Rogal, Samuel J. Books

Dr. Samuel Rogal (Emeritus) was the Chair of the Division of Humanities and Fine Arts at Illinois Valley Community College, Oglesby , Illinois. The author of many books and articles, he has published several specialized monographs on John Wesley with The Edwin Mellen Press, including John Wesley's London: A Guidebook (1988); John Wesley's Mission to Scotland, 1751-1790 (1989); John Wesley in Ireland (1993); and John Wesley in Wales, 1739-1790 (1995). He also compiled a well-received reference set, the 10-volume Biographical Dictionary of 18th-Century Methodism. (The Edwin Mellen Press, 1997-2000)

Abide with Me. Fast Fall the Eventide (1847): A Sung Prayer of the Christian Tradition
2010 0-7734-3875-0
These works are presentations and studies of well-known Protestant hymns.

All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name. Sung Prayer of the Christian Tradition
2010 0-7734-3869-6
These works are presentations and studies of well-known Protestant hymns.

America the Beautiful
2012 0-7734-2605-1
“America the Beautiful,” written in 1893 by Wellesley College English Professor and Poet, Katharine Lee Bates (1859-1929), revised and first published in 1895 and revised again in 1904 and 1911, stands among the classic pieces of American National hymnody. The poem reflects not only the natural grandeur of the United States in the late nineteenth century—from sky to earth, and from sea to another—but it depicts the ideal vision of a poet, writing only three decades removed from the American Civil War, who strived extremely hard to communicate to her readers the necessity to preserve the fundamental principles of her nation: freedom and brotherhood. The crowning moment for the poem arrived, at some point during World War I, when an unidentified person or group determined to set Katharine Bates’ words to a tune, “Materna,” written by Samuel Augustus Ward (1847-1903), a now forgotten New Jersey organist, choir director, and music store owner, first published in 1888. Following that “marriage,” “America the Beautiful” then occupied the enviable three-tiered pedestal of poem, patriotic song, and national hymn, and there it remains to this day.

An Analysis of Various Versions of A. M. Toplady’s “Rock of Ages, Cleft for Me” (1774-2001)
2003 0-7734-6885-4
In an investigation of historical American hymnals, it was discovered that of the 267 most frequently published hymns, A. M. Toplady’s “Rock of Ages” ranked ninth, included in 114 of the 175 hymnals. This study examines 130 versions of that hymn text, beginning with its earliest periodical publications in 1774 and extending up through to a hymnal published in 2001, noting changes in its language, substance, structure, orthography, punctuation, and capitalization. Numerous editorial notes and comments offer explanations and explications concerning how editors altered the original version as well as biographical and historical commentary on books, editors, tune composers, publishing houses, and even pricing information. The sheer variety of hymnals and collections of hymns that have housed “Rock of Ages” broadens the discussion, particularly after the examination of those books intended to generate financial profit as well as to promote spiritual welfare. The hymnals chosen represent a wide range of denominational and commercial endeavors.

An Index to the Biblical References, Parallels, and Allusions in the Poetry and Prose of John Milton
1994 0-7734-2390-7
Identifies the specifics of Milton's reliance upon the Bible and provides a data base for that information. Milton students and scholars can quickly and easily appreciate the range and frequency of Biblical books, chapters, and verses with which he underscored, enriched, and even qualified the sound and sense of particular poems and prose tracts. They can understand his careful and discriminate applications of Biblical references, realizing that as poet and essayist, he sought a reasonable balance between the strict theological doctrines of the Word and the more modern discipline of his own literary imagination.

Bibliographical Survey of the Published Works of the Eighteenth-Century Wesleys (samuel the Elder, Samuel the Younger, Mehetabel, John, and Charles)
2008 0-7734-5219-2
This bibliographic work provides scholars with the means for surveying the literary productivity of the Wesley family in eighteenth-century England and for gauging the ability of each individual member to influence the moral and social climates of their own time. While examining the works of Charles and John Wesley, the author also draws attention to the lesser known Wesleys.

Biographical Dictionary of 18th Century Methodism Ten Volume Set
1997 0-7734-8028-5
This series presents biographical sketches of all persons who were in any way associated with John and Charles Wesley during the more than fifty years that they traveled throughout Great Britain, as well as in the American colonies and on the European continent. Entries are arranged alphabetically, followed by dates of birth and death (if obtainable), and biographical information and quotes. At the end of each entry, the reader is directed to appropriate sources, the complete titles of which are found in the Bibliography.

Biographical Dictionary of 18th Century Methodism Vol. 10: X-Z; Appendices
2000 0-7734-8028-5
This series presents biographical sketches of all persons who were in any way associated with John and Charles Wesley during the more than fifty years that they traveled throughout Great Britain, as well as in the American colonies and on the European continent. Entries are arranged alphabetically, followed by dates of birth and death (if obtainable), and biographical information and quotes. At the end of each entry, the reader is directed to appropriate sources, the complete titles of which are found in the Bibliography.

Biographical Dictionary of 18th Century Methodism Vol. 1: A - D
1997 0-7734-8678-X
This series presents biographical sketches of all persons who were in any way associated with John and Charles Wesley during the more than fifty years that they traveled throughout Great Britain, as well as in the American colonies and on the European continent. Entries are arranged alphabetically, followed by dates of birth and death (if obtainable), and biographical information and quotes. At the end of each entry, the reader is directed to appropriate sources, the complete titles of which are found in the Bibliography.

Biographical Dictionary of 18th Century Methodism Vol. 2: E - H
1997 0-7734-8680-1
This series presents biographical sketches of all persons who were in any way associated with John and Charles Wesley during the more than fifty years that they traveled throughout Great Britain, as well as in the American colonies and on the European continent. Entries are arranged alphabetically, followed by dates of birth and death (if obtainable), and biographical information and quotes. At the end of each entry, the reader is directed to appropriate sources, the complete titles of which are found in the Bibliography.

