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Rimetongue: Part I, Dylan Larino Jan 2018

Rimetongue: Part I, Dylan Larino

Honors Theses at the University of Iowa

Rimetongue: Part I is a high fantasy piece that would act as a part of a larger work. It takes place in what our world calls the late Seventeenth Century in lieu of the traditional medieval setting and is very loosely based off of the French colonization of Canada. It is centered around Vurkoth, a member of a non-human race called the Ozhenka, as his life is terrorized by a malevolent entity known as “The Grinning Man.”This piece was an experiment in order to challenge myself to tell a story using a time period I wasn’t familiar with ...


Mother, Momma, Leah Waughtal Jan 2018

Mother, Momma, Leah Waughtal

Honors Theses at the University of Iowa

My collection is in the genre of linked stories. Each installment is a stand-alone creation, but when juxtaposed against the other stories a larger narrative arc is created. The mediums I’ve utilized are diverse: stream of consciousness style narration, epistolary entries, a heavy poetic inclination, and found domestic materials. The characters of my piece inhabit three different eras, the 1960’s, 1990’s, and contemporary 2018. However, they are all lodged in the same geographical location: Midwestern America. All of the characters are white working class. Thematically my collection seeks to unearth definitions of femininity. I chase the fluctuating ...


The Making Of A Black Scholar: From Georgia To The Ivy League, Horace A. Porter Jan 2003

The Making Of A Black Scholar: From Georgia To The Ivy League, Horace A. Porter

Singular Lives: The Iowa Series in North American Autobiography

This captivating and illuminating book is a memoir of a young black man moving from rural Georgia to life as a student and teacher in the Ivy League as well as a history of the changes in American education that developed in response to the civil rights movement, the war in Vietnam, and affirmative action. Born in 1950, Horace Porter starts out in rural Georgia in a house that has neither electricity nor running water. In 1968, he leaves his home in Columbus, Georgia—thanks to an academic scholarship to Amherst College—and lands in an upper-class, mainly white world ...


Memoirs Of A Cold War Son, Gaines Post Jr. Jan 2000

Memoirs Of A Cold War Son, Gaines Post Jr.

Singular Lives: The Iowa Series in North American Autobiography

In 1951 Gaines Post was a gangly, bespectacled, introspective teenager preparing to spend a year in Paris with his professorial father and older brother; his mother, who suffered from extreme depression, had been absent from the family for some time. Ten years later, now less gangly but no less introspective, he was finishing a two-year stint in the army in West Germany and heading toward Oxford on a Rhodes scholarship, having narrowly escaped combat in the Berlin crisis of 1961. His quietly intense coming-of-age story is both self-revealing and reflective of an entire generation of young men who came to ...


My Iowa Journey: The Life Story Of The University Of Iowa's First African American Professor, Philip G. Hubbard Jan 1999

My Iowa Journey: The Life Story Of The University Of Iowa's First African American Professor, Philip G. Hubbard

Singular Lives: The Iowa Series in North American Autobiography

Philip Hubbard's life story begins in 1921 in Macon, a county seat in the Bible Belt of north central Missouri, whose history as a former slave state permeated the culture of his childhood. When he was four his mother moved her family 140 miles north to Des Moines in search of the greater educational opportunity that Iowa offered African American students. In this recounting of the effects of that journey on the rest of his life, Phil Hubbard merges his private and public life and career into an affectionate, powerful, and important story. Hubbard graduated from the University of ...


Tight Spaces, Kesho Scott, Cherry Muhanji, Egyirba High Jan 1999

Tight Spaces, Kesho Scott, Cherry Muhanji, Egyirba High

Singular Lives: The Iowa Series in North American Autobiography

This expanded edition of Tight Spaces includes six new essays that explore the fulfilling spaces inhabited by Kesho Scott, Cherry Muhanji, and Egyirba High since their book was originally published in 1987. Tight Spaces won the American Book Award in 1988.


Flight Dreams: A Life In The Midwestern Landscape, Lisa Knopp Jan 1998

Flight Dreams: A Life In The Midwestern Landscape, Lisa Knopp

Singular Lives: The Iowa Series in North American Autobiography

Reminiscent of Thoreau's introspective nature writing and Dillard's taut, personal prose, each chapter in Flight Dreams stands alone as a distinct narrative, yet each is linked by profoundly personal descriptions of dreams, the natural world, defining experiences, and chance encounters with people that later prove to be fateful. Part Eastern meditation, part dream sequence, part historical reconstruction, Flight Dreams testifies to a deep understanding of how the natural world—its visible and invisible elements—guides our destinies.


Snake's Daughter: The Roads In And Out Of War, Gail Hosking Gilberg Jan 1997

Snake's Daughter: The Roads In And Out Of War, Gail Hosking Gilberg

Singular Lives: The Iowa Series in North American Autobiography

Gail Hosking Gilberg's father was a hero, a valiant soldier decorated posthumously with the Medal of Honor, a man who served his country throughout his entire adult life. But Charles Hosking was a mystery to his daughter. He was killed in Vietnam a week after her seventeenth birthday. She buried the war, the protests, the medal, and her military upbringing along with her father, so much so that she felt cut off from herself. It took more than twenty years for her to recognize the stirrings of a father and a daughter not yet at peace.

