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May 27, 2009

UI Press releases new biographical works on June 1

Three new biographical books -- "The Life and Writings of Julio C. Tello: America's First Indigenous Archaeologist," edited by Richard L. Burger; "Zig-Zag-and-Swirl: Alfred W. Lawson's Quest for Greatness" by Lyell D. Henry Jr.; and "Stowe in Her Own Time: A Biographical Chronicle of Her Life, Drawn from Recollections, Interviews, and Memoirs by Family, Friends, and Associates," edited by Susan Belasco -- will become available from the University of Iowa Press on June 1.

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

Tello was the father of Peruvian archaeology and most distinguished Native American scholar ever to focus on archaeology. A Quechua speaker born in a small highland village in 1880, Tello did the impossible: He received a medical degree and convinced the Peruvian government to send him to Harvard and European universities to master archaeology and anthropology. He then returned home to shape modern Peruvian archaeology and the institutions through which it was carried out.

Many of his most important works were published in small journals or newspapers in Peru and have not been available even to those with a reading knowledge of Spanish. Richard L. Burger, the Charles J. MacCurdy professor of anthropology at Yale University as well as the chairman of Yale's Archaeological Studies Council, a curator at the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History, and the president of the Institute of Andean Research, makes available for the first time a broad sampling of Tello's writings as well as complementary essays that relate these writings to his life and contributions, and the most complete and accurate listing of Tello's work ever compiled.

Tello's writings focus on major discoveries including the Paracas mummies, the trepanation of skulls from Huarochirí, Andean iconography and cosmology, the relation between archaeology and nationhood, archaeological policy and preservation, and the role of science and museums in archaeology.

"Stowe in Her Own Time" is the new addition to the UI Press "Writers in Their Own Time" series. Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811-96) was one of America's first celebrity authors. "Uncle Tom's Cabin" sold more than 300,000 copies in its first year of publication. Known by virtually all famous writers in the United States and many in England, and regarded by many women writers as a role model because of her influence in the literary marketplace, Stowe was the subject of many books, articles, essays and poems during her lifetime.

This volume, edited by a professor of English and women's and gender studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, brings together for the first time a range of primary materials about Stowe's private and public life, written by family members, friends and fellow writers who knew or were influenced by her before and after "Uncle Tom's Cabin" catapulted her to fame.

Lawson (1869-1954), the self-styled Magic Man of Baseball, Columbus of the Air, Wizard of Reason and First Knowledgian, was a leader of a movement in the 1930s calling for the abolition of banks and interest, and he was also the founder of a utopian community, the so-called Des Moines University of Lawsonomy. This unusual institution, constantly embroiled in controversy in the 1940s and early 1950s, was dedicated not only to teaching Lawson's novel religious and scientific ideas but also to initiating a reform of human nature.

Henry, a professor emeritus of political science at Mount Mercy College, gives special attention to Lawson's development as a utopian thinker and reformer, providing a thorough treatment of the poignant saga of the controversial and doomed community in Des Moines.

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