March is made up of more than just spring break and St. Patrick’s Day; it’s a month to celebrate women’s history! Women’s History Month is a national tribute to women of all generations who’ve impacted society in a positive way. According to womenshistorymonth.gov, the month originated as a week beginning March 7, 1982, but later, after heavy petitioning, was passed by Congress as the month of March. Syracuse University Press joins the Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and the US Holocaust Memorial Museum in honoring this special month dedicated to the many triumphant women of past time.
Looking for an interesting read this month? Pick up Karen Morin’s Frontiers of Femininity: A New Historical Geography of the Nineteenth-Century American West. This collection of essays illustrates how geography was fundamental to the formation of women’s identity and explores the self-expression of professional travel writers like Isabella Bird. Winifred Curran of DePaul University writes, “”This is the kind of book that I would like to give to every American historian I know; this is what geography adds to history, breaking open the notion of the Great Man tradition, writing women in, exploring multiple identities and the role of these identities in both the representation of landscapes and the people who inhabit those landscapes.”
For more information on Frontiers of Femininity by Karen Morin visit the Syracuse University Press website.
This Halloween, we have a special treat for all you scary book lovers! Ghost Dance by Gregory O’Donoghue is a vibrant book of poetry with symbolic depth. Poet and long-time friend of the author, Maurice Riordan, describes Gregory as “sensitive to the preternatural and the ghostly presences.” This eerie Dedalus Press title is sure to put you in the holiday spirit. For more information on this book visit the Syracuse University Press website.
Have a safe and happy Halloween!
Once hot dogs, hamburgers, and fireworks are all finished, sit down with Drums Along the Mohawk. National Book Award winner, Walter Edmonds penned a masterpiece of historical fiction that brings our state’s past to life in vivid detail.
“The best work of its kind. Throbs with life upon a hostile frontier . . . doubly thrilling as Mr. Edmonds sets it down, touched with local color, lively with dialogue, bright with suspense.” —New York Times
April 1st marks the start of National Poetry Month, a time to celebrate the brilliant work of talented American poets. From Mark Twain to Emily Dickinson, we all have a favorite poet who we praise for their touching words that come to life on paper. This month, Syracuse University Press chooses to commend the famous, Edgar Allan Poe by sharing one of his popular poems.
A Dream Within A Dream by Edgar Allan Poe
Take this kiss upon the brow!
And, in parting from you now,
Thus much let me avow–
You are not wrong, who deem
That my days have been a dream;
Yet if hope has flown away
In a night, or in a day,
In a vision, or in none,
Is it therefore the less gone?
All that we see or seem
Is but a dream within a dream.
I stand amid the roar
Of a surf-tormented shore,
And I hold within my hand
Grains of the golden sand–
How few! yet how they creep
Through my fingers to the deep,
While I weep–while I weep!
O God! can I not grasp
Them with a tighter clasp?
O God! can I not save
One from the pitiless wave?
Is all that we see or seem
But a dream within a dream?
Take some time to explore a variety of different poems this April. Happy National Poetry month from the Syracuse University Press!