Gilberg began a ...


In Search Of Susanna, Suzanne L. Bunkers Jan 1996

In Search Of Susanna, Suzanne L. Bunkers

Singular Lives: The Iowa Series in North American Autobiography

On a summer day in 1980 in Niederfeulen, Luxembourg, Suzanne Bunkers pored over parish records of her maternal ancestors, immigrants to the rural American Midwest in the mid 1800s. Suddenly, chance led her to the name Simmerl and to the missing piece in the genealogical puzzle that had brought her so far: Susanna Simmerl, Bunkers' paternal great-great-grandmother, who had given birth to an illegitimate daughter in 1856 before coming to America. Finding Susanna was the catalyst for Bunkers' intensely personal book, which blends history, memory, and imagination into a drama of two women's lives within their multigenerational family.


A Lucky American Childhood, Paul Engle Jan 1996

A Lucky American Childhood, Paul Engle

Singular Lives: The Iowa Series in North American Autobiography

More than any other individual, Paul Engle was the spirited force behind the creative writing workshops now so abundant in America. His indomitable nature, enthusiasm, and great persuasive powers, coupled with his distinguished reputation as a poet, loomed large behind the founding of the influential Iowa Writers' Workshop more than half a century ago.

Through all his travels, accomplishments, and experiences in his long career, Engle remained tied to the American heartland. A Lucky American Childhood is his warm and engaging account of his childhood in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where his grit and character originated.

A Lucky American Childhood will ...


China Dreams: Growing Up Jewish In Tientsin, Isabelle Maynard Jan 1996

China Dreams: Growing Up Jewish In Tientsin, Isabelle Maynard

Singular Lives: The Iowa Series in North American Autobiography

What does it mean to be “thrice alien”? Isabelle Zimmer Maynard is one who knows. Born in 1929 in Tientsin, China, Maynard was the only child of Russian Jewish parents who had fled the Communists and sought refuge in this teeming city on the North China Sea. They subsequently survived the Japanese invasion of China and ultimately escaped to San Francisco when the Chinese Communists seized power. China Dreams, like a string of beguiling pearls, is a collection of autobiographical stories of an amazing childhood. Maynard's ability to reconstruct her world in the moment will delight and enchant readers ...


Unfriendly Fire: A Mother's Memoir, Peg Mullen Jan 1995

Unfriendly Fire: A Mother's Memoir, Peg Mullen

Singular Lives: The Iowa Series in North American Autobiography

In 1968 Michael Mullen, a graduate student in biochemistry, was drafted; in 1969 he was sent to Vietnam as a foot soldier in Colonel Norman Schwarzkopf's Charlie Company; and in 1970 he was killed by the same “friendly fire” that destroyed thousands of other lives during the Vietnam War.

Back home on the family farm in Iowa, his parents made his death a crusade to awaken all parents to the insanity of war. C. D. B. Bryan's Friendly Fire and the TV movie of the same name documented these dramatic years, and Peg Mullen became a national symbol ...


In My Father's Study, Benjamin S. Orlove Jan 1995

In My Father's Study, Benjamin S. Orlove

Singular Lives: The Iowa Series in North American Autobiography

In 1921 Solomon Orlovski, a Russian Jew born in 1904, emigrated to America and transformed himself into Robert Orlove, a pattern maker in two senses of the term: during the day, he worked in the fur trade in New York and Chicago, making patterns for toys and hats; in his private life he became a self-taught artist who created prints, sketches, and collages in his study. More than sixty years later his son Ben—an anthropologist educated at Harvard and Berkeley—walked through the doorway of the deceased Robert's study and began to explore more than a half century ...


Journey Into Personhood, Ruth Cameron Webb Jan 1994

Journey Into Personhood, Ruth Cameron Webb

Singular Lives: The Iowa Series in North American Autobiography

In Journey into Personhood Ruth Webb tells the story of an individual born with severe cerebral palsy who struggles to become a person in her own eyes as well as in the opinion of those around her. By developing both the inner ability to learn, live, and work independently and the outer ability to convince others to give her the freedom to do so—physically and emotionally—Webb earned her Ph.D. in counseling and guidance. With that validation of her intelligence and competence, she entered upon a fulfilling career working with mentally retarded people and other people with disabilities.


Fly In The Buttermilk: The Life Story Of Cecil Reed, Cecil Reed, Priscilla Donovan Jan 1993

Fly In The Buttermilk: The Life Story Of Cecil Reed, Cecil Reed, Priscilla Donovan

Singular Lives: The Iowa Series in North American Autobiography

Born in 1913 in Collinsville, Illinois, Cecil Reed has lived all his life in the Midwest as a black man among whites. This self-styled fly in the buttermilk worked among whites with such skill and grace that they were barely aware of his existence—unless he wanted to get a bank loan or move into their neighborhood. Now, in his lively and optimistic autobiography, he speaks of his resilience throughout a life spent working peacefully but passionately for equality.


