The ABPress website (or how to change a light bulb in a tight space with one hand tied)

The web page of the ABPress based in Oxford and Sibiu, soon open for business: muses and misspells on its books. Randomly decrepit, stiff joints, possibly neo-bankrupt: so out of touch it needs help, but so analogue it cannot be helped. Nonetheless temperamentally enthusiastic, moderately irascible.

American Retro Series

America witnessed great social transition between the end of the American Civil War and the beginning of the First World War. The pioneering days of the open American frontier gave way to the suburban, skyscraper sprawl of inner city life. Depictions of rural idyll and its regional traditions of local colour writing were carried forward, but a metropolitan mode of an unforeseen scale was introduced to its literature as well. Descriptions of urbanity and culture, but also claustrophobic poverty, social distress and a new politics came with this vast lifestyle.

The short story was in the ascendant, a viable commercial form to meet the demands of the popular literary magazines of the time. But differing veins of novel structure were being developed. The aim of this series of short stories, novellas, and novels is to reflect this kaleidoscopic American literary landscape. It includes not just writers who are assuredly part of the literary canon, but also writers who are of interest because of their observational vantage point, who they were, or their subject matter.

The following titles are to be published in June 2019 :-

AR01 F. Scott Fitzgerald The Great Gatsby
AR02 Sarah Orne Jewett The Country of the Pointed Firs
AR03 Alice Dunbar-Nelson The Goodness of St. Rocque
AR04 John Dos Passos One Man’s Initiation: 1917
AR05 O. Henry The Four Million
AR06 Jack London The Game & Other Writing on Boxing
AR07 Edna Ferber Buttered Side Down
AR08 Nathanael West Miss Lonelyhearts
AR09 Ring Lardner You Know Me Al
AR10 Sherwood Anderson The Triumph of the Egg
AR11 Edith Wharton Summer
AR12 Willa Cather A Lost Lady

The following titles are scheduled for January 2020 :-

AR13 Henry James A Passionate Pilgrim
AR14 Gertrude Stein The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas
AR15 Mary Roberts Rinehart The Amazing Interlude
AR16 Bret Harte The Luck of Roaring Camp
AR17 Stephen Crane Red Badge of Courage
AR18 Edna Ferber Roast Beef, Medium


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