What a pleasure to have thoughtful readers. These two reviews have just been published in the June numbers of The Journal of American History and the American Historical Review. Many thanks to Michael L. Johnson and John Bezis-Selfa.
Bezis-Selfa writes that the first half of the book was written by historian Lyn Bennett and the second by literary critic Scott Abbott, an understandable assumption but in reality we worked together on each chapter of the book. History involves interpreting texts and images and a literary critic can help with that. Literary criticism requires history that an historian can help with.