Essays

LITERARY

“A Tale of Two Fathers,” Memoir Journal. Issue 14, 2013.

Sei settimane a Verona / Six Weeks in Verona. Biblioteca Civica di Verona, 2009 (ISBN 978-88-9632-07-7).

“Rural Writers.” In The Middle of the Middle West, ed. Becky Bradway. Indiana University Press, 2003. Pp. 200-204.

“A Writer’s Christmas.” Gettysburg Review (Autumn 2001), 501-506.

“Gutenberg Man.” Cover article in the Illinois Library Association Newsletter. XVI, Issue 6, (December 1998). (This is a copy of a talk I gave to the Association in November.)

Selected journal entries in The Writer’s Journal: 40 Contemporary Writers and their Journals, ed. Sheila Bender (New York: Dell, 1997), 104-118. Reprinted in Keeping a Journal You Love, ed. Sheila Bender. Cincinnati: Walking Stick Press, 2001, 136-154.

[“What Does A Writer Want?”] The Phi Beta Kappa Key Reporter (Autumn 1995).
TRAVEL

“Off the Map.” National Geographic Traveler, May/June 2007. http://www.nationalgeographic.com/traveler/features/suddenjourneys0705/journeys.html.

“Tuscany,” National Geographic Traveler, special collector’s issue (“Fifty Places of a Lifetime”), October 1999, pp. 207-208. Reprinted in The National Geographic Traveler Magazine, 2001. (I’ve never seen this and am unsure of the publication details. It’s on the web at http://www.nationalgeographic.com/traveler/articles/1039tuscany.html.)

Short piece on a bed and breakfast in a Frank Lloyd Wright house (the Cheney House) in Oak Park. New York Times (Sophisticated Traveler), Sunday 25 July 1999, p. 11.

“Florence: A Protest at a Crossroads.” The New York Times Magazine (“The Sophisticated Traveler”), 9 November 1997, p. 14.

“Bologna Through Medieval Eyes,” The New York Times Magazine (“The Sophisticated Traveler”), 10 November 1996, 20+.

“When Florence Was A Flood Plain,” Sky (Delta Airlines in-flight magazine), November 1996, 135-39. Reprinted in Travelers’ Tales Guides: Italy: True Stories of Life on the Road. Ed. Anne Calcagno. San Francisco: Travelers’ Tales Inc., 1998.
REVIEWS

Review of Ann Patchett’s bel canto. Chicago Tribune book section (Sunday 27 June 2001).

Cover review of Jane Hamilton’s Disobedience. Chicago Tribune book section (Sunday 29 October, 2000).

Cover review of Joe McGinniss’s Miracle of Castel di Sangro. Chicago Tribune book section, Sunday 6 June, 1999.

Review of Louis Begley’s Mistler’s Exit. Chicago Tribune book section (Sunday 27 December 1998).

Review of Isabel Allende’s Aphrodite. San Jose Mercury News, Sunday 12 April 1998 (lead review in book section)

Review of Howard Norman’s The Bird Artist, Washington Post Book World, Sunday 24 July 1994.
LIT CRIT

“Reader-Response Criticism: The State of the Art” (review article), Genre 21 (1988), 359-69.

“What Is A Literary Experience Like?” New Literary History 14 (1982-83), 105-115.

“Elizabethan Dramatic Conventions and Elizabethan Reality,” Renaissance Drama NS XII (1981), 27-49.

“Departmental Acquisitions Policies for Small College Libraries,” Library Acquisitions: Practice and Theory 3 (1979), no. 10.

“Macomber Redivivus,” Notes on Modern American Literature (1979), no. 10.

“Shakespeare: Our Contemporary?” Teaching Shakespeare 1 (1976).

“The Scandal of The Winter’s Tale,” English Studies 57 (1976), 11-18.

“The Tournaments in Malory’s Morte Darthur,” Forum for Modern Language Studies 10 (1974), 67-78.

“Hamlet in the Classroom,” College English 35 (1973), 32-39.