Taking Part: A Twentieth-Century Life, Robert Josephy Jan 1993

Taking Part: A Twentieth-Century Life, Robert Josephy

Singular Lives: The Iowa Series in North American Autobiography

In 1920, thinking he would find a job as a writer, Robert Josephy met with a new publisher, Alfred Knopf--and ended up as an office boy for eight dollars a week. After a few intense years he was promoted to production manager and learned to design books, an occupation he traded on for the better part of thirty years. He designed the nascent Viking Press first six books, worked for Simon and Sdiuster and Random House in their early years, became a freelancer in high demand, and served as president of and teacher at the Book and Magazine Guild both ...


A Prairie Populist: The Memoirs Of Luna Kellie, Luna Kellie, Jane Taylor Nelsen Jan 1992

A Prairie Populist: The Memoirs Of Luna Kellie, Luna Kellie, Jane Taylor Nelsen

Singular Lives: The Iowa Series in North American Autobiography

Populist singer, Mid-Roader, editor, publisher, wife, mother of eleven, Luna Kellie was a well-informed, fervent member of the Farmers' Alliance movement in the latter part of the nineteenth century. Radicalized by railroad monopolies, corrupt government, recurring drought, heavy mortgages, and a desperate combination of rising costs and falling returns, prairie farmers were turning their energy toward raising "less corn and more hell."

Kellie actively sought to organize Nebraska into cooperatives and educate rural people about land, transportation, and money reform. Her compelling, often heartbreaking memoirs—written on the backs of ornate red-and-gold Farmers' Alliance certificates in 1925—give us her ...


Letters From Togo, Susan Louise Blake Jan 1991

Letters From Togo, Susan Louise Blake

Singular Lives: The Iowa Series in North American Autobiography

Blake's adventurous essays—her Letters from Togo—are based on the letters she wrote to her friends from Lomé, the West African capital where she spent a Fulbright year teaching American literature from 1983 to 1984. As Blake begins the process of making sense out of a vibrant, seeming anarchy, we are pulled along with her into the heart of Togo—a tiny dry strip of a country no one can even find on a map. With her delightful prose and insight for detail Blake introduces us to Mahouna, her housekeeper, who runs a cold drink business from his ...


Black Eagle Child: The Facepaint Narratives, Ray A. Young Bear Jan 1991

Black Eagle Child: The Facepaint Narratives, Ray A. Young Bear

Singular Lives: The Iowa Series in North American Autobiography

A candid, poetic account of childhood and young manhood through the eyes of a Native American, this vivid narrative is destined to become a central moral for our time. Through the persona of Edgar Bearchild—a member of the Black Eagle Child Settlement—Ray A. Young Bear takes readers on an unforgettable "journey of words" as he documents grief and anguish countered by an abundance of humor, pride, and insight.


The Warsaw Sparks, Gary Gildner Jan 1990

The Warsaw Sparks, Gary Gildner

Singular Lives: The Iowa Series in North American Autobiography

Gildner's memoir captures the spirit of baseball in a culture that doesn't understand chatter, insists on protecting the baselines by covering them with carpet, and whose citizens are more likely to have grown up bouncing a soccer ball off their heads than playing catch. Amid the lack of equipment, reliable playing conditions, and regular practices, Coach Gildner is still able to track the progress of the Sparks-and of himself, the grandson of a Pole-both as a team and as individuals.


The Anti-Warrior: A Memoir, Milt Felsen Jan 1989

The Anti-Warrior: A Memoir, Milt Felsen

Singular Lives: The Iowa Series in North American Autobiography

In 1937 thirty-six nervous young men dressed in ill-fitting blue suits, wearing berets, and carrying identical black valises, were given tickets for an American Export Lines ship. They were told to conduct themselves as ordinary tourists, to be "inconspicuous." They were volunteers for the Abraham Lincoln Brigade, traveling the French underground to join in the fight against Franco. Among them was Milt Felsen, a young New Yorker and radical antiwar activist on the University of Iowa campus who had decided that fascism had to be opposed. Some of these young men never made it to their destination. But Milt Felsen ...


Tales Of An American Hobo, Charles Elmer Fox Jan 1989

Tales Of An American Hobo, Charles Elmer Fox

Singular Lives: The Iowa Series in North American Autobiography

"Reefer Charlie" Fox rode the rails from 1928 to 1939; from 1939 to 1965 he hitched rides in automobiles and traveled by foot. From Indiana to British Columbia, from Arkansas to Texas, from Utah to Mexico, he was part of the grand hobo tradition that has all but passed away from American life.

He camped in hobo jungles, slept under bridges and in sand houses at railroad yards, ate rattlesnake meat, fresh California grapes, and fish speared by the Indians of the Northwest. He quickly learned both the beauty and the dangers of his chosen way of life. One lesson ...