell ably demonstrates, very much "a southern lady." Her story--her "life's journey," as Calhoun told his daughter her life would be--gives us a glimpse of an important southern family, of southern womanhood, of heartbreak and difficulty, of a nation torn apart by sectional conflict. Like Mary Chesnut's famous diary, Anna's letters, the crux of Russell's study, provide us with a rich, detailed picture of southern life, both personal and public.

—Dr. C. Alan Grubb

Felix Academicus:
Tales of a Happy Academic
by Skip Eisiminger

This book is a potpourri of thirty-two essays and poems written by Skip Eisiminger between the turn of the twenty-first century and mid-2006. As the enclosed works show, Eisiminger is an academic who still looks forward to Monday mornings, even after thirty-six years of teaching in Clemson University's Department of English. The collection opens with a secular-humanist essay that was written for a contest sponsored by a religious foundation. After it was completed, however, the author learned that the final judge was a fundamentalist Christian. Needless to say, it did not win, place, or show. The book closes with some speculations on immortality, one aspect of which depends heavily on this essay! In between is a wildflower garden of sacred and profane efflorescences.

Growing Up Cartoonist in the Baby-Boom South: A Memoir and Cartoon Retrospective
by Kate Salley Palmer

"Kate Palmer's political cartoons are great—that is, if they are about someone else. At any rate, they justify a look into her life. Where did this free and caring and funny spirit come from? What was her family like? Were they also contrarians?…Kate Palmer is…what we in the South call 'a character.'…She calls herself a satirist, which she defines as a 'professional smartass.' Most of her subject characters would agree with that definition."

—Richard W. Riley, former SC governor, from the Foreword

Women & Clemson University:
Excellence—Yesterday and Today
by Dr. Jerome V. Reel, Jr.
ed. Dr. Alma Bennett

"The admission of women into the Clemson family is one of this University's great success stories. Clemson women have made Clemson strong. Without all that our women faculty, staff, students and graduates have accomplished and contributed, we can only speculate what Clemson would be today. Certainly every major transition has made Clemson a better, stronger institution, moving it from an all-male, all-white military school to a civilian, coeducational, desegregated research university that we can proudly say is among the nation's most outstanding public universities."

—James F. Barker, FAIA, President of Clemson University

Omi and the Christmas Candles: A Tale
of Nine Christmases during the Nazi Era
by Skip Eisiminger

"Once upon a time many years ago, the country of Germany lay under a spell cast by an evil sorcerer, Adolf Hitler…" Thus begins Omi and the Christmas Candles, a children's story about a family's survival during the Second World War. Distilled from several volumes of Eisiminger's notes and transcriptions of informal interviews with his wife's family, this book recalls nine remarkable Christmas celebrations.

Psychoanalysis and the Bloomsbury Group
by Douglass W. Orr, M.D.
ed. Wayne K. Chapman

This monograph is based on a 52-page paper read by the author on April 21, 1978, to members of the San Diego Psychoanalytic Society in La Jolla, California. Intended for Psychoanalytic Quarterly, the paper has not been published until now even though it anticipated Orr's posthumous book, Virginia Woolf's Illnesses (2004), also available from CUDP.

Virginia Woolf's Illnesses
by Douglass W. Orr, M.D.
ed. Wayne K. Chapman

Psychoanalyst Douglass Orr declares that his book about Virginia Woolf "is not a psychobiography." Instead, he offers a number of diagnostic possibilities in psychiatry based on extensive records that we have of Virginia Woolf's "life history, both in her own words and in the reminiscences of others." His general thesis is that, "however neurotic Virginia may have been, her usual, day-to-day self was within normal limits. The normal self was, even so, extremely vulnerable to traumata." Dr. Orr interprets Virginia's five or six experiences of "madness" to be "separate and distinct illnesses having quite different proximate causes. This view differs from the common assumption that Virginia had a single, life-long psychiatric disease, such as manic-depressive disorder, or manic depression."

Tales of Clemson, 1936-1940
by Arthur V. Williams, M.D.

"The tales that Dr. Williams has included in this wonderful collection of Clemson stories bring back many fond memories for me. Every page is like an old friend greeting me at a class reunion. But there is more to this book than memories. It is also a remarkable record of what life was like at Clemson 60-plus years ago. In this day and age of "reality TV," here we have a delightful volume of "reality text." And as one of the "survivors" (to borrow a current TV term), I can tell you it is almost as much fun reading this text as it was living it!"

—Walter T. Cox '39, President Emeritus, Clemson University

Literature and Digital Technologies
ed. Karen Schiff

"In widening the scope of 'digital technologies' so far as to include the production of literary texts through different kinds of digital machines, we have arrived at the heart of the enterprise that has driven this entire endeavor: the use of technologies to promote the circulation and reading of works of literature. The ways that the technologies inflect the reading experience depend on a confluence of innumerable factors; the papers in this volume focus specifically on issues that grow out of the intersection of electronic technologies and literary study."

—Karen Schiff, from the Foreword

Melville's Use of
"The Rebellion Record" in his Poetry
by Frank Day

"Melville drew on the [Rebellion] Record for twenty of the seventy-two poems in Battle-Pieces and for two others included in his later volume of poems...His indebtedness to the Record, moreover, is greater in one sense than is suggested by the total of twenty poems out of seventy-two, for most of the fifty-two poems not indebted to the Record are largely philosophical, eulogistic, or inscriptive. Of the lines actually describing war events and giving details of battles, an estimated eighty percent have probable sources in the Record."

—Frank Day, from the Foreword

Integration with Dignity
ed. Skip Eisiminger

"It is often said that history is the lengthening shadow of one man. In Clemson University's case this man was Harvey Gantt. The desegregation of Clemson University by Gantt on January 28, 1963, was characterized by 'Integration with Dignity' and is regarded by many as a signature event in American social history."

—Dr. H. Lewis Suggs, from Integration with Dignity