The Unheeded Cry

Yesterday, Sunday June 3rd, was National Animal Rights Day. In honor of this day, we’re featuring two of our books on animal ethics, The Unheeded Cry: Animal Consciousness, Animal Pain, and Science and A New Basis for Animal Ethics: Telos and Common Sense

How can science teach us that animals feel no pain when our common sense observations tell us otherwise? Bernard Rollin offers welcome insight into questions like this in his ground-breaking account of the difficult and controversial issues surrounding the use of animals. He demonstrates that the denial of animal consciousness and animal suffering is not an essential feature of a scientific approach, but rather a contingent, historical aberration that can and must be changed if science is to be both coherent and morally responsible. Widely hailed by advocates of animal welfare and scientists alike on its first appearance, the book—now in paperback—includes an epilogue by the author describing what has changed, and what hasn’t, in the use of animals in scientific research and food production.

I have watched this book reach and unlock the minds of my most skeptical science and engineering students. The Unheeded Cry demonstrates to them, as nothing else has, the sense in which science is value-laden, and why that matters.—Laurie Anne Whitt, Michigan Technological University

Rollin Unheeded


Animal Consciousness, Animal Pain, and Science
Bernard E. Rollin

$26.00 • Paperback: 978-0-8262-2126-1 • 348 pp. • 6 x 9

Available at Amazon, IndieBound, Barnes&Noble, and on our website, or by calling 800-621-2736.

Howard Marshall wins a PCA Award!

“These are the Oscars of popular culture scholarship,” Lynn Bartholome, Executive Director of the PCA, said, “These awards are highly coveted and the competition is fierce. Congratulations to the winners!”PCA Color LogoCongratulations to Howard Marshall, author of Fiddler’s Dream: Old-Time, Swing, and Bluegrass Music in Twentieth-Century Missouri and recipient of this year’s Popular Culture Association’s Ray and Pat Browne book award!

Marshall, Professor Emeritus of Art History and Archaeology at the University of Missouri and a native of Moberly, Missouri, also received this year’s Missouri Conference on History book-of-the-year award. The book, which comes with a music CD of archival recordings, is available at, on the Internet, and at selected local stores and organizations.

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Howard Marshall with his fiddle at the Fulton Library, June 2017. Photo by Margot McMillen.

In Fiddler’s Dream, the sequel to Marshall’s earlier book on old-time fiddlers in Missouri, Play Me Something Quick and Devilish, the author uses oral history, archival photographs, and transcriptions of selected tunes to trace the evolution of traditional fiddle music in Missouri from the early 1920s to the abrupt changes in American society and traditional music in the 1960s. The book focuses on fiddle music in everyday life at music parties, dances, pie suppers, festivals, contests, and oprys. Marshall’s wealth of knowledge, gained through a lifetime of involvement in Missouri fiddle traditions, gives the book exceptional richness and depth.

Robert Patrick Remembers Lanford Wilson: friend, roommate, colleague, champion, and defender

This Wednesday, the conference, Missouri Self-Taught: Lanford Wilson and the American Drama begins! Concurrently, the Mizzou Theatre Department presents Lanford Wilson’s The Rimers of Eldritch. Neither is to be missed!

As a part of this celebration of the Pulizer Prize-winning Missouri native, playwright and author Robert Patrick shares his memories of Wilson when they were both just starting out in New York City:

When Lanford first hit New York and lived with me, he rather gave us all to think that he’d never before written or read anything, but had just sprung forth whole from own head after seeing Roberta Sklar’s production of Ionesco’s The Lesson at the Caffe Cino in 1963. The Cino — and La Mama, Judson Memorial Church, Theatre Genesis, Playwrights Workshop, W.P.A. Theatre Project, The Dove Theatre, Theater for the New City and the Old Reliable Theatre Tavern — did inspire a lot of playwrights to spring forth unexpectedly. And one can certainly in retrospect hear a playwright chomping to spring forth out of the prose and poetry collected herein. Lanford was my friend, my roommate, my colleague, often my champion and defender. I cannot separate the personal from the professional while discussing these works. I can professionally appreciate that whenever he wrote these, he already knew just when to toss in a funny word like “Dalmatian.” And I can personally hear him saying it and getting a big laugh. I can also hear him reading both of the roles, the sophisticated brother and sister, in “Fuzz in Orion’s Sword,” and nearly gargling the “r’s” just like comics Nichols & May did. “We rrreally should take the ashtrrray, don’t you think?” And I and other friends rolling in laughter at the same time that we moan “Awwwwwwwwww” in empathy with the characters’ winsome desolation. It’s a shame the term, “twee” wasn’t yet in use when Lanford began producing at the Cino. But even his earliest works were a great deal more than twee. His first few plays dealt with deaths, by violence in “So Long at the Fair,” by negligence in “Home Free,” and mercifully offstage in “No Trespassing.” On August fifth, 2007, Cino actor Bill Mitchell said to me in conversation that he thought there was an attempt at a revue at the Cino in 1963, with skits by Lanford Wilson, including an “Alice in Wonderland” skit featuring Kitty McDonald as the queen and Barbara Walker as Alice, which was pulled quickly and replaced with a revival of Bill’s tremendously successful production of “The Boy Friend.” So on August twenty-fifth, 1963, Lanford-the-stage-writer burst upon the world with “So Long at the Fair,” in which a sexually aggressive woman so frightens a timid boy that he murders her and folds her body up in a sofa bed. But amidst this horror, Lanford’s twee humor emerged. The doomed girl, played by Maggy Miklos, said no man had been able to break her “titanic membrane,” to which Michael Warren Powell responded, “That’s ‘tympanic.’ And it’s in your ear,” pronounced “yourrrr earrr” in the best stand-up comic fashion. After that, the plays seemed to cascade from Lanford’s hands, evolving quickly into tales of difficult lives rather than shocking deaths. He wrote on our kitchen table by day, I wrote on it by night, till it turned out that he wasn’t really working nights and couldn’t come up with his share of the rent. When I asked what he had been doing nights instead of the temp jobs which were so easily available at that time, he said, “Sitting out in parks and places, watching people.” I daresay that that proved more profitable for him — and for audiences — in the long run. I miss him, and his occasional unforeseeable letter or midnight phone call. The last time we met, PBS got a bunch of us “original gay Cino playwrights” together for an interview show and I said to him, “I never understood what I had that let me be among all of you beautiful people.” With perfect Lanford Wilson timing, he tilted his head and said, “You had a job, Bob.

Robert PatrickRobert Patrick is a playwright, author and poet. Some of his best known works include The Haunted Host, Kennedy’s Children and What Doesn’t Kill Me Makes a Great Story Later. The first day he moved to New York he discovered Caffe Cino, where he and Lanford Wilson got their start. Learn more about Robert Patrick in this Someday Productions interview.

Our 60th Anniversary: The Last Book!

Today we present the final book in our 60% off series, but it is not the final day of the sale! These fantastic prices on all five books are good through December.

The finale of our 60th anniversary celebration features, Before The Big Bonanza: Dan De Quille’s Early Comstock Accounts, edited by Donnelyn Curtis and Lawrence I. Berkove.

“Extremely valuable to understanding the history of the American West, with insights into the early career of one of the region’s more remarkable writers.”— Ronald M. James, author of The Roar and the Silence: A History of Virginia City and the Comstock Lode

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9780826220387 • hardcover • 320 pp. • 15 illus.

The discovery and mining of the Comstock Lode in Nevada forever changed the mining culture of the American West. Using the pen name Dan De Quille, in 1876 William Wright published The Big Bonanza, the best-known contemporary account of the Comstock Lode mines. Previously, however, in nearly fifty newspaper accounts from 1860 to 1863, De Quille had documented the development of the early Comstock with a frankness, abundance of detail, sense of immediacy, and excitement largely absent from his book. Donnelyn Curtis and Lawrence I. Berkove have gathered those accounts together in Before The Big Bonanza.

