Characters of the 1950s from Holden Caulfield, Lolita, and Santiago in The Old Man and the Sea to Perry Mason and James Bond appear in The People We Meet in Stories.
NEW BOOKS ON POPULAR MUSIC
Robert McParland's newest books are Rock Music Icons and Singer-Songwriters of the 1970s: 150+ Profiles. Also published in 2022 was Cultural Memory, Consciousness, and the Modernist Novel. The People We Meet in Stories: Literary Characters of the 1950s, published in 2020 is also available. Discover these books at your local library, at Rowman and Littlefield, or on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and other online booksellers.
Bestseller: A Century of America's Favorite Books is a cultural study of America and American popular culture seen through the bestselling fiction and non-fiction titles from 1900 to 2018. This book is a reference volume that investigates the responses of readers, lists all top bestselling books, discusses publication trends, and provides biographical sketches of bestselling authors.
"This is more than a study of literary influence. Robert McParland has driven a core sample deep into the history of American culture, revealing the responses that Mark Twain evoked in readers of all social and ethnic backgrounds." - Jonathan Rose, Author of The Literary Churchill.
"A Generation Lost In Space" in Do You Believe in Rock and Roll?-Essays on Don McLean's 'American Pie'" Published September 2012
"Down to the River: John Fogerty's Imagined Southern Gothic" in Finding Fogerty. Publication December 2012
"Facing the Music: The Poetics of Bruce Springsteen" Read More
Reception: Texts, Readers, Audiences, History, Vol.4 (Fall 2012): 29-32.
SHARP News Vol. 21, No. 3 (2012) p.11.
Victorian Studies Vol. 54, No. 2 (Winter 2012) pp. 374-76.
Nineteenth Century Studies Vol. 66, No. 3, pp. 402-06.
Dickens Studies Annual (2012)
Choice Reviews (2011)