"One of the many virtues of this book is that it will spark a renewed and deserved interest in some of these writers."—Bill Kauffman, author of Ain’t My America: The Long, Noble History of Antiwar Conservatism and Middle-American Anti-Imperialism
"Resting Among Us: Author’s Gravesites in Upstate New York is a must read for anyone who loves American history and literature. Edna St. Vincent Millay wrote: 'Into the darkness they go, the wise and the lovely.'
Steven Huff shines a light on them all."—Stephen Kuusisto, author of Planet of the Blind
"Truth be told, I first learned about more than half the authors included in the skillfully-woven, fact-filled chapters of Steven Huff’s new book, Resting among Us: Author's Gravesites in Upstate New York. What better or wittier guide could we find to uncover the rich, literary necropolis beneath our feet in the Empire State?"—William B. Patrick, author of Metrofix: The Combative Comeback of a Company Town
Too often, the lives and works of authors who called Upstate New York home are overshadowed by the icons of New York City. Resting among Us uncovers the region’s rich literary heritage through Steven Huff’s journeys to the graves of writers both famous and celebrated as well as those that have been forgotten. While most Upstate residents are aware that Mark Twain’s grave is in Elmira and that James Fenimore Cooper’s is in Cooperstown, many people don’t realize a noted author may be buried in their local cemetery. For instance, Paul Bowles is buried in Lakemont, John Gardner in Batavia, Rod Serling in Interlaken, John Burroughs in Roxbury, and Adelaide Crapsey in Rochester. Interwoven with these remarkable literary lives are the connected stories of the region’s history and Huff’s own encounters and friendships with some of the writers included in the book. With directions to each author’s grave, as well as photographs of the graves and authors themselves, Resting among Us is the perfect companion for your own enlightening literary pilgrimage.
Steven Huff teaches creative writing in the Solstice Low-Residency MFA Program at Lasell University in Boston. He is the former publisher and managing editor at BOA Editions, Ltd. and the founder of Tiger Bark Press.
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