Before The Big Bonanza additionally supplies new and important biographical information about the travels of De Quille and his experiments in style that made him along with Mark Twain, Bret Harte, and Ambrose Bierce, one of the Old West’s four leading authors. Lawrence I. Berkove wrote in a previous blog.

Of related interest:
berkoveThe Sagebrush Anthology: Literature from the Silver Age of the Old West
Lawrence I. Berkove
$30 • paperback • 9780826216519

The Sagebrush Anthology, is a related recovery of another and perhaps more enduring feature of Comstock culture, the hitherto overlooked literary movement known as the Sagebrush School.  The high wages that prevailed on the Comstock attracted not only miners and investors but also some of the best journalistic and literary talent – including Mark Twain – in the United States.

60th Anniversary: Day 4

We are kicking off the fourth day of our 60th anniversary week, 60% off special with Working the Mississippi: Two Centuries of Life on the River by Bonnie Stepenoff, which “offers a marvelous take on the Middle-Mississippi Valley where readers become passengers witnessing the triumphs and failures of gamblers, seeing the ‘swagger’ of a pilot navigating dangerous bends and breaks, enjoying the music of a young Louis Armstrong, or experiencing the devastating consequences of living near the river.”—Arkansas Review

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9780826220530 • hardcover • 208 pp. • 24 illus.

Bonnie Stepenoff takes readers on a cruise through history, showing how workers from St. Louis to Memphis changed the river and were in turn changed by it. Each chapter of this fast-moving narrative focuses on representative workers: captains and pilots, gamblers and musicians, cooks and craftsmen. Readers will find workers who are themselves part of the country’s mythology from Mark Twain and anti-slavery crusader William Wells Brown to musicians Fate Marable and Louis Armstrong.

“The greatest value of Stepenoff’s book: she invites the readers to look more closely at subjects they may have a passing familiarity with, and, by doing so, to see connections to ideas and things that they had not thought of as associated with the Mississippi River at all.”—The Annals of Iowa

“Bonnie Stepenoff’s account of life along the middle Mississippi in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries examines the stream’s allure and its impact on those who traversed its waters and inhabited the cities and towns along its banks. Cognizant of the river’s connections to history and the patterns of daily living, Stepenoff writes about people and places she knows and understands.”—William E. Foley, author of The First Chouteaus: River Barons of Early St. Louis


“A thrilling literary tour along the Mississippi River as Bonnie Stepenoff’s evocative prose conjures scenes from the last two centuries.”—Gateway, the magazine of the Missouri History Museum


Bonnie Stepenoff grew up in the hills of northeastern Pennsylvania and eventually moved to Missouri, where she became a professor of history at Southeast Missouri State University. Now retired, she continues to write non-fiction and poetry. She has six books to her credit, including Working the Mississippi: Two Centuries of Life on the River (University of Missouri Press, 2015), The Dead End Kids of St. Louis: Homeless Boys and the People who Tried to Save Them (University of Missouri Press, 2010), Big Spring Autumn (Truman State University Press, 2008), From French Community to Missouri Town: Ste. Genevieve in the Nineteenth Century (University of Missouri Press, 2006), Thad Snow: A Life of Social Reform in Southeast Missouri (University of Missouri Press, 2003), and Their Fathers’ Daughters: Silk Mill Workers in Northeastern Pennsylvania (Susquehanna University Press, 1999). Her articles, essays, and poetry have appeared in many anthologies and journals, including the Sherlock Holmes Journal (2016), Missouri Law and the American Conscience (2016), Red Moon Anthology (2009 and 2016), Yonder Mountain: An Ozarks Anthology (2013), Cultural Landscapes (2008), Mining Women (2006), The Other Missouri History (2004), Rebellious Families (2002), Labor History, Labor’s Heritage, New York History, Pennsylvania History, Missouri Historical Review, Gateway, Missouri Conservationist, Missouri Life, Modern Haiku, Frogpond, and The Heron’s Nest. She lives in Cape Girardeau, Missouri.

