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A sampling of books based on research in the collections


European Literature and History from the 16th to the 20th Century


European Literature and History from the 16th to the 20th Century


How, when, and why does sex become history? In Thinking Sex with the Early Moderns (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2015), Valerie Traub, Frederick G. L. Huetwell Professor of English and Women’s Studies at the University of Michigan and the 2013–14 Dibner Distinguished Fellow in the History of Science and Technology at The Huntington, reorients the ways in which historians, literary critics, feminists, and queer theorists approach sexuality and its history.


In the early 18th century, Britain and Spain signed an agreement granting the British South Sea Company a monopoly on the slave trade in the Spanish Atlantic. Company agents moved to the Caribbean and West Indies to trade slaves, goods, and contraband with Spanish colonists. In The Temptations of Trade: Britain, Spain, and the Struggle for Empire (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2016), Adrian Finucane, assistant professor of history at Florida Atlantic University, traces relationships between British merchants and Spanish colonists in the context of the long imperial rivalry between the two nations.


Elizabeth Jane Howard (1923–2014), whose papers are at The Huntington, wrote novels about what love can do to people. Her first novel, The Beautiful Visit, won the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize, and she went on to write 14 more. Award-winning author Artemis Cooper’s biography of Howard, Elizabeth Jane Howard: A Dangerous Innocence (John Murray Press, 2016), explores a woman trying to make sense of her life through her writing and illuminates the literary world in which she lived.


American History from the 17th to the 19th Century


American History from the 17th to the 19th Century


Sacred Violence in Early America (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2016) offers a sweeping reinterpretation of the violence endemic to 17th-century English colonization by reexamining key moments of cultural and religious encounter in North America. Susan Juster, Rhys Isaac Collegiate Professor of History at the University of Michigan and the 2014–15 Robert C. Ritchie Distinguished Fellow at The Huntington, uncovers how European traditions of ritual violence developed during the wars of the Reformation were introduced and transformed in the New World.


The American Revolution is often portrayed as a high-minded, orderly event whose capstone, the Constitution, provided the ideal framework for a democratic, prosperous nation. Alan Taylor—two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize, holder of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation Chair in American History at the University of Virginia, and the 2012–13 Robert C. Ritchie Distinguished Fellow at The Huntington—provides a different creation story in American Revolutions: A Continental History, 1750–1804 (W. W. Norton, 2016). Taylor draws France, Spain, and native powers into a comprehensive narrative of the war that delivers the major battles, generals, and common soldiers with insight and power.


In his time, Ulysses S. Grant was routinely grouped with George Washington and Abraham Lincoln in the “Trinity of Great American Leaders.” But the battlefield commander-turned-president fell out of favor in the 20th century. In American Ulysses: A Life of Ulysses S. Grant (Random House, 2016), Ronald C. White argues that we need to revise our estimates of him in the 21st century. White presents Grant not only as a brilliant general but also as a passionate defender of equal rights in post–Civil War America.



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