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Kate Sullivan interviews Ned Stuckey-French, author of The American Essay in the American Century (University of Missouri Press, 2011).
He discusses his recently released book and the shocking news that the University of Missouri Press is closing, after more than five decades, publishing more than 30 books each year.
HIs newest book, published by the University of Iowa Press, out in 2012 (visit www.uiowapress.org) is Essayists on the Essay-Montaigne to Our Time, co-edited by Carl H. Klaus and Ned Stuckey-French.
Recognized as a blow to authors under the University of Missouri Press imprint, there are many questions about the reasons. In a terse statement, UM System President Tim Wolfe announced on May 24 that administration wants to "re-evaluate those activities that are not central to our core mission."
He will discuss what the impact may be on his book, launched to great reviews, and how this may affect other authors who are published by this venerable university press, closing in July 2012.
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