60th Anniversary: Day 3

Day three of the 60th anniversary, 60% off book special features The Dysfunctional Workplace: Theory, Stories, and Practice by Seth Allcorn and Howard Stein.  Read an excerpt from a Q and A with the authors below.

“One of the true strengths of this book is the careful and clear explanation of particular aspects of psychoanalytic theory. It is rare in the field of organizational behavior to find these topics presented in a way that can be easily understood and immediately practiced.”—Aaron J. Nurick, Bentley University, author of The Good Enough Manager: The Making of a GEM

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Regularly $45 • Now $18
9780826220653 • hardcover • 244 pp. • 3 illus.
Advances in Organizational Psychodynamics

Allcorn and Stein use a psychoanalytically informed perspective to help readers understand why a leader, colleague, or friend behaves in ways that are destructive of others and the organization and provides a basis for organizations to survive and thrive in a dysfunctional workplace. The book is organized around illustrative stories arranged by theme and concludes with an exploration of the implications of research and analytic practice.

This guide has more information about the book and includes a conversation with the authors and a reading guide.  Here is an excerpt from the Q and A:

Q: The idea of rationality and the fact that so many organizations (or individuals) do not behave rationally is important to your book. One way you describe rational behavior is working to efficiently make a profit or working in one’s own economic interest. You also point out that it is difficult to have people’s emotional needs met in the workplace. Could the goal of making a profit be an unsatisfying goal? Could you see capitalism itself as contributing to dysfunction?

SA: The book focuses on trying to understanding a vast array of dysfunctions (35 stories) from the perspective of psychology or more specifically a psychoanalytically informed perspective. Organizations actually do not do anything – people do. And people often only do what they are told by the CEO types. Sometimes, as in recent events, loyalty is considered to be very high value – submission to the CEO must preferably be complete.  Given this perspective that people in the workplace make decisions and take actions then we might say words like capitalism, corporatism, communism, Catholicism and so on are meaningless until people operationalize them. So given this appreciation, capitalism does not do anything and neither does a hydrogen bomb sitting on the top of a missile. Someone has to pull the trigger and someone has to give an order to do so. The book then encourages us to not look to reification (the organization did something) as an explanation but rather that the leader and the employees did something – people are responsible. From this perspective capitalism or the bomb merely exist as potentialities and are not per se good or bad until leaders and followers make them that way.

HS: The business ideology of rationality serves as a defense against realizing how irrational, unconsciously-driven workplace thought, feeling, and behavior are. There are many forms of capitalism; not all are as soul-destroying as the form that has prevailed since the 1980s with “managed social/organizational change.”

60th Anniversary: Day 2

The second book of our 60th anniversary, 60% off deal is Adam Arenson’s The Great Heart of the Republic: St. Louis and the Cultural Civil War. Listen to the author discuss the book in a podcast below.

“A beautifully written and strikingly original interpretation of the causes, conduct, and consequences of the war. From the perspective of St. Louis, the Civil War was not simply a political struggle between North and South over the future of slavery in the territories. Instead, it involved the aspirations, prejudices, and tensions between rival ethnic, racial, and regional groups.”—H-Net Reviews

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9780826220646 • paperback • 352 pp. • 22 illus. • 2 maps

“In this short book, Arenson manages to identify an overwhelming array of issues that defined the American cultural ethos between the years 1848–1877. Arenson produces a highly provocative thesis that captures and explains regional alliances through a cultural prism. Arenson has something new to add to the literature of the Civil War, and he does so with a wonderfully nuanced argument and deft pen. Sure to have an enduring impact, this book delivers.”—The American Historical Review

Adam Arenson is Associate Professor of History and Director of the Urban Studies Program at Manhattan College in the Bronx. He writes about the history and memory of North America and the global nineteenth century, concentrating on the cultural and political history of slavery, Civil War, and Reconstruction, as well as the development of cities. Arenson has also written for The New York Times, Washington Post, and The Atlantic. Here, he discusses this book with the Midwestern History Association:


It’s Our 60th Anniversary!

