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March 11, 2009

UI Press releases three new volumes of literary scholarship March 15

The University of Iowa Press will release three new volumes of literary scholarship on March 15, 2009: "First We Read, Then We Write: Emerson on the Creative Process" by Robert D. Richardson, "The Music of Thought in the Poetry of George Oppen and William Bronk" by Henry Weinfield and "Doctors in the Making: Memoirs and Medical Education" by Suzanne Poirier.

In "First We Read, Then We Write," the preeminent Emerson biographer delves into private journals that provide insight into Emerson's unconventional thoughts about the creative process. Richardson is the author of "William James: In the Maelstrom of American Modernism," which won the 2007 Bancroft Prize; "Emerson: The Mind on Fire," which won both the Francis Parkman Prize and the Melcher Book Award and was a finalist for a National Book Critics Circle Award; and "Henry Thoreau: A Life of the Mind," which also won the Melcher Book Award.

Weinfield, a professor in the program of liberal studies and the Department of English at Notre Dame University, studies the work of two 20th-century poets who were suspicious of discursive thinking. In fact, Bronk declared, "Ideas are always wrong." Weinfield explores their search for an alternative "music of thought."

Weinfield is the author of several collections of poetry, including "Without Mythologies: New and Selected Poems and Translations," and he has published a translation of and commentary on the "Collected Poems of Stéphane Mallarmé" and, with Catherine Schlegel, a translation of Hesiod's "Theogony and Works and Days." He is also author of "The Poet without a Name: Gray's 'Elegy' and the Problem of History," and numerous scholarly articles.

Poirier is professor emerita of literature and medical education at the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Chicago. A past editor of Literature and Medicine, she is the author of "Chicago's War against Syphilis, 1937-1940: The Times, the 'Trib,' and the Clap Doctor," coauthor with Lioness Ayres of "Stories of Family Caregiving: Reconsiderations of Theory, Literature, and Life," and coeditor with Timothy F. Murphy of "Writing AIDS: Language, Literature, and Analysis."

In "Doctors in the Making" she examines how the daunting process of becoming a physician -- exhausting intellectually, physically and spiritually -- is reflected in diaries, memoirs and blogs.

The books will be available at bookstores or directly from the UI Press by phone at 800-621-2736 or online at Customers in the United Kingdom, Europe, the Middle East or Africa may order from the Eurospan Group online at

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