Category Archives: backlist classics

Journalist Marlene Sanders passed away earlier this week at age 84. In 1964, Sanders was the first woman to anchor an evening network news program when she substituted for Ron Cochran on ABC. This was just one of the many … Continue reading

As Google has reminded many of you, today marks the birthday of civil rights pioneer, suffragette, anti-lynching activist, and sociologist Ida B. Wells. This remarkable woman participated in many crusades in the Progressive Era of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. … Continue reading

In the publishing game, “backlist” refers to books that have been published and had their time at the forefront of marketing and publicity efforts. Books in that glittery phase of life are called “frontlist.” A backlist book does more than sit in a … Continue reading

Not long ago we received word that William R. Catton, Jr. passed away in January. Catton, known for his influential ecological book Overshoot: The Ecological Basis of Revolutionary Change, was eighty-eight years old. The Rev. Michael Dowd at the Huffington Post … Continue reading

Yesterday, a wondrous headline lit up the Internet: Diaper-Wearing Service Kangaroo Kicked Out of Wisconsin McDonald’s You know who else liked kangaroos? P.T. Barnum. You know who publishes his every-word-guaranteed-to-be-true* autobiography? The University of Illinois Press. Without a doubt the Greatest … Continue reading

On January 6, 1955 contralto Marian Anderson became the first African American soloist to sing at New York’s Metropolitan Opera. She appeared in the role of Ulrica (a Creole fortuneteller medium) in Verdi’s Un Ballo in Maschera. Born in 1897, Anderson’s parents moved to … Continue reading

The casual viewer might not ponder a university press and the manly art of football at the same time. Assuming a scholarly publisher covered sports at all, wouldn’t it devote its energy to obscure ball games played by ancient Mayans, or maybe … Continue reading

Harlem Renaissance author Zora Neale Hurston was born on January 7, 1891. Also an American folklorist and anthropologist, Hurston wrote short stories, plays, essays and four novels including Their Eyes Were Watching God. UIP has published a number of projects in relation … Continue reading

We at the University of Illinois Press are proud of our historic connection to Zora Neale Hurston through Robert Hemenway’s groundbreaking work, Zora Neale Hurston: A Literary Biography, and through our edition of Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God, published … Continue reading

Inside Higher Ed blogger and local UI personality Oronte Churm has launched perhaps the first ever “Southern Illinois Rocks” online contest in celebration of the publication of his novel, A Democracy of Ghosts. The book is set in southern Illinois, … Continue reading