The University of Missouri Press was founded in 1958, which makes this year our 60th anniversary! With the crocuses just up and the robins out, we are ready to celebrate. For the next five days, we will feature five of our books at the extraordinary price of 60% off!

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ValentiWe kick off the week with Patricia Dunlavy Valenti’s Sophia Peabody Hawthorne: A Life Vol. 2. A Q and A with the author is featured below.

Regularly $39.95 • Now $16
978-0-8262-2047-9 • hardcover • 15 illus.

“Patricia Valenti’s elegantly written new biography gives a fresh—often startling, always compelling—view of the endlessly fascinating Sophia Peabody Hawthorne as mother, wife, artist, and political creature. A must-read for anyone who cares about the education of children, it is wise, knowledgeable, and impossible to put down.”—Diane Jacobs, Author of Dear Abigail: The Intimate Lives and Revolutionary Ideas of Abigail Adams and Her Two Remarkable Sisters

Patricia Dunlavy Valenti is Professor Emerita in the Department of English, Theatre, and Languages at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. She grew up in New York City where her education nurtured a love for literature and history that flourishes in writing biography. Although her doctoral dissertation at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill focused on Nathaniel Hawthorne’s fiction, Valenti soon discovered her real interests: the lives of the Hawthorne women. To Myself A Stranger: A Biography of Rose Hawthorne Lathrop (Louisiana State University Press, 1991), Valenti’s first book, focused on Sophia and Nathaniel Hawthorne’s youngest child who became a Roman Catholic, left her husband, and founded an order of nuns devoted to caring for terminal cancer patients. Valenti’s two-volume Sophia Peabody Hawthorne, A Life (University of Missouri Press, 2004, 2015) presents an artist, writer, editor, adventurous traveler, passionate wife, mother and friend who deservedly emerges from the shadow cast by her husband. In this biography, as well as in numerous scholarly articles, Valenti explores the domestic politics of authorship, the term she uses to describe subtle familial and marital influences upon imagination, artistic originality, and intellectual property.

Q. Did your research and writing of this volume uncover anything completely unexpected?

A. I knew the issues that would dominate Sophia’s life between 1848 and 1871, when she died in England, but I had been unaware of the scope and significance of some of them. In terms of specifics, I had no idea that The Marble Faun, the last novel Nathaniel published, required so much of Sophia’s effort. Her life was entwined with his for nearly twenty-six years, and after his death, she lived another seven years with the burden of his bad financial decisions and failures as a writer during last decade of his life. Looking at Nathaniel Hawthorne from Sophia’s perspective reveals a side to him that was entirely ignored by his biographers.

Q. Are you saying that Sophia saw her husband in an unflattering light?

A. No, I’m not.  She was optimistic to the core. She persisted in seeing Nathaniel, their children, and her marriage as the epitome of domestic bliss. Among her surviving thousands of pages of letters and journals, not one word criticizing her husband can be found. But actions tell a different story than words.

Q. What do you mean?

A. Sophia’s emotional appetite was not satisfied by marriage and motherhood. She and Nathaniel spent a good deal of time apart. Their lack of money sometimes forced them to live separately, and when they had money to spare, Nathaniel took regular summer vacations without her. While the Hawthornes were living in England, Sophia developed a pulmonary problem and went to sunny, warmer Portugal to live in the home of John Louis O’Sullivan. She became alarmingly fond—from her husband’s point of view–of this vexing figure in America history. Then, when the Hawthornes lived in Italy, Nathaniel frequently remained in their apartment while Sophia enjoyed Rome’s museums and historic sites with a group of women who were part of a thriving lesbian community. Sophia also became deeply attached to General Ethan Allen Hitchcock, who had been appointed by President Lincoln to oversee the return of prisoners during the Civil War.

