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Release: April 2, 2002

UI American studies department plans homecoming for emeritus professor Stone

Albert E. Stone, University of Iowa emeritus professor of American studies, is returning to campus this month to speak about, "American Studies as a Way of Life," on Tuesday, April 9 at 4 p.m. in room 704 Jefferson Building. Stone, who served as chairman of the American studies program from 1977-1983 and 1985-1986, will share his thoughts on the past, present and future of the discipline based on his distinguished tenure as an American studies scholar.

Speaking about his career, Stone said: "As your garden-variety teacher-scholar, I have been drawn to writing books on four different aspects of American culture and literature. My interests in Mark Twain, childhood, slavery and slave revolts, and the nuclear age in literature are ongoing, and even in retirement I continue to review books, edit them, and lecture on these topics."

Stone, who retired in1991, is the author or editor of more than a half dozen books, including most recently, "Literary Aftershocks: American Writers, Readers, and the Bomb," Twayne (Boston), 1994. His other books include: "The Innocent Eye: Childhood in Mark Twain's Imagination," Yale University Press, 1961; "St. John de Crevecoeur, Letters from an American Farmer," New American Library, 1963, and the revised edition "Letters from an American Farmer [and] Sketches of Eighteenth-Century America," Penguin, 1981; "Twentieth-Century Interpretations of 'The Ambassadors,'" Prentice-Hall, 1969; "The American Autobiography: A Collection of Critical Essays," Prentice-Hall, 1981; "Autobiographical Occasions and Original Acts: Versions of American Identity from Henry Adams to Nate Shaw," University of Pennsylvania Press, 1982; and "The Return of Nat Turner," University of Georgia Press, 1992. He is also editor of "Singular Lives: The Iowa Series in North American Autobiography," nineteen volumes, 1988-present, and has contributed to the "Oxford Companion to African American Literature."

Stone is returning to Iowa City from his home in Arrowsic, Maine.