Biographical Dictionary of 18th Century Methodism Vol. 3: I - L
1997 0-7734-8682-8
This series presents biographical sketches of all persons who were in any way associated with John and Charles Wesley during the more than fifty years that they traveled throughout Great Britain, as well as in the American colonies and on the European continent. Entries are arranged alphabetically, followed by dates of birth and death (if obtainable), and biographical information and quotes. At the end of each entry, the reader is directed to appropriate sources, the complete titles of which are found in the Bibliography.

Biographical Dictionary of 18th Century Methodism Vol. 4: M - O
1998 0-7734-8684-4
This series presents biographical sketches of all persons who were in any way associated with John and Charles Wesley during the more than fifty years that they traveled throughout Great Britain, as well as in the American colonies and on the European continent. Entries are arranged alphabetically, followed by dates of birth and death (if obtainable), and biographical information and quotes. At the end of each entry, the reader is directed to appropriate sources, the complete titles of which are found in the Bibliography.

Biographical Dictionary of 18th Century Methodism Vol. 5: P-Q
1998 0-7734-8686-0
This series presents biographical sketches of all persons who were in any way associated with John and Charles Wesley during the more than fifty years that they traveled throughout Great Britain, as well as in the American colonies and on the European continent. Entries are arranged alphabetically, followed by dates of birth and death (if obtainable), and biographical information and quotes. At the end of each entry, the reader is directed to appropriate sources, the complete titles of which are found in the Bibliography.

Biographical Dictionary of 18th Century Methodism Vol. 6: R-Smi
1999 0-7734-8688-7
This series presents biographical sketches of all persons who were in any way associated with John and Charles Wesley during the more than fifty years that they traveled throughout Great Britain, as well as in the American colonies and on the European continent. Entries are arranged alphabetically, followed by dates of birth and death (if obtainable), and biographical information and quotes. At the end of each entry, the reader is directed to appropriate sources, the complete titles of which are found in the Bibliography.

Biographical Dictionary of 18th Century Methodism Vol. 7: Smo-Sym
1999 0-7734-8022-6
This series presents biographical sketches of all persons who were in any way associated with John and Charles Wesley during the more than fifty years that they traveled throughout Great Britain, as well as in the American colonies and on the European continent. Entries are arranged alphabetically, followed by dates of birth and death (if obtainable), and biographical information and quotes. At the end of each entry, the reader is directed to appropriate sources, the complete titles of which are found in the Bibliography.

Biographical Dictionary of 18th Century Methodism Vol. 8: T-V
1999 0-7734-8024-2
This series presents biographical sketches of all persons who were in any way associated with John and Charles Wesley during the more than fifty years that they traveled throughout Great Britain, as well as in the American colonies and on the European continent. Entries are arranged alphabetically, followed by dates of birth and death (if obtainable), and biographical information and quotes. At the end of each entry, the reader is directed to appropriate sources, the complete titles of which are found in the Bibliography.

Biographical Dictionary of 18th Century Methodism Vol. 9: W
1999 0-7734-8026-9
This series presents biographical sketches of all persons who were in any way associated with John and Charles Wesley during the more than fifty years that they traveled throughout Great Britain, as well as in the American colonies and on the European continent. Entries are arranged alphabetically, followed by dates of birth and death (if obtainable), and biographical information and quotes. At the end of each entry, the reader is directed to appropriate sources, the complete titles of which are found in the Bibliography.

Biographical Summaries, Historical Backgrounds, and Annotated Bibliographical Checklists of the Literary and Artistic Stracheys (1550-2000)
2015 0-7734-3505-0
This chronological survey of five centuries of the Strachey family’s literary accomplishments reveals the social, cultural and intellectual environments in which this remarkable extended family lived and worked.

Commentary, Notes, and Introductions to the 1858 Sabbath Hymn Book: The Musicalized Theology of Popular Belief Just Before the Civil War Four Volume Set
2009 0-7734-4825-4
The 1858 Sabbath Hymn Book stands as an important and significant historical product of nineteenth-century American hymnody, as well as a by-product of nineteenth-century American Protestant culture, that, outside of the boundaries marked off by a small number of specialists in the field, lies practically forgotten.

Commentary, Notes, and Introductions to the 1858 Sabbath Hymn Book: The Musicalized Theology of Popular Belief Just Before the Civil War Volume Four
2009 0-7734-4797-0
The 1858 Sabbath Hymn Book stands as an important and significant historical product of nineteenth-century American hymnody, as well as a by-product of nineteenth-century American Protestant culture, that, outside of the boundaries marked off by a small number of specialists in the field, lies practically forgotten.

Commentary, Notes, and Introductions to the 1858 Sabbath Hymn Book: The Musicalized Theology of Popular Belief Just Before the Civil War Volume One
2009 0-7734-4791-1
The 1858 Sabbath Hymn Book stands as an important and significant historical product of nineteenth-century American hymnody, as well as a by-product of nineteenth-century American Protestant culture, that, outside of the boundaries marked off by a small number of specialists in the field, lies practically forgotten.

Commentary, Notes, and Introductions to the 1858 Sabbath Hymn Book: The Musicalized Theology of Popular Belief Just Before the Civil War Volume Three
2009 0-7734-4795-4
The 1858 Sabbath Hymn Book stands as an important and significant historical product of nineteenth-century American hymnody, as well as a by-product of nineteenth-century American Protestant culture, that, outside of the boundaries marked off by a small number of specialists in the field, lies practically forgotten.

Commentary, Notes, and Introductions to the 1858 Sabbath Hymn Book: The Musicalized Theology of Popular Belief Just Before the Civil War Volume Two
2009 0-7734-4793-8
The 1858 Sabbath Hymn Book stands as an important and significant historical product of nineteenth-century American hymnody, as well as a by-product of nineteenth-century American Protestant culture, that, outside of the boundaries marked off by a small number of specialists in the field, lies practically forgotten.

