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General Information

Name:  Herbert K. Russel  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Adult;

Born: N/A

-- Herbert K. Russel on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

Russel lives in Carbondale, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Herbert K. Russel is the retired director for college relations at John A. Logan College, Carterville, Illinois. He is acknowledged as the foremost authority on Masters and has publishd numerous articles about Masters in scholarly journals and reference works. Russell is the first scholar to be allowed to read and quote from all of Masters's diaries, his correspondence, and the unpublished chapters of his 1936 autobiography ''Across Spoon River''. He is the editor of ''The Enduring River: Edgar Lee Masters' Uncollected Spoon River Poems'' and is the author of various publications concerning Illinois subjects including ''Edgar Lee Masters: A Biography''. Russell's works have received various recognitions; research awards have come from tehe Newberry Library and National Endowment for the Humanities.

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Titles At Your Library

A Southern Illinois Album: Farm Security Administration Photographs, 1936-1943 (Shawnee Books)
ISBN: 0809315890

Southern Illinois University Press. 1990

Life on the road was anything but glamorous for Farm Security Administration photographers traveling through southern Illinois in the mid-1930s. Often their most promising subjects lived at the end of the worst roads, many of which lacked bridges, drainage ditches, or gravel. Outfitted with three government-issue cameras, flashbulbs, tripods, and film-processing chemicals, their job was to help "explain America to Americans" by seeking out and photographing the one-third of the nation FDR described as "ill-housed, ill-clad, and ill-nourished."

Featured in this book are more than one hundred photographs from the collection of a quarter of a million taken by FSA photographers between 1935 and 1943. These pictures capture life during the Great Depression as viewed in the coal-mining towns of Herrin, West Frankfort, and Zeigler the river communities of Shawneetown, Cairo, and Grayville the farming regions near McLeansboro, Newton, and Harrisburg―more than two dozen southern Illinois county seats, hamlets, and landings. Together they comprise a photographic portrait of the determination, hard work, and capacity to find ways to celebrate life exemplified by the people of southern Illinois during one of the most difficult periods of American history.

FSA photographers helped to invent and popularize the "documentary style," a type of photography in which pictures and their arrangement carry much of the information in a story. Intended to document the success of a government project, these pictures survived to preserve for later generations the story of the people of southern Illinois and how they endured the difficult times of the Great Depression.

Edgar Lee Masters: A BIOGRAPHY
ISBN: 0252073142

University of Illinois Press. 2005

Explores the life and works of the American author best known for his "Spoon River Anthology," a book of 214 poems that influenced early-20th-century literature.


Herbert K. Russell was honored at the 2004 Illinois Authors Book Fair sponsored by the Illinois Center for the Book and the Illinois State Library in Springfield, Illinois.

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