Call for Proposal: Cultural History of Salinger's Catcher in the Rye

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Bob Batchelor/Thiel College
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Hello, I am the book series editor for the Rowman & Littlefield series "Contemporary American Literature" and "Great Writers, Great Books." I am requesting short proposals from authors interested in writing a cultural history of Salinger and The Catcher in the Rye.

As background, the "Contemporary American Literature" series launched with my book, Gatsby: The Cultural History of the Great American Novel, published in late November (see link below). We also have many others lined up, including a collection of critical essays on Michael Chabon, a book on 1920s literature and community, a re-assessment of Capote's In Cold Blood, a look at contemporary masculinity and literature, a collection of critical essays on Stephen King's recent work, and several others.

Volumes in the series will typically run between 80,000 – 110,000 words, exclusive of notes, bibliography, and index. Authors and editors are responsible for negotiating and securing their own permissions for use of images, illustrations, and other copyrighted material.

Proposals should include a discussion of the volume's significance, its relationship to existing scholarly literature, intended readership, competing books on the subject, a proposed table of contents, estimated length, number of images, and projected timeline for completion, along with the
author/editor's CV. For more information, please see the proposal guidelines at:

Inquiries and proposals may be directed to the Series Editor, Bob Batchelor at

Bob Batchelor
James Pedas Professor of Communication
Executive Director, James Pedas
Communication Center
Thiel College