Daily Calendar of John Wesley’s Evangelical Travels in Georgia, the British Isles, Holland and Germany
2003 0-7734-6801-3
This three-volume reference work will interest scholars in the disciplines of 18th- century church history, geography, and travel. The complier has gathered the specific details from Wesley’s correspondence, diaries, journals, and prose works, and complied a calendar (organized by month, day, year) covering the period from 3 November 1721 to 2 March 1791.

Daily Calendar of John Wesley’s Evangelical Travels in Georgia, the British Isles, Holland and Germany
2003 0-7734-6803-X
This three-volume reference work will interest scholars in the disciplines of 18th- century church history, geography, and travel. The complier has gathered the specific details from Wesley’s correspondence, diaries, journals, and prose works, and complied a calendar (organized by month, day, year) covering the period from 3 November 1721 to 2 March 1791.

Daily Calendar of John Wesley’s Evangelical Travels in Georgia, the British Isles, Holland and Germany
2003 0-7734-6805-6
This three-volume reference work will interest scholars in the disciplines of 18th- century church history, geography, and travel. The complier has gathered the specific details from Wesley’s correspondence, diaries, journals, and prose works, and complied a calendar (organized by month, day, year) covering the period from 3 November 1721 to 2 March 1791.

Detailed and Annotated Collection of John Wesley's Book Reviews, Readings, and Commentaries: Three Volume Set Edited, with Notes, Background and Commentary by Samuel J. Rogal
2016 1-4955-0436-0
In the 18th century it was the practice of many great thinkers to record their reactions to the literature books and articles that they read.These three volumes contain John Wesley’s reactions, criticisms and commentaries about the things that he read. His reactions and commentaries have never before been published and they constitute an immediate experience in the way that his mind worked. The vast majority of the manuscripts and original texts edited and published in this book are located at the Duke University Library. Part I - Part II - Part III Sold as set only.

Diary of George Bubb Dodington, Baron of Melcombe Regis ( 1691 - 1762 )
2016
This work presents a sharply focused view into aspects of the eighteenth-century English political scene rarely studied. Two clear perspectives of Dodington emerge. First there is the relentless political job-seeker offering his services in exchange for building his own political base. Second, there is the experienced and knowledgeable politician who is capable of dispensing practical and useful advice on matters foreign and domestic.


Education of the British Literati. A Guide to Their Schools, Colleges, and Universities
1993 0-7734-9232-1
This will serve as a useful and convenient catalogue of major and minor prose writers, poets, and dramatists of England, Scotland, Ireland, and Wales, arranged (with the dates of their births and deaths) under the schools that they attended -- public grammar school, village school, national school, college, and/or university. In addition, the volume includes a category for those writers who never attended educational institutions, but received their learning at home, by private tutors, parents, or through their own devices. The work presents brief notes on the historical backgrounds of those educational institutions with which readers may not be readily familiar. A prefatory essay provides a concise introduction to the educational system in the United Kingdom, as well as a list of terms necessary to understanding that system. Finally, the reader will find indices to the writers and to the schools.

Educational and Evangelical Missions of Mary Emilie Holmes (1859-1906) Not to Seem, But to Be.
1994 0-7734-9095-7
Mary Emilie Holmes's contributions to American education are examined, beginning with her own accomplishments, particularly with her identification as the first woman to have earned the doctorate in the earth sciences. The study then follows her scholarly efforts in geology and the pedagogy of earth sciences, her attempts to educate freed Blacks in Tennessee and Arkansas, the founding of a two-year seminary (now a coeducational junior college) for Black women in Mississippi, and the educational and social work on behalf of the Presbyterian Church. Reconstructed from Holmes's publications, church record books, minutes of meetings of church organizations, newspaper accounts, and secondary sources, the story of Holmes's life also provides insight into a specific type of late 19th-century American woman -- scholar, teacher, administrator who refused to float aimlessly amid the clouds of unattempted dreams.

Essays on John Wesley and His Contemporaries
2006 0-7734-5563-9
This work is comprised of eleven previously unpublished essays that have arisen primarily from the writer’s more than four decades of study of the social and literary histories of eighteenth-century Britain. The problems and issues collected in this work are indeed a miscellany of thought, as they range widely and feed on variety. The final piece in this work, a critical survey of various aspects of eighteenth-century literature by Someset Maugham, allows today’s reader to observe the literature of the eighteenth century from a distance.

Eternal Father, Strong to Save (1860)a Sung Prayer of the Christian Tradition
2010 0-7734-3865-3
These works are presentations and studies of well-known Protestant hymns.

Financial Aspects of John Wesley’s British Methodism (1720-1791)
2002 0-7734-7265-7
This study focuses upon the fiscal aspects of Wesley’s evangelical organization, and explicates and analyzes the role of money within Wesley’s concept of, and attempt at, theological and social reform. It consists of a general discussion of Wesley and money, and a “Ledger” which outlines, year by year, the specific receipts and payments of Wesley and the Methodist Conference.

Guide to the Characters in the Novels, Short Stories, and Plays of Sinclair Lewis ( A-G)
2006 0-7734-5560-4
This work shows the sheer quantity of fictional characters that emerge from the novels, short stories and the occasional play of Sinclair Lewis (1885-1951), which contribute significantly to the character, quality and art of American fiction during the first half of the twentieth century. In addition to the summary of each character’s description and function, this guide includes a seventy-page listing of actual persons who are contemporaries of Lewis, and figures from history, literature, science, and philosophy, whose names Lewis felt should be mentioned in a variety of contexts or who were assigned cameo roles. A summary of each novel, short, story or play is included.

Guide to the Characters in the Novels, Short Stories, and Plays of Sinclair Lewis ( H-R)
2006 0-7734-5561-2
This work shows the sheer quantity of fictional characters that emerge from the novels, short stories and the occasional play of Sinclair Lewis (1885-1951), which contribute significantly to the character, quality and art of American fiction during the first half of the twentieth century. In addition to the summary of each character’s description and function, this guide includes a seventy-page listing of actual persons who are contemporaries of Lewis, and figures from history, literature, science, and philosophy, whose names Lewis felt should be mentioned in a variety of contexts or who were assigned cameo roles. A summary of each novel, short, story or play is included.

