nineteenth and twentieth-century American literature; publishing and book history; writing and editing
Roger Lathbury, whose interests include early American fiction, modern British poetry, especially that of W. H. Auden, has an M. A. from Indiana University and has published seven books of his own: a novel, a collection of poems, a gathering of limericks (Pith and Vinegar), an editing workbook, used in the graduate course he regularly teaches, Editing (English 503), a critical treatment of The Great Gatsby, and studies of American realism and modernism. Since 1983, he has published 100 books by other writers, many of them collections of original poetry, with his publishing company, Orchises Press. Lathbury is a thoroughly delightful conversationalist; his imitations of Hapsburg rulers and wind chimes are renowned throughout Virginia. He does card tricks, can yodel in six non-European languages, and has built a collection of silica gel packages that is the envy of several backwater museums.