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General Information

Name:  George Hendrick  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Adult;

Born: March 30, 1929 in Stephenville, Texas

-- George Hendrick on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

Hendrick is an emeritus professor of English at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Biographical and Professional Information

George Hendrick is an emeritus professor of English at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, former department chair and served as the first president of the James Jones Literary Society. He edited several books including, ''To Reach Eternity: The Letters of James Jones.'' Along with Don Sackrider and Helen Howe, Hendrick edited ''The Writings From the Handy Colony.''He currently resides in New York.

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Katherine Anne Porter (Twayne's United States Authors Series)
ISBN: 0805775137

Twayne Pub. 1988

In 1965 Katherine Anne Porter won both a Pulitzer Prize and a National Book Award for the culmination of her life's work, the Collected Stories. Almost from the beginning of her career in the 1920s, Porter enjoyed the respect of fellow writers and of critics, who admired her disciplined prose and ability to create works that probe the psychological motivations of human behavior within a moral context. A master practitioner within the confines of a distinctly American art form--the short story--and its more continental cousin--the novella--Porter has fascinated readers with her complex and haunting works, including "Pale Horse, Pale Rider," "Flowering Judas," and Ship of Fools. Updating an important study published more than twenty years ago while the elusive Porter was still writing, George and Willene Hendrick now survey her entire body of work. Drawing on significant biographical evidence revealed since Porter's death in 1980, the Hendricks devote special attention to the connections between Porter's art and life, in particular the use of her Southern heritage and fascination with Mexico in her fiction. Although the authors concentrate on the short fiction, they also offer careful analysis of Porter's only novel--the allegorical Ship of Fools--and of her numerous political essays, occasional pieces, and uncompleted projects. "Katherine Anne Porter, Revised Edition" delineates Porter's artistic development and illustrates how her finely wrought stories transcended regional and national boundaries. A Detailed chronology and bibliography are included.

Mazo de la Roche (Twayne's world authors series, TWAS 129. Canada)

Twayne Publishers. 1970

First Edition hardcover, 1970. Number 129 in Twayne's World Authors Series (Canada).

Henry Salt: Humanitarian Reformer and Man of Letters
ISBN: 0252006119

University of Illinois Press. 1977

This volume is the biography of Henry Stephens Salt (20 September 20, 1851-April 19, 1939). He was an English writer and campaigner for social reform in the fields of prisons, schools, economic institutions, and the treatment of animals. He was a noted ethical vegetarian, anti-vivisectionist, socialist, and pacifist, and was well known as a literary critic, biographer, classical scholar and naturalist.

The Selected Letters of Mark Van Doren
ISBN: 0807113174

Louisiana State Univ Pr. 1987

Van Doren, Mark

James Jones and the Handy Writers' Colony
ISBN: 0809323702

Southern Illinois University Press. 2001

This story of James Jones and the Handy Colony is a popular account of one of the most unusual writing colonies ever established in the United States.

Between his Army enlistment in 1939 and the wound that sent him to a Memphis hospital in 1943, James Jones suffered the loss of both his mother and his father, a victim of suicide. Psychologically precarious, Jones drank heavily, often brawling in bars. Concerned about his erratic behavior, his aunt took Jones to meet Lowney Handy, who took virtual control of his life, securing his discharge from the army and, with her husband Harry, inviting him into their home. Lowney became Jones’s writing teacher—and his lover.

An aspiring but unpublished writer when she began the Handy Writers’ Colony in Marshall, Illinois, Lowney Handy developed a reputation as an inspirational teacher of writing. Her husband, an oil refinery executive from nearby Robinson, supported her in this endeavor, which proved quite successful. The Handy colony achieved national attention through the success of Jones, its most celebrated member and the author of From Here to Eternity and Some Came Running.

