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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!

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

Epic Peters: Pullman Porter
by Octavus Roy Cohen, with introduction by Alan Grubb and H. Roger Grant

"Cohen’s work is the next-best-thing to having an oral history of a Pullman porter during the hey-day of intercity train travel, at a time when the Pullman Company was one of the largest employers of African-Americans. Epic Peters wonderfully encapsulates virtually everything that was once the life of a Pullman porter."

—Alan Grubb and H. Roger Grant

The Nature of Clemson: A Field Guide to the
Natural History of Clemson University
by Lisa K. Wagner, Umit Yilmaz, Victor B. Shelburne,
Jerry A. Waldvogel, and Mary Taylor Haque

"Clemson has a beautiful campus, which provides environmental stimulus and opportunity for teaching and learning. This field guide reveals those natural and created settings which allow us to individually discover a true sense of place on the Clemson campus; these outdoor rooms are well remembered as a visitor, student, staff or scholar."

—James Barker, President, from the Preface

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

Gravely Concerned: Southern Writers' Graves
by John Soward Bayne

This book presents the graves of writers from the American South. The selection is based on the authors' popular or critical reputations and the appeal and accessibility of their gravesites. Some may dispute whether these subjects were sufficiently Southern, and whether they were truly writers, but this is certain: they're all dead. The pictures of their graves, presented chronologically, illustrate Southern literary history, and this book memorializes the artists, some famous and some obscure.

—John Soward Bayne, from the Introduction

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

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 governor of South Carolina, 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

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

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

A Walking Tour of Residential Seneca
by Donald D.Clayton

"In 1870, Seneca was a wilderness area on the Blue Ridge Railroad Line. When the Richmond Air Line Railroad also crossed at this spot, men saw the opportunity to develop a town at their intersection. They purchased the necessary land and marked the lots. The first auction was held in August 1873. The town that developed was called Seneca City, named for a tribe of Indians that lived nearby."

—Donald D. Clayton, from the Introduction