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Editor's Comment American Fiction: A Bicentennial Symposium was held on the campus of Northeastern University on October 15-16, 1976. The papers from this program will be published in a special issue of SAF in the spring of 1977. This special number will be available to subscribers only. It will feature essays by Harrison T. Meserole, Milton R. Stern, Joseph Katz, Donald Pizer, Linda W. Wagner, Melvin J. Friedman, Darwin T. Turner, Viola Hopkins Winner, John Cawelti, Daniel Aaron, and Ronald Sukenick. • · « David J. Nordloh, General Editor of the W. D. Howells edition, has sent the following comment of interest to our readers: "A Selected Edition of W. D. HoweUs, published by the Indiana University Press, is one of the group of editions of American authors supervised by the Center for Editions of American Authors and funded through the Modern Language Association and the National Endowment for the Humanities. David J. Nordloh is General Editor, Don L. Cook is Textual Editor, and Christoph K. Lohmann is Associate Editor. The completed edition will total thirty-two volumes, including seventeen novels, three volumes of literary criticism, six of letters, and poems, reminiscences, novelles, and travel sketches in other volumes. Twelve of the volumes are now in print and eleven others have been approved for publication."» a · We should like to call attention to the major contributions being madeby the G. K. Hall Reference Guides in Literature to the study of American fiction. Several guides have been published (including books on Theodore Dreiser, Frank Norris, andHaroldFrederic) and nine more will appear within the year, among them volumes on Eudora Welty, William Faulkner, Edith Wharton and Kate Chopin, and Washington Irving. These guides provide an annotated bibliography of secondary comment. • O · The Kate Chopin Newsletter has expanded its coverage to include other women regionalists, among them Mary E. Wilkins Freeman, Ruth McEnery Stuart, Sarah Orne Jewett, Grace King, Mary Murfree, Rose Terry Cooke, Alice Munro, and Zora Neale Hurston. For more information write to the editor, Emily Toth, Dept. of English, Univ. of North Dakota, Grand Forks, N. D. 58201. J.N. ...


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