The Creole Mutiny: A Tale of Revolt Aboard a Slave Ship
ISBN: 1566635500

Ivan R. Dee. 2003

On the night of November 7, 1841, the Creole, a brig transporting at least 135 slaves from Richmond, Virginia, to the auction block at New Orleans, was about 130 miles northeast of the Bahamas. In the darkness, a band of 19 slaves led by Madison Washington seized the crew and its captain. Over the next several days they forced the Creole to sail into Nassau harbor, where the British authorities offered freedom to the slaves on board, touching off a diplomatic squabble and continuing legal ramifications. In The Creole Mutiny, George and Willene Hendrick have pieced together, from scant information and remote sources, the story of this successful slave revolt and of the mysterious figure of Madison Washington, a fugitive slave who had been recaptured while trying to free his wife. With careful attention to background details, the authors describe what is known of Washington's life the efforts of fugitive slaves to free other family members the methods of slave traders and the operators of slave pens the conditions on slave ships and the sexual exploitation of female slaves, some mere children. In an Appendix, the authors show how Madison Washington has taken on mythic qualities in the works of major African-American writers, from Frederick Douglass to Theodore Ward. With 24 black-and-white illustrations.

"Fascinating...compelling history."―Vernon Ford, Booklist

Why Not Every Man?: African Americans and Civil Disobedience in the Quest for the Dream
ISBN: 1566636450

Ivan R. Dee. 2005

The record of civil disobedience by African Americans, which George and Willene Hendrick recount in Why Not Every Man?, begins soon after slaves were brought legally to the American colonies: they began to run away. Through the years of the abolitionists, the struggle against the Fugitive Slave Act, opposition to Jim Crow laws, and the emergence of the civil rights movement, blacks continued the peaceful protest of their inequality and lack of freedom. In addition to describing these often forgotten episodes, the Hendricks show how the idea of civil disobedience, first suggested in America by Henry David Thoreau, crossed oceans to influence Mohandas K. Gandhi, whose thinking in turn attracted a young divinity student named Martin Luther King, Jr. The impact of these ideas was to be profound, forming a central tenet in Dr. King's movement against segregation and for the civil rights of black Americans. The record of civil disobedience in the service of African Americans is not without its failures, but overall it has been a powerful weapon in their quest for a share of the American dream. This is a succinct history of that story.

Black Refugees in Canada: Accounts of Escape During the Era of Slavery
ISBN: 0786447338

McFarland. 2010

Thousands of black people sought refuge in Canada before the U.S. Civil War. While most refugees encountered at least some racism among Canadian citizens, many of those same refugees also thrived under the auspices of the Canadian government, which worked to protect blacks from the U.S. slaveowners who sought to re-enslave them. This work brings to light the life stories of several nineteenth-century black refugees who managed to survive in their new country by gaining work as barbers, postal carriers, washerwomen, waiters, cab owners, ministers, newspaper editors, and physicians. The book begins with a short historical account of blacks in Canada from 1629 until the early 1800s, when the first groups of escaped slaves began to enter the country.

M. K. Gandhi's First Nonviolent Campaign: A Study of Racism in South Africa and the United States
ISBN: 1934844918

Teneo Press. 2013

M. K. Gandhi came to fame in the twentieth century for his nonviolent efforts to free India from British rule. Gandhi, though, perfected his civil disobedience method during his two decades (1893-1914) in South Africa. M. K. Gandhi's First Nonviolent Campaign: A Study of Racism in South Africa and the United States shows Gandhi, son of a prime minister of two princely estates in India, a graduate in law from the Inner Temple in London, facing racism in South Africa. He was called a coolie, denied first class railroad accommodations, physically attacked, and subjected to an attempted lynching. The racism he faced was similar to the racism in the United States at the same time. Gandhi's development as a leader against racism in South Africa was a slow process, and his devotion to the cause created stress in his marriage and in his family life. Gandhi's years in South Africa are still too little understood. George and Willene Hendrick use the vast published resources of Gandhi scholarship and the equally large accounts of racism in the lives of Frederick Douglass, Rosa Parks, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and many others, opening up new ways to interpret Gandhi. They discuss Gandhi's successes and failures, his foibles, and his engaging human qualities. His developing belief in religious toleration is a recurring theme in this study. George and Willene Hendrick in this critical study explore major influences on Gandhi's nonviolent method and his major contribution to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. They emphasize Gandhi's opposition to racism and show parallels to racism in the United States. M. K. Gandhi's First Nonviolent Campaign will appeal to those who wish to read about Gandhi's life, to students of racism in South Africa and the American South, and to readers studying African-American literature and culture.



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