Guide to the Characters in the Novels, Short Stories, and Plays of Sinclair Lewis ( S-Z)
2006 0-7734-5562-0
This work shows the sheer quantity of fictional characters that emerge from the novels, short stories and the occasional play of Sinclair Lewis (1885-1951), which contribute significantly to the character, quality and art of American fiction during the first half of the twentieth century. In addition to the summary of each character’s description and function, this guide includes a seventy-page listing of actual persons who are contemporaries of Lewis, and figures from history, literature, science, and philosophy, whose names Lewis felt should be mentioned in a variety of contexts or who were assigned cameo roles. A summary of each novel, short, story or play is included.

How Biographers Ignore the Influence of Mothers in the Lives of Great Men: The Patriarchal Suppression of the Role of Women in World History (85 Case Studies)
2015 1-4955-0335-6
This work examines eighty-five biographies of great men to determine the extent to which the biographers, who recorded their lives, considered or failed to consider the influence of the subjects’ mothers to their contributions to history, literature, the arts, and sciences.

Jane Marie Grant- Strachey (1840-1928) and Her Eminent Children: A Study of Influence of a Mother on Her Sons
2015 1-4955-0312-7
This work examines Lady Strachey’s construction of the mother-son dyad as it involved particularly her eighth surviving child, Giles Lytton Strachey – the most noted among her collection of offspring – resulted not from her own ambitions or her own need to control others’ thoughts and actions, but from the outward display of her own ideals and practices that she exhibited, consciously or unconsciously, before, and transmitted to, her own children.

John Wesley in Ireland, 1747-1789 Vol. 1
1993 0-7734-9243-7
John Wesley's forty-three-year mission to Ireland has been inscribed, permanently and significantly, into the history of religion among the Irish, both in Ireland and North America. He converted some 14,000 Irish to Methodism. Many of those immigrated to North America between 1760 and 1775, extending Wesley's influence throughout colonial America.

John Wesley in Ireland, 1747-1789 Vol. 2
1993 0-7734-9245-3
John Wesley's forty-three-year mission to Ireland has been inscribed, permanently and significantly, into the history of religion among the Irish, both in Ireland and North America. He converted some 14,000 Irish to Methodism. Many of those immigrated to North America between 1760 and 1775, extending Wesley's influence throughout colonial America.

John Wesley in Wales, 1739-1790 Lions and Lambs
1994 0-7734-9397-2
Highlights the value of Wesley's experiences in Wales, beginning Oct. 15, 1739 and continuing intermittently though August 21, 1790, using Wesley's thoughts and observations through his letters, journals, and diaries.

John Wesley's Book Stock and the Arminian Magazine Catalogue of 1789
2006 0-7734-5541-8
This study is an attempt to place John and Charles Wesley and their Methodist organization within the general context of the eighteenth century book trade in England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, and parts of British North America. John Wesley proposed to spread his evangelical message through the sale and distribution of books and depended on the income of those books to allow for the mission’s operation and conduct. The Book Stock fulfilled these two objectives, albeit with personal and organizational difficulties. The Arminian Magazine “Catalogue” of 1789, the subject of this study, helps demonstrate and define Wesley’s role as an eighteenth century publisher.

John Wesley's London a Guidebook 1738-1791
1989 0-88946-823-0
Sets forth, in detail, Wesley's activities within the confines of the English capital, drawing heavily on Wesley's own words and thoughts as extracted from diaries, journals, and letters. Recreates, by means of a cross-section and cross-class view, the mosaic of London in the eighteenth century.

John Wesley's Mission to Scotland, 1751-1790
1989 0-88946-070-1
Describes John Wesley's experiences and activities during his forays into Scotland. Analyzes Wesley's efforts to convert the Scots and casts light on those opposing such conversion.

Literary Influence of Shakespeare Upon Charles and John Wesley
2015 1-4955-0383-6
The notion of a literary influence of the plays of William Shakespeare upon the prose and verse of Charles and John Wesley begins with the realization that the brothers, the founders and leaders of eighteen-century English Methodism, possessed a command of the sound and the sense of the Elizabethan playwright’s works. Literally hundreds of allusions to and direct quotations from Shakespeare appeal in the Wesleys’ journal narratives, correspondence, sermon tracts, and poems. Did Shakespeare, as playwright, actually and directly influence what the Wesley thought and what they preached? Not really. The Wesleys found themselves influenced by Shakespeare’s characters, themes, and language – traditional qualities of English history and English life that proved important considerations within their overall evangelical mission.

Lord is My Shepherd (psalm 23)
2006 0-7734-5480-2
This study of Psalm 23 as a literary text begins with an introduction to the piece in English, with emphasis on a clarification of its substance and its structure. Next, the poem as it appears in different versions of Holy Scriptures – King James, Revised English, Jerusalem Bible, The Good News Bible etc. – are focused on. Then, variants of the Psalm within collections of religious poetry, such as psalters and congregational hymals for worship and collections of poetry by writers outside of the Church, are examined. Finally, the overall relationship between psalmody and poetry are examined, and the question of why Psalm 23 has transcended its times and escaped chronological bonds to become a classic work of Western world literature is posed.

Lost Mother and the Replacement Mother Figures in the Life of William Somerset Maugham (1874-1965): A Study of a Failed Mother-Son Dyad
2015 1-4955-0308-9
The institution of motherhood stands as the essential and underlying ingredient to the manufacture of world history. This work explores the life and situation of the English playwright, novelist, and short story writer in a Mother-Son dyad that proved to be far different from the definitions and standards normally applied to the term.