Q. You make her sound like a scarlet woman, or like Hawthorne’s character who wore the scarlet letter.

A. That would be a huge over-simplification of Sophia’s very complex and nuanced relationships. But there is no doubt that Nathaniel Hawthorne incorporated many of her traits into his female characters, particularly into one of the best-known female characters in American literature. Like Hester Prynne–who wished that her timid, secret lover would proclaim his love publicly–Sophia bristled at the secrecy Nathaniel imposed upon their lengthy engagement. While Nathaniel was writing The Scarlet Letter, Sophia was the breadwinner, earning money for their household expenses by selling her decorative arts, a prototype for Hester’s ability to support herself and her child with needlework. And among other parallels, Sophia’s tenacious protection of her children suggests Hester’s behavior with Pearl.

Q. Why did Sophia need to protect her children?

A. All mothers need to protect their children, but at Sophia’s particular moment in history, medicine did little to prevent childhood mortality. Religious belief in the afterlife was waning and no longer provided mothers like Sophia with consolation when a child died. Sophia attempted to stave off illness and other harm through diet and hygiene; she wanted her children to develop moral character without the scare tactics of Calvinism. She refused to use any form of corporal punishment. In many ways, her story as a mother is a very contemporary one. She was a helicopter mother before helicopters were invented. The sad truth is, that even with the best intentions, there are unfortunate consequences.

Q. How so?

A. You’ll have to read both volumes of Sophia Peabody Hawthorne: A Life for the full answer.

There is a first volume of this book.  Sophia Peabody Hawthorne: A Life, vol. 1, covers the first half of her life.  From 1809 through 1847.  The second volume picks up from there. Volume 1 of this biography concludes with Sophia’s negotiation of the Hawthornes’ departure from the Old Manse and the birth of their second child. This period also coincides with the conclusion of Nathaniel’s major phase of short story writing.  This book isn’t apart of the 60% off deal but it is still an interesting read.  ISBN: 978-0-8262-1528-4 and is 306 pages in Hardcover at $39.95.


Celebrating Black History Month

In honor of Black History month, we are celebrating three of our authors! Robert Guillaume (may he rest in peace) with Guillaume: A Life, which is now $24.95 in paperback, ISBN: 9780826221612. Christopher Reed with Black Chicago’s First Century: 1833-1900, which is $45 in paperback, ISBN: 9780826221285. Lastly, Gary Kremer with George Washington Carver: In His Own Words, Second Edition, which is $29.95. ISBN: 9780826221391.

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Also see our African American Studies Catalog.  Featuring works from Langston Hughes to W.E.B. Du Bois, and topics from slavery to literary criticism, there are plenty of stories here that represent what black history is about.


Captive of the Labyrinth and the movie, Winchester

The New York Times’ review of the new movie, Winchester, includes an interview with University of Missouri Press author Mary Jo Ignoffo on her book, Captive of the IgnoffoLabyrinth: Sarah L. Winchester, Heiress to the Rifle Fortune in which she discusses her research on Sarah Winchester and the ways that research differs from the horror movie.

The stairs to the ceiling and the doors that lead nowhere? The result of earthquake damage left unrepaired after the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. All those rooms? A reflection of Ms. Winchester’s interest in architecture and interior design — she came from a long line of woodworkers — not her belief in spiritualists or the supernatural.”

Even though the film and book have different perspectives on the story, one focusing on the myths that surround Winchester and one focusing on the facts, there is one thing they do agree on, as the review points out:

“While the film and the biography couldn’t be less alike, both reach similar conclusions about Ms. Winchester: She was considerably more heroic, and considerably less nuts, than she has sometimes been painted. In Ms. Ignoffo’s book, Ms. Winchester is a savvy businesswoman; a beloved employer; and a generous sister, aunt and philanthropist. In “Winchester,” she’s a tough heroine out to protect her family and home from evil spirits and greedy company executives alike.”