James Machin is the author of the book Weird Fiction in Britain 1880-1939 (2018). Machin was a 2014-2015 fellow at the Ransom Center. While here, he spent time researching the Arthur Machen, M.P. Shiel, and John Buchan archives. Machin utilized those materials for his Ph.D thesis, and later book, on early weird fiction.
In Amanda Laugesen’s new book, the novel is an object of war. In Taking Books to the World: American Publishers and the Cultural Cold War (University of Massachusetts Press, 2017), Laugesen tells the story of Franklin Publications, a publishing company created in 1952 as a joint project between American publishers and the USIA. Amid the scramble for influence during the Cold War, Franklin was tasked with disseminating books that promote American ideals throughout the developing world. [Read more…] about American publishing during the Cold War