Magazine Illustrators of Sinclair Lewis's Short Fiction: A Case History of Early 20th Century Popular Art
2014 0-7734-0083-4
The principal purpose of the book concerns bringing into the public sphere knowledge of and insight into the relationships between the writer of popular short fiction and the magazine illustrator, whose work assisted readers in constructing a visualization of the story in popular American magazines of the first half of the twentieth century.

Methodism Through Victorian Eyes Volume 2
2006 0-7734-5959-6
May be purchased with Volume 1. Price is $169.95 for both books. Pricing in effect until December 31, 2006.

Between 1876 and 1903, the English intellectual historian Leslie Stephen, the Irish historian William Edward Hartpole Lecky, and the American historian and educator (not yet turned politician) Thomas Woodrow Wilson, fixed their separate attentions upon John Wesley and eighteenth-century Methodism, each for a different purpose and each achieving a different conclusion. However, a number of common threads wove themselves among each writer. None embraced Methodism: Stephen confessed to no denomination; Lecky paid proper but minimal service to the established Churches of England and Ireland; Wilson wrapped himself firmly within the mantle of nineteenth-century American Calvinist Presbyterianism. Each recognized Wesley as a significant contributor to the history of his times; each viewed Wesley’s evangelical organization as one means of raising the spiritual and moral values of the British nation; each identified significant weaknesses in the man, in his organization, in his overall accomplishments.

Stephen and Lecky devoted ample space to John Wesley, his principal followers, his evangelically-minded colleagues, and his religious organization within the context and personal agenda of each historian’s larger work. In contrast, Wilson composed a relatively short essay on Wesley to be delivered as an address to mark the bicentennial of the Methodist founder’s birth. Stephen dwelled upon Wesley’s intellectual shortcomings and errors, Lecky viewed the Methodist leader and Methodism as one of the principal preventatives to keeping England from following in the steps of contemporary French revolutionaries, and Wilson imagined his subject as the ideal model for an evangelical version of an American presidency.

Essentially, although the commentaries upon Wesley’s personal and theological characteristics by Stephen, Lecky, and Wilson belong, in substance and methodology, to a past generation of historians and historical scholarship, and although the three of them labored under distinct disadvantages (e.g., religious, political, and historical biases; the unavailability of post nineteenth-century letters, tracts, diaries, and the like), the pertinent sections from each of the three scholars’ works continue to strike cords of validity for those who study the role and effect of Methodism in and upon eighteenth-century life and culture. For the sheer sake of historiographic comparison and contrast, each piece remains worthy of continued discussion. The editorial notes supply necessary expansion upon the writers’ generalizations and thus strive to sharpen, clarify, and correct the focal points of each argument.

Methodism Through Victorian Eyes. Volume 1
2006 0-7734-5957-X
May be purchased with Volume 2. Price is $169.95 for both books. Pricing in effect until December 31, 2006

Between 1876 and 1903, the English intellectual historian Leslie Stephen, the Irish historian William Edward Hartpole Lecky, and the American historian and educator (not yet turned politician) Thomas Woodrow Wilson, fixed their separate attentions upon John Wesley and eighteenth-century Methodism, each for a different purpose and each achieving a different conclusion. However, a number of common threads wove themselves among each writer. None embraced Methodism: Stephen confessed to no denomination; Lecky paid proper but minimal service to the established Churches of England and Ireland; Wilson wrapped himself firmly within the mantle of nineteenth-century American Calvinist Presbyterianism. Each recognized Wesley as a significant contributor to the history of his times; each viewed Wesley’s evangelical organization as one means of raising the spiritual and moral values of the British nation; each identified significant weaknesses in the man, in his organization, in his overall accomplishments.

Stephen and Lecky devoted ample space to John Wesley, his principal followers, his evangelically-minded colleagues, and his religious organization within the context and personal agenda of each historian’s larger work. In contrast, Wilson composed a relatively short essay on Wesley to be delivered as an address to mark the bicentennial of the Methodist founder’s birth. Stephen dwelled upon Wesley’s intellectual shortcomings and errors, Lecky viewed the Methodist leader and Methodism as one of the principal preventatives to keeping England from following in the steps of contemporary French revolutionaries, and Wilson imagined his subject as the ideal model for an evangelical version of an American presidency.

Essentially, although the commentaries upon Wesley’s personal and theological characteristics by Stephen, Lecky, and Wilson belong, in substance and methodology, to a past generation of historians and historical scholarship, and although the three of them labored under distinct disadvantages (e.g., religious, political, and historical biases; the unavailability of post nineteenth-century letters, tracts, diaries, and the like), the pertinent sections from each of the three scholars’ works continue to strike cords of validity for those who study the role and effect of Methodism in and upon eighteenth-century life and culture. For the sheer sake of historiographic comparison and contrast, each piece remains worthy of continued discussion. The editorial notes supply necessary expansion upon the writers’ generalizations and thus strive to sharpen, clarify, and correct the focal points of each argument.

Music and Poetry of Glorious Things of Thee are Spoken (1779): A Sung Prayer of the Christian Tradition
2016 1-4955-0510-3
This is a close study of both the poetic elements and musical setting for Glorious Things of Thee Are Spoken. This hymn, written by John Newton in 1779, on a broader level proves an example of a rhythmical argument in its attempt to promote the evangelical revival within a rural English parish as well as promoting Newton’s inspirational desire to perpetuate the faith while comforting sincere Christians.

Music and Poetry of the Church's One Foundation (1866): A Sung Prayer of the Christian Tradition
2014 0-7734-4283-9
“The Church’s One Foundation” established itself, early and firmly, among those nineteenth-century English hymns known for their poetic excellence. Thus, the piece not only “sings” well, it reads well.
History of Christian Hymnody Volume 14



Music and Poetry of Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty (1826): A Sung Prayer of the Christian Tradition
2016 1-4955-0467-0
This is a close study of the poem and musical setting for Holy Holy Holy Lord God Almighty. This hymn, written in 1826, is one of the most sung hymns of the Protestant and Episcopal traditions. The author of the hymn, Bishop Reginald Heber was the Bishop of Calcutta, India.

New and Critical Edition of George Osborn's the Poetical Works of John and Charles Wesley (1868-1872), with the Addition of Notes, Annotations, Biographical and Background Information (Volume 10)
2012 0-7734-2665-5
This initial volume of the “New Edition” of George Osborn’s nineteenth-century collection of The Poetry of John and Charles Wesley widens considerably the entrance into access of the original poems of the eighteenth-century Wesleys, as well as their translations and altered versions of others’ poetical works. This “New Edition” provides general readers and researchers alike with necessary background information relative to those poems–details historical, bibliographical, and biographical that Osborn omitted or of which he had no knowledge. This “New Edition” becomes an important research tool, rather than simply a polished reissue of a literary antique under new bindings.

New and Critical Edition of George Osborn's the Poetical Works of John and Charles Wesley (1868-1872): with the Addition of Notes, Annotations, Biographical and Background Information ( Volume XIII, Parts 1 & 2)
2013 0-7734-4355-X
These fresh volumes complemented by thousands of the current editor’s detailed historical, biographical, linguistic, and critical notations, will provide researchers with the necessary background information (substantially neglected by George Osborn) to allow for thorough critical examinations, discussions and analyses of the Wesleys as poets.



New and Critical Edition of George Osborn's the Poetical Works of John and Charles Wesley (1868-1872) Volume XI Parts 1 and 2
2012 0-7734-4069-0
This volume of the “New Edition” of George Osborn’s The Poetry of John and Charles Wesley widens considerably the entrance into access of the original poems of the eighteenth- century Wesleys, as well as their translations and altered versions of others’ poetical works. This “New Edition” provides general readers and researchers alike with necessary background information relative to those poems–details historical, bibliographical, and biographical that Osborn omitted or of which he had no knowledge. This “New Edition” becomes an important research tool, rather than simply a polished reissue of a literary antique under new bindings.

New and Critical Edition of George Osborn's the Poetical Works of John and Charles Wesley (1868-1872), with the Addition of Notes, Annotations, Biographical and Background Information Volume XII, Parts 1 and 2
2013 0-7734-4354-1
This "New Edition" provides general readers and researchers alike with necessary background information relative to those poems-details historical, bibliographical, and biographical that Osborn omitted or of which he had no knowledge. Thus, this "New Edition" becomes an important research tool, rather than simply a polished reissue of a literary antique within the façade of new bindings.

Volume XII concludes the complete extant collection of Hymns on the Four Gospels and Acts of the Apostles, including such "Short Hymns" published by Charles Wesley in 1762 and comprising 961 poetical paraphrases from John 14-21 through Acts 28:31. Charles Wesley's brief prefatory note, incorporated into George Osborn's "Advertisement" (see Volume 9, Part 1) had preceded the poetical "Selection". In that "Advertisement," the nineteenth-century editor of these volumes set forth his general organization of the contents of the various poetical pieces, while the editor of this new and critical edition provides literally hundreds of detailed notations of background explanation and information (historical, literary, biographical, and critical). This second part concludes with a first-line index to all of the 961 poetical adaptations.

New and Critical Edition of George Osborn’s the Poetical Works of John and Charles Wesley (1868-1872), with the Addition of Notes, Annotations, Biographical and Background Information
2009 0-7734-3846-7


New and Critical Edition of George Osborn’s the Poetical Works of John and Charles Wesley (1868-1872), with the Addition of Notes, Annotations, Biographical and Background Information
2010 0-7734-3732-0
This third volume of the “New Edition” of George Osborn’s nineteenth-century collection of The Poetry of John and Charles Wesley continues to widen the access of the original poems of the eighteenth-century Wesleys, as well as their translations and altered versions of others’ poetical works. Although the total of thirteen volumes of Osborn’s edition might justifiably be considered by the scholarly world as “outdated,” it cannot be termed “obsolete,” since, nonetheless, it remains as the largest collection of the Wesleys’ poetic productions yet published.

New and Critical Edition of George Osborn’s the Poetical Works of John and Charles Wesley (1868-1872), with the Addition of Notes, Annotations, Biographical and Background Information
2010 0-7734-3721-5
This fourth volume of the “New Edition” of George Osborn’s nineteenth-century collection of The Poetry of John and Charles Wesley continues to widen the access of the original poems of the eighteenth-century Wesleys, as well as their translations and altered versions of others’ poetical works. Although the total of thirteen volumes of Osborn’s edition might justifiably be considered by the scholarly world as “outdated,” it cannot be termed “obsolete,” since, nonetheless, it remains as the largest collection of the Wesleys’ poetic productions yet published.

New and Critical Edition of George Osborn’s the Poetical Works of John and Charles Wesley (1868-1872), with the Addition of Notes, Annotations, Biographical and Background Information
2010 0-7734-1310-3
This fifth volume of the “New Edition” of George Osborn’s nineteenth-century collection of The Poetry of John and Charles Wesley continues to widen the access of the original poems of the eighteenth-century Wesleys, as well as their translations and altered versions of others’ poetical works. Although the total of thirteen volumes of Osborn’s edition might justifiably be considered by the scholarly world as “outdated,” it cannot be termed “obsolete,” since, nonetheless, it remains as the largest collection of the Wesleys’ poetic productions yet published.

New and Critical Edition of George Osborn’s the Poetical Works of John and Charles Wesley (1868-1872), with the Addition of Notes, Annotations, Biographical and Background Information
2010 0-7734-1391-X
This sixth volume of the “New Edition” of George Osborn’s nineteenth-century collection of The Poetry of John and Charles Wesley continues to widen the access of the original poems of the eighteenth-century Wesleys, as well as their translations and altered versions of others’ poetical works. Although the total of thirteen volumes of Osborn’s edition might justifiably be considered by the scholarly world as “outdated,” it cannot be termed “obsolete,” since, nonetheless, it remains as the largest collection of the Wesleys’ poetic productions yet published.

New and Critical Edition of George Osborn’s the Poetical Works of John and Charles Wesley (1868-1872), with the Addition of Notes, Annotations, Biographical and Background Information
2010 0-7734-1474-6


New and Critical Edition of George Osborn’s the Poetical Works of John and Charles Wesley (1868-1872), with the Addition of Notes, Annotations, Biographical and Background Information
2009 0-7734-4678-8
This volume of the “New Edition” of George Osborn’s nineteenth-century collection of The Poetry of John and Charles Wesley provides access to the original poems of the eighteenth-century Wesleys, as well as their translations and altered versions of others’ poetical works. It provides necessary background information relative to those poems–details historical, bibliographical, and biographical that Osborn omitted or of which he had no knowledge.

New and Critical Edition of George Osborn’s the Poetical Works of John and Charles Wesley (1868-1872), with the Addition of Notes, Annotations, Biographical and Background Information
2011 07734-2564-4
This ninth volume of the “New Edition” of George Osborn’s nineteenth-century collection of The Poetry of John and Charles Wesley widens considerably the entrance into access of the original poems of the eighteenth-century Wesleys, as well as their translations and altered versions of others’ poetical works. This “New Edition” provides general readers and researchers alike with necessary background information relative to those poems–details historical, bibliographical, and biographical that Osborn omitted or of which he had no knowledge. This “New Edition” becomes an important research tool, rather than simply a polished reissue of a literary antique under new bindings.

New and Critical Edition of George Osborn’s the Poetical Works of John and Charles Wesley (1868-1872), with the Addition of Notes, Annotations, Biographical and Background Information
2011 0-7734-1569-0
This eighth volume of the “New Edition” of George Osborn’s nineteenth-century collection of The Poetry of John and Charles Wesley widens considerably the entrance into access of the original poems of the eighteenth-century Wesleys, as well as their translations and altered versions of others’ poetical works. This “New Edition” provides general readers and researchers alike with necessary background information relative to those poems–details historical, bibliographical, and biographical that Osborn omitted or of which he had no knowledge. This “New Edition” becomes an important research tool, rather than simply a polished reissue of a literary antique under new bindings.

O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing (1739, 1740): A Sung Prayer of the Christian Tradition
2010 0-7734-3871-8
These works are presentations and studies of well-known Protestant hymns.

Once in Royal David's City
2011 0-7734-1527-0


Onward Christian Soldiers (1864) : A Sung Prayer of the Christian Tradition
2010 0-7734-3873-4
These works are presentations and studies of well-known Protestant hymns.

Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow (1693,1695, 1709): A Sung Prayer of the Christian Tradition
2010 0-7734-3889-7
These works are presentations and studies of well-known Protestant hymns.

Recessional: A Victorian Ode (1897) ( God of Our Fathers, Known of Old): A Sung Prayer of the Christian Tradition
2010 0-7734-3891-2
These works are presentations and studies of well-known Protestant hymns.

Record of Samuel Pepys' Financial Accounts, 1660-1669
2006 0-7734-5486-1
Although literary scholars and textual editors have set forth general and accurate conclusions relative to the financial rise and ultimate worth of the seventeenth-century English diarist Samuel Pepys (1633-1704), those seemingly mundane details tend to become lost in the most glamorous activities mirrored in the period of his diary (from January 1660 through May 1669). Readers initially attach their interests to Pepys’ contacts with the upper echelons of Restoration Court society, his abilities as a government administrator, his sexual drive, his deep interests in music and science, and his dedication to books and to learning. Nonetheless, the world of Samuel Pepys focuses upon his drive to accumulate wealth; money fuels his progress through professional and social contacts and activities. To understand the world of Samuel Pepys – to understand the eight and one-half years of his recorded professional and social experiences – one needs to examine a full ledger of Pepys’ receipts and expenditures. The specifics of how Pepys, as a bureaucrat in the Naval Office, received money reflect the abilities of an ambitious member of the seventeenth-century London upper middle class to accumulate affluence and influence. Wages, commissions, gifts and gratuities, investments, interest from loans, and even liberal dashes of traditional under-the-table arrangements – all of these prove instruments contributing to the economic and social rise of Samuel Pepys. On the other side of the ledger stand records of expenses for food, drink, lodging, transportation, servants; costs for clothes, books, scientific and musical instruments, furniture, art work, the theatre, and family support. All of these items reveal the cost of life and enjoyment in London during the years immediately following the restoration of the English monarchy. In the end, the prices for articles and services, as well as the names of the same, differ considerably from those experienced by members of the present age; but, the needs of individuals, as well as the reasons for accumulating and spending money, have not changed. Thus, the financial records of Samuel Pepys remain relevant.

Rock of Ages, Cleft for Me (1775-1776): A Sung Prayer of the Christian Tradition
2010 0-7734-3820-3
These works are presentations and studies of well-known Protestant hymns.

Rushton M. Dorman, Esq. Library Sale Catalogue (1886) a Study of the Dispersal of a Nineteenth-Century American Private Library (volume One)
2001 0-7734-7379-3
This two-volume set constitutes an edition of the sale catalogue of the private library of Rushton M. Dorman of Chicago, Illinois, a collection numbering 1,842 separate items. It casts an interesting and important light upon book-collecting and reading habits and interests among affluent late 19th-century Americans. In addition, the substance and tone of the comments set down by the original compiler of the catalogue allow one to view the marketing methods employed by a major late 19th-century book auction firm. The volumes will be of interest to students of literary history, librarians, bibliophiles, historians of the book and book trade.

Rushton M. Dorman, Esq. Library Sale Catalogue (1886) a Study of the Dispersal of a Nineteenth-Century American Private Library (volume Two)
2001 0-7734-7381-5
This two-volume set constitutes an edition of the sale catalogue of the private library of Rushton M. Dorman of Chicago, Illinois, a collection numbering 1,842 separate items. It casts an interesting and important light upon book-collecting and reading habits and interests among affluent late 19th-century Americans. In addition, the substance and tone of the comments set down by the original compiler of the catalogue allow one to view the marketing methods employed by a major late 19th-century book auction firm. The volumes will be of interest to students of literary history, librarians, bibliophiles, historians of the book and book trade.

Sabine Baring- Gould (1834-1924) Beyond the Christian Soldier: A Critical Biography
2016 1-4955-0470-0
The name Sabine Baring-Gould resides in the memories of relatively few persons who specialize in English hymnody and in the general areas of Victorian and Edwardian literature. Those few might connect the name with the text of the once-classic congregational hymn, “Onward Christian Soldiers,” but the odds against that association have increased significantly. Those persons, as well as the elderly churchgoers, undoubtedly have never given thought to the fact that the literary reputation of Baring Gould formerly extended far beyond a single congregational hymn.


Short Stories of Sinclair Lewis (1909-1949)
2007
This work makes available for the first time a full collection of all the short stories written by novelist, playwright and author, Sinclair Lewis (1885 - 1951). While Lewis’s novels are generally accessible, his short stories have existed only in bound and unbound pieces scattered throughout the book collections of university and public libraries, along with historical societies and private owners. Now they are together in one set, allowing individuals to read the entire corpus and chart the development of the author across the pages of his works. This volume contains the complete short stories of Sinclair Lewis written between August 1916 and October 1917.

Short Stories of Sinclair Lewis (1909-1949)
2007
This work makes available for the first time a full collection of all the short stories written by novelist, playwright and author, Sinclair Lewis (1885 - 1951). While Lewis’s novels are generally accessible, his short stories have existed only in bound and unbound pieces scattered throughout the book collections of university and public libraries, along with historical societies and private owners. Now they are together in one set, allowing individuals to read the entire corpus and chart the development of the author across the pages of his works. This volume contains the complete short stories of Sinclair Lewis written between January 1918 and February 1919.

Short Stories of Sinclair Lewis (1909-1949)
2007
This work makes available for the first time a full collection of all the short stories written by novelist, playwright and author, Sinclair Lewis (1885 - 1951). While Lewis’s novels are generally accessible, his short stories have existed only in bound and unbound pieces scattered throughout the book collections of university and public libraries, along with historical societies and private owners. Now they are together in one set, allowing individuals to read the entire corpus and chart the development of the author across the pages of his works. This volume contains the complete short stories of Sinclair Lewis written between February 1919 and May 1921.

Short Stories of Sinclair Lewis (1909-1949)
2007
This work makes available for the first time a full collection of all the short stories written by novelist, playwright and author, Sinclair Lewis (1885 - 1951). While Lewis’s novels are generally accessible, his short stories have existed only in bound and unbound pieces scattered throughout the book collections of university and public libraries, along with historical societies and private owners. Now they are together in one set, allowing individuals to read the entire corpus and chart the development of the author across the pages of his works. This volume contains the complete short stories of Sinclair Lewis written between August 1923 and April 1931.

Short Stories of Sinclair Lewis (1909-1949)
2007
This work makes available for the first time a full collection of all the short stories written by novelist, playwright and author, Sinclair Lewis (1885 - 1951). While Lewis’s novels are generally accessible, his short stories have existed only in bound and unbound pieces scattered throughout the book collections of university and public libraries, along with historical societies and private owners. Now they are together in one set, allowing individuals to read the entire corpus and chart the development of the author across the pages of his works. This volume contains the complete short stories of Sinclair Lewis written between June 1931 and March 1941.

Short Stories of Sinclair Lewis (1909-1949)
2007
This work makes available for the first time a full collection of all the short stories written by novelist, playwright and author, Sinclair Lewis (1885 - 1951). While Lewis’s novels are generally accessible, his short stories have existed only in bound and unbound pieces scattered throughout the book collections of university and public libraries, along with historical societies and private owners. Now they are together in one set, allowing individuals to read the entire corpus and chart the development of the author across the pages of his works. This volume contains the complete short stories of Sinclair Lewis written between September 1941 and May 1949.

Short Stories of Sinclair Lewis (1909-1949) 7 Volume Set Paper
2007 0-7734-5182-X
This work makes available for the first time a full collection of all the short stories written by novelist, playwright and author, Sinclair Lewis (1885 - 1951). While Lewis’s novels are generally accessible, his short stories have existed only in bound and unbound pieces scattered throughout the book collections of university and public libraries, along with historical societies and private owners. Now they are together in one set, allowing individuals to read the entire corpus and chart the development of the author across the pages of his works. This volume contains the complete short stories of Sinclair Lewis written between January 1904 and January 1916.

Wesleyan Connection in Shelburne and Birchtown, Nova Scotia: Saving Souls or Catching Whales
2001 0-7734-7679-2
This book traces the history of the development of Methodism in Nova Scotia, with its focus upon Shelburne and Birchtown. It carries with it the issue over control of a religious organization. Although Wesley lost the figurative battle for that control, one cannot view it as a personal failure. He continued to lend a sympathetic heart and ear to the Anglo-American refugees in Nova Scotia; he embraced the efforts at Birchtown because he supported the idea of freedom for black people and opposed slavery. Historians of American Methodism maintain that, in ordaining Thomas Coke and Francis Asbury for North America, as well as in his ordination of lay elders to cross the Atlantic, John Wesley did indeed establish the means by which the Methodist Episcopal Church, both in the United States and what would eventually become the confederation of Canada, could and would organize itself into a significant religious body. With illustrations.

Wesleys in North America: The Mission that Failed ( February 1736- December 1737 )
2016
This book describes the enormous failure that John and Charles Wesley experienced at the beginning of their ministry during their missionary journey to Georgia and South Carolina in 1736-1737. The date of the voyage predates their 1738 evangelical conversion. The author argues that the Wesleys were able to learn from their failure, from this experience and developed new and continuously successful later careers in ministry. Though the genre of the book is a monograph it is filled with direct quotations that give